Talking Points: Barry Bonds is back at spring training

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Barry Bonds certainly thinks he’s worthy of election to the Hall of Fame.

“Without a doubt,” baseball’s home run king said Monday at the San Francisco Giants’ spring training camp, where he will serve as a hitting instructor for a week.

The 49-year-old Bonds spent his last 15 big league seasons with San Francisco, finishing in 2007 with 762 homers.

But his final years were clouded by suspicions of performance-enhancing drug use, and the seven-time NL MVP was convicted of one obstruction count in April 2011 by a jury that found an answer he gave was criminally evasive during 2003 testimony before a grand jury investigating the distribution of PEDs.

Advice for the writers who have not voted for him: “You guys are all adults. I have no advice for you.”

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Here’s another story of a politician putting his foot in his mouth.

A Minnesota lawmaker apologized Monday for his tweet about NBA players that some saw as racist, saying he was rightly held accountable for inaccurate stereotyping.

State Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from the St. Paul suburb of Farmington, tweeted Sunday night: “Let’s be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime.”

Garofalo initially stuck by his words even after they drew hundreds of negative commentss, insisting they were misinterpreted. But in his statement Monday, he said he’d reconsidered.

“I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized,” Garofalo said. “The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country.”