MLB’s best record wasn’t enough to keep a selfish Barry Bonds happy
July 30th, 2016 Leave a comment
Production isn’t enough for a contract Imagine the salary a free agent could demand coming off of an All-Star year in which he led the league in walks and on-base percentage while slugging 28 homers. Teams would line up for his services, hoping to add that rare combination of offense to their lineup. There was one such a free agent available in the off-season of 2008, but nobody signed him that winter. In fact he never played another inning in the major leagues. Such is the life when you’re Barry Lamar Bonds. Stories abound about of his black lounge chair and extra locker in his corner of the clubhouse at Pac Bell Park. His trial for obstruction and lying to a grand jury started last week with an admission of taking steroids and a far-fetched defense of never knowingly doing so. With his prickly personality, and prima donna attitude, Bonds can be a tough guy to like. He was no fan of the media. And as it turns out, he wasn’t always a fan of official scorers either. The early days of the defensive shift During his playing days, Bonds pulled the ball with such consistency that teams employed a defensive shift. The […]Read More >
I don’t care what they say he was a hall of famer before the steroid era and simply the greatest player that ever lived. Period!!!
He was a great hitter.Dislkeable person.HOF .Without a doubt. Never said the exact words before.
Mr Bonds would not get my vote . Great player who didn’t need to take steroids. Would not want to explain to my grandson why taking steroids must be ok. At least Pete Rose got his 4,000 hits without help, and he’s not going to be elected any time soon either.
It’s time to put him in Hall of Fame!
Barry Bonds absolutely belongs in the HOF. If steroid use precludes players from joining the hall. All HOF members should have been tested. Bonds was such a great player who wasn’t always pleasant to many of the sportswriters. His non selection is a terrible outcome for all of baseball.
Perhaps Bonds’ most amazing record is that in 2004, three years after hitting his 73, he reached base more times than he had official at bats. No one else ever did this.
Of the top ten on this table, five are Barry Bonds.
Name Year Reached base AB’s Proportion
Barry Bonds 2004 376 373 1.008
Barry Bonds 2002 356 403 0.833
Barry Bonds 2003 291 390 0.746
John McGraw 1899 294 399 0.737
Ted Williams 1941 335 456 0.735
Babe Ruth 1923 379 522 0.726
Barry Bonds 2001 342 476 0.719
Ted Williams 1954 270 386 0.700
Ted Williams 1957 287 420 0.683
Barry Bonds 2007 229 340 0.674