Bonds' HR pursuit a definite hot-button issue
When and if Barry Bonds ever becomes the all-time home run king, will baseball treat the moment as a big thing or nothing that special?
When and if the most controversial ball in the game's history travels over the fence, and Barry Bonds rounds the bases as baseball's all-time home run leader, who will rise in the stands to applaud? Will it be commissioner Bud Selig? Will it be the man whose record Bonds just eclipsed -- and good friend of Selig's -- Hank Aaron? Will either of the men be present? Should they?
How to celebrate a record that most believe was obtained by a person whom very few people have an affinity for, and ...
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Hot Stove Heaters
Leading up to when pitchers and catchers begin reporting to their respective camps, ESPN.com offers a Hot Stove Heaters series on the 25 hottest topics in baseball. Follow along as we get you ready for the start of spring training.
• Jan. 11: Ballpark
• Jan. 12: Future new city for an MLB team
• Jan. 15: Rookie likely to begin '07 in majors
• Jan. 16: Prospect likely to start '07 in minors
• Jan. 17: Offseason pitcher acquisition
• Jan. 18: Offseason position-player acquisition
• Jan. 19: Future new commissioner
• Jan. 22: General manager
• Jan. 23: Manager
• Jan. 24: Division
• Jan. 25: Team
• Jan. 26: Farm system
• Jan. 29: Debate
• Jan. 30: Innovation
• Jan. 31: Trend
• Feb. 1: Milestone
• Feb. 2: Statistic
• Feb. 5: Story
• Feb. 6: Rumor
• Feb. 7: Everyday lineup
• Feb. 8: Infield
• Feb. 9: Outfield
• Feb. 12: Rotation
• Feb. 13: Bullpen
• Feb. 14: Overall player