NEW YORK – Barry Bonds thinks he has been unfairly targeted for whatever problems baseball has had with the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
“I truly believe I have been singled out. Definitely,” he said during an interview aired Friday by MSNBC.
Seeking a new team after 15 seasons with his hometown San Francisco Giants, the 43-year-old left fielder said he wouldn’t be a problem for any team that chooses to sign him.
“I don’t bring baggage to a team,” he said. “I’ve never brought any baggage to a team. I’ve brought my baseball bag, but I don’t bring any baggage. I go on the field and I play.”
San Francisco chose not to make an effort to re-sign the home run king, who with 762 homers has topped Hank Aaron’s old mark of 755. The seven-time NL MVP hit .276 with 28 homers and 66 RBIs.
Bonds would have preferred to remain with the Giants.
“I was disappointed in the way it was handled,” Bonds said. “And what I mean by that is that San Francisco are not my fans. San Francisco is my family and I felt that … they took away our time to enjoy. … I think we deserved more than that.”