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Enough already on Bonds

Posted Aug 15, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Aug 15, 2008 at 08:14 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas—Can we please stick a fork in the Barry Bonds idea? It’s not going to happen. The Rays have shown not a hint of interest in signing the guy, even when his name was one of several they kicked around in internal discussions during spring training.

The latest evidence comes courtesy of Ken Rosenthal, who has more from Bonds’ agent, Jeff Borris, about his client being “blackballed” by MLB. Apparently Borris sent Andrew Friedman a text asking if he’d be interested in Bonds with Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria out and Friedman didn’t respond.

That pretty much says it all, folks. Time to move on to some fresh speculation. The Rays have worked too hard to build something unique in this clubhouse to inject someone like Bonds into it.

Reader Comments

Por (Dan) on August 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

LEAVE BARRY ALONE!!!!!!!! HE’S JUST TRYING TO PLAY BASEBALL, HE JUST WANTS TO BE PART OF A TEAM. HE’S ONLY HUMAN. YOU’D DO THE SAME IF YOU WERE HIM. LEAVE HIM ALONE!!!!!!!!!

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Por (Matthew Cox) on August 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

That’s right - listen to Dan…everyone (especially the Rays), leave Barry alone…all alone!

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Por (Mark) on August 15, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Enough with the slamming of Bonds… what do you have against him? Is it a personal situation? You didn’t obliterate the Bay trade interest or let’s see, the Sheffield talk, Ibanez talk and many more. If you can honestly prove how Bonds wouldn’t help this lineup, then do so! Remember, we’re playing the likes of Seattle, Oakland, and Texas teams of MLB.  We have the Angels coming in, the Whitesox, and starting September its gets really tough.  Longo is going to help us, we’re going to need stellar pitching to carry this lineup. And most of all, lots of LUCK.

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Por (Sam Khalifa) on August 16, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Well you see, this clubhouse doesn’t need the distraction of the best hitter of this generation.  Just not worth it.  Besides, the Rays don’t employ players with questionable backgrounds, you know, like PED’s (Salas), disorderly conduct (Reyes) charges of domestic assault (Lugo) substance abuse (Aybar) or DUI’s (Hickey).  The Rays are better than that.

Clearly, Bonds has indeed been blackballed and the fans lose.

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Por (Dan) on August 16, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Good points Sam, but you wouldn’t be fair if you didn’t include Delmon Young (throws bat at umpire), and Elijah Dukes( Life Threatening statements, and impregnating a minor) BJ Upton (Not running out the play)

No Bonds is clearly worse then anything else this organization has had.

Wasn’t Aybar also jailed in his home country this past off-season for assualt on his wife? Then the charges were dropped so he could come to america and play?

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