A point I just thought of, which strangely, I haven't heard/read brought up before in regards to any possible use of steroids by Barry Bonds, and any possible help this may have given him in regards to his home runs totals vs. Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.
Has any of you ever heard of the "Aaron shift"? No? How about the "Ruth shift"? No again?
How about Aaron or Ruth getting intentionally walked 60-70 times? Or, 120 times in one season? Still nothing? 604 career intentional walks?
Well, let's throw in 198 or 232 walks in one season? (crickets chirping)
Wow, this is getting difficult.
How about Aaron or Ruth getting walked every, single time first base is open with men on base? How about Aaron or Ruth getting walked even with nobody on base, but two outs in the inning?
How about Aaron or Ruth getting walked with the bases loaded?
Though not proven, steroids could have very well helped Barry Bonds get to the lofty 703 home runs he has in his career. However, there can be absolutely no doubt that if the rest of the league let Bonds play baseball the way they let Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth play baseball, he'd have a chunk more than 703 right now, steroids or no steroids. There was no running from hitters in those eras like the league runs from Bonds now.
Bonds: 604 career intentional BB's (and we'll just ignore all the unintentional/intentional walks for now)
Aaron: 293 career intentional BB's
Ruth: ...hm, data unavailable on intentional walks, but I'm sure he had quite a few...but 604? Possibly. We'll never know.