Home Run Record: Why Hank Aaron Is Still on Top of the List.

John ChisholmContributor IAugust 19, 2009

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 26:  Baseball icon Hank Aaron looks on at Clark Sports Center during the 2009  Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 26, 2009 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

So you really think Barry Bonds is the all time home run leader huh?

If you go by lists and what paper says, you might.

If you love the game of baseball, you don’t.

This subject has probably been wrote about so many times that you might discard this as just another story, and you may be right, but I just feel like I need to put my two cents in here and explain why I don’t see Bonds as the leader.

One word= Cheating.

Take nothing away from Bonds, he is a very good baseball player. I have the utmost respect for Major League Baseball players in that it takes a large amount of skill and discipline to play the game. With that said, there is no excuse for what Bonds did, and how he, and others, has tainted the game of baseball.

I found a very interesting quote from Bonds that I thought was interesting cause he is trying to justify the use of steroids, or whatever label has been put on what he was doing, but this just don’t add up:

"I don't know if steroids are going to help you in baseball. I just don't believe it. I don't believe steroids can help eye-hand coordination [and] technically hit a baseball."

Well he is right here. They don’t help eye-hand coordination and don’t help hit a baseball. But, he forgot to add-in what they will help with, and that is “power”. It doesn’t take Einstein to figure out this quote. It doesn’t help with any of the mechanics of hitting a baseball, doesn’t help with pulling the ball, or hitting the ball the other way, but it does help with bat speed, and the power of which you swing the bat.

I have thought all along that this was one of the worst explanations I have ever heard to try and divert from the real issue which was the power he was producing to hit all those home runs, not the act of hitting. If it wasn’t about the power, then why isn’t Ichiro Suzuki, an over .300 career hitter hitting home runs all the time, or one of my favorites Derek Jeter, another over .300 career hitter blasting 40 or 50 home runs a season?

It's simple. Neither of the aforementioned players was, or is, using steroids. Neither of them have put a blemish on the game, or made people put an asterisks beside their name on any list that they might be accompanied with.

Hank Aaron was a true baseball player. He compiled a career batting average of .305, with 755 home runs, 3,771 hits, 2,297 runs batted in, and was a 25-time all star selection. He compiled 1,477 extra-base hits, and went 17 consecutive seasons with 150 or more hits. Not to mention, “Hammerin Hank” is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted in 1982 with 97.8% of the ballots, second only to Ty Cobb who was inducted in 1936 with 98.2% of the ballots.

There are many more milestones that Aaron accomplished, and there are many more reasons, in my opinion, that he is still the man atop the list that hit the most home runs in Major League history. Hank played the game like it was suppose to be played, and he didn’t use anything illegal or “unknowingly use” anything illegal to hit those home runs.

Barry Bonds was already a very good baseball player that seemingly thought he needed some help to eclipse a record that had stood for 33 years until he broke it on August 7, 2007. Some will argue that he holds this record, and that he deserves it. Some won’t.

But if you truly love the game of baseball, you have to have the doubt in your mind that this record Bonds broke isn't real, and you have to realize that Hank Aaron done it right. He didnt use any drugs, he didnt use any illegal bat, and he didnt attain a record that he didnt honestly deserve.

Thank you Hank Aaron, for being a true champion, and for still being a real hero in a time when we really need one in Major League Baseball.