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Barry Bonds' Home Run Record Tainted by Mechanical Device
www.editorandpublisher.com ^ | August 06, 2007 | Michael Witte

Posted on 08/06/2007 10:19:31 AM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp

NEW YORK Beyond his alleged steroid use, Barry Bonds is unquestionably guilty of the use of something that confers extraordinarily unfair mechanical advantage: the “armor” that he wears on his right elbow. Amid the press frenzy over Bonds’ unnatural bulk, the true role of the object on his right arm has simply gone unnoticed.

This is unfortunate, because by my estimate, Bonds’ front arm “armor” has contributed no fewer than 75 to 100 home runs to his already steroid-questionable total.

Bonds tied Henry Aaron’s home run record of 755 on Saturday night and will go for the new standard this week back at home in San Francisco. As a student of baseball – and currently a mechanics consultant to a major league baseball team -- I believe I have insight into the Bonds "achievement." I have studied his swing countless times on video and examined the mechanical gear closely through photographs.

For years, sportswriters remarked that his massive "protective" gear – unequaled in all of baseball -- permits Bonds to lean over the plate without fear of being hit by a pitch. Thus situated, Bonds can handle the outside pitch (where most pitchers live) unusually well. This is unfair advantage enough but no longer controversial. However, it is only one of at least seven unfair advantages conferred by the apparatus.

The other six:

1) The apparatus is hinged at the elbow. It is a literal "hitting machine" that allows Bonds to release his front arm on the same plane during every swing. It largely accounts for the seemingly magical consistency of every Bonds stroke.

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1 posted on 08/06/2007 10:19:33 AM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

How anyone can take baseball seriously is beyond my understanding.

And I can still name the starting eight for each year of the Big Red Machine of the 70’s.

I stopped going to games when they went on strike back in the early 1980’s, and haven’t attended a baseball game since.

This is just another example of why.

Way to go Selig, you destroyed your own customer base and the GAME itself.


2 posted on 08/06/2007 10:22:33 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

All Bush’s fault.


3 posted on 08/06/2007 10:23:16 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

Mo Vaughn used to wear one of Cam Neely’s elbow pads. It looked huge for the time. Compared to Bonds, it was nothing.
I thought MLB had put standards about the size of elbow pads.


4 posted on 08/06/2007 10:23:20 AM PDT by Holicheese (Zap Razdowler Rules!)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

Bob Gibson / Nolan Ryan / Don Drysdale would have put his butt in the dirt.


5 posted on 08/06/2007 10:24:17 AM PDT by Lost Highway (I don't know what the world may need but a V8 engines a good start for me)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

One can only hope that an “*” will always reside next to the name “Bonds” in the record books


6 posted on 08/06/2007 10:24:43 AM PDT by woofer (Some strive to soar like an eagle, but weasels never get sucked into jet engines.)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

Well, all I can say is congratulations to Henry Aaron for hitting 755 home runs!


7 posted on 08/06/2007 10:25:05 AM PDT by irish guard
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
Excuse me but isn’t this a GAME? IMHO professional sports is an oxymoron. Like professional wrestling it’s entertainment not sports. Want sports? Go watch a Little League game.
8 posted on 08/06/2007 10:25:50 AM PDT by Ben Mugged
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

Oh please. Players have been trying to enhance their performance since the game was invented. Spikes in shoes, braces for knees and elbows, weightlifting straps for back support, vitamins, steaks, protein diets, aspirin and ibuprofin.... something new every year. Point is, you can have all that stuff, but if you haven’t got the talent, you’re gonna strike out.


9 posted on 08/06/2007 10:26:22 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

Smaller ball parks. Less talent in the Majors. Thats all.


10 posted on 08/06/2007 10:26:27 AM PDT by BGHater (Bread and Circuses)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
So then every hitter in baseball is free to use the same Barry Bonds "elbow armor" device? One has to wonder why they don't if it offers such an unfair hitting advantage.

A Rod seems to have made it to 500 with no need for such things as drugs and elbow hinges. Hopefully he will eclipse Bonds' record and then it will be "Barry who?"

11 posted on 08/06/2007 10:27:48 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: irish guard

Now that was a magical event. Barry Bonds....so what?


12 posted on 08/06/2007 10:28:13 AM PDT by keepitreal
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To: Ben Mugged

I think the point is that it used to be both — it was entertainment AND a legitimate sport.


13 posted on 08/06/2007 10:29:39 AM PDT by RepublitarianRoger
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To: woofer

Now it will have to be a double “**”


14 posted on 08/06/2007 10:30:08 AM PDT by centurion316 (Democrats - Supporting Al Qaida Worldwide)
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To: Chi-townChief

Bush lied. Hank’s been tied.


15 posted on 08/06/2007 10:30:41 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Ben Mugged
Excuse me but isn’t this a GAME?

Not at this level. It is an industry.

16 posted on 08/06/2007 10:31:11 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

Is there any reason that every hitter could not wear the same thing???
If it made that much difference ever big league hitter would have one of their very own.
For this to be true Bonds would have had to have been a poor hitter before he started wearing it. Bonds has been a great hitter for a long time.
Just another BS post.


17 posted on 08/06/2007 10:31:37 AM PDT by oldenuff2no
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To: Holicheese
They do have a size limitation. They grandfathered Bonds womanly (apologies to women) armor, however. How lame was that? At least the spitballers who were grandfathered were making a living on a legit pitch prior to the rule. This hinged armor crap is in excusable. God how I’d love to pitch, throw three intentional balls when the situation deemed it appropriate, then test the integrity of that pansy pad.
18 posted on 08/06/2007 10:32:08 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

Interesting read and it makes a lot of sense to me........


19 posted on 08/06/2007 10:32:39 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (If your cat was big enough it would probably eat you)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
Who cares?


20 posted on 08/06/2007 10:32:42 AM PDT by Bladerunnuh
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To: Badeye

Basebore...who cares? I quit caring as a kid when they went on strike in the 70s. I have no idea who even wins the series and really don’t care.


21 posted on 08/06/2007 10:32:49 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
If you ask me (like my advice really matters)... MLB needs to contract. The talent "pool" is stretched way too thin. And the die-hard support for some teams isn't there.

Some teams are just venues for opposing "old" school teams to show off their stripes.

For example... I went to a Tampa Devil Ray game at Tropicana Field two years ago (saw the D.R. play Baltimore and Boston)... these games were "home" games for the visitors. Must really be "fun" for the home team Rays when there are "boos" when the Ray's pitcher attempts a pick-off move to first.

Tampa held their own on the field, but they just don't seem to have the die-hard support.

Last Friday night I watched on tv the H-town Astros vs the Florida Marlins game. There must have been 4,000 total in attendance. Very much like the Expos games I saw in Montreal in '01. Brutal.

#23

22 posted on 08/06/2007 10:34:07 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

It’s amazing how many people who “don’t care” about Bonds feel the need to take time out of their busy schedules and compose posts to let us all know it. ;)


23 posted on 08/06/2007 10:34:15 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked!!!


24 posted on 08/06/2007 10:34:56 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

So what's the problem? Looks normal to me ... ;o)


25 posted on 08/06/2007 10:35:06 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Trajan88
The talent "pool" is stretched way too thin

Agreed. And, there's a very good reason for that....to many teams.

26 posted on 08/06/2007 10:37:53 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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Cue the "Bionic Man" theme...

27 posted on 08/06/2007 10:38:18 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Ben Mugged; Toddsterpatriot

"I'm not an athlete. I'm a professional baseball player."
- John Kruk

28 posted on 08/06/2007 10:38:59 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: RepublitarianRoger

29 posted on 08/06/2007 10:39:06 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

That is ridiculous that they grand fathered him.
I did not know that.


30 posted on 08/06/2007 10:41:12 AM PDT by Holicheese (Zap Razdowler Rules!)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
Great. Another reason to despise Barry Bonds.

I need that about as much as another reason to vote against Hillary! Rodham (Clinton).

It's not like MLB is going to do anything about it.

31 posted on 08/06/2007 10:41:49 AM PDT by gridlock (You cannot coexist with somebody who wants you dead.)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

hrm.. i woner if i can get one of these to help with my golf swing?


32 posted on 08/06/2007 10:42:16 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (stop repeat offenders- don't re-elect them!)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
This is unfortunate, because by my estimate, Bonds’ front arm “armor” has contributed no fewer than 75 to 100 home runs to his already steroid-questionable total.

I'm getting tired of this. If the author wants to step his ass up to the plate and pop off the difference (655 home runs) go for it. Otherwise, shut up. Did Bonds use steroids? Don't know don't care. How would Hank Aaron have done today? Babe Ruth would have been kicked out of the league long ago for substance abuse.

I'm not looking to Bonds as some sort of idol. And if a kid does that says more about the parenting skills of the parent than whether or not Bonds is a good role model. In today's age, every player out there is doing something that makes them better and stronger than their counterparts from just 20 years ago. If the product is legally subscribed or can be purchased OTC then so be it. It doesn't detract one bit from what he's done.

A-Rod just cracked 500. Let's see what he's doing 5 years from now when he's chasing this record. And when he passes it (which he most likely will) all the naysayers of Bonds and busybodies can shut up about the 'damage' Bonds has done to the sport as the HR king.

33 posted on 08/06/2007 10:42:22 AM PDT by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: Bladerunnuh

She’s not that attractive.


34 posted on 08/06/2007 10:42:28 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: RepublitarianRoger

My dad always said that baseball lost its appeal the day they took Dizzy Dean off the air.


35 posted on 08/06/2007 10:42:39 AM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (THE NEXT GENERATION CONSERVATIVE)
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To: Bladerunnuh; All

Look at the “hands” on that self-styled mistress. Looks like any ‘roids he obtained went to feed the kitty. LOL.

As to story in chief, that Bonds had help, OK now all the Olympic track stars make millions of dollars in endorsements and appearance fees. (Jim Thorpe was stripped of Olympic gold medals for accepting a few dollars in a baseball game). They use starter blocks (Jesse Owens had to dig a little hole in the cinders track to stick his toes in). Look at the monster drivers golfers now use!

Yes, we are talking about games. So let us not get too carried away with it.


36 posted on 08/06/2007 10:42:52 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

I consider his entire career bogus, who cares about this loser?


37 posted on 08/06/2007 10:43:31 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
Good Luck Barry. Oh, the mistress looks like a skank. You can do better.
38 posted on 08/06/2007 10:45:12 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Lost Highway

Gibson would have put one up his sizable butt.
Each time out.


39 posted on 08/06/2007 10:46:27 AM PDT by steve8714 (Spiderpig..Spiderpig..does whatever a spiderpig does...can someone get that out of my head?)
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To: woofer

imagine a fn protest where fans add an “*” next to his nme in books in bookstores


40 posted on 08/06/2007 10:47:12 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

can I wear a swing fixer in my golf game?


41 posted on 08/06/2007 10:48:48 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: shalom aleichem
Yikes! I wish you had not directed my attention to those hands. She looks like she's wearing those toy Hulk gloves.


42 posted on 08/06/2007 10:49:20 AM PDT by gridlock (You cannot coexist with somebody who wants you dead.)
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To: Badeye

“And I can still name the starting eight for each year of the Big Red Machine of the 70’s.”

Pete Rose, Bobby Tolan, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Lee May, Tommy Helms, Woody Woodward, Bernie Carbo ....

I was a Big Red Machine fan also, haven’t watched a baseball game since the early 80’s either. A pity that America’s sport has become what it has become!


43 posted on 08/06/2007 10:49:39 AM PDT by Mustng959
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To: WKUHilltopper

Basebore...who cares? I quit caring as a kid when they went on strike in the 70s. I have no idea who even wins the series and really don’t care.

Yep, whats telling is people like you and I did in fact ‘care’ once upon a time.

I still say the Pete Rose ‘scandal’ wasn’t gambling, it was Balco and steroids.


44 posted on 08/06/2007 10:51:36 AM PDT by Badeye (You know its a kook site when they ban the word 'kook')
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To: 1rudeboy

Just like Babe Ruth, he did it with beer and hot dogs!


45 posted on 08/06/2007 10:51:42 AM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Why are protectionists, FairTaxers and goldbugs so bad at math?)
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To: Lost Highway
Don Drysdale would have put his butt in the dirt.

I think it was Drysdale who said, when calling to walk a batter intentionally - he'd rather hit him on the first pitch and save three useless pitches. :-)

46 posted on 08/06/2007 10:51:51 AM PDT by llevrok (I voted for George Bush - not Jorge Arbusto.)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues

Didnt he go on to sell charcoal?


47 posted on 08/06/2007 10:53:50 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Trajan88

Lets make this keen observation...around 1967/1968...you suddenly saw the American really cool down and you could see that pitching talent was ultra rich...so the adding of more teams to both leagues was forthcoming. As you look around today...the pitching talent in either league really isn’t that great and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to see four teams dismissed...but the owners won’t do that.

I would personally like to see both leagues drift back to 10 teams each. You’ve got various markets that won’t pay to have a real team in town...and various wanna-be 4-star players who can’t play at a 4-star level after age 30. You are paying some guys over $5 million a year...who will never hit over .250 or hit 20 home runs or win more than 12 games...which doesn’t make any sense.


48 posted on 08/06/2007 10:54:28 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: billbears
I'm getting tired of this. If the author wants to step his ass up to the plate and pop off the difference (655 home runs) go for it. Otherwise, shut up.

Oh, get real.

If Barry Bonds had not used his mechanical aids and steroids and gotten, maybe, 600 homers over his career, he would still be a great player and headed for the Hall of Fame. The problem is that the artificial aids, both pharmacological and mechanical, have added to his success, which renders his tying or Aaron's record moot.

There is no way to know how many home runs Bonds would have hit unaided, but it doesn't make much sense to keep track of how many he has hit with all the assistance he has had. I can go out into my garage and put together a potato gun that can lob a baseball out of the park. Watching the ball fly is not the point. The point is what a man can do.

Bonds is doing more than he could as a man. Watching him bat is about as interesting as watching somebody fire a potato gun.

49 posted on 08/06/2007 10:54:34 AM PDT by gridlock (You cannot coexist with somebody who wants you dead.)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
Interesting, but who cares? Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron didn't have steroids in their day, but they also didn't have pitchers on steroids throwing at them. Babe Ruth didn't wear a batting helmet; back then batters just took beanballs to the temple. Unfair Bonds advantage? Why hasn't anyone mentioned the modern batting helmet allowing today's batters to face the dangers that Ruth had to brave without protective headwear?

Anyway, I remind all Freepers that Barry Bonds hasn't failed a drug test. Also, Babe Ruth played in an age with a lot of sucky pitchers who had no modern technique. Babe Ruth at the peak of his career would today be a hopeless fatass who couldn't even make the cut for concession stand operator for the Bowie Baysox AA minor league team.

Old records like Ruth's are only the benchmarks of their time and needn't be thought of as the modern standard -- Much like how I don't see anyone breaking NASCAR legend Richard Petty's record of 200-some career wins. Today's NASCAR is lots more competitive than it was in Petty's time.

50 posted on 08/06/2007 10:54:59 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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