Barry Bonds, The Hall of Fame Should Be Chanting Your Name

BarryBonds1993It’s that time of the year again, everyone is going to put in their two cents about which players should or shouldn’t be voted into the Hall of Fame. With that said, here’s my argument for one of the greatest baseball players to ever put on spikes. Yes, I’m sure you already knew I was talking about Barry Bonds.
 
I can give you 762 reasons as to why the Home Run King should be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, but I’m not going to start with the All-Time Home Run Record. Let’s go back to the beginning…

Bonds made his major league debut on May 30, 1986 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and that’s the day that baseball fans were introduced to one of the greatest players of All-Time. Bonds didn’t win Rookie of the Year, but did manage to lead all National League rookies with 16 homers.

It wasn’t until 1990 when Bonds really started to show us he was on another level than other Major League players. Bonds hit .301 with 33 homers, 52 stolen bases, 104 runs scored and 114 RBI. It was the year for a lot of firsts for Bonds. He was selected to his first All Star Game (14-time All Star), first Gold Glove Award (8-time Gold Glove Award), first Silver Slugger Award (12-time Silver Slugger Award), and first MVP Award (7-time NL MVP winner).

Bonds continued to dominate year in and year out for the Pirates. He went on to sign as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants on December 8, 1992 (six year, $43.75 million). Which made him the highest paid player at that time.

1990 – 1999 (Pirates, Giants)

It’s been speculated that Bonds started using steroids in the early 2000’s. Which is why, I just want to point out his numbers in the 90’s.

Bonds batted .302 and hit 361 homers in the 90’s. He averaged 34 stolen bases, 108 RBI, 109 runs and 36 homers a season. In 1996, Bonds joined Jose Canseco in the 40-40 club (40 homers, 40 stolen bases). Let’s also not forget his 8 All Star appearances, 8 Gold Glove awards,  7 Silver Slugger awards, and 3 MVP awards in the 90’s.

In 2001, Bill James had ranked players through the 1999 season, and ranked Bonds as the 16th greatest player of All-Time. He also said Bonds was the best player in the 90’s by a huge margin, and the most unappreciated superstar of James lifetime.

If you look up all the numbers yourself, you will see that Bonds was a lock to be in the Hall of Fame prior to the steroid era. After 22 seasons of giving his life to baseball, Bonds enshrinement into the Hall of Fame now rests in the hands of the writers.

When it was all said and done, Bonds career numbers included a .298 batting average with 762 homers, 1,996 RBI, 2,227 runs scored, 514 stolen bases, and 2,558 walks.

Bonds contributed more to his team/baseball than any other player did in their career during the same era. That alone, should have him locked in to be a first ballot Hall of Famer!

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~King of Cali (Steven Robles)

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8 Comments

  • Paul Moore says:

    It really irritates me that many of those who have never put on a jock have a say on who belongs in the hall. And those others who are in the hall who have a vote, can hey all pass the character clause. Did they ever do anything that they did not get caught in their lifetime..which could be hard to believe. And for Barry, he NEVER was convicted of using the juice.. His onlyh conviction was that the govt, spending millions and millions, to get him on one count of talking too long in his trial that he must be lieing…must be?
    And there are many in the hall who had bad character. Barrys only fault, he did not kiss it up to the media since he hated them for what they did to his Dad Bobby, that they went all out to get him. Yes America, the Press once again is running our country.
    Barry should be in since he was one of the greatest players the game has seen.

  • RKL3 says:

    I love Barry! He waved at me one time when I was a little kid…I loved it when it was Will Clark, Barry Bonds, and Matt Williams. Those were some of my favorite Giants days. Whenever they talk about the greats, Barry will always be talked about. It is impossible not to.

  • Bill Taylor says:

    I rue the day when a CONVICTED FELON is in the Hall of Fame! Whether or not he used the juice HE LIED TO THE GRAND JURY! That is what he was convicted of, and that is not something I can excuse.

  • Paul Moore says:

    They never proved he lied. They said he spoke at lenght about a lot of things going around the subject that he must have been lying. If he was talking a lot about a lot of things and was not being specific, is that not the job of the lady judge to step in and say stick to the topic. Never did so I guess he is lying…gads!!

  • Paul Moore says:

    And yes what about Bill Clinton…I never had sex with that lady. And yet no one is keeping him out of anything.

  • fast freddie says:

    BARRY DID NOT DIP CIGARS…THE PRESS HUNG THE MAN OUT TO DRY….IF ROGER CLEMENS GETS IN TO THE FAME YOU ALL WILL HERE IT FROM THE NAACP….RIGHTFULLY SO.

  • Anthony R says:

    Bonds was a hall of famer before the steriod issue.

    I used to get mad at ESPM and the negative press because I believed he did it naturally.
    After the evidence it is clear to me personally that he was on steriods.
    Problem is you have to believe everyone else was too. So did he merely level the playing field? I think it did more than that.

    While using he changed his swing from big and looping to short and compact.
    He was able to knock the ball over the fence without his big looping swing.
    After his injuries when he came back, he was swinging the way he did before he compacted his swing.

    I have a problem with people saying he’s better than Mays.
    Without the juice no way he gets close to Mays, EVER!
    I don’t think he passes McCovey either.

    He probably would have been close to a 500 home run hitter.

    Bonds broke Aaron’s record with impunity, no shame despite the fact that he was using.
    I think that’s what turned the tide against steriods.
    He destroyed every offensive category and people like Sosa with their corked bats were in the 600 club.

    His own greatness worked against him and exposed the issue of steriods as problematic in a game that is built and maintained on statistics and history.

    He mowed over the great Giants like they didn’t matter and I have a problem with that.

    Bonds had a great glove and a good fielder but not much of an arm.

  • Bill Taylor says:

    Barry was convicted of lying to the Grand Jury — that’s a felony. Barry said he thought it was “linseed oil” — really? My high school kids have better excuses than that.

    If you think that lying to the Grand Jury doesn’t matter — please think again. When the Grand Jury calls me in — I TELL THE TRUTH. PERIOD.

    It has nothing to do with whether the press hung him out to dry or whatever. Clinton lied to the PRESS — that’s not the same. People lie to the press all the time.