Barry Bonds, you have struck out.
Bonds was found guilty of obstruction of justice earlier today. A mistrial was also declared on the three remaining counts of perjury.
The charges were based on Bonds’ Dec. 4, 2003, testimony before the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) grand jury in which he denied knowingly using performance-enhancing drugs.
Bonds was one player I never fully understood why he did steroids. He was one of the most gifted ball players I have ever seen play the game yet he felt the need to make himself better.
Bonds hit 762 home runs in his career, breaking Hank Aaron’s previous career record of 755 in 2007. Bonds set the single-season mark for homers with 73 in 2001.
He is also a 14-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner while winning a record seven MVP awards. He is also the all-time leader in walks with 2,558 and intentional walks with 688 and remains the only player to record 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases.
Whether Bonds will reach the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is now more of a question mark than it was in 2003. But one thing is certain: Bonds will finally be punished for cheating in baseball.