For the 10th and final time, Barry Bonds is on a Hall of Fame ballot.
Despite holding MLB records for home runs, walks, position player WAR, and single-season homers, Bonds’ infamous alleged PED use has barred him from induction.
There’s a case to be made for Bonds getting in, however: January 1997 was supposedly the first time he experimented with PEDs, but his track record in the years prior is arguably enough.
Because of exploding contracts in more recent years, Bonds’ career salary of about $188 million ranks him just 22nd all-time.
However, the average annual salary of his contracts in 1992 ($7.3 million) and 1997 ($11.5 million) were records at the time.
The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a testament to the history of the game. It is impossible to tell the full history without Bonds, warts and all.