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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Barry Bonds
The Baseball Hall of Fame has reduced the number of years a player can remain eligible to be voted in by the writers to 10 years from 15, giving Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens less time to be considered.
The predictions of the demise of the Baseball Hall of Fame because of the absence of some of the biggest stars of the steroid era have been greatly exaggerated. That's about the change dramatically next month, and for years to come.
Giants slugger Michael Morse received a couple of batting tips from home run king Barry Bonds during spring training.
Barry Bonds spent a portion of Monday morning driving around Pittsburgh, marveling at the changes he's seen in the city since baseball's career home run king bolted for San Francisco more than two decades ago.
The family reunion will be short. Whether it will be sweet hardly matters. At last, the wounds of 21 years of futility have finally started to heal.
When Ryan Garko played at Stanford, he hung on every word Barry Bonds offered about hitting as the eventual home run king trained and took his swings on campus alongside the college kids and a few other pros.
Barry Bonds, Dick Groat and Jim Leyland are going to help the Pittsburgh Pirates honor their award winners from last season on opening day.
Bonds himself told reporters his stint as a spring training instructor was "baby steps" but he is available if the Giants need him for other duties — you know, maybe like a goodwill ambassador. Wouldn't that be rich.
Barry Bonds certainly thinks he's worthy of election to the Hall of Fame.
The 49-year-old Bonds appeared slimmer than he did during his big years with the Giants. He spent his last 15 seasons with San Francisco, finishing in 2007 with 762 homers.
Barry Bonds is all set to return to the San Francisco Giants. As a spring training instructor, that is.
The Nationals signed veteran right-hander Clay Hensley, giving the reliever an invitation to big-league spring training.
The trio will join veterans committee selections Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa at the induction ceremonies next July, making for a jam-packed program a year after Cooperstown welcomed a class with no living inductees.
"He's got the formula now," Bonds said. "Once you do it once, I expect you to do it again."