Barry Bonds asked the federal judge in charge of his perjury case to dismiss it today, arguing the indictment is “scattershot” and noted for its “striking inartfulness.” This gives us an inside look at how his lawyers are beginning to outline and defend their client. The attorneys said that the questions asked by prosecutors during Bonds’ December 2003 grand jury appearance were vague, ambiguous and confusing. The lawyers asked that the case be thrown out on the grounds that he couldn’t have been lying when the questions asked of him did not allow a concise response.
It should be noted that motions such as these are frequently filed but rarely granted. The lawyers are definitely trying what they can when they can to get the process streamlined as possible. Bonds has been accused of lying on nineteen different accounts of which he has been indicted on four separate charges of perjury and one obstruction of justice charge. Bonds’ attorneys argue that the instances should be detailed and charges should be filed separately, instead of being lumped together. This way, the charges can be dismissed and approached on an individual basis.
An interesting development indeed for Mr. Bonds as the season begins to get closer by the day. He is still a free agent with no potential suitors that we know about. Many teams I’m sure are waiting to find out more about his legal troubles before beginning negotiations with the all-time home runs leader. It is to be seen whether he will sign a contract for another year or if this will be the end of the slugger’s career. If it is, he’ll go away under suspicion of using performance enhancing drugs. If he gets signed for another season, the story continues and more and more records will undoubtedly fall from the pages of history.
On Saturday night, Barry Bonds on a 2-1 count, hit an outside pitch 386 feet off the upper deck and into the stands for career home run number 755. He moved into a tie with Hank Aaron for the most home runs ever hit by a single player. What an amazing career this man has had. In my mind he is a first ballot hall of famer, steroid era and all. When looking at Bonds’ career, he holds so many MLB records it’s hard not to imagine him being inducted into Cooperstown. In my opinion, he’s the greatest baseball player to ever put on a uniform…period!
Here’s a list of some of the all-time records Bonds holds:
To me, the last one is the most telling of all…
Here’s a list of some of the single season records Bonds holds:
As you can see, Bonds has had an amazing career. It seems like every time I watch a Giants game I hear about some other record he’s obtained. Obviously, I didn’t list them all, but just some of the more important ones. He is for sure, the greatest player ever.