CBS Sports: Chipper On Bonds & HOF
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Baseball Hall of Fame electee and huge NASCAR fan Chipper Jones was in attendance for the 60th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, serving as a "race official." Despite not being tasked with any official race duties, Jones did take time to talk to CBS Sports about one of the most controversial snubs for the Hall: Barry Bonds.
"He got a little bump this year. We're just going to have to wait and see," Jones said when asked whether Bonds was going to get in. "So many of the voters are torn down the middle. Whether he did or whether he didn't [use banned substances] I don't know, but what I'm saying is he's the best ballplayer I've ever seen get on a baseball field."
Bonds is Major League Baseball's all-time leader in home runs with 762, but that number has been tainted by multiple allegations and reports of PED use over the years. In 22 seasons with the Giants and Pirates, Bonds earned seven NL MVP awards, eight Gold Gloves and led the National League in both hitting and home runs twice.
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