So why not Bonds?
I’ve received a good amount of feedback on the topic of Barry Bonds, and that’s not surprising. He’s been a hot-button issue for years now, so with baseball’s most feared bat in recent memory still hanging around as a free agent and 65 hits shy of 3,000 (to say nothing of the injury troubles plaguing Jorge Posada and Hideki Matsui), clearly Yankees fans are thinking about putting everything else aside and bringing him to the Bronx.
Bonds’ agent, Jeff Borris, has shopped his client desperately, even offering to have Bonds enter a big league clubhouse for the league minimum. Yet Brian Cashman — the man who makes such decisions — appears to be giving it no thought. The other 29 general managers seem to be taking the same approach. What gives?
Here’s essentially the response I just hammered out to another e-mail (yes, this means I’m recycling.) Maybe you have a different take:
last year that he can still hit home runs (28) and is still the type of guy pitchers
pitch around and consider when plotting out their work. If you think Bobby Abreu
worked deep counts in front of A-Rod, imagine what putting Bonds into the lineup would do. He’s strictly a DH, but you could work him in.
team wants to put a federally indicted steroid user in their uniform at age 44,
particularly one awaiting trial. The Yankees saw that bringing Roger Clemens back caused headaches, and perhaps
they don’t want to replicate that. Bonds wasn’t exactly the easiest person for
the Giants to accommodate, so you can’t put him in the class of admitted users like Jason Giambi and Andy Pettitte.
Also, the Yankees have promised A-Rod
an additional $50 million if and when he eventually passes Bonds on the all-time home run list — maybe they
just don’t want to see him tack on to the 762 in their uniform.”