No simple answer to this question: Barry Bonds, Hall of Famer?

No simple answer to this question: Barry Bonds, Hall of Famer?

[Ed. – No simple answer to this one, either: Barack Obama, two-term president?]

Here’s the vision I can’t get out of my head:

Barry Bonds at the podium in Cooperstown, making his Hall of Fame speech as if nothing ever happened.

I would cringe. I know some of the Hall of Famers would cringe. And I imagine a good number of fans would cringe, too.

Does that mean I am dead set against voting for Bonds? Nope. In 2012, Bonds’ first year on the ballot, I wrote that I was wavering on whether to vote for confirmed users of performance-enhancing drugs or even certain alleged users. I’m still wavering, to be honest. The issue is complex and personal to each voter, much more gray than the increasingly shrill red-state/blue-state rhetoric would have you believe.

Bonds, 49, took a major step Monday, returning to baseball for the first time since 2007 to begin a weeklong stint as a special hitting instructor with the Giants.

Naturally, a reporter asked him if he belonged in the Hall. Naturally, Bonds did not hesitate with his answer.

“Without a doubt,” he said.

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