With only 36.2% of the 75% of votes needed, former M.V.P Barry Bonds, along with fellow “Steroids Era” legends were denied entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame. For the first time since 1996, no players received the necessary 75 percent of the votes from writers causing a debate among baseball enthusiast; Is it fair? You be the judge..
In 2007, 16 time All Star and Baseball legend Barry Bonds was indicted for his alleged involvement with the BALCO scandal and his steroid use. After all the controversy surrounding Barry, Marc Ecko decided to take matters into his own hands, literally.
In an effort to affirm the fate of the ball [and symbolically Bonds career,] Marc bought Bonds’ record-setting 756th home-run ball for $752,467 and decided to let the public speak on its fate. Brand it with an asterisk, send it to Cooperstown unblemished or launching it into outer space banding it forever. 10 million votes and a week of heated debates later, the public spoke. Almost 50% of voters decided, the ball will be branded. A remembrance of Bonds tainted record as it sits proudly in a glass case in our New York City Headquarters as a relic of modern history.