With Barry Bonds climbing the HR charts, there has been a lot of talk about putting an * by his name due to rumblings of steriod abuse. That his numbers are meaningless. Well, for once, I'll take to his defense and say there should be no * by his name.
*He hasn't been found guilty of doing anything wrong. Yet. You cannot "convict" him of doing something when he has not been found to do anything wrong. Sure, we may never find out. And until we do, his numbers still matter.
*If we are to stick astericks by people's names...then lets do it to everyone. Hank Aaron played during the "expansion era". The NL grew from 8 to 12 teams in this time frame. And the AL added 4 teams as well. That means pitching thinned out from 16 teams of 24 teams. 33% of the pitchers would have been there before. Maybe this accounts for Aaron great production later in his career. Also, people make a bid stink over the fact that there are bandboxes all over the majors today. Well, didn't Aaron play out his career in a stadium dubbed "The Launching Pad"?? Babe Ruth played in an all-white era. No black or latino players were allowed to play. Mark McGwire admitted to taking a suppliment that has since been made illegal in MLB.
*If Bonds, using steriods, is doing this....then why isn't Jose Canseco and Ken Caminiti also putting up these kind of numbers?? Both are admitted steriod users...yet both bowed out of the majors ungracefully.
Sure, if it is found that Barry Bonds is using [or has used] steriods during his career...it will taint everything he ever done. But don't convict the man until it has been shown that he cheated.