Barry Bonds will eventually be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, says Victor Conte, the founder of BALCO, the company that produced steroids used by MLB, NFL and track competitors in the late 1990s and early this century.

"Back in the day, when they pulled back the curtain on September 3rd, 2003, for BALCO, people didn't recognize how widespread the use of PEDs was," Conte says in an interview with ESNEWS. "Now here we are ... 16 years later ... I think people realize that at that time in Major League Baseball, there was no testing."

In 2004, Bonds and Gary Sheffield testified to a federal grand jury about their use of BALCO-produced products known as "the clear" and "the cream." Their testimony was that they were unaware these substances were steroids.

"People have to judge each individual athlete against others in their era," Conte says.

Among MLB players, Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi, Armando Rios, Benito Santiago and Bobby Estalella told the grand jury that they used PEDs supplied by Bonds' trainer, Greg Anderson.

To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, a player needs to get 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America. In alignment with Conte's thinking, Bonds' percentage has increased nearly each year.

2013: 36.2
2014: 34.7
2015: 36.8
2016: 44.3
2017: 53.8
2018: 56.4
2019: 59.1

But Bonds has just three years left on the ballot. After 10 years, a player who hasn't received 75 percent is removed from the ballot. After that, a player can still be voted in by a committee that includes Hall of Famers.

In 2006, Conte was released from minimum-security prison after serving four months in prison in connection to the BALCO case. Since 2011, Conte has run a company called SNAC (Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning).