kentx12 wrote:I dont think anyone wants an asterisk put beside his name. IMO he should be kicked out of baseball and his records say that he was banned from baseball because he was a cheater. If baseball goes with an asterisk then 20 years from now noone will even remember that and kids will be brought up believeing that he was a great player and that is wrong.
There are several problems with this.
First, there are rules that govern why players can be removed from play. Until baseball follows its own rules on this regarding Bonds, there's no basis for kicking him out.
Second, if Bonds is to be banned for being a cheater, then it's only fair that this apply to all cheaters. I suppose you may be willing to do that, but a huge chunk of baseball history involves cheating in some fashion. Unless you are willing to hold others--Perry, Schmidt--to the same standard, you are not being fair.
Third, Bonds WAS a great player. Even if you accept the circumstantial evidence that he began juicing in 1999, look at his record before that time. It is the record of a great player. I have no problem with kids understanding the truth.