Fun Facts About Baseball's Greatest Players - Barry Bonds #3
Barry Lamar Bonds the son of former major leaguer Bobby Bonds was born July 24, 1964. He started his professional baseball career with the Pittsburg Pirates joining them on May 30, 1986. Proceeding his Pro career he played amateur baseball for Team USA getting the Bronze medal in the 1984 Amateur worlds series hosted by Cuba. He spent his first six years in the major crushing home runs for the Pirates.
In 1993 he joined the San Francisco Giant and this is the team he would take his last at about with on September 26, 2007. Hitting 762 home runs makes him the record holder in this category. Bonds had a meager batting average of .298. This is mostly due to later in his career when he was a constant long-ball threat. The pitchers either walked him intentionally or threw him nothing but junk pitches. He still found a way to add up those dingers.
Getting close to the 3000 hit club but never joining it, Barry would finish with 2935 hits and 1996 Runs Batted In. Getting walked 2558 times gave him a lot of opportunities to steal bases. Somehow this big guy stole 514 bases throughout 22 seasons. Baseballs flying into the upper decks and out of the park can you a lot of awards.
Bonds was a fourteen-time All-Star and was the nation Leagues Most Valuable player seven 7 times. Barry was also good in left field winning eight Gold Glove Awards.
With all those blasts over the fence, he won twelve Silver Slugger Awards and three Hank Aaron Awards. Having all those home runs you would think he had a lot of other batting titles.
However that is not the case, he was only National League Batting Champion twice, home run leader two times and RBI leader just once. Bonds holds four of Major League Baseballs all-time records.
He hit 762 home runs and in a single season knocked the hide off of 73 baseballs. Remember me mentioning the walks. He holds the records here also. His career total for bases on balls is 2558. He also holds the single-season record of 232 walks. The pitchers simply wouldn't pitch to this baseball great. The San Francisco Giants retired his jersey number 25 and place in on the Wall of Fame. Barry Bonds has yet to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.