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Bud Selig: Barry Bonds not all-time home run king, Hank Aaron is

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Bud Selig: Barry Bonds not all-time home run king, Hank Aaron is

Is Barry Bonds deserving of a spot in the National Baseball Hall of Fame?

It’s a question more difficult to answer now that the steroid wall at the helm of the Baseball Writers Association of America is slowly beginning to crumble. But it remains one of the biggest debates across baseball.

But how does Bud Selig feel about it? Not necessarily as a big-league executive, but as a fan. 

The ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball was a recent guest on The Dan Patrick Show and was asked his thoughts on the controversial subject. He has some biased as he’s close friends with Hank Aaron, and even said in his book that having to name Bonds as the all-time home run king “didn’t feel good at all.”

Bonds currently holds the all-time record with 762 career homers. Asterisk or not, they stand by his name.

Aaron hit 755 across 23 seasons.

As a fan …

“Well, I’ve never really answered that,” Selig told Patrick. “But I will say this to you, in my mind, even though Bonds holds the record, and I’ve said ‘records are records,’ I think you know how I feel about Henry Aaron.”

The former Milwaukee Brewers' team president and owner said he and Aaron had just spoken recently about this like they sometimes do. 

Patrick wanted to confirm Selig’s beliefs that Aaron should have the title of home run king. Selig confirmed.

And would Selig vote Bonds into Cooperstown?

“That’s one I will not answer because what I’ve said is I did everything I could do,” he explained. “Remember this, Dan, and I don’t have to tell you this, baseball not only didn’t have a drug-testing program -- we went through the cocaine era -- a serious problem in the ‘80s. Twenty-nine guys get convicted, four go to jail, and they couldn’t get a drug program.”

The Hall of Famer himself is glad those responsibilities are on others. 

“So, I’m proud of where we are," Selig said. "But I’m going to let the writers decide that -- they can decide that.”

[RELATED: Selig reflects on 'misery' of Bonds' home run chase]

Patrick wanted to know if Selig’s thoughts on Rogers Clemens mirrored that of Bonds -- once again, as a fan. 

“No, I don’t want to answer.”

Giants coach Justin Viele recalls Mike Yastrzemski calling MLB shot

Giants coach Justin Viele recalls Mike Yastrzemski calling MLB shot

When Giants fans look back on Mike Yastrzemski's rookie year, they surely remember the 21 homers, his successful return to Baltimore, and that magical series at Fenway Park. Justin Viele, one of Yastrzemski's new hitting coaches, watched all that from afar, recalling some conversations he had with Yastrzemski long before Giants fans knew who the outfielder was. 

Viele was taken in the 37th round out of Santa Clara in 2013 and played two seasons as an infielder in Baltimore's minor league system before getting into coaching. He was Yastrzemski's teammate and roommate, and years later they were reunited when Gabe Kapler picked the 29-year-old Viele as one of his hitting coaches on a revamped staff. 

Viele joined the Giants Insider Podcast this week and recalled the early days with Yastrzemski, which included plenty of conversations about their futures. In particular, Viele vividly remembers a trip to the beach with current Orioles Trey Mancini and Austin Wynns when they were all in the instructional league. Viele hasn't forgotten what Yastrzemski said as they rode along in the backseat of Mancini's truck. 

"I remember vividly him saying, 'I'm going to make it to the Major Leagues. I'm going to be a big league player.' And I remember just thinking, man, I cannot honestly say the same thing," Viele said, smiling. "I literally knew if I were to say it I would have just sounded so phony because I didn't truly believe that. Playing with Yaz and playing with Trey, these guys were on a different level, mentally and physically. Everything they did was just so cool to watch.

"When Yaz said that, I'm like, I know he's going to make it. Just from the conviction and way he said it I knew he was going to make it. That was a really cool memory for me."

[GIANTS INSIDER PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

Viele hit just .211 in two years in the minors, and he said he could tell back then how some players were just wired differently. He remembers thinking every game was the most important game of his life, while Yastrzemski and Mancini -- who hit 35 homers last year for the Orioles -- always kept an even temperament. 

"Everything was so calm," he said. "They have this focus of what they want to accomplish that day and they go play the game and the game just looks so easy, and for me it was not that way. It was really cool to watch."

Viele has forged his own path, one that's just about unprecedented in the game. He began his coaching career in 2015 and spent two years at his alma mater before coaching in rookie ball for the Dodgers, where he worked under Gabe Kapler and Farhan Zaidi. He was the hitting coach in A-ball last year and was promoted to minor league hitting coordinator before Kapler called with a surprising offer to help lead a big league staff. 

[RELATED: Zaidi encouraged by what he's seeing from Giants]

Viele has gotten into that job at a remarkably young age, which is ironically the opposite of the path Yastrzemski took. It took Yastrzemski six years in the minors to get his first shot, but he certainly made the most of it. His former roommate wasn't at all surprised to see the success on the field last year. 

"When he came up and he started doing what he was doing, I was not shocked," Viele said. "I was like, yep, I was expecting that. It was probably cool for him. The Orioles didn't bring him up at all and then he goes and does that. Hopefully they saw that -- obviously they did -- it is cool to kind of prove that yeah I can do this and I should be up here."

Field to Table: How to make Oracle Park's Crazy Crab Sandwich at home

Field to Table: How to make Oracle Park's Crazy Crab Sandwich at home

It was more than just a kooky mascot that roamed Candlestick Park and captured our hearts. It captured our taste buds as well. 

With Giants baseball on indefinite hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we wanted to bring the ballpark to you by creating the Crazy Crab Sandwich at home.

NBC Sports Bay Area has teamed up with Wine.com to create the "Field to Table" cooking show, where we'll attempt to cook our favorite ballpark treats from home.

Giants studio host Kelli Johnson, Giants insider Alex Pavlovic and "Shelter on Base/Triples Alley" member Anthony Garcia all attempt to make the Oracle Park delicacy from scratch in the second installment of "Field to Table."

Here's the recipe they used:

- Crabmeat (pasteurized)
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- Lemon wedges
- Sliced sourdough bread
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Sliced tomato
- Garlic (1 clove, chopped)
- Parsley (chopped)
- Salt and pepper to taste

[RELATED: How to make Oracle Park's famous garlic fries at home]

Check out the video above to see their cooking skills on display.

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