First, Barry Bonds...Bonds was one of the most feared, if not the most feared hitters of the 90's and 00's. He was probably the best player to walk on a diamond in the last 50 years!
Watching him chase Hank Aaron was truly amazing to watch as a fan. I was rooting for him to do it. In fact, I was one of the few who would give him a standing ovation at Citizens Bank Park after he homered. I knew watching him was special and I enjoyed every minute of it.
What really grinds my gears is that the Baseball Writers had no problem voting him a 7 time NL MVP. So despite the allegations during his playing days, these same arrogant morons voted for Bonds, but when it comes time to elect the Home Run King, he only get's 34.7% of the vote.
Look at Bonds' accomplishments (courtesy of Wikipedia):
- Home runs in a single season (73), 2001
- Home runs (career) (762)
- Home runs against different pitchers (449)
- Consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs (13), 1992–2004
- Slugging percentage in a single season (.863), 2001
- 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
- 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)
- Oldest player (age 38) to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time, 2002
- 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) and are the only father-son members of the 30–30 club
- Home runs in a single post-season (8), 2002
- 7-time Baseball America NL All-Star (1993, 1998, 2000–04)
- 3-Time Major League Player of the Year (1990, 2001, 2004)
- 3-Time Baseball America MLB Player of the Year (2001, 2003–04)
- 8-Time Gold Glove winner for NL Outfielder (1990–94, 1996–98).
- 12-Time Silver Slugger winner for NL Outfielder (1990–94, 1996–97, 2000–04)
- 14-time All-Star (1990, 1992–98, 2000–04, 2007)
Looking at the accomplishments of Barry Bonds, how do you NOT vote him into the Hall of Fame!
Tomorrow, I will give my case for another notable Hall of Fame Snub...Mark McGwire!
Please feel free comment below with your opinions on Barry Bonds. I would love to hear from you.
Thank you for reading.