#16: Barry Bonds*
Let’s just get this out of the way: Barry Bonds was king of the Baseball Steroid Era Roid-Poppers, and his player stats are forever recorded with an asterisk (*) following them to denote this. That being said, overall as a baseball player he belongs on Dimino’s Top 100 List, and here’s the case for his inclusion.
During Bonds’ 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants he won 7 NL MVP Awards, 14 All-Star Selections, 12 Silver Slugger Awards, 3x MLB Player of the Year, an 8x Gold Glove, hit 762 Home Runs* (The most in baseball history), stole 514 bases, and drove in 1996 runs. In addition, he holds the single season record for home runs (73* in 2001) and the record for the most walks.
As a central figure in baseball’s steroids scandal In 2007, he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to the grand jury during the federal government’s investigation of BALCO. The perjury charges against Bonds were dropped and an initial obstruction of justice conviction was overturned in 2015.
In 2018, Bonds was not elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his sixth of 10 years of eligibility.