Barry Bonds is more known for steroids than he is for his accomplishments on the diamond. D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

All-time home run leader Barry Bonds missed out once again on the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. He has not come close to reaching the percentage needed for Cooperstown since retiring from the game back in 2007.

It’s the harsh reality for someone who is more linked to baseball’s steroid era than anyone else. Bonds is now in Arizona working as an instructor for his former San Francisco Giants squad during spring training.

It’s in this that Bonds sat down with Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic. Bonds did not hold back his emotions regarding how the baseball world sees him more than a decade after his retirement.

“I feel like a ghost. A ghost in a big empty house, just rattling around.” Bonds said. “A death sentence. That’s what they’ve given me. My heart is broken”

These types of emotions are not typical from a man who was standoffish with the media during his 22-year playing career. It’s rather obvious that Bonds is bitter about how everything turned out.

After all, he was the most feared hitter since the days of Babe Ruth. He hit nearly .300 while boasting MLB records in homers (762) and walks (2,558). He hit .370, .341 and .362 in consecutive seasons.

Despite this, there’s very little chance that Bonds will ever be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. His legacy, more than anything, is about steroids. That’s the harsh reality.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.



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