Barry Bonds was, in fact, a top-performing baseball player in the '80s and '90s, but if his career stopped before the turn of the 21st Century, he would not be in the GOAT conversation today. Setting aside the incongruous argument that simply hitting home runs equates to all-time excellence, Bonds' career is forever marred by his rampant use of PED's in the early 2000's
, which is, conveniently, when his home run numbers reached too-good-to-believe highs. Without his participation in and historical benefit from steroids, Bonds would be another mid-tier, MVP-caliber player whose game began to die out in the latter half of his career, which is what we see with other baseball players time and time again. The argument that he is the greatest because of his record-breaking batting numbers (all coming in the height of his PED use) is, therefore, invalid.