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Full Name: Barry Lamar Bonds Primary Position: OF,LF
Height/Weight: 6'2"/240 First Game: May 30, 1986
Birthdate: July 24, 1964 MLB Experience: 22 years
Birthplace: Riverside, California
Bat/Throw: Left/Left


Biography

Barry Bonds (Barry Lamar Bonds) was born on July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California. He made his Major League debut on May 30, 1986 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1986, his rookie year, he hit .223 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI. Bonds played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants over the course of his 21 year career.

Despite the numerous steroid accusations, Bonds has still put together one of the great careers in recent baseball history.He holds the all-time record with 7 MVP awards, including 4 in a row from 2001-2004. No one else has more than 3 consecutive MVPs. In 2001 Bonds hit 73 homers and slugged .863, both records. He also has career marks for walks and intentional walks. Broke the most prestigious record in MLB, when he smacked his 756 home run on 8/7/2007 off Washington Nationals pitcher, Mike Bascik to surpass Hank Aaron (755) as the home run King.

Perjury Indictment

On November 15, 2007, Bonds was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, in conjunction with a four-year investigation into BALCO and whether he took performance enhancing drugs. The charge is that he lied to the grand jury under oath about whether his trainer Greg Anderson ever injected him with steroids, and whether he ever knowingly took steroids and not flaxseed oil, as he claimed. The indictment came as a bit of a surprise to most, since the investigation had gone on for so long. It is unknown at this time what prompted the indictment on that particular date.

Bonds entered a plea of "not guilty" on December 6, 2007, and posted this statement on his website:

I want to thank my family, friends and fans for their unwavering support. It means everything to me. Despite the charges that have been filed against me, I still have confidence in the judicial system and especially in the judgment of the citizens who will decide this case. And I know that when all of this is over, I will be vindicated because I am innocent.

Mitchell Report

Bonds' name was mentioned in the Mitchell Report about being implicated in the BALCO scandal:

"Peter Magowan said in an interview that during a phone conversation he once asked Barry Bonds if he took steroids. Bonds replied that he used a substance for sleeping problems and arthritis, which he only later found out was steroids. Magowan says Bonds claimed he did not try to hide his use of the substance from the rest of his team."

Scouting Report

Steroids or no, Bonds is one of the best hitters in baseball history. It all starts with his preternatural understanding of the strike zone: as one of the most patient hitters ever (and that's not counting his insane intentional walk totals), Bonds knows that all he has to do to be successful is to wait for the pitcher to throw him the right pitch. And once the right pitch is served up, watch out... Even at age 42, Bonds has scary power, especially when pulling the ball to right field. Bonds owns two of the quickest hands in MLB history, and the bat speed that they generate allows him to leverage his short, compact stroke into pure power. Bonds also has good hand-eye coordination and bat control for a power hitter, which allows him to hit for a solid average. If there's a weakness to Bonds' offensive game, it's that his speed and baserunning abilities are completely shot at this point.

Defensively, Bonds is a shell of the man who once won 8 gold gloves in 9 years from 1990-1998. He can't throw anymore, and his total lack of speed makes him a liability out in left.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1986 PIT N 113 413 72 92 16 48 .223 .330 .416 26 3 65 102 2 2 36 2 4
1987 PIT N 150 551 99 144 25 59 .261 .329 .492 34 9 54 88 3 0 32 3 4
1988 PIT N 144 538 97 152 24 58 .283 .368 .491 30 5 72 82 2 0 17 14 3
1989 PIT N 159 580 96 144 19 58 .248 .351 .426 34 6 93 93 1 1 32 22 9
1990 PIT N 151 519 104 156 33 114 .301 .406 .565 32 3 93 83 3 0 52 15 8
1991 PIT N 153 510 95 149 25 116 .292 .410 .514 28 5 107 73 4 0 43 25 8
1992 PIT N 140 473 109 147 34 103 .311 .456 .624 36 5 127 69 5 0 39 32 9
1993 SFG N 159 539 129 181 46 123 .336 .458 .677 38 4 126 79 2 0 29 43 11
1994 SFG N 112 391 89 122 37 81 .312 .426 .647 18 1 74 43 6 0 29 18 3
1995 SFG N 144 506 109 149 33 104 .294 .431 .577 30 7 120 83 5 0 31 22 12
1996 SFG N 158 517 122 159 42 129 .308 .461 .615 27 3 151 76 1 0 40 30 11
1997 SFG N 159 532 123 155 40 101 .291 .446 .585 26 5 145 87 8 0 37 34 13
1998 SFG N 156 552 120 167 37 122 .303 .438 .609 44 7 130 92 8 1 28 29 15
1999 SFG N 102 355 91 93 34 83 .262 .389 .617 20 2 73 62 3 0 15 9 6
2000 SFG N 143 480 129 147 49 106 .306 .440 .688 28 4 117 77 3 0 11 22 6
2001 SFG N 153 476 129 156 73 137 .328 .515 .863 32 2 177 93 9 0 13 35 5
2002 SFG N 143 403 117 149 46 110 .370 .582 .799 31 2 198 47 9 0 9 68 4
2003 SFG N 130 390 111 133 45 90 .341 .529 .749 22 1 148 58 10 0 7 61 7
2004 SFG N 147 373 129 135 45 101 .362 .609 .812 27 3 232 41 9 0 6 120 5
2005 SFG N 14 42 8 12 5 10 .286 .404 .667 1 0 9 6 0 0 0 3 0
2006 SFG N 130 367 74 99 26 77 .270 .454 .545 23 0 115 51 10 0 3 38 9
2007 SFG N 126 340 75 94 28 66 .276 .480 .565 14 0 132 54 3 0 5 43 13
Total 2986 9847 2227 2935 762 1996 .298 .444 .607 601 77 2558 1539 106 4 514 688 165

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1986 PIT N CF 110 108 945.1 282 10 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1986 PIT N OF 110 108 945.1 280 9 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1987 PIT N CF 46 43 379 117 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .975
1987 PIT N OF 145 126 1155.2 330 15 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1987 PIT N RF 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1987 PIT N LF 101 83 773.2 218 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1988 PIT N OF 136 129 1138 292 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1988 PIT N LF 135 129 1134 288 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1988 PIT N CF 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1989 PIT N OF 156 146 1338 365 14 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1989 PIT N LF 156 146 1338 366 14 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1990 PIT N LF 149 144 1274 331 14 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1990 PIT N CF 2 1 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1990 PIT N OF 150 145 1286 338 14 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1991 PIT N LF 150 146 1295.2 313 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1991 PIT N CF 4 1 11 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1991 PIT N OF 150 147 1306.2 321 13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1992 PIT N LF 139 138 1240.2 310 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1992 PIT N OF 139 138 1240.2 310 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .991
1993 SFG N OF 157 156 1371 310 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1993 SFG N LF 157 156 1371 310 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1994 SFG N OF 112 110 959.1 198 10 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1994 SFG N LF 112 110 959.1 197 10 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1995 SFG N LF 143 143 1257 281 12 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1995 SFG N OF 143 143 1257 279 12 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1996 SFG N CF 6 3 36 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1996 SFG N OF 152 151 1311.1 286 10 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1996 SFG N LF 149 148 1275.1 284 11 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1997 SFG N OF 159 158 1372.1 290 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1997 SFG N LF 159 158 1372.1 290 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1998 SFG N OF 155 154 1336.1 301 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1998 SFG N LF 155 154 1336.1 302 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1999 SFG N LF 96 95 795.1 178 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .984
1999 SFG N DH 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1999 SFG N OF 96 95 795.1 177 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .984
2000 SFG N LF 141 138 1152.2 255 8 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2000 SFG N OF 141 138 1152.2 255 7 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .989
2001 SFG N LF 143 141 1231.2 246 8 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .977
2001 SFG N DH 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2001 SFG N OF 143 141 1231.2 246 9 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .977
2002 SFG N LF 135 133 1115 239 4 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .968
2002 SFG N DH 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2002 SFG N OF 135 133 1115 239 4 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .968
2003 SFG N LF 123 122 1044 236 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2003 SFG N DH 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2003 SFG N OF 123 122 1044 236 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .992
2004 SFG N LF 133 132 1130.2 214 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .983
2004 SFG N DH 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2004 SFG N OF 133 132 1130.2 214 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .983
2005 SFG N LF 13 13 95 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2005 SFG N OF 13 13 95 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
2006 SFG N DH 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2006 SFG N OF 116 115 875 188 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2006 SFG N LF 116 115 875 188 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .985
2007 SFG N OF 110 110 842 162 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2007 SFG N LF 110 110 842 162 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .976
2007 SFG N DH 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total LF 2715 2654 22908.2 5226 159 89 22 0 0 0 0 0 .984
Total CF 171 156 1387.1 414 12 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 .982
Total OF 2874 2810 24299 5635 173 97 25 0 0 0 0 0 .984
Total DH 39 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total RF 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Transactions

Accomplishments & Awards

Major League Records

  • 762 Home Runs
  • 2,558 walks
  • 688 intentional walks
  • 73 home runs in a single season, 2001
  • 8 home runs in a single post-season, 2002
  • 449 different pitcher surrendering a home run to one batter
  • 74 home runs since turning 40 years old
  • 28 home runs in the year he turned 43 years old
  • 13 consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs (13), 1992–2004
  • .863 slugging percentage in a single season, 2001
  • 1.294 slugging percentage in a World Series, 2002
  • 8 consecutive seasons with .600 slugging percentage or higher, 1998–2005
  • .609 on-base percentage in a single season, 2004
  • 232 walks in a single season, 2004
  • 120 intentional walks in a single season, 2004
  • 18 consecutive games with a walk
  • 7 MVP awards, 1990, 1992–93, 2001–04 (the closest competitors trail with 3)
  • 4 consecutive MVP awards, 2001–04
  • 13 National League Player of the Month selections (the next highest in either league is 8 by Frank Thomas, and the next highest in the N.L. is 6 by George Foster, Pete Rose, and Dale Murphy)
  • The oldest player to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time (38), 2002
  • Tied National League high with 4 home runs in the 2002 World Series, one short of major league record of 5, by Reggie Jackson of the 1977 New York Yankees.
  • Shares the most consecutive plate appearances with a walk (7)
  • Shares the most consecutive plate appearances reaching base (15)
  • He tied his father, Bobby, for the most seasons with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases (5), and are the only father-son members of the 30-30 club.

Records (Active Only)

  • 1,996 RBI (1st)
  • .444 on-base percentage (1st)
  • 2,227 runs scored (1st)
  • 2,986 games (1st)
  • 1,440 extra-base hits (1st)
  • 12.92 at-bats per home run (1st)
  • 5,976 total bases (1st)
  • 2,935 hits (1st)
  • 601 doubles (1st)
  • .607 slugging percentage (2nd)
  • 514 stolen bases (2nd)
  • 9,847 at-bats (2nd)
  • 77 triples (6th)
  • 91 sacrifice flies (8th)
  • 1,539 strikeouts (9th)

Bonds is the lone member of the 500–500 club, which means he has hit at least 500 home runs (762) and stolen 500 bases (514). He is also one of only four baseball players all-time to be in the 40–40 club (1996), which means he hit 40 home runs (42) and stole 40 bases (40) in the same season.

  • 5-time San Francisco Giants Player of the Year (1998, 2001–04)
  • 7-time Baseball America NL All-Star (1993, 1998, 2000–04)
  • 3-Time Major League Player of the Year (1990, 2001, 2004)
  • 3-Time Baseball America MLB Player of the Year (2001, 2003–04)
  • 8-Time Gold Glove winner for NL Outfielder (1990–94, 1996–98)
  • 12-Time Silver Slugger winner for NL Outfielder (1990–94, 1996–97, 2000–04)
  • 14-time All-Star (1990, 1992–98, 2000–04, 2007)
  • 3-Time NL Hank Aaron Award winner (2001–02, 2004)
  • Listed at #6 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, the highest-ranked active player, in 2005.
  • Named a finalist to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999, but not elected to the team in the fan balloting.
  • Rating of 352 on Baseball-Reference.com's Hall of Fame monitor (100 is a good HOF candidate);[85] 9th among all hitters, highest among hitters not in HOF yet.
  • The second player to twice have a single-season slugging percentage over .800, with his record .863 in 2001 and .812 in 2004. Babe Ruth was the other, with .847 in 1920 and .846 in 1921.
  • Became the first player in history with more times on base (376) than official times at bats (373) in 2004. This was due to the record number of walks, which count as a time on base but not a time at-bat. He had 135 hits, 232 walks, and 9 hit-by-pitches for the 376 number.
  • With his father Bobby (332, 461), leads all father-son combinations in combined home runs (1,094) and stolen bases (975), respectively through September 26, 2007.
  • Played minor league baseball in both Alaska and Hawaii. In 1983, he played for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in the Alaska Baseball League,[7] and in 1986, he played for the Hawaii Islanders in the Pacific Coast League.

Trivia

  • He is the son of Bobby Bonds and the cousin of Reggie Jackson.
  • Bonds' son, Nikolai, is a batboy for the Giants, and always sits next to his dad in the dugout during games.


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