While the Barry Bonds travesty played out, people kept saying that there wasn’t proof of him using steroids. That lame defense just came to a crashing halt. Here’s the details:

SAN FRANCISCO — Barry Bonds tested positive for steroids in November 2001, just a month after hitting his record 73rd home run of the season, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday.

The allegation came in a legal filing in his steroid perjury case that referred to Bonds’ long-time trainer, Greg Anderson.

“At trial, the government’s evidence will show that Bonds received steroids from Anderson in the period before the November 2001 positive drug test, and that evidence raises the inference that Anderson gave Bonds the steroids that caused him to test positive in November 2001,” U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello wrote.

The U.S. government made the assertion in a document that asked a federal court to reject Bonds’ motion last month to dismiss the charges that he lied about past steroid use.

This isn’t a shocking revelation. Anyone who had watched him go from being a skinny youngster to where he is now knew that he’d been taking steroids. In fact, people have been saying for years that Bonds’ single season homerun record was the direct result of steroids. Just look at his stats. If you eliminate his record-setting season, the best he did was 49 home runs in 2000. In 21 full major league seasons, he hit 40 or more home runs 8 times: in 93, 96-97 and 2000-2004. It wasn’t a stretch to think that he was using steroids during his record-breaking season.

I’m a baseball purist. That’s why Bonds’ single-season record should come off the books. Once you eliminate the 73 home runs he hit in 2001, he falls short of the 700 mark, putting him well behind Henry Aaron and Babe Ruth, which is where he should be.

Baseball’s first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, banned Shoeless Joe Jackson after the 1920 season for his part in the 1919 Black Sox scandal, in which the Sox fixed the outcome of the World Series. I don’t see a major difference between the Black Sox Scandal and what Bonds did.

That isn’t the only trouble he’s in:

In December, the record seven-time National League Most Valuable Player pleaded not guilty to lying to a federal grand jury in 2003 when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

I’m not a lawyer but I’ve gotta think that that’s a big problem for Mr. Bonds. I don’t see how he can test positive for steroids in 2001, then tell a federal grand jury in 2003 that he’d never used performance-enhancing drugs.

It would be appropriate to have him spend some time in a federal prison for lying to a grand jury. It would be a disgrace if he didn’t get convicted and if he didn’t spend time in prison.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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