Barry Bonds, the Cream, and the Clear
Plenty of men have been caught doping in plenty of sports, but few did it so brazenly as Barry Bonds, who had a spot reserved in the Hall of Fame before the Steroid Era of the late-1990s arrived. But after seeing Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa captivate the nation with their historic home run race in 1998, Bonds decided to combine his incredible talent and his particular brand of arrogance with superior science to construct monster numbers that will absolutely never be seen again – including crushing 73 home runs in a single season despite most pitchers actively avoiding throwing to him for months. Bonds never won a World Series, but he avoided jail time after lying to a Grand Jury regarding BALCO, the Bay Area lab that supplied him with HGH. We’ll call that a win.