Barry Bonds

Birthdate 07/24/1964
Death Date
Debut Year 1986
Year of Induction
Teams Giants, Pirates
Position Left Field

Love him or hate him, Barry Bonds has some of the best statistical numbers in history. He’s the career and single season home run king.

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Signed contract to appear on souvenir baseballs

Signed contract to appear on souvenir baseballs

Most stadium souvenir shops sell balls with the stamped signatures of the home team’s players. Barry Bonds agreed to have his signature on such collectibles, getting compensated one penny
Two autographed baseball cards from early in Bonds' career

Two autographed baseball cards from early in Bonds' career

Barry Bonds debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 30th, 1986. These two baseball cards were the among the first that would feature the eventual seven-time
Special media credential for Barry Bonds' pursuit of the single-season homer record

Special media credential for Barry Bonds' pursuit of the single-season homer record

Barry Bonds set the single-season home run record in 2001 when he clubbed 73 round-trippers, eclipsing the previous record of 70 set by Mark McGwire in 1998. Members of

Stories about Barry Bonds

MLB’s best record wasn’t enough to keep a selfish Barry Bonds happy

July 30th, 2016

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 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. During his playing days, Bonds pulled the ball with such consistency that teams employed a defensive shift. The Dodgers adjusted by placing their second baseman in short right field, a position sometimes […]

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

June 18th, 2014

(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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