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Barry Bonds was indicted last week on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice for telling a federal grand jury that he did not take performance enhancing drugs. A four year investigation led to yesterday’s indictment and Bonds could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

The indictment raises a lot of questions about the future for Barry Bonds, and hopefully we will have some answers in the near future.

Will Barry Bonds actually go to jail?
If we have learned anything from past trials involving athletes or celebrities we should know that Bonds will probably not receive the 30 years maximum. It should be interesting to see whether or not Bonds turns on people like Victor Conte or other players in the league if it means a lighter sentence for himself.

Will a team actually sign Bonds?
No team in their right mind should even be thinking of signing Bonds. With a hearing scheduled for December 7th in San Francisco this case should last long into the off-season, and probably into the 2008 season as well. It would be very hard to understand spending money on a 43 year old with bad knees and now a federal indictment. Bonds should do the right thing and retire from baseball.

Will Barry Bonds make it to Cooperstown?
The Hall of Fame has said they are not planning on taking down the exhibit for Bonds 756th home run. So he will definitely be on the ballot when his time comes unless he receives a ban from Commissioner Bud Selig. Whether or not the writers actually vote Bonds into the hall is another question, and if this year’s vote was any indication Bonds will not be enshrined in Cooperstown. Mark McGwire only received 23% of the vote well short of the 75% needed for enshrinement. The difference between McGwire and Bonds is that McGwire has never been indicted, and he failed to get his votes based on speculation about his Capitol Hill testimony. Bonds may never be inducted into the Hall of Fame with or without a guilty verdict.

Does the home run record need an asterix?
Designer Marc Ecko asked this question and 47% of voters wanted him to brand home run ball #756 with an asterix before sending it to Cooperstown. Of course that vote was online and not an official MLB decision. As for MLB I couldn’t see them placing an asterix on the record. They know that a majority of public opinion still places Henry Aaron at the top of that list and an asterix would place guilt firmly on Bonds. If he is convicted or admits that he did in fact take performance enhancing drugs we may see something happen to the record, but I still think the possibility of something to that record is slim.

Will Bonds retire before December 7th?
If Bonds actually cares about the game he should retire before December 7th. He could end any speculation that he would be coming back, and could move on to focus his attentions on his trial. Do I actually think Bonds will do this? No. Bonds doesn’t seem to care about the game or the fans and has always done what he wants. Hanging up the spikes isn’t going to make the indictment go away, and it won’t change public opinions of Bonds, but it is the right thing to do.

More and more questions should arise over the next few weeks, and more and more should be answered. With the release of the George Mitchell investigation coming soon we could see more names in trouble with the law, or at least MLB. This off-season will hopefully be the turning point needed away from the steroid fueled days of the past 20 years.

Other News:
– The Atlanta Braves and Tom Glavine have agreed to a one-year/$8 million deal. It will be the 303 game winner’s second stint with the Braves.
– The Chicago White Sox have dealt pitcher Jon Garland to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Orlando Cabrera.
Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees reportedly have a deal in place. The closer will receive a three-year/$45 million contract.