Barry Bonds: Greatest Player of All-Time Beat the Government

Barry Bonds holds the following major league records:

* Home runs in a single season (73), 2001
* Home runs against different pitchers (449)
* 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 single season (232), 2004
*Career Walks 2,558
* Intentional walks in a single season (120), 2004

* Consecutive games with a walk (18)
* MVP awards (7-closest competitors trail with 3), 1990, 1992-93, 2001-04
* Consecutive MVP awards (4), 2001-04

* National League Player of the Month selections (13-2nd place: 8 – Frank Thomas; 2nd place (N.L.) – George Foster, Pete Rose and Dale Murphy)
* Only player to have at least 500 career home runs and at least 500 career stolen bases.
* Oldest player (age 38) to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time, 2002.

Barry Bonds shares the following major league records:

* Consecutive plate appearances with a walk (7)
* Consecutive plate appearances reaching base (15)[175]

* Tied with his father, Bobby, for most seasons with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases (5) and are the only father-son members of the 30-30 club
* Home runs in a single post-season (8), 2002.

Barry Bonds was the greatest player of all-time. It hurts to say it, but he was a greater slugger than even Babe Ruth.

Career HRs Ruth 714 Bonds 762
Season HRs Ruth 60 Bonds 73

Career Slugging Ruth .690 .Bonds 607
Single Season Slugging Ruth .847 Bonds .863

Career On Base Avr. Ruth.474 Bonds .444
Single Season On Base Avr Ruth .545 Bonds .609

Career Walks Ruth 2,062 Bonds 2,558
Single Season Walks Ruth 170 Bonds 232

Even those who rank Ruth ahead of Barry admit that it is a close call. Bonds stole more bases, was a great defensive player until later in his career, and was such a feared hitter than he once walked at least once for 18 consecutive games.

Barry received an unbelievable 120 intentional walks in 2004, a mark that is only 50 fewer than the most walks Ruth ever received in a season.

Most individuals smugly claim that they “know” Barry took steroids. After all, compare the young Barry Bonds to the Barry Bonds who became the greatest slugger of all-time after the age of 35.

Those who denigrate Barry don’t accept the fact that the government has never proved its obscene allegation that Barry used steroids.

In the America that used to exist, an individual was innocent until proven guilty. Try telling that to the TSA or the friendly policemen at a traffic checkpoint.

Barry Bonds was convicted on one count of obstruction of justice, which is “an attempt to interfere” with the judicial system. A jury decided that Barry didn’t grovel enough before a grand jury, nor did he confess to any of the many accusations brought by government prosecutors. He remains innocent of using any performance enhancing substances.

It is estimated that the government spent almost $100 million in it persecution of Barry. Do you want to guess how much the Commission investigating the bombing of the World Trade Center spent? Try $14 million.

In most cases, the government prosecutors have evidence to support their accusations before they initiate a prosecution. The opposite occurred with Barry.

Federal prosecutors indicted first and then continued their investigation, which turned out to be an effort in futility.

Barry’s courageous trainer, Greg Anderson stood up to federal government by refusing to testify. He was jailed a number of times. Without his testimony, the government could not prove Barry used steroids.

Regardless of one’s opinions, Barry has been “convicted” of steroid use only in the court of public opinion.

Go to baseball sites such as Baseball Reference. All of the above listed records Barry holds are in tact. Why hasn’t MLB done something to support the court of public opinion?

The answer is that it has never been shown that Barry used performance enhancing substances on his way to becoming the greatest slugger and player of all-time.

References:

Barry Bonds’ Records

The Mugging of Barry Bonds