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Barry Bonds may never make it into the Hall of Fame because of his link to performance-enhancing drugs, but that won’t stop the San Francisco Giants from honoring him as a franchise icon.

The Giants announced on Tuesday that they will retire Bonds’ No. 25 jersey during a ceremony on Aug. 11.

Bonds released a statement thanking the team.

There’s no denying that Bonds is one of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history — with or without steroids. Even if some of today’s superstars are unwilling to recognize Bonds’ single-season record of 73 home runs, he’ll always have a special place among Giants fans.

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