All things considered, the last five years have been kind to Barry Bonds.
Most obviously, Bonds has not -- and will not -- serve time in prison for answers he gave the BALCO grand jury in 2003 about performance-enhancing drugs. He has one felony conviction for obstruction of justice, but that is under appeal. Bonds, 48, remains popular in his hometown of San Francisco, where he received a warm reception from Giants fans earlier this year during a celebration for the 2002 National League champions.
It's been nearly five years since Bonds' last at-bat in the majors -- a fly out to center against Jake Peavy -- but the Home Run King* is learning to play a different kind of game.
There is a credible case for his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the longtime media recluse is proving that he knows how to make it. In an interview with Barry Bloom of MLB.com before Tuesday's fifth anniversary of his record-setting 756th home run, Bonds said he "without a doubt" belongs in the Ha...