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Barry Bonds gets to keep his baseball bats while on probation

February 8, 2012 | 11:56 am

Bonds

In the hands of Barry Bonds, a baseball bat has always been a destructive instrument.

Particularly for the opposing pitcher.

But on Monday, a federal judge weighed whether Bonds should be barred from possessing any baseball bats as a condition to his probation after being convicted of obstruction of justice last year, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting.

Bonds, 47, was sentenced to two years probation in December after a long-running federal case in which baseball’s all-time home-run hitter was accused of lying to a grand jury that was looking into baseball’s steroid scandal. Bonds has appealed his conviction.

People on probation are typically not allowed to possess anything that might be considered a deadly weapon. And a  baseball bat –- whether made of ash, maple or hickory -– apparently falls into that category.

All the same, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston in San Francisco granted Bonds an exception and said the former Giants slugger could hang onto his collection of lumber.

"The defendant shall not possess any ... destructive device ... except baseball bats," she ruled, the Chronicle reported.

Bonds hit 762 homers over 22 seasons in the big leagues and set the single season all-time mark with 73.

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-- Steve Marble

Photo: Barry Bonds hits his 762nd career home run. Credit: Getty Images

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