Barry Bonds inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame leaves Dusty Baker confused

Baseball Hall bans bonds that Baseball Hall denies and leaves Dusty in a state of confusion Originally appeared NBC Sports Bayara

Auckland – With Barry Bonds’ absence interpreted with justifiable suspicion and upset disposition, David Ortiz stood in front of thousands of adoring fans Sunday at the Hall of Fame Honors Awards wearing the winner’s dazzling smile.

Ortiz got it. A plaque in the sacred arcades of Cooperstown, where Bonds, the greatest hitter in the history of the Giants, remains persona non grata.

The hypocrisy made me seek answers from one of the most respected men in baseball. Perhaps Dusty Baker, after 54 years in Major League Baseball, can explain why Ortiz came into the Hall in his first year of eligibility and the Bonds were under attack for 10 straight years.

“In the same way that Jeff Kent didn’t get in,” Becker said on Monday afternoon, two hours before his appointment. Astros He lost 7-5 to A at the Colosseum. “In the same way that he does not enter Rose’s house. In the same way that Roger Clemens does not enter.

“Voters (supposedly) like high personalities, men who have no marks or any doubts about their reputation – or maybe it’s the way you handled the media.”

Baker, who has worked between administrative stations as an analyst for ESPN, acknowledged that East Coast bias was likely a factor.

“(MLB) is more biased towards the Boston, New York and East Coast teams,” he said. “When we go to the playoffs we always have to see what New York or Boston are going to do before we can even say when we’re going to be on TV.”

Ortiz came to Boston just in time. With him being their most striking and emotionally influential leader, red socks In 2004 they won their first world championship in 86 years. They won again in 2007, and another in 2013. Big Papi was voted best player in the series in 2004 and 2013.

He was a designated hitter and a 10-time All-Star who only finished twice above runner-up in the regular season MVP vote.

Bonds played left field and won eight gold gloves. He has been an All-Star 14 times. He received seven Player of the Year awards; Nobody has more than three. He retired as home turf king, with a score of 762. No post-merger era player has a war career higher than 162.8, who ranks behind only Babe Ruth among the hitters.

Ortiz earned his plate in Cooperstown not because he was superior to the Bonds but because the suspicion associated with him – evidence that he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003 – was completely wiped out by his kindness to the media but also by his impressive five-star presence. Words expressing the feelings of the affected city in the aftermath of the horrific bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon:

“This is our city f——g!”

For all that Bonds did, with Pittsburgh Pirates And certainly with the Giants, he never took a moment of tragedy to motivate society. Nor has he tested positive for any PED test.

“I know,” Becker said when reminded of Ortiz’s positive test. “And I love Papi. But if I search deep enough, everyone has something fishy or something they don’t go crazy knowing about everyone.”

“There has never been a better one than Barry. When you talk about the best of that era, people always want you to admit this or that. Well, Mark McGuire admitted it doesn’t exist. It has to exist too.”

What Bonds did, before and during his well-publicized dance with pharmacists handling exotic PEDs, was to play baseball better than anyone else for most of his 22-year career.

However, there is no invitation to the hall. Not for Barry, although there are more than 50 others – players, managers and commissioner Bad Selig – whose careers have run parallel to the alleged era of doping spending their day in Cooperstown.

“Barry Bonds, I don’t think there would be a human being who would be able to do what he did when he played,” Ortiz told reporters in January after hearing the 2022 results. “It’s special. Sometimes, it’s going to be hard for people who aren’t in this game to understand.

“For me, Barry Bonds has separated himself from the game at the highest level.”

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However, he is still outside the hall. Bonds received 66 percent of the vote for 2022 but withdrew from the ballot 10 years later because he had not reached the 75 percent threshold.

Baker, like many others, is confused. So much so that despite his managerial credentials — 2,051 wins (the ninth ever), three General Manager awards and a higher winning percentage than Hall of Famer Tony La Russa — he’s less secure about his chances of extrapolation.

“Who do you know? There are people who will say I don’t do this,” he said. Or do not know this. Or I didn’t win the jackpot. But, man, you did the best job possible – especially under these circumstances.

“If it wasn’t for this scandal (in Houston), there’s a chance I wouldn’t get another chance.”

Dusty began his managerial career with the Giants in 1993, seven years after ending his 19-year football career. The eight men with the most wins are in the hall, as are two of the three he has passed this season. The third, former Giants manager, Bruce Bushey (win 2003), is not yet eligible, but three world championship titles make him a lock.

With or without a World Championship win, Becker is almost certain to be in. But with voters so mercurial and subjective in their choices, who can blame him for thinking maybe he won’t?

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