Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Barry Patiently Waiting For His Chance @ Bat...

Artivist Writes:
Barry Bonds, love him or hate him, is one of Baseball's all time greats period...He has earned the right to finish his career on his terms...It is very hypocritical for people and the Major League Baseball Institution to deny him the right to play the game he loves...In spite of public opinion, he has given more to the game than he has taken away...

Baseball is a cheating man's game to begin whether it be corked bats, pine tar, scuffed balls, extra-sharp spikes or segregation...Baseball should not try to hide the fact that it doesn't believe in a level playing field...To me true gamers are true winners...If you are in a pennant race and you are one player away from reaching the title and going into World Series why not get arguably the most potent bat in the history of the game...

Baseball has a serious image problem...In a game where African Americans only represent 9% of the players and really O% of the front office, baseball needs to embrace Bonds like they never have before and help to re-brand his image as an ambassador rather than as a pariah to the game...The fact that he is willing to play for the bare minimum and even donate his salary for kids' tickets shows that he is a man that truly loves the game and that he is also more than willing to help bring in more African American youths to reconnect with the national past time once again...

Legendary College Football Coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant wanted African Americans on his Alabama teams when he realized he could win more games...Branch Rickey knew that Jackie Robinson and other players of color could offer the Brooklyn Dodgers and other like minded teams a big advantage in terms of competition...Check out Major League Baseball in the 1960s when teams with Black & Latino stars dominated the competition and won Championships...You see winning is bigger than Jim Crow...

Also winning is always better than losing and would be a shame if teams pass up on a chance for glory if you got a talent like Bonds patiently waiting for a chance to go to bat for you...

Bonds’ Rep On 2008 Return: ‘Prospects Look Bleak’

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball

NEW YORK (AP)—Don’t expect to see Barry Bonds showing up in a pennant race.

Bonds has not received a single offer, agent Jeff Borris said Monday. He dismissed recent reports of interest from Arizona, the New York Mets and Boston.

“I’m an optimistic guy by nature,” Borris said, “and I’ve told Barry that the prospects look bleak.”

Bonds, who turns 44 in two weeks, led the majors last season with a .480 on-base percentage. He finished the year with 762 career home runs and became a free agent when the San Francisco Giants did not bring him back.

“Barry is in shape right now,” Borris said. “He’s not in game shape, so he’d have to have the chance to hit off of live pitching. But he’s told me that he would be ready in a very short period of time. He thinks he can be ready 10 days, two weeks.”

“And with the first trading deadline coming up, I can’t understand why my phone is not ringing off the hook,” he added.

A 14-time All-Star outfielder, Bonds was absent for All-Star media day Monday, a day before the game at Yankee Stadium.

“He was in this room last year. It’s a weird feeling. The same player,” Borris said, surrounded by National League stars in a hotel ballroom. “His 2007 performance would indicate that he had legitimate shot of being in this room again.

“No one is even asking about him. I talk to the clubs every day for a variety of reasons and his name is never brought up anymore. I’m more convinced now than ever that he won’t be in a major league uniform in 2008, and I think that’s a pathetic way for him to go out,” he said. “I think he’s deserving of better. He gave his heart and soul to this game.”

New York Mets closer Billy Wagner missed Bonds.

“I hate that he’s not here,” the six-time All-Star reliever said. “Barry usually gave me a ride to the stadium.”

“I judge a person by how they treat me, and he always treated me well,” he said. “Such a great player, it’s sad.”

Borris has previously said Bonds would be willing to play for a prorated share of the $390,000 minimum and donate his salary to buy tickets for kids.

The players’ union has told the commissioner’s office it was concerned over the lack of offers for Bonds. No grievance has been filed.

Bonds was indicted last November on charges he lied when he told a grand jury in 2003 he didn’t knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs. A trial is scheduled to start March 2 in San Francisco.

“People consider him the poster boy for the steroid era,” Borris said.

Bonds hit .276 last year with 28 home runs, 66 RBIs and a major league-high 132 walks. He was the prime focus of the All-Star game last July when it was held at the Giants’ waterfront ballpark, and he broke Hank Aaron’s home run record of 755 the next month.

The Red Sox (David Ortiz), the Mets (Moises Alou) and Arizona (Eric Byrnes) have lost key players this year in their quest to division titles. Those injuries led to speculation their teams might pursue Bonds.

“The rumors about Arizona, the Mets and Boston are completely false. He never had a secret workout with the Red Sox,” Borris said. “I’ve had numerous conversations with all three organizations, back to the time when Barry became a free agent in November of ‘07, and none of those clubs are interested in him.”

“Barry would play for any one of those clubs if they extended an offer,” he said. “Would he make a difference in the standings? I think so, no matter what team he played for.”

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