Should the commissioner erase Bonds' achievements from the record books?
Should Bonds be suspended so as not to allow him to break Hank Aaron's all-time home run mark?
Does the Baseball Writers Association of America need to keep Bonds off of its Hall of Fame ballot?
Is it time for Bonds to retire now before he gets any closer to Aaron?
Would you like to see Bonds come clean about his reportedly extensive use of performance-enhancing drugs?
Let us know what you have to say.
If he gets convicted on perjury charges then I will believe that he was a user. Until then this is just a witch hunt trying to bring down a unhappy, grumpy, mean man that is about to be a baseball legend. People only like seeing nice people succeed (a la Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa).
-- Dan Calvert, Grass Valley, Calif.
I am completely speechless. I have believed for some time that Bonds was taking something because it didn't seem plausible that someone of his age would go from hitting 30+ home runs in Pittsburgh to what he has accomplished in San Francisco without some help. I believe that he has tarnished his team and his sport by his actions. I would think that his record should be completely and totally eliminated and that, like Pete Rose, he should be totally banished. He is a disgrace.
-- Kevin, Atlanta
Barry Bonds should be removed from Baseball and not considered for Hall of Fame induction. I believe his actions were far worse than those of Pete Rose. He embarrassed America and those who love the game of baseball.
-- Dennis Mocorro, Arlington, Va.
Bonds should admit to steroid use. He should retire and the commissioner should definitely erase his achievements from the record books. Unfortunately, I doubt any of this will happen.
-- Schpilky, Los Angeles
Barry should be banned from baseball. Yes the commish should erase his stats in the record books. Yes he should be suspended. Yes he should not be allowed into the Hall. If he does get in, just let Pete in too! Retire now Barry! Yes he should tell the truth, always!
-- Matt P., St. Louis, Mo.
So now a book written by reporters who have hounded Bonds for years is evidence of his wrong doing? If Bonds is ever found guilty of taking steroids by a court of law then you can question his Hall status. I don't trust sports reporters with an agenda anymore than a politician at election time.
-- Brad Moffitt, Columbus, Ohio
Proven steroid use should 1) wipe out records, 2) prevent Hall of Fame induction. Cheating should not be endorsed nor ignored. Pete is out for behavior detrimental to the game -- isn't this actually worse?
-- David Bruce, Enterprise, Ore.
I had no doubt Bonds used steroids before this report, so this doesn't affect my thoughts at all. I just don't think steroids are that big a deal. In 20 years medical technology will be providing performance enhancing aids far more effective than what Bonds took and so safe that their will be no reasonable reason for them to not be used, just as weight training and diet have already transformed the game today. Why ban a player who was ahead of the curve? Betting on baseball will always be against the rules. Using technology to make players better, faster, and stronger will only become more and more prevelant. The next player to hit 700 home runs will look back at Bonds with respect and admiration that he was able to do it with such primitive medicine.
-- Will Hutchinson, Los Angeles
We have all sat here and "suspected" Bonds was a user. Giambi admitted it, Big Mac was suspected. Baseball will never be the same. Not because these people cheated, but because NO ONE is willing to do anything about it! If this is what has become of America's past time then I think I'm all done with it. Thank God the Sox won the series before I gave up on Baseball. I'd rather watch grass grow over watch Bonds "break" one more record. C'mon really! Will someone do something to give us back our game?
-- Jason, Boston
This had better be the final nail in the coffin. Baseball records will be as meaningful as professional wrestling titles if he overtakes Ruth and Aaron. It's time to shut him down. It's over Barry. The jig is up.
-- Chris, Boston
I didn't think anything could make me happier than Barry Bonds going down for his irrational behavior and illegal use of steroids, but him being sexually dysfunctional and humiliated on that level given his attitude toward women actually makes my day! He is a disgrace to baseball and real men.
-- Colleen, Pleasanton, Calif.
Unfortunately, sports are totally corrupted by drug use. To those who think Barry Bonds is merely "ahead of the curve" I suggest they review what drug use has done to physique and weightlifting competitions -- it turned them into total drug-taking freak shows. It's guaranteed to happen with virtually any sport you can name.
-- Gene Cameron, Reading, Pa.
Someone should tell Barry Bonds that "denial" is not a river in Egypt. How can Bud Selig ever go before the American public again with any credibility and say baseball is America's beloved sport and is clean, if he does not immediately remove Barry Bonds from the League? If Bud Selig does not remove Barry bonds, perhaps we as baseball fans should ask to remove Bud Selig!
-- Ted, Dallas
Well I guess you finally got your man. I firmly believe the whole steroid witch hunt was to bring down Barry Bonds. If you guys are thinking about banning him and wiping out records and stats, better go back and do it to everyone ever mentioned in this mess. One thing I don't understand: if steroids weren't illegal in baseball and they never tested for them, how is what Bonds did wrong?
-- Candace Telluride, Houston, Texas
I see that a couple of readers still don't believe that Bonds was using steroids. I'm guessing they also sat on the Simpson jury.
-- Dave Eng, Thousand Oaks, Calif.
What happened to objective journalism? Sports Illustrated and SI.com have decided to compromise their credibility by automatically giving credence to this book and publicity machine behind it simply as an effort to sell more magazines. You have become the sports version of the National Enquirer and Geraldo Rivera. I will be terminating my subscription to SI, although your "publication" does make good liner for my cat's litter box. (I'm sure you won't publish this letter -- it would be too fair to present a view opposite yours.)
-- Scott, San Diego
So just because some no sport talent having joke of a man writes something its true. Come on, I thought in America you have to be proven guilty. These guys are just trying to sell books and make a dollar. If Barry Bonds used or not, it is not that serious to the world. All the losers who want to see Barry Bonds "go down" should get a life.
-- Mychal, Atlanta
This is the last time I will surfing your website, along with never picking up another magazine with SI anything on it. I can only just shake my head at you. Babe is dead and McGwire is retired, just let it go. Ask yourself if Bonds was white would you be pursuing this like you are. Sports reporters wit agendas are worse than politicians at election time.
-- Michael E., Chandler, Ariz.
What does Bud Selig do all day? How is it that sports writers can compile enough information to feel legally safe in publishing a book about Bonds' steroid use, yet the commissioner continues to allow him to participate? I didn't know that MLB was that hard up for ratings. So much for the purest all-american pasttime. Thank "Bud." Don't forget to hold your grudge against Rose at the same time. Can you say hypocrite?
-- Scott, San Diego
As a lifelong Giants fan (sorry I feel the need to qualify myself as such right now) I am upset at the Giants organization for letting Barry get away with this for so long.
-- Andrew, San Jose, Calif.
Door. Ass. Out.
-- Sven Thorsen, Oslo, Norway
As a Giants fan, I'm crushed. Like many Giants fans I think I fooled myself into thinking that he simply took over-the-counter supplements while, in the back of my mind, I was willing to ignore what was staring me in the face. I think this will finally put a big spotlight on the validity of the league's ability to test for steroids as well as the owners' willingness to turn a blind eye to what is going on with their own ballclubs. Or perhaps we have finally found our witch and we are all willing to ignore the rest.
-- C.J. Smith, San Jose, Calif.
For all the naysayers, this is a simple matter to resolve. Bud Selig needs to press for a perjury trial. If Bonds lied to a grand jury as all of this evidence clearly says he did, then he's convicted and guilty. The moment that happens he should be banned for life, and Bud has the support of a U.S. court of law as proof to back his claims. In the unlikely event he's not found guilty, then it's a court saying there is reasonable doubt as to the claims of the reporters.
-- Mike, Boston
I think a lot of sports fans fail to recognize how stupid they sound. So I have two questions that should be answered. One is How many of Bonds' steroid tests have come back positive? And two, how do we prove Bonds cheated when we have no positive tests, just what people say? If he is a cheater like so many say, then where are the positive tests?
-- Ryan, Los Angeles
I wish that we could have focused more energy and time on the baseball legend we lost this week. His actions and play defined baseball and what it should be. To me, Kirby Puckett's legend deserved more than three hours on the cover of SI.com's homepage.
-- Tim, Des Moines, Iowa
Regardless of what anyone thinks, Bonds cannot be punished by baseball for violating rules that didn't exist at the time. The only prudent measure is to ignore the numbers he puts up from now to the end of his career. No special celebrations if/when he passes Ruth and Aaron. Silence may be the best punishment for this man's incredible ego.
-- Mike Spangler, Bowie, Md.
To start off, the facts based in this book and the SI excerpt are just that, facts. They were gathered from documents obtained from BALCO offices and government files. Secondly, it is true that steroids might not have been illegal in baseball but they were, and continue to be, illegal in this country. Therefore, Mr. Bonds was breaking the law. All of this adds up to a very compelling story of an obnoxious jerk who should be banned from stepping onto another baseball field and should certainly not grace the hallowed halls of Baseball's Hall of Fame.
-- Doug, Haddonfield, N.J.
That's it! I'm done with baseball. I hope all the sponsors get the message. We're fed up.
-- Colleen, Folsom, Calif.
Who cares about the Hall of Fame and all the records Bonds broke? What about the false hope he is giving to kids around the country or the world for that matter? Play the game for the love, not for the glory.
-- Tedd Ngo, Dallas