San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds celebrates hitting his 756th home run in the fifth inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the Washington Nationals in San Francisco, California August 7, 2007. (REUTERS)
Barry Bonds can’t find any love these days.
Two days after being snubbed by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for election to the Hall of Fame, the New York Post posted an interview with former Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz.
Schuerholz was asked why the Braves insist on referring to Hank Aaron as the “true home run king” even after Bonds surpassed his home run total in 2007.
“Listen,” Schuerholz started, “If you were in Atlanta and you worked for our organization, you would feel the same way.
“He’s without dispute," he continued. "People in baseball would look at him as the guy they say is the quote-unquote real home run champion. There’s no question about how he hit his home runs.”
When the Post mentioned Aaron’s use of amphetamines, Schuerholz balked.
“I’m not going to make a big deal out of this. He is for us the real home run champion. It’s our view,” he said. “He’s our home run king. It’s our opinion. And we honour him for that. And I’m not going to stop saying it about him.”
During the 21-seasons he split between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants, Bonds hit 762 home runs, seven more than Hammerin’ Hank’s iconic 755.