Barry Bonds has never been one to lack confidence, and it seems this has not changed in the years since his last MLB appearance.
The 14-time All-Star has seen his career tinged by his association with the game's steroids scandal.
But, speaking at San Francisco Giants Spring Training after taking up a one-week role as a hitting instructor with the ball club, he was convinced of his stature in the game.
Asked whether he should be a hall-of-famer he was definitive in his response:
"Without a doubt," he told reporters.
In the two ballots Bonds has been a part of he has fallen well short of being admitted into Cooperstown but he clearly still sees his achievements in the game as worthy of recognition seven years after retiring.
He holds the records for most career home runs (372), was named Gold Glove Award winner eight times and was the National League most valuable player seven times.
But, in light of the doping revelations his stock has dropped considerably.
He was indicted in 2007 for allegedly lying to the grand jury during the government's investigation into steroid use in the game and he was convicted in 2011.
Barry Bonds was speaking at a press conference held in Arizona and was fairly keen to avoid questions on his controversial past, instead focussing on the present and the opportunity he has been given.
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