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Here is the opening to my Friday column explaining why I refuse to vote for Barry Bonds for the Hall of Fame:

I am writing about Barry Bonds and why, at this time, I don’t plan to vote for him for the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is not the first time I’ve written about this and it won’t be the last.

The subject is current because Roger Clemens just beat the rap of lying to Congress, and fans and writers are consumed, yet again, with the issue of the Hall of Fame and steroids. Both Clemens and Bonds will be on the next ballot.

I limit my discussion to Bonds because I better understand his case, and if I write about both of them, I may need 1,000 pages. I write about this subject humbly, tremblingly, with an ocean of self-doubt and with the understanding I may change my mind a dozen times. We already have discussed some of this on my blog. I apologize if I repeat some points.

To read the full column, click here.

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