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Barry Bonds is saying that if the baseball he hit to break Hank Aaron's career home run record is marked with an asterisk and accepted by the Baseball Hall of Fame in that condition, he will boycott the Hall. So, if Bonds is elected to baseball's shrine, he won't attend the ceremonies. Reportedly, that would make him the only living person who did not attend his own induction into Cooperstown.

Bonds made this announcement in an interview with MSNBC'S Jim Gray. One Web site site, Quo Vadimus, was able to embed that video and here's the link so you hear Bonds for yourself.

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The asterisk issue comes about because fashion designer Marc Ecko, who purchased the ball from the fan who caught it, held an online vote to decide what should be done with the ball, the relevance of which is controversial because of Bonds' suspected use of performance-enhancing substances.  With 10 million ballots cast and three options offered regarding the ball's fate, 47 percent opted for the qualifying marking. For its part, the Hall of Fame seems to be happy just to get the ball. Here's an interview with Ecko and a representative of the baseball museum.

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