Madden: Voting for Barry Bonds is a slap in the face to Hank Aaron, who went through hell breaking Babe Ruth's HR record

Still, slightly less than 60% of the electorate are voting for them, choosing to disregard Article 5 of the voting rules, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the team(s) on which the player played.” Those writers who have chosen to ignore “integrity, sportsmanship and character” when it comes to Bonds and Clemens, as well as other steroid cheats, Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramirez, have offered a variety of reasons, which we’ll get to in a minute. But first I would like to bring up something that has been lost in all of this debate, which needs to be “re-remembered” (to paraphrase Clemens), and that is Hank Aaron’s lonely chase to Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record.

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