Barry Bonds clarifies ‘death sentence’ comment, says it was not aimed at MLB

A compelling profile of retired MLB great Barry Bonds and his shunning by Hall of Fame voters was published by The Athletic this week. Bonds on the statistical merits is one of the greatest players in baseball history, but largely because his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs during his playing career he’s yet to come close to being named on the necessary 75 percent of BBWAA ballots necessary for induction into Cooperstown. That’s after eight years on the ballot with just two to go. 

In Andrew Baggarly’s piece, he quoted Bonds as saying he felt like he received a “death sentence” from the league. On Tuesday, though, Bonds pushed back against that characterization by saying he was referring to Hall of Fame voters with his “death sentence” remark and not the league itself. Bonds posted the following statement to Instagram

“CLARIFICATION: I spent some time with writer Andrew Baggarly while I was at Spring Training last weekend. At the end of our discussion about hitting, he asked me about the Hall of Fame. I opened up to him, sharing some of my thoughts and feelings of where I stand…

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