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L E’s Stories – “The Greatest 5 Tool MLB Player of All Time Played 22 Years While Setting Multiple Records That May Never Be Broken” – The Life and Legend of Barry Bonds

Posting a video history of the life and legend of Barry Bonds presents the absolute most difficult “dichotomy of greatness” that I have ever faced  throughout our 5667 posts regarding greatness here at ImaSportsPhile…..for Barry Bonds has been defined by history as a “Cheater”…..mainly by a media that wouldn’t know the truth if it was staring them in the face…..rather, what should be by being hallowed as the Greatest Hitter of All Time in MLB history.  It never ceases to amaze me at how such powerful national news services can be so misleading…..and frankly dishonest…..which is what we have in 2024…..with an intention of not to provide the news…..but more so, with an intention to “mold the minds of the masses”.  I personally challenge every visitor to ImaSportsPhile to watch every video in this post with an open mind…..and decide for yourself whether he deserves the label “Cheater”…..did he cheat, who knows…..but the numbers prove there were a whole bunch of ball players who did PEDS…..and there was an entire society that did PEDs in America…..PEDs were societal, seemingly everyone was doing them…..while trainers were pushing them…..coaches and managers were aware of them…..and you have to think that owners knew (the owners of the A’s with the Bash Brothers Canseco and McGuire had to know.  Simply put, Barry Bonds was just a member of that society which was infused with PEDs.  Barry Bonds is many things…..as the following video life story of the Greatest Hitter In Major League Baseball history will unfold.  I will say this, Barry Bonds was used as a scapegoat for an entire league that was at least “half-juiced”…..and everyone knew it…..which meant that there were simply those that did PEDs and those that didn’t, by choice…..but any way you cut the pie…..from the players, to the training staff, to the coaching staff, to management…..all the way to ownership knew about it.  Our hope is you will enjoy getting to know Barry as much as we did.  

MLB – Documentary “Barry Bonds:  A Broken Legacy”- 2022 – A iTalk Studios Production Special –On The Field, Barry Bonds Was Better Than Anyone Else…..But No One Particularly Liked Him”

 

Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964) is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Bonds was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1986 to 1992…..and the San Francisco Giants from 1993 to 2007.  He is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time…..so, I don’t understand “considered”….. especially since only member of the 500/500 club…hell, he’s the only  member of the 400/400 club!!…..which leads to the question, whose stat line compares with that?                                                                                                               

 

 

 

MLB – Documentary “Bonds On Bonds”- 2022 – A iTalk Studios Production Special –On The Field, Barry Bonds Was Better Than Anyone Else…..But No One Particularly Liked Him”

 

 

 

Recognized as an all-around player, Bonds received a record seven National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Awards…..plus 12 Silver Slugger Awards …..along with 14 All-Star selections.  He holds many MLB hitting records, including most career home runs (762)…..in addition to most home runs in a single season (73, set in 2001)…..and most career walks……as Bonds led MLB in on-base plus slugging six times…..while placing within the top five hitters in 12 of his 17 qualifying seasons.  For his defensive play in the outfield, he won eight Gold Glove Awards.  He also had 514 stolen bases, becoming the first and only MLB player to date with at least 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases…..Oh, and also the only play to date to have 400 home runs and 400 stolen bases.  Bonds is ranked 1st in career Wins Above Replacement (WAR) among all major league position players by Baseball-Reference.com…..while being 2nd by FanGraphs, behind only Babe Ruth.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

MLB – MLB Baseball Home Run Documentary “Barry Bonds – World Record Hitter”- 2022 – A
Baseball Doc
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Sports Century Series Continues Its Emmy Award-Winning Reputation By Profiling One Of The Greatest Athletes And Most Fascinating Personalities In History.
 

 

 

 

Despite his accolades, Bonds led a controversial career, notably as a central figure in baseball’s steroids scandal.  He was indicted in 2007 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a grand jury during the federal government’s investigation of BALCO, a manufacturer of an undetectable steroid…..then after the perjury charges were dropped, Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2011…..but the conviction was overturned in 2015…..which is just another example of the “powers that be”  …..as those powers even reach through the court system…..which is controlled by the same folks that control the media that has defined Barry Bonds as a cheater.  During his 10 years of eligibility, he did not receive the 75% of the vote needed to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Is it coincidence or is it just me that believes that those same “powers that be” have something to do with these votes…..or is it really just sportswriters who never played the game professionally that really determine whether a baseball player of Barry Bonds stature deserves to be in the Hall!?!  Some voters of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) stated they did not vote for Bonds because he used performance-enhancing drugs…..yet is that true…..has he ever been convicted…..NO…..because the whole PEDS scandal that has kept Bonds out of the Hall has totally been swept under the rug since Barry left the game…..cuz they no longer had their “Guinea Pig”

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Lifestyle Is Not What You Think” 2022 – A Baseball Doc Production Special  Sports Century Series Continues Its Emmy Award-Winning Reputation By Profiling One Of The Greatest Athletes And Most Fascinating Personalities In History. 

Bonds was born in Riverside, California, to Patricia (née Howard) and former major leaguer Bobby Bonds, and grew up in San Carlos and attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and football. He played on the junior varsity team during his freshman year and on the varsity team for the remainder of his high school career. He garnered a .467 batting average his senior year, and was named prep All-American.  The Giants drafted Bonds in the second round of the 1982 MLB draft as a high school senior, but the Giants and Bonds were unable to agree on contract terms when Tom Haller’s maximum offer was $70,000 ($210,000 today) and Bonds minimum to go pro was $75,000, so Bonds instead decided to attend college.

 

 

 

NCAA Baseball – Rare Story & Highlights – From NCAA Baseball Game of the Week – Arizona Sun Devils Vs Stanford Cardinals – – 1984 – A Sports360AZ Production Special – “The Story Of Barry Bonds Pine Tar Incident”

 

 

 

Bonds attended Arizona State University, hitting .347 with 45 home runs and 175 runs batted in (RBI).  In 1984 he batted .360 and had 30 stolen bases. In 1985, he hit 23 home runs with 66 RBIs and a .368 batting average. He was a Sporting News All-American selection that year. He tied the NCAA record with seven consecutive hits in the College World Series as a sophomore and was named to All-Time College World Series Team in 1996.

 

 

NCAA Baseball – College World Series from Omaha, Nebraska – Arizona Sun Devils Vs Texas Longhorns – – 1984 – An NCAA Championships Production Special – “Barry Bonds Ties CWS Record With 8th Straight Hit” 

 

 

 

Bonds was not well-liked by his Sun Devil teammates, in part because in the words of longtime coach Jim Brock, he was “rude, inconsiderate and self-centered.”…..as evidenced when he was suspended for breaking curfew….. that is when the other players initially voted against his return…..even though he was easily the best player on the team.

 

 

 

High School & NCAA Baseball & MLB – Special – “Why Everybody Hated Barry Bonds” – 2023 – A Baseball Doesn’t Exist Production Special – “Barry Says He Has Been The Same Person Since His High School Playing Days”

 

 

 

He graduated from Arizona State in 1986 with a degree in criminology. He was named ASU On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player…..with other winners including Dustin Pedroia, Willie Bloomquist, Paul Lo Duca, and Ike Davis. During college, he played part of one summer in the amateur Alaska Baseball League with the Alaska Goldpanners.                                                                                

 

 

 

NCAA Baseball & MLB – Special –“Barry Bonds Honored at ASU” – 2018 – A Sports360AZ Production Special – “Barry Bonds Shares Stories About His Days Playing at ASU”

 

 

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Bonds as the 6th overall pick of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft…..then he joined the Prince William Pirates of the Carolina League…..and was named July 1985 Player of the Month for the league.  In 1986, he hit .311 in 44 games for the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special -MLB 1985 Draft 2020 – A Sports Huddle Production Special – “Barry Bonds and The 5 Players Who Were Drafted Before Him”

 

 

 

Before Bonds made it to the major leagues in Pittsburgh, Pirate fan attendance was low, with 1984 and 1985 attendance below 10,000 per game for the 81-game home schedule, with attendance woes being a combination of the economic problems of Western Pennsylvania in the early 1980s as well as the Pittsburgh drug trials that directly affected the Pirates going from World Series champions to nearly relocating to Denver in only six years. Bonds made his major league debut on May 30, 1986.  In 1986, Bonds led National League (NL) rookies with 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 36 stolen bases, and 65 walks, but he finished 6th in Rookie of the Year voting.  He played center field in 1986 but switched to left field with the arrival of centerfielder Andy Van Slyke in 1987.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Was A Monster” 2023 – A The WAR Room Production Special – “8 Wild Facts That Prove Barry Bonds Wasn’t Human”

 

 

 

In his early years, Bonds batted as the leadoff hitter.  With Van Slyke also in the outfield, the Pirates had a venerable defensive tandem that worked together to cover a lot of ground on the field although they were not close off the field.  The Pirates experienced a surge in fan enthusiasm with Bonds on the team and set the club attendance record of 52,119 in the 1987 home opener.  That year, he hit 25 home runs in his second season, along with 32 stolen bases and 59 RBIs.                                                                                                          

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Best Moments With The Pittsburgh Pirates From 1986 To 1992” 2023 – A MLB Vault Production Special – “The Result Of These Barry Bonds Highlights Brought Baseball Back To Pittsburgh”

 

 

 

Bonds improved in 1988, hitting .283 with 24 home runs.  The Pirates broke the record set the previous year with 54,089 attending the home opener.   Bonds now fit into a highly respected lineup featuring Bobby Bonilla, Van Slyke and Jay Bell…..when he finished with 19 homers, 58 RBIs…..along with 14  outfield assists in 1989…..which was 2nd in the NL…..however, following the season, rumors that he would be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jeff  Hamilton and John Wetteland swirled around the league…..but the team denied the rumors and no such trade occurred.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – D-backs Walk Barry Bonds With The Bases Loaded” – 1998 –  2023 – A MLB Vault Production Special – Something You Will Probably See Never Purposely Done Again”

 

 

 

Bonds won his 1st MVP Award in 1990…..while hitting .301 with 33 home runs and 114 RBIs…..plus, he also stole 52 bases…..which was 3rd in the league…..thus becoming a 1st-time member of the 30–30 club…..in addition to which he won his 1st Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award.  That year, the Pirates won the National League East title for their 1st postseason berth since winning the 1979 World Series…..however, the Cincinnati Reds, whose last post-season berth had also been in 1979…..when they lost to the Pirates in that year’s NLCS…..but defeated the Pirates in the NLCS in-route to winning the 1990 World Series.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Remembering Barry Bonds With the Pittsburgh Pirates In the Late 1980’s and Early 1990’s”   2022 – A 90s Sports Nostalgia Production Special – “Do You Remember Barry Bonds’ Time In Pittsburgh With The Pirates Under Manager Jim Leyland?

 

 

 

In 1991, Bonds also put up great numbers, hitting 25 homers and driving in 116 runs, and obtained another Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. He finished second to the Atlanta Braves’ Terry Pendleton (the NL batting champion) in the MVP voting.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds: 1990’s Extended Highlights  2022 – A Gary Suley Production Special – “Two NL MVP’s With 2 HR Titles And 2 Batting Titles”

 

 

 

In March 1992, Pirates general manager Ted Simmons agreed to a deal with Atlanta Braves counterpart John Schuerholz to trade Bonds, in exchange for Alejandro Peña, Keith Mitchell, and a player to be named later. Pirates manager Jim Leyland opposed the trade vehemently, and the proposal was rescinded.  Bonds stayed with Pittsburgh and won his second MVP award that season.  While hitting .311 with 34 homers and 103 RBIs, he propelled the Pirates to their third straight National League East division title. However, Pittsburgh was defeated by the Braves in a seven-game National League Championship Series. Bonds participated in the final play of Game 7 of the NLCS, whereby he fielded a base hit by Francisco Cabrera and attempted to throw out Sid Bream at home plate. But the throw to Pirates catcher Mike LaValliere was late and Bream scored the winning run.  For the third consecutive season, the NL East Champion Pirates were denied a trip to the World Series. Following the loss, Bonds and star teammate Doug Drabek were expected to command salaries too high for Pittsburgh to again sign them.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds: 1990/91 Extended Highlights  2022 – A Gary Suley Production Special – “Barry Bonds Highlights Of His Last Two Years With The Pirates”

 

 

 

Bonds was never well-liked by reporters or fans while in Pittsburgh, despite winning two MVP awards. One paper even gave him an “award” as the “MDP” (Most Despised Pirate).                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Pirates Manager Jim Leyland Chews Out Reigning MVP Barry Bonds Opening Day of Spring Training” – 1991 – An On This Date In MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Has Issue With News Cameraman When Mgr Leyland Comes Over And Rips Bonds A New One”

 

 

 

In 1993, Bonds left the Pirates to sign a lucrative free agent contract worth a then-record $43.75 million (equivalent to $88.6 million in 2022) over six years with the Giants…..with whom his father had spent the 1st seven years of his career…..and with whom his godfather Willie Mays played 22 of his 24 Major League seasons…..as the deal was at that time the largest in baseball history, in terms of both total value and average annual salary.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Babe Vs. Bonds: The Most Dominant Player In Baseball History” – 2024 – A Tapir Baseball Production Special – “Perhaps The Two Most Dominant Players Ever”

 

 

 

Once he signed with the Giants, Bonds had intended to wear the number 24, his number during most of his stay with the Pirates and, after receiving Mays’s blessing, the Giants were willing to unretire it until the public commotion from fans and media became too much.  To honor his father, Bonds switched his jersey number to 25, as it had been Bobby’s number in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – The Best Hitter These Former MLB Players Ever Saw (Did Everyone Say Barry Bonds?)” – 2023 – A MLB Production Special – “Candid Thoughts From 6 MLB Players With Long Careers Playing Against Barry Bonds”

 

 

 

In an emotional press conference announcing the signing, Bonds described joining the Giants as going “home”…..and following in the footsteps of his father and godfather as “unbelievable” …..and “a boyhood dream come true.”

 

 

 

 

MLB & News – ESPN Special Flash – Barry Bonds Signs With The San Francisco Giants” – 1992 – An MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Ecstatic About Signing With The Giants And Coming Home”

 

 

 

Bonds hit .336 in 1993…..while leading the league with 46 home runs and 123 RBI enroute to his 2nd consecutive MVP award, and 3rd overall.  As good as the Giants were (winning 103 games), the Atlanta Braves won 104 in what some call the last great pennant race (because the wild card was instituted the year after).

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Giants Opening Day Highlight Moment – 1993 – An MLB Production Special – “1st At Bat With The Giants Home Run By Barry Bonds On Opening Day”

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Giants Highlight Moment – 1993 – An MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Hits His 512th Career Home Run Tying Ernie Banks + Eddie Matthews…..His 46th Of 1993”                                                         

 

 

In the strike-shortened season of 1994, Bonds hit .312 with 37 home runs and a league-leading 74 walks, and he finished 4th in MVP voting.                                             

 

 

 

MLB – Special Highlight – 2002 – An MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Homers At Yankee Stadium” – What A Blast!

 

 

 

In 1995, Bonds hit 33 homers and drove in 104 runs, hitting .294 but finished only 12th in MVP voting.  In 1994, he appeared in a small role as himself in the television film Jane’s House, starring James Woods and Anne Archer.                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

MLB – Special Highlight – 2001 – An MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Homers 3 Times Vs. Braves  His 18th, 19th and 20th Of His Record Breaking 73 HR Season”

 

 

 

In 1996, Bonds became the 1st National League player and 2nd major league player (of the current list of four) to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.  The other members of the 40–40 club are José Canseco in 1988…..Alex Rodriguez in 1998…..and Alfonso Soriano in 2006…..while his father Bobby Bonds was one home run short in 1973…..when he hit 39 home runs and stole 43 bases.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special Highlights – 2017 – An Entertain Yourself Production Special – “Highlights Of A’s Jose Canseco (1988) + Giants Barry Bonds (1996) + Mariners Alex Rodriguez (1998) + Nationals Alfonso Soriano (2006)”

 

 

 

Bonds hit his 300th and 301st home runs off the Florida Marlins’ John Burkett on April 27……and he became the 4th player in history to join the 300–300 club with 300 stolen bases and 300 home runs for a career…..while joining Willie Mays, Andre Dawson, and his father Bobby…..when Bonds’s totals for the season included 129 runs driven in…..a .308 average…..with a  then-National League record 151 walks……when he finished 5th in the MVP balloting.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special Highlights – 1996 – An Gary Suley Production Special – “Highlights Of The Home Run Derby Finals With Mark Maguire Vs Barry Bonds”

 

 

 

MLB – Special Barry Bonds Homerun Highlight – 1996 – An Zepstrumentals Production Special – “Highlight Of What Might Be The Longest Home Run Ever Hit”

 

 

 

In 1997, Bonds hit .291…..which was his lowest average since 1989……albeit he hit 40 home runs for the 2nd straight year…..while driving in 101 runs….. and leading the league in walks again with 145…..when he also stole 37 bases…..thus tying his father for having the most 30–30 seasons (5)…..and he again placed 5th in the MVP balloting.                                                                                                            

 

 

 

MLB – Special Barry Bonds 1st Inning Homerun Highlight – Dodgers Vs Giants  1997 – An MLB Production Special – “Highlight Of Bonds Going Deep Against Chan Ho Park & The L A Dodgers…..And Does A Twirl Coming Out Of The Box”

 

 

 

MLB – NLDS Game 1 (Giants Vs Marlins) Highlight – “Barry Bonds Defensive Gem Robs Marlins Devon White – 1997 – An MLB Production Special – “Highlight Of Bonds Stealing A Devon White Base Hit”

 

 

 

With two outs in the 9th inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 28, 1998, Bonds became only the 5th player in baseball history to be given an intentional walk with the bases loaded…..as Nap Lajoie in 1901….. Del Bissonette in 1928…..and Bill Nicholson in 1944 were three others in the 20th century who received that rare honor…..with the 1st to receive one was Abner Dalrymple in 1881.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Dominic Smith Interviews Barry Bonds Regarding His Being Walked With The Bases Loaded By The D-Backs – 1998 – An MLB Clips Production Special – “Bonds Surprised By The Not Being Pitched To…..Something He Had Never Seen Before”

 

 

 

On August 23, Bonds hit his 400th career home run. By doing so, he became the first player ever to enter the 400–400 club by having career totals of 400 home runs and 400 stolen bases; he is still the only player to have achieved this feat. The milestone home run came off Kirt Ojala, who, like Burkett, was pitching for the Marlins. For the season, he hit .303 with 37 home runs and drove in 122 runs, winning his eighth Gold Glove…..and finishing 8th in the MVP voting.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special Highlight – Barry Bonds Hits His 400th Homerun – 1998 – Baseball Ruski Production Special – “Barry Bonds 400th HR Was Off Florida Marlins P Kirt Ojala”

 

 

 

1999 marked a career-low, up to that point, for Bonds in terms of playing time. Bonds started off the 1999 season hitting well by batting .366 in the month of April with 4 home runs and 12 RBIs in the Giants’ first 12 games of the season.  But on April 18 he was placed on the 15-day disabled list for only the 2nd time in his career up to that point. Bonds had suffered a torn tendon in his biceps as well as bone spurs in his elbow, both of which required surgery and cost him the rest of April and all of May.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Before And After Steroids” – 2020 – A Matthew Rutz Production Special – “Extended Highlights Of Barry Bonds Homeruns Before He Supposedly Juiced And After”

 

 

 

Upon returning to action on June 9, Bonds struggled somewhat at the plate for the remainder of the 1999 season…..when a series of nagging injuries including elbow pain, knee inflammation and groin issues hampered his play. Only hitting .248 after his return from the disabled list…..when he still managed to slug 34 home runs…..drive in 83 runs…..as well as hit for a .617 slugging percentage, despite missing nearly two full months with injuries and only playing in 102 games.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Home Run Derby With Barry Bonds Vs. Hideki Matsui” – 1999 – A しみしょうEProduction Special – “Entire 2 Round Competition Between MLB Home Run King Barry Bonds Vs. JLB Home Run King Hideki Matsui”

 

 

 

Bill James ranked Bonds as the best player of the 1990s. He added that the decade’s second-best player, Craig Biggio, had been closer in production to the decade’s 10th-best player than to Bonds. In 1999, with statistics through 1997 being considered, Bonds ranked Number 34 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, making him the highest-ranking active player.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Career Highlights” – 2020 – A MikeGreiner12 Production Special – “Barry Bonds 1986-2007:   2,935 Hits, 762 HR, 1,996 RBI, .298 BA, .444 OBP,  1.051 OPS, 162.7 WAR, 7x NL MVP”

 

 

 

When the Sporting News list was redone in 2005, Bonds was ranked 6th behind Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Hank Aaron. Bonds was omitted from 1999’s Major League Baseball All-Century Team, to which Ken Griffey Jr. was elected.  James wrote of Bonds, “Certainly the most unappreciated superstar of my lifetime. … Griffey has always been more popular, but Bonds has been a far, far greater player.”  In 1999, he rated Bonds as the 16th-best player of all time. “When people begin to take in all of his accomplishments”, he predicted, “Bonds may well be rated among the five greatest players in the history of the game.”

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “San Francisco Giants Vs Philadelphia Phillies Highlights” – 1998  – A Sports Odyssey Production Special – “Barry Bonds Bounces Botttalico”

 

 

 

In 2000, the following year, Bonds hit .306 with career bests through that time in both slugging percentage (.688) and home runs (49) in just 143 games…..while drawing a league-leading 117 walks……which by the way is incredible…..so, it becomes easy to see that 117 times that season…..that is exactly what were 117 times that manager thought the odds of preventing run production…..it’s a better decision to put this man on base…..free of charge…..which Bonds would turn into his opportunity to steal 500+ bases….. WOW…..WHAT RESPECT!….cuz in my 77 yrs, I’ve never seen anything quite like that…..and what pisses me off about Bonds case is that if he did what he was tagged by media as a cheater by doing turned out being many of them were doing it too…..and it was woven into the entire soceity…..and Barry Bonds was just one of millions that were doing PEDs during that time…..plus Bonds was a villain in every ballpark he went into…..which made him a easy target as a “prime guine pig” of a drug infested society…..cuz just about everybody was doing it either from the streets or from the pharmacy.  Heck, I remember friends doing the pills the Mom’s medicine cabinet….especially the “mood changers”.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – ” # 756 – San Francisco Giants LF Barry Bonds Breaks Hank Aaron’s Career Homerun Record Vs Philadelphia Phillies Highlights” – 1998  – A Sports Odyssey Production Special – “Barry Bonds Road To History”

 

 

 

The next year, Bonds’s offensive production reached even higher levels, breaking not only his own personal records but several major league records.  In the Giants’ first 50 games in 2001, he hit 28 home runs, including 17 in May—a career high.  This early stretch included his 500th home run hit on April 17 against Terry Adams of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He also hit 39 home runs by the All-star break (a major league record), drew a major league record 177 walks, and had a .515 on-base average, a feat not seen since Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams over forty years earlier. Bonds’ slugging percentage was a major league record .863 (411 total bases in 476 at-bats), and he ended the season with a major league record 73 home runs.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds 2001 Season:  All 73 Homeruns Highlights” – 1998  – A Sports Odyssey Production Special – “It Is Almost Exhausting To Watch Him Set The Single Season HR Record”

 

 

 

On October 4, by homering off Wilfredo Rodríguez in the 159th game of the season, Bonds tied the previous record of 70 set by Mark McGwire…..which McGwire set in the 162nd game in 1998…..then he hit # 71 and # 72 the following night off Chan Ho Park…..and  Bonds added his 73rd off Dennis Springer on October 7.  The ball was later sold to toy manufacturer Todd McFarlane for $450,000. He previously bought Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball from 1998.  Bonds received the Babe Ruth Home Run Award for leading MLB in home runs that season.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Opening Day Giants Vs Dodgers Highlights” – 2002  – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Gets 2 Homeruns and 5 RBIs On Opening Day 2002”

 

 

 

Bonds re-signed with the Giants for a five-year, $90 million contract in January 2002…..when he hit five home runs in the Giants’ 1st four games of the season…..while tying Lou Brock’s 35-year record for most home runs after four games.  He won the NL batting title with a career-high .370 average…..while striking out only 47 times…..and hitting 46 home runs in 403 at-bats…..IMPRESSIVE!

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Hits A Walk-Off Grand Slam Into McCovey Cove” – 2001  – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Gets His 548th Career Homerun Tying Phillies Mike Schmidt”

 

 

 

Despite playing in nine fewer games than the previous season, he drew 198 walks, a major-league record…..with 68 of them being intentional walks….. thus surpassing Willie McCovey’s 45 in 1969 for another Major League record…..plus, he slugged .799…..which was then the 4th-highest total of all time.  Bonds went on to break Ted Williams’ major league record for on-base average with .582…..then he hit his 600th home run less than a year and a half after hitting his 500th…..when the home run came on August 9 at home against Kip Wells of the Pirates.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Hits His 600th Career Homerun at PacBell Park” – 2002  – A MLB Vault Production Special – “Barry Bonds Gets His 600th Career Homerun Off Pirates Kip Wells”                                          

 

 

 

Bonds batted .322 with eight home runs, 16 RBI, and 27 walks in the postseason en route to the 2002 World Series, which the Giants lost 4–3 to the Anaheim Angels.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Blasts His 4th Homer Of The World Series In Game 6 With The Angels” – 2002 – An MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Hits His 8th Home Run of the 2002 Postseason….4th of the World Series….To Deep Right Off of Super Closer K-Rod” 

 

 

 

In 2003, Bonds played in just 130 games…..while hitting 45 homeruns in just 390 at-bats…..along with a .341 batting average…..after establishing a slugging percentage of .749…..with 148 walks…..and he had an on-base average well over .500 (.529) for the 3rd straight year.  He also became the only member of the career 500 home run/500 stolen base club by stealing second base on June 23 off of pitcher Éric Gagné in the 11th inning of a tied ball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers (against whom Bonds had tallied his 500th home run)…..when Bonds scored the game-winning run later that inning.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds (MVP) vs Eric Gagne (Cy Young)…..What a Battle!” – 2004 – A Blacks in Baseball Production Special – “Barry Bonds Pulls A 101mph Fastball…..Talk About A Fast Bat!” 

 

 

                                      

In 2004, Bonds had perhaps his best season…..when he hit .362 en-route to his 2nd National League batting title…..while he broke his own record by walking 232 times (including a MLB record 120 intentional walks)…..plus, he slugged .812…..which was 4th-highest of all time…..not to mention, he also broke his on-base percentage record with a .609 average.  Bonds passed Mays on the career home run list by hitting his 661st off of Ben Ford on April 13.  He then hit his 700th off of Jake Peavy on September 17…..as Bonds hit 45 home runs in 373 at-bats…..and struck out just 41 times             , putting himself in elite company, as few major leaguers have ever had more home runs than strikeouts in a season. Bonds would win his fourth consecutive MVP award and his seventh overall.  His seven MVP awards are four more than any other player in history. In addition, no other player from either league has been awarded the MVP four times in a row.  (The MVP award was first given in 1931). The 40-year-old Bonds also broke Willie Stargell’s 25-year record as the oldest player to win a Most Valuable Player Award (Stargell, at 39 years, 8 months, was National League co-MVP with Keith Hernandez in 1979). On July 4, he tied and passed Rickey Henderson’s career bases on balls record with his 2190th and 2191st career walks.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Ties Godfather Willie Mays With A Rocket To McCovey Cove For His 660th Career Homerun” – 2004 – An MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Made A Historic Event Even More Historic”

 

 

 

 

MLB & News – Special – Barry Bonds Ties Godfather Willie Mays With A Rocket To McCovey Cove For His 660th Career Homerun” – 2004 – A 13 ON YOUR SIDE Production Special – “The Warp Reports On Barry Bonds Hitting His 661st HR To Surpass His Godfather Willie Mays On The All Time HR List” 

 

 

 

As Bonds neared Aaron’s record, Aaron was called on for his opinion of Bonds…..when he clarified that he was a fan and admirer of Bonds…..and avoided the controversy regarding whether the record should be denoted with an asterisk for Bonds’s alleged steroid usage…..as he felt recognition and respect for the award was something to be determined by the fans.  As the steroid controversy received greater media attention during the offseason before the 2005 season….when Aaron expressed some reservations about the statements Bonds made on the issue…..when Aaron expressed that he felt drug and steroid use to boost athletic performance was inappropriate …..while Aaron was frustrated that the media could not focus on events that occurred in the field of play…..and wished drugs or gambling allegations such as those associated with Pete Rose could be emphasized less.  In 2007, Aaron felt the whole steroid use issue was very controversial and decided that he would not attend any possible record-breaking games.  Aaron congratulated Bonds through the media including a video played on the scoreboard when Bonds eventually broke Aaron’s record in August 2007.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Ties HR King Henry Aaron With His 755th Career Homerun” – 2007 – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Shares This Historic Event With His Son At Home Plate After Rounding The Bases”                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Slams Homerun # 756 Of His Career” – 2007 – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Shares This Historic Event With Family and His Teammates At Home Plate”                                                                 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Hammerin’ Hank Aaron’s Message To Barry Bonds On The Night He Broke His Record Of 755 Lifetime Homeruns” – 2007 – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Shares This Historic Event With Family and His Teammates At Home Plate”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

Bonds’s salary for the 2005 season was $22 million…..which was the 2nd-highest salary in Major League Baseball (the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez earned the highest, $25.2 million).  During 2005, Bonds endured a knee injury, multiple surgeries and rehabilitation…..and was activated on September 12 and started in left field.  In his return against the San Diego Padres, he nearly hit a home run in his 1st at-bat…..as he the night 1-for-4.  Upon his return, Bonds resumed his high-caliber performance at the plate…..while hitting home runs in four consecutive games from September 18 to 21…..and finishing with five homers in only 14 games.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Goes 3-for-3 Against The Milwaukee Brewers” – 2007 – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Wasn’t Just The Greatest Homerun King of All Time”

 

 

 

In 2006, Bonds earned $20 million (not including bonuses), the 4th-highest salary in baseball. Through the 2006 season he had earned approximately $172 million during his then 21-year career…..which made him baseball’s all-time highest-paid player.  Bonds hit under .200 for his first 10 games of the 2006 season…..and did not hit a home run until April 22nd…..when this 10-game stretch was his longest home run slump since the 1998 season.  On May 7, Bonds drew within one home run of tying Babe Ruth for 2nd place on the all-time list…..after hitting his 713th career home run into the 2nd level of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, off pitcher Jon Lieber in a game in which the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Phillies…..as the towering home run was one of the longest in Citizens Bank Park’s two-season history, traveling an estimated 450 feet (140 m)…..which was hit off the facade of the 3rd deck in right field.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Smashes HR # 713 Off The Facade Of The Upper Deck In Philadelphia” – 2007 – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Makes A Statement In His Charge To Tie and Surpass Babe Ruth”

 

 

 

On May 20, Bonds hit his 714th career home run to deep right field to lead off the top of the 2nd inning…..which tied The Sultan of Swat Babe Ruth for 2nd all-time.  The home run came off left-handed pitcher Brad Halsey of the Oakland A’s, in an interleague game played in Oakland, California.  Since this was an interleague game at an American League stadium, Bonds was batting as the designated hitter in the lineup for the Giants…..when he was quoted after the game as being “glad it’s over with” …..while stating that more attention could now be focused on Albert Pujols…..who was on a very rapid home run pace in early 2006.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Smashes HR # 714 To Tie Babe Ruth Against The Oakland A’s” – 2007 – A MLB Production Special – “After 40 Games Between Homeruns # 713 and # 714, Barry Bonds Ties Babe Ruth in Oakland”                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

On May 28, Bonds passed Ruth by hitting his 715th career home run to center field off Colorado Rockies pitcher Byung-hyun Kim…..as the historic smash was hit an estimated 445 feet (140 m) into center field…..where it went through the hands of several fans…..but then fell onto an elevated platform in center field…..then it rolled off the platform where Andrew Morbitzer, a 38-year-old San Francisco resident, caught the ball while he was in line at a concession stand.  Mysteriously, radio broadcaster Dave Flemming’s radio play-by-play of the home run went silent just as the ball was hit, apparently from a microphone failure. But the televised version, called by Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper, was not affected.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Smashes HR # 715 To Become Only The 2nd MLB Player in History To Hit # 715″ – 2007 – A MLB Production Special – “Bonds Passes Ruth…..A Dream Come True” 

 

 

 

On September 22, Bonds tied Henry Aaron’s National League career home run record of 733…..as the home run came in the top of the 6th inning of a high-scoring game against the Milwaukee Brewers, at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  This achievement was notable for its occurrence in the very city where Aaron began (with the Milwaukee Braves)…..and concluded (with the Brewers, then in the American League) his career.  With the Giants trailing 10–8, Bonds hit a blast to deep center field on a 2–0 pitch off the Brewers’ Chris Spurling with runners on 1st and 2nd and one out. Though the Giants were at the time clinging to only a slim chance of making the playoffs, Bonds’s home run provided the additional drama of giving the Giants an 11–10 lead late in a critical game in the final days of a pennant race…..however the Brewers eventually won the game, 13–12…..albeit Bonds went 3-for-5, with two doubles, the record-tying home run and six runs batted in.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds 2003 Home Runs (45)” – 2003 – A greendayrock Production Special – “Bonds Is A Monster…..What Power and Bat Speed!!!” 

 

 

 

On September 23, Bonds surpassed Aaron for the NL career home run record. Hit in Milwaukee like the previous one, this was a solo home run off Chris Capuano of the Brewers…..and was the last home run Bonds hit in 2006….. which was a year in which Bonds recorded his lowest slugging percentage (a statistic that he had historically ranked among league leaders season after season) since 1991 with the Pittsburgh Pirates…..aaaaaahhhhhh everybody has an off year.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “What It’s Like Facing Prime Barry Bonds – 2024 – A Pitching Ninja Production Special – “Greg Maddux & Billy Wagner Discuss What It Was Like To Face Barry Bonds”     

                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

In January 2007, the New York Daily News reported that Bonds had tested positive for amphetamines…..when under baseball’s amphetamine policy….. which had been in effect for one season, players testing positive were to submit to six additional tests…..plus undergo treatment and counseling.  The policy also stated that players were not to be identified for a 1st positive test…..but the New York Daily News leaked the test’s results.  When the Players Association informed Bonds of the test results, he initially attributed it to a substance he had taken from the locker of Giants teammate Mark Sweeney, but would later retract this claim and publicly apologize to Sweeney.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special Highlight – “Barry Bonds Hit By Roger Clemens Pitch – 2024 – A Pitching Ninja Production Special – “Barry Bonds Is Hit By a Pitch From Roger Clemens In The Top Of the 3rd Inning ” 

 

 

 

On January 29, 2007, the Giants finalized a contract with Bonds for the 2007 season.  After the commissioner’s office rejected Bonds’s one-year, $15.8 million deal because it contained a personal-appearance provision, the team sent revised documents to his agent, Jeff Borris, who stated that “At this time, Barry is not signing the new documents.”…..albeit he did sign a revised one-year, $15.8 million contract on February 15th…..and reported to the Giants’ Spring training camp on time.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Highlights: Pure Greatness” – 2015 – A Michael Bosque Production Special – “Extended Highlights Of The Pure Greatness Of Barry Lamar Bonds”

 

 

 

Bonds resumed his march to the all-time record early in the 2007 season. In the season opener on April 3, all he had was a 1st-inning single past third base with the infield shifted right…..which was immediately followed by a stolen base…..and then thrown out at home on a baserunning mistake….. then followed by a deep fly-out to left field late in the game.  Bonds regrouped the next day with his 1st at-bat in the 2nd game of the season at the Giants’ AT&T Park…..when Bonds hit a pitch from Chris Young of the San Diego Padres just over the wall to the left of straight-away center field for career home run 735…..a feat which put Bonds past the midway point between Ruth and Aaron.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Rockets # 69 To McCovey Cove” – 2015 – A MLB Production Special – “Bonds Is 1 Home Run From Mark McGwire Season Record”                                                                                                                            

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Slams His Historic # 70th HR “ – 2015 – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Ties Mark McGwire’s 70th HR Season Record”

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Cracks His Historic # 71th HR “ – 2014 – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Sets All Time Home Runs Record In A HR Season With His 71st”

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Breaks His Own Season Home Run Record With His 72nd HR” – 2014 – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Breaks His Own Record Just One At-Bat After Breaking Mark McGwire’s Homerun Record”

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Breaks His Own Season Home Run Record For The 2nd Time With His 73rd HR” – 2014 – A MLB Production Special – “On The Final Day of the Season, Bonds Homered Off the Knuckleballer Dennis Springer…..100mph orKknuckler, It Didn’t Matter To Barry”

 

 

 

Bonds did not homer again until April 13, when he hit two (736 and 737) in a 3 -or-3 night that included 4 RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Bonds splashed a pitch by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Franklin into McCovey Cove on April 18 for home run 738.  Home runs number 739 and 740 came in back to back games on April 21 and 22 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special –Barry Bonds Explains Fundamentals Of Hitting” – 2016 – A Rolf Barrett Production Special – “Marlins Hitting Coach Barry Bonds Breaks Down His Three Keys To Hitting With Eduardo Perez”

 

 

 

The hype surrounding Bonds’s pursuit of the home run record escalated on May 14…..when on this day, Sports Auction for Heritage (a Dallas-based auction house) offered $1 million (USD) to the fan who would catch Bonds’ record-breaking 756th-career home run…..but the offer was rescinded on June 11 out of concern of fan safety.  Home run 748 came on Father’s Day, June 17, in the final game of a three-game road series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park…..where Bonds had never previously played…..and with this homer, Fenway Park became the 36th major league ballpark in which Bonds had hit a home run.  He hit a Tim Wakefield knuckleball just over the low fence into the Giant’s bullpen in right field…..which was his 1st home run off his former Pittsburgh Pirate teammate…..who became the 441st different pitcher to surrender a four-bagger to Bonds.  The 750th career home run, hit on June 29, also came off a former teammate, Liván Hernández…..which was a blast that came in the 8th inning and at that point tied the game at 3–3.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Road To History Home Run # 750″ – 2007 – A joewebb1 Production Special – “In the Bottom of the 8th Barry Takes Livan Hernandez To a Full 3-2 Count, Then Takes the Next Pitch To the House Vs Arizona Diamondbacks”

 

 

 

On July 19, after a 21 at-bat hitless streak, Bonds hit two home runs, #’s 752 and 753, against the Chicago Cubs…..when he went 3-for-3 with two home runs, six RBIs, and a walk on that day.  The struggling last-place Giants still lost the game, 9–8. On July 27, Bonds hit home run 754 against Florida Marlins pitcher Rick VandenHurk. Bonds was then walked his next four at-bats in the game, but a two-run shot helped the Giants win the game 12–10. It marked the first time since he had hit #747 that Bonds had homered in a game the Giants won.  On August 4, Bonds hit a 382 foot (116 m) home run against Clay Hensley of the San Diego Padres for home run number 755, tying Hank Aaron’s all-time record.  Bonds greeted his son, Nikolai, with an extended bear hug after crossing home plate. Bonds greeted his teammates and then his wife, Liz Watson, and daughter Aisha Lynn behind the backstop. Hensley was the 445th different pitcher to give up a home run to Bonds.  Ironically, given the cloud of suspicion that surrounded Bonds, the tying home run was hit off a pitcher who had been suspended by baseball in 2005 for steroid use.  He was walked in his next at-bat and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Road To History Home Run # 752″ – 2007 – A Phillip Moore Production Special – “Barry Bonds Sends Cubs Ted Lilly’s 1st Pitch Out On Sheffield Street Next To Wrigley Field”                         

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Road To History Home Run # 753″ – 2007 – A Phillip Moore Production Special – “Barry Bonds Leaves Chicago Just Two Home Runs Behind Hank Aaron”

 

 

 

On August 7 at 8:51 PM PDT, at Oracle Park (then known as AT&T Park) in San Francisco,  Bonds hit a 435 foot (133 m) home run, his 756th, off a pitch from Mike Bacsik of the Washington Nationals…..which broke the all-time career home run record, formerly held by Hank Aaron.  Coincidentally, Bacsik’s father had faced Aaron (as a pitcher for the Texas Rangers) after Aaron had hit his 755th home run.  On August 23, 1976, Michael J. Bacsik held Aaron to a single and a fly out to right field. The younger Bacsik commented later, “If my dad had been gracious enough to let Hank Aaron hit a home run, we both would have given up 756.”  After hitting the home run, Bonds gave Bacsik an autographed bat.  The pitch, the 7th of the at-bat, was a 3–2 pitch which Bonds hit into the right-center field bleachers…..while the fan who ended up with the ball, 22-year-old Matt Murphy from Queens, New York City, (and a Mets fan), was promptly protected and escorted away from the mayhem by a group of San Francisco police officers.  After Bonds finished his home run trot, a 10-minute delay followed…..which included a brief video by Aaron congratulating Bonds on breaking the record Aaron had held for 33 years…..and expressing the hope that “the achievement of this record will inspire others to chase their own dreams” Bonds made an impromptu emotional statement on the field, with Willie Mays, his godfather, at his side and thanked his teammates, family and his late father.  Bonds sat out the rest of the game.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Road To History Home Run # 756 Tying Hank Aaron For All Time Career Home Run Record” – 2007 – A kevg715 Production Special – “Barry Bonds Ties Aaron At # 755 HRs…..Then Has A Post-Game Speech To Thank His Team, His Family and His Fans in San Francisco”

 

 

 

The commissioner, Bud Selig, was not in attendance in this game…..but was represented by the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Jimmie Lee Solomon…..albeit, Selig called Bonds later that night to congratulate him on breaking the record…..then President George W. Bush also called Bonds the next day to congratulate him.  On August 24, San Francisco honored and celebrated Bonds’ career accomplishments and breaking the home run record with a large rally in Justin Herman Plaza.  The rally included video messages from Lou Brock, Ernie Banks, Ozzie Smith, Joe Montana, Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan…..while speeches were made by Willie Mays, Giants teammates Omar Vizquel and Rich Aurilia…..alonw with Giants owner Peter Magowan…..as Mayor Gavin Newsom presented Bonds the key to the City and County of San Francisco…..and Giants vice president Larry Baer gave Bonds the home plate he touched after hitting his 756th career home run.  The record-setting ball was consigned to an auction house on August 21…..as bidding began on August 28 and closed with a winning bid of US$752,467 on September 15…..after a three-phase online auction.  The high bidder, fashion designer Marc Ecko, created a website to let fans decide its fate…..when subsequently, Ben Padnos, who submitted the $186,750 winning bid on Bonds’ record-tying 755th home run ball also set up a website to let fans decide its fate……as 10 million voters helped Ecko decide to brand the ball with an asterisk and send it to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum…..which led to Bonds saying “He spent $750,000 on the ball and that’s what he’s doing with it? What he’s doing is stupid.”  Padnos, on the other hand, sold five-year ads on a website, www.endthedebate.com, where people voted by a two-to-one margin to smash the ball.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Slow Motion Baseball Swing – Hitting Mechanics Instruction San Francisco Giants MLB” – 2014 – A Pastime Athletics Production Special – “A Really Unique Breakdown Of The Greatest Home Run Hitter Of All Time’s Swing In Slow Motion….Speed & Power!!”

 

 

 

Bonds concluded the 2007 season with a .276 batting average, 28 home runs, and 66 RBIs in 126 games and 340 at-bats. At the age of 43, he led both leagues in walks with 132.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Career MLB Highlights” – 2014 – A MLBHighlights2012 Production Special – “Honestly, A Career Highlights Video For Barry Bonds Would Take A Couple of Hours….He’s Got A Lot To Choose From”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

On September 21, 2007, the San Francisco Giants confirmed that they would not re-sign Bonds for the 2008 season…..as the story was 1st announced on Bonds’ own website earlier that day.  Bonds officially filed for free agency on October 29, 2007.  His agent Jeff Borris said: “I’m anticipating widespread interest from every Major League team.”  There was much speculation before the 2008 season about where Bonds might play.  However, no one signed him during the 2008 or 2009 seasons.  If he had returned to Major League Baseball, Bonds would have been within close range of several significant hitting milestones, needing just 65 hits to reach 3,000…..with only four runs batted in to reach 2,000…..not to mention, 38 home runs to reach 800.  He would have needed 69 more runs scored to move past Rickey Henderson as the all-time runs champion….and 37 extra base hits to move past Hank Aaron as the all-time extra base hits champion.  The powers that be who chose Barry Bonds as their guinea pig for the PEDs generation…..having a kind of visciousness that cares absolutely nothing about destroying “The Cheater” any way that they could…..whether it was his MLB career…..whether he could continue to play…..whether he had been proven guilty of anything….whether it be true or not…..cuz these folks made it true with the power of their money. 

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special Highlights – “Barry Bonds Taking Home Runs Away Instead Of Hitting Them!” – 2015 – A 
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Production Special – “Giants Mgr Jim Leyland Calls Bonds The Best Left Fielder He’s Ever Seen”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

As of November 13, 2009, Borris maintained that Bonds was still not retired.  On December 9, however, Borris told the San Francisco Chronicle that Bonds had played his last major league game.  Bonds announced on April 11, 2010, that he was proud of McGwire for admitting his use of steroids. Bonds said that it was not the time to retire, but he noted that he was not in shape to play immediately if an interested club called him.  In May 2015, Bonds filed a grievance against Major League Baseball through the players’ union arguing that the league colluded in not signing him after the 2007 season.  In August 2015, an arbitrator ruled in favor of MLB and against Bonds in his collusion case.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Renel Interview With Barry Bonds – “Forever Giants: Barry Bonds Extended Cut” – 2013 – An MLBHighlights2012 Production Special – “A Truly In-Depth Look At Who Barry Bonds Really Is” 

 

 

 

On December 15, 2011, Bonds was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003. However, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston then delayed the sentence pending an appeal.  In 2013 his conviction was upheld on appeal by a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. However, the full court later granted Bonds an en banc rehearing, and on April 22, 2015, an 11-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit voted 10–1 to overturn his conviction.  Any way you cut the pie…..baseball’s greatest hitter was unjustly and horribly vilified…..while seemingly in the court system also. 

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Live on ESPN Baseball – “Barry Bonds ” – 2013 – An MLBHighlights2012 Production Special – “Barry Bonds Says He Was “Very Close” to Signing With the Yankees For a Brief Period Until the Giants Came With a Better Offer” 

 

 

 

On March 10, 2014, Bonds began a seven-day stint as a roving spring training instructor for the Giants.  On December 4, 2015, he was announced as the new hitting coach for the Miami Marlins…..but was relieved of his duties on October 3, 2016, after just one season.  He followed up with a public thank-you letter, acknowledging owner Jeffrey Loria…..and the opportunity as “one of the most rewarding experiences of my baseball career.”  In 2017, Bonds officially re-joined the Giants organization as a special advisor to the CEO.  On July 8, 2017, Bonds was added to the Giants Wall of Fame…..and once again life proves that “what goes around…..comes around!  

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – San Francisco Giants Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Barry Bonds – 2013 – An MLBHighlights2012 Production Special – “Barry Bonds Says The Folks In San Francisco Aren’t Fans, They’re Family” 

 

 

 

On February 6, 2018, the San Francisco Giants announced their intentions to retire his number 25 jersey, which happened on August 11, 2018.  His number 24 with the Pirates remains in circulation, most prominently worn by Brian Giles from 1999 to 2003 and by Pedro Alvarez from 2011 to 2015.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – 25 City – Barry Bonds Number Retirement with Danny Glover” – 2019 – A San Francisco Giants Production Special – “You Want To Hear A Story?  Let Me Tell You A Story About 25. – Danny Glover” 

 

 

 

In his ten years of eligibility for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Bonds fell short of the 75% of the votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) needed for induction. His vote percentages from 2013 through 2022 were: 36.2%, 34.7%, 36.8%, 44.3%, 53.8%, 56.4%, 59.1%, 60.7%, 61.8% and 66%.  He appeared on 260 of 394 ballots in his last year.  Despite falling off the ballot, Bonds remained eligible through the Hall of Fame’s Today’s Game Committee, a committee “comprised of 16 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, executives, and veteran media members” (hence the nickname of “veterans’ committee”)…..who consider retired players who lost ballot eligibility while still having made notable contributions to baseball from 1986 to 2016. The vote was held in December 2022…..when twelve of the sixteen votes were required for induction…..but Bonds received fewer than four.

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds’ Beef With Jeff Kent Included Stolen Bus Seats, Motorcycle Mishaps and a Dugout Fight” – 2019 – A Secret Base Production Special – “Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent Were Never Going to Get Along…..As Bonds Was Self-Centered, Standoffish, And Unwilling to Conform to Norms (Or Rules) To Achieve His Legendary Accomplishments…..While Kent Took Himself and the Traditions of Baseball Extremely Seriously, Even If It Rubbed People The Wrong Way” 

 

 

 

During his playing career, Bonds was frequently described as a difficult person, surly, standoffish and ungrateful…..albeit, in a 2016 interview with Terence Moore, he said he regretted the persona he had created…..as he attributed it to a response to the pressure he felt to perform as a young player with the Pirates……while remarking “Hell, I kick myself now, because I’m getting great press (since being more cooperative)…..and I could have had a trillion more endorsements…..but that wasn’t my driving force.  The problem was, when I tried to give ina little bit, it never got better.  I knew I was in the midst of that image…..and I determined at that point that I was never going to get out of it.  So, I just said, ‘I’ve created this fire around me, and I’m stuck in it….so, I might as well live with the flames.'”  Bonds reports that for a short time during his playing days with the Giants he changed his demeanor at the behest of a group of teammates….while smiling much more frequently and engaging more with others with a pleasant attitude.  Shortly thereafter, Bonds says, in the midst of a slump, the same group of teammates pleaded that he revert, having seemingly lost his competitive edge…..and causing the team to lose more.  In spite of his protest that they would not appreciate the results, his teammates insisted. Bonds says he complied, maintaining that familiar standoffish edge the rest of his playing career.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds 2002 Home Runs (Season & Post Season) Highlights” – 2023 – A greendayrock Production Special – “Extended Highlights of The Incredible Power Of Barry Lamar Bonds”                        

 

 

 

On May 9, 1996, Bonds shoved USA Today journalist Rod Beaton in the team’s clubhouse…..as Beaton was waiting to interview Robby Thompson one hour before a game against the St. Louis Cardinals…..when Bonds told Beaton to leave…..while the reporter replied that Major League Baseball rules allowed him 15 minutes more to talk with players…..so, Bonds waved a finger in Beaton’s face…..and shoved him in the chest…..after which members of the team’s coaching staff and front office interceded. Bonds and Beaton spoke again after the game…..when he said, “He accused me of having an attitude” and “I told him he went over the line by shoving me…..but there was no apology”.  Bonds felt that the incident was overblown and said that, “We don’t have a problem. We like each other. It was a big joke. He just got whacked out.”  Beaton filed no formal complaint about the incident, but USA Today filed a grievance with the team.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Barry Bonds Last Home Game Highlights Of Last Three At-Bats” – 2007 – A MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Thanks SD Padres P Jake Peavy For Pitching Tough To Him In His Last Game In MLB Baseball”

 

 

 

Since 2003, Bonds has been a key figure in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) scandal. BALCO marketed tetrahydrogestrinone (“the Clear”), a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid that was undetectable by doping tests.  He was under investigation by a federal grand jury regarding his testimony in the BALCO case….. and was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges on November 15, 2007.  The indictment alleges that Bonds lied while under oath about his alleged use of steroids.

 

 

 

 

MLB & Comedy – Special – “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Special On Barry Bonds Before and After Steroid Use” – 2006 – A Saturday Night Live Production Special – “Dan Patrick (Seth Myers) + Stuart Scott (Finesse Mitchell) Interview Barry Bonds (Kenan Thompson) About His Use of Steroids”

 

 

 

In 2003, BALCO’s Greg Anderson, Bonds’s trainer since 2000, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California…..and was charged with supplying anabolic steroids to athletes, including a number of baseball players…..which led to speculation that Bonds had used performance-enhancing drugs during a time when there was no mandatory testing in Major League Baseball…..to which Bonds declared his innocence…..while attributing his changed physique and increased power to a strict regimen of bodybuilding, diet and legitimate supplements.  During grand jury testimony on December 4, 2003, Bonds said that he used a clear substance and a cream that he received from his personal strength trainer, Greg Anderson…..who told him they were the nutritional supplement flaxseed oil and a rubbing balm for arthritis.  Later reports on Bonds’s leaked grand-jury testimony contend that he admitted to unknowingly using “the cream” and “the clear”.  In July 2005, all four defendants in the BALCO steroid scandal trial, including Anderson, struck deals with federal prosecutors that did not require them to reveal names of athletes who might have used banned drugs.  On November 15, 2007, a federal grand jury indicted Bonds on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice as it relates to the government investigation of BALCO.  He was tried in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. On February 14, 2008, a typo in court papers filed by Federal prosecutors erroneously alleged that Bonds tested positive for steroids in November 2001, a month after hitting his record 73rd home run.  The reference was meant instead to refer to a November 2000 test that had already been disclosed and previously reported.  The typo sparked a brief media frenzy.  His trial for obstruction of justice was to have begun on March 2, 2009…..but jury selection was postponed by emergency appeals by the prosecution.  The trial commenced on March 21, 2011, with Judge Susan Illston presiding.  He was convicted on April 13, 2011, on the obstruction of justice charge, for giving an evasive answer to a question under oath.  On December 15, 2011, Bonds was found guilty for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003……however, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston then delayed the sentence pending his appeal.  He was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest…..plus, he also received two years of probation and was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service.  Bonds appealed his conviction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit…..when in 2013, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit affirmed his conviction…..but in 2015 his appeal was reheard by the full court en banc, which voted 10–1 to overturn his conviction.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds # 25 Retirement Ceremony…..Never To Be Worn Again By A Giant” – 2019 – A Jackson Gaebel Production Special – “Barry Bonds Super Fan Jackson Gaebel’s Video Tribute Of Being At AT&T Park For A Glorious Tribute To His Hero”                                                                                                                             

Bonds met Susann (“Sun”) Margreth Branco, the mother of his first two children (Nikolai and Shikari), in Montreal, Quebec, in August 1987. They eloped to Las Vegas February 5, 1988. The couple separated in June 1994, divorced in December 1994, and had their marriage annulled in 1997 by the Catholic Church.  In 1994, Bonds and Kimberly Bell, a graphic designer, started a relationship that lasted from 1994 through May 2003.  Bonds purchased a home in Scottsdale, Arizona, for Kimberly.  On January 10, 1998, Bonds married his second wife, Liz Watson, at the San Francisco Ritz-Carlton Hotel in front of 240 guests.  The couple lived in Los Altos Hills, California, with their daughter Aisha during their ten-and-a-half years of marriage before Watson filed for legal separation on June 9, 2009, citing irreconcilable differences.  On July 21, 2009, just six weeks later, Watson announced that she was withdrawing her Legal Separation action. The couple were reconciled for seven months before Watson formally filed for divorce in Los Angeles on February 26, 2010.  On June 6, 2011, Bonds and Watson filed a legal agreement not to take the divorce to trial and instead settle it in an “uncontested manner”, agreeing to end the marriage privately at an unspecified later date without further court involvement.                                                           

 

 

 

MLB – Biography Special – Barry Bonds LIFESTYLE Is NOT What You Think – 2023 – A Baseball Plus Production Special – “Barry Bonds Super Fan Jackson Gaebel’s Video Tribute Of Being At AT&T Park For A Glorious Tribute To His Hero”

 

 

 

During late 2007, Chicago rapper Kanye West recorded a song titled “Barry Bonds” named after the slugger for his album Graduation.

 

 

 

Music & MLB – Kanye West – From the Album “Graduation” – 2007 – A Kanye West Production Special –  Kanye West Performs “Barry Bonds”

 

 

 

Besides holding Major League career records in home runs (762), walks (2,558), and intentional walks (688), at the time of his retirement, Bonds also led all active players in RBI (1,996), on-base percentage (.444), runs (2,227), games (2,986), extra-base hits (1,440), at-bats per home run (12.92), and total bases (5,976). He is 2nd in doubles (601), slugging percentage (.607), stolen bases (514), at-bats (9,847), and hits (2,935), 6th in triples (77), 8th in sacrifice flies (91), and 9th in strikeouts (1,539), through September 26, 2007.  Bonds is the lone member of the 500–500 club, which means he has hit at least 500 home runs (762) and stolen at least 500 bases (514); no other player has even 400 of both. He is also one of only five 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; the other members are José Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, Alfonso Soriano, and Ronald Acuña Jr.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Documentary Interview Special – EXCLUSIVE: BARRY BONDS Like You’ve Never Seen or Heard Him Before – 2023 – A Goldin Production Special – Barry Bonds & Ken Goldin: “Two Long-Time Friends Sit Down To Reminisce In A Candid And Free-Flowing Conversation Ranging From Barry’s MLB Playing Days, Collectibles, His Relationships With Other Players and the Media, His Godfather Willie Mays and the Current State of the Game et al” 

 

 

 

Records held

  • Home runs in a single season (73), 2001

  • Home runs in a career (762)

  • Home runs since turning 40 years old (74)

  • Home runs in the year he turned 43 years old (28)

  • Consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs (13), 1992–2004

  • Slugging percentage in a single season (.863), 2001

  • Slugging percentage in a World Series (1.294), 2002

  • Consecutive seasons with .600 slugging percentage or higher (8), 1998–2005

  • On-base percentage in a single season (.609), 2004

  • Walks in a career (2,558)

  • Walks in a single season (232), 2004

  • Consecutive games with a walk (18)

  • Intentional walks in a career (688)

  • Intentional walks in a single season (120), 2004

  • Consecutive games with an intentional walk (6)

  • MVP awards (7—closest competitors trail with 3), 1990, 1992–93, 2001–2004

  • Consecutive MVP awards (4), 2001–2004

  • National League Player of the Month selections (13) (2nd place, either league, Frank Thomas, 8; 2nd place, N.L., George Foster, Pete Rose, and Dale Murphy, 6)

  • Oldest player (age 38) to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time, 2002

  • Putouts as a left fielder (5,226)

  • Career games with at least one home run and one stolen base (102)

Records shared

  • Consecutive plate appearances with a walk (7)

  • Consecutive plate appearances reaching base (15)

  • Tied with his father, Bobby, for most seasons with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases (5); they are the only father-son members of the 30–30 club

  • Home runs in a single postseason (8), 2002

Other accomplishments

National League statistical leader

Category

Times

Seasons

Adjusted OPS+ leader

9

1990−1993, 2000−2004

Bases on balls leader

12

1992, 1994−1997, 2000−2004, 2006, 2007

Batting champion

2

2002, 2004

Extra base hits leader

3

1992, 1993, 2001

Games played leader

1

1995

Home run leader

2

1993, 2001

Intentional base on balls leader

12

1992−1998, 2002−2004, 2006, 2007

On-base percentage leader

10

1991−1993, 1995, 2001−2004, 2006, 2007

On-base plus slugging leader

9

1990−1993, 1995, 2001−2004

Runs batted in leader

1

1993

Runs scored leader

1

1992

Slugging percentage leader

7

1990, 1992, 1993, 2001−2004

Total bases leader

1

1993

Awards and distinctions

Awards received

Award

# of Times

Dates

Refs

Babe Ruth Home Run Award

1

2001

Baseball America All-Star

7

1993, 1998, 2000–2004

Baseball America Major League Player of the Year

3

2001, 2003, 2004

MLB All-Star

14

1990, 1992–1998, 2000–2004, 2007

Major League Player of the Year

3

1990, 2001, 2004

Rawlings Gold Glove Award at outfield

8

1990–1994, 1996–1998

Silver Slugger Award at outfield

12

1990–1994, 1996–97, 2000–2004

  • Five-time SF Giants Player of the Year (1998, 2001–2004)

  • Three-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 340 on Baseball-Reference.com’s Hall of Fame monitor (100 is a good HOF candidate); 10th among all hitters, highest among eligible hitters not in HOF yet.

  • Only 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 at-bats (373) in 2004. This was due to the record number of walks, which count as a time on base and as a plate appearance, but not an at-bat. He had 135 hits, 232 walks, and 9 hit-by-pitches for the 376 number.

  • Tenth all-time in plate appearances with 12,606. He is the only player in the top ten of this category to not obtain 3,000 hits and just one of two players with as many as 12,000 plate appearances to not do so (the other being Omar Vizquel).

  • 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, and in 1986, he played for the Hawaii Islanders in the Pacific Coast League.

  • Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  He has appeared as the main subject on the cover eight times in total; seven with the Giants and once with the Pirates. He has also appeared in an inset on the cover twice. He was the most recent Pirate player to appear on the cover, until Jason Grilli was featured in SIs edition of July 22, 2013.

 

 

 

MLB – Special – Thank you Barry!! (A Barry Bonds Tribute)” – 2010 – A bbucini Production Special – “Thank You Barry Bonds…..A Fan’s Tribute To The Greatest HR Hitter Of All Time”

 

 

 

We’ve come to the point in this post where it needs to come to a close…..and conclusion presents me with an about-face on my opinion of Barry Bonds after viewing all the videos in this post, I have a completely new and favorable perspective of Barry Bonds.  When I consider the baseball player Barry Bonds…..specifically a hitter, suffice to say, he literally had no weakness at the plate…..all the discipline…..all the patience…..all the pitch recognition …..all the on-call memory of how pitchers worked to him in past at-bats…..all the mechanics…. all the athletic ability…..while hitting 73 home runs in a season…..and 762 in his career wasn’t some sort of miraculous thing…..so, since baseball fans everywhere seemed to forget what a tremendous 5 tool ball player he was…..that’s when he just decided he was going to hit home runs.  People didn’t seem to appreciate how much of an all-around player he was…..and if home runs were what they wanted…..home runs they would get.  That’s how good he was. Call him any name you want and tie anything you want to his numbers if it makes you feel better….. But you’ll never be able to erase what he did on the field.  I saw it. You saw it. Millions saw it. And while it was going on, you loved it. Don’t lie. You turned out to see him; you filled every ballpark he played in. He was probably the best baseball player the sport’s ever seen…..I mean, probably?…..how’s about, absolute greatest of all time…as the truest giant….. and only member of the 500/500 club…hell, he’s the only member of the 400/400 club!!  Barry Bonds before steroids 100 WAR…..14 Defensive WAR…..8 Gold Gloves…..445 Stolen Bases …..400+ Home Runs…..1250 RBI…..1250 walks…..411 OBP…..0.966 OPS….a  .290 Batting Average…..and oh yeah…..3 MVP awards!….which is deserving of the HOF on its own.  Barry mastered the art of batting…..whereby, in a  typical 3 game series he would average 15 at bats…..then take it down to 11 due to 4 walks…..then he goes 4 for 11 with a couple singles, a double and a homer…..and he did this consistently.  Also consider he was only seeing a single digit amount of pitches actually in the strike zone the entire series!  By far without question the best to step in the batters box…..plus, it’s really cool to watch his swing change over the years…..while having played right in the middle of swings changing all across baseball from high school all the way through MLB.  Lift the ball, less movement of the front foot…..while standing more upright…..with hands closer to the body.  You can watch his career and see baseball’s swing changes step by step. So cool!!  I was always just a little lukewarm on Barry, but I feel like I understand and appreciate him that much more after watching the videos in this post…..as he seems incredibly self-aware…..and I really like how he was clearly confident in his talent…..but at the same time is able to recognize and acknowledge the advantages he had (growing up in a great community [he says], his dad, his mom, his godfather [Willie Mays!], etc.).  I want to thank Barry Bonds for opening his heart onto us in the interview with Renel titled “Forever Giants”…..when you gave us all a better understanding of who you are…..while helping everything make so much more sense.  I personally wished I had not taken you for granted as much as I did during the prime of your career…..when only towards the end it was when I had no choice but to recognize that I was witnessing one of a kind talent. Thank you for all that you gave baseball fans everywhere…. and I wish the world would receive you like you deserve…..for it has been  unbelievable how badly Barry Bonds has been vilified.  This is just how screwed up our world is now…..as we still have in our midst’s the greatest player of our time…..with so few who care to know who Barry Bonds really is….. especially when Barry’s baseball mind is worth studying by every baseball player in the world. “I mastered practice” wow!”…..greatest hitter of all time …..who was getting intentionally walked every game…..and still destroyed the HR records.  Just insane…..truly the King Of Swing!  Even in his “lackluster” final year, Barry Bonds had a LEAGUE LEADING .480 OBP!  Just absurd…..and the guy was 42…..as the pitchers he faced still wouldn’t give him anything to hit…..so, can you say RESPECT!?!  Barry Bonds was not a once in a generation player….. but rather a once in a lifetime player.  Never seen anyone like him before and I don’t think we ever will again.  Put this man in the HOF.

 

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Hits His Last Career Home Run #762 at Coors Field” – 2007 – An MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Final Home Run Just Cleared The Fence In Left Field”                                                

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Hits His Last Career Hit #2935 In 1st At-Bat Vs SD Padres “ – 9/15/2007 – An MLB Production Special – “Barry Bonds Final Hit Was A Single Up The Middle Off Padres P Jake Peavy”

 

 

 

MLB – Special – “Barry Bonds Last Three At-Bats Of His Career Vs SD Padres “ – 9/26/2007 – An MLB Production Special – San Francisco bids farewell to Bonds…..And For One Quick Minute It Look Like His Last At-Bat Was Outta There”

 

 

 

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