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Diamondbacks the Latest to Turn Down Bonds

Slugger’s Agent States No Interest League-Wide

It was more than a rumor. The Arizona Diamondbacks gave Barry Bonds some consideration as a replacement for the injured Eric Byrnes, but ultimately decided against it. Even with a slumping offense, they have chosen to let the home run king stay an unsigned free agent.

Jeff Borris, Bonds’ agent, told the USA Today that he is not in discussions with any team about his client. “I am not talking to any club about Barry Bonds because they all made it very clear to me they are not interested in him,” Borris told reporters. “Every club.”

After having the best record in baseball earlier in the season, the D-backs currently are one game under .500 and share first place in the National League West with the Dodgers. On Wednesday night, they were shut out by the lowly Nationals.

A few days ago, Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes was asked about Bonds. “He and maybe a couple of others are sort of sitting out there,” was his response.

Borris went on to say that Bonds has continued to work out on his own and would only require 10 days of live pitching to prepare himself to play, and that the only thing holding him back is the “conspiracy” against him.

Call it a conspiracy. Call it collusion. That may be partially true, and the other reason why Bonds is still out there is because organizations are apprehensive to pull the trigger because of the public relations fallout sure to follow.

Anyone who has 762 career home runs can help at least one team. Even with his body breaking down, Bonds can still put a ball in the seats at any given time. What teams have to realize is that fans will cheer for their players just because they are wearing their jersey. If that player slumps, that’s when he will have the boos reign down on him.

There was a reason why Bonds heard cheers in San Francisco, especially last season when he was chasing Hank Aaron and needed support. Being faithful is a trait that every fan starts out with, especially when a new face comes to town.

Of course, there would be people who will boo Bonds, home and away. The media has made him out to be Public Enemy Number One just because he used performance-enhancing drugs. Even with no positive test, it is a foregone conclusion that Bonds used these substances, and probably a good amount of them.

John McCain even got into the act. The Republican presidential candidate was asked about the possibility of Bonds joining the D-backs, and the Arizona senator said that he trusted team management to make the right decision as to what is best for the team.

It’s obvious what’s best for the team. The question is if that is best for baseball.


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