Now seems to imply that I have somehow changed my position or perspective. Such is not the case. I posted that IF one wants to explore a player who MIGHT WELL qualify as a multi-season age defier one might explore Ruth 1920-1925 [YOUNG] to Ruth 1927-1932 AGING.
I would also point out that, in historical context of almost 80 years, Ruth benefits from that added context of the passage of time. This green lights some gym training and the behavioral imact of a "good woman."
Bonds has not yet enjoyed such a retrospective landscape, in which all nuanced elements of his life and habits and physical conditioning have been vetted over considerable time. This is a consideration that merits honest, unbiased attention. Barry is still in the glare of the spotlight; allegations against him and his reputation and achievements; legal charges brought against him [and refuted] or in which he was legally vindicated.
Even that which has given him "felon" status is a purely legal offense of obstructing justice. We can conjecture all we like; but it is not perjury. Therefore, no lying under oath is legally upheld. No steroidal cheating is legally documented. No legal barrier erases his achievements; and no legal precedent justifies his banning from HoF considerstion.
That is now a matter of moralizing, conjecture, bias, and subjective conviction.