Barry Bonds: Will His Trial Help or Hurt His Hall of Fame Candidacy?

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Barry Bonds: Will His Trial Help or Hurt His Hall of Fame Candidacy?
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There may not be a more polarizing athlete in America's history than Barry Bonds.

The longtime left fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants was one of the Sporting News' Top 100 players of the 20th century, coming in at No. 34.

By that time he had accomplished more than the vast majority of players already in the Hall of Fame. He was the definition of consistency with an invaluable blend of power and speed that hasn't been seen much since the game's existence.

At the turn of the century, though, something seemed to change in Bonds. The muscles seemed to grow at a scary rate, the homers seemed to come at a greater rate as his speed dropped and, of course, his hat size continued to head north.

Bonds ended his career with a major league record 762 home runs and 2,558 walks. He had a career average of .298 to go along with 514 stolen bases. He also has the second-most career wins above replacement (WAR) at 169.7.

This only trails Babe Ruth's 177.7.

Seems like a lock for the Hall of Fame, right?

The cloud of steroids have been over Barry Bonds' head for many years now, as it has many others during what has now been dubbed the "Steroid Era," in which we saw extremely increased power numbers and players getting better the older they got.

Bonds was one of these players.

Bonds was found guilty Wednesday on a single charge of obstruction of justice. The worst part for Bonds is that he still has three counts of perjury that the jury failed to reach a verdict on.

Three counts are attempting to prove that Bonds lied to a grand jury about using steroids, taking an injection from anyone besides his personal physician and that he used human growth hormones.

The trial has taken a bad turn for Bonds, who has a reputation that has continued to spiral downwards over the last few years.

Can it be resurrected? Let's take a look at some factors. 

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