Monday, December 27, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, December 27, 2021 -- "Hall Ballot, Pt. 1"

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"Twenty years past 2001, there’s no chance of changing people’s opinions about Barry Bonds, and I no longer try. The thing I remember about Bonds, more than anything else, is that he perfected the baseball swing. You can have Ken Griffey Jr. and Will Clark and Tony Gwynn and anyone else you want to nominate. For me, watching Bonds in the 2000s was watching someone reduce the baseball swing to its most essential elements, with no wasted motion, no leaked energy. He went from Point A to Point B as directly as any player who has ever played the game."