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Barry Bonds is a Major League Baseball player who set a home run record. His accomplishments have been tainted by allegations of performance enhancing drugs.
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When he returned to the game, he was still hitting home runs, just not as many as he used to. Bonds finished up the 2006 season with 26 home runs.
In 2007, Bonds finally beat Hank Aaron's all-time home run record of 755 in August. Despite achieving this milestone, he learned late in the 2007 season that the San Francisco Giants didn't want him back in 2008. Bonds became a free agent.
There was more bad news for him later that year. Barry Bonds was charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in his earlier grand jury testimony in November. He entered a plea of not guilty on December 7th to these charges.
On his website, Bonds posted a statement, saying in part, "Despite the charges that have been filed against me, I still have confidence in the judicial system...And I know that when all of this is over, I will be vindicated because I am innocent."
Bonds has expressed an interest to play in 2008 season, but with his legal situation it is unclear whether any team will sign him.
During his career so far, Bonds earned seven National League Most Valuable Player awards, with Pittsburgh in 1990 and 1992, and with San Francisco in 1993 and four years straight between 2001 and 2004. The legendary left fielder has also won eight Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence.
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