Let's put some of my recent posts together.
Barry Bonds: greatest living player. Friday, April 17, 2015
MVP by team franchise. Sunday, April 19, 2015
|Mug shot of Barry Bonds Nov. 15, 2007 by U.S. Marshals Service [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons|
Five of the 30 franchises have zero MVP and another five have only one. That's 33 percent of the franchises. Only nine franchises (30%) have more than seven MVP.
The baseball writers voted those four PED MVP to Bonds in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. Bonds was blackballed after leading the National Conference in on base average in his final two seasons: 2006 and 2007. After the five year waiting period Bonds has failed to be elected to the Hall of Fame by the writers in 2013, 2014, 2015, most recently with only 37% of the votes (75% is needed to be elected).
So the last two of the four consecutive MVP votes are only ten years before the first two Hall of Fame votes. Obviously based on his performance as a player and without the character component that is 66% of the criteria for the Hall of Fame, the writers were either oblivious to the use of PED by Bonds when voting for MVP or they feel that the issue is important enough to bar Bonds from the Hall.
So let's put the writers to the test. Suppose there were an actual vote by those same writers for the greatest living player. Would they choose Bonds as they had when he was an MVP player or would they reject him as achieving his greatest status by cheating? If they now reject Bonds for cheating, then why didn't they reject him as a cheater back when they voted him his last four MVP awards?