Until 74, Barry Bonds Will Be The King

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 26:  Barry Bonds #25 of the San Francisco Giants heads to the dugout before his game against the San Diego Padres during a Major League Baseball game on September 26, 2007 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Mark TContributor IJuly 1, 2009

There is a lot of speculation on who is the real single-season Home Run leader. Some say Bonds, others think McGwire, Sammy Sosa is one who could be the real Home Run King. There are the people who still think Roger Maris holds the record. Well Albert Pujols is on pace for 62 home runs this season. That's one more than Roger Maris, but 11 below Barry Bonds' record of 73.

So if Pujols hits 62, who will be the leader? Barry Bonds. After all 62 is no 73. But some may believe that Barry Bonds took steroids. Ok cross him off. McGwire? Steroids. Mark him off the list as well. Slammin' Sammy? Yeah we just found out about him, take his name off the list. So if Pujols hits 62 then is he the leader? Why sure...NO.

Baseball wasn't testing in 1998 when Sosa and McGwire broke the record and they weren't testing in 2001 when Barry Bonds hit 73. So why take something away from them when they weren't doing anything wrong. Yeah they probably took steroids, but it wasn't an issue then. Maybe they thought it was ok to take them and it would be better for the game if they did, maybe that's what they were thinking about instead of cheating.

I honestly don't think Pujols will reach 62. If he does people might think he is the single-season home run leader but I don't think that is right.

Barry Bonds—73

Mark McGwire—70

Sammy Sosa—66

Roger Maris—61


That is how it should be until someone passes one of them. Maybe Pujols will hit 62, but that will put him fourth on the single-season home run list.



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