History has already proven that regardless of the numerous records he set and regardless of his 14 all-star appearances and 7 NL MVP awards, Barry Bonds will be remembered most for his involvement in the BALCO scandal and his use of performance enhancing drugs. Bonds entered the MLB in 1986, and quickly proved his natural abilities by winning 3 NL MVP awards between 1990 and 1993. After being accused of steroid use following an investigation by a grand jury of BALCO in 2003, which employed Bonds' trainer, questions surrounded the merit of Bonds' records. On April 13, 2011, Bonds was convicted for obstruction of justice for giving evasive answers.
Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder. Bonds played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. He is the son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds. He debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993, where he stayed through 2007. Bonds' accomplishments during his baseball career place him among the greatest baseball players of all-time. He has a record-setting seven Most Valuable Player awards, including a record-setting four consecutive MVPs. He is a 14-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove-winner. He holds numerous Major League Baseball records, including the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and the single-season Major League record for home runs with 73 (set in 2001), and is also the all-time career leader in both walks (2,558) and intentional walks (688).
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