One of baseball’s greats is back in the game, at least briefly. His name is Barry Lamar Bonds. Bonds spent this past week as a special hitting coach during Spring Training for his former team, the San Francisco Giants.
He spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball. The two teams he played for were the Pittsburg Pirates (7 years) and the San Francisco Giants (15 years). His father, the legendary Bobby Bonds, is also a former major league All-Star.
Bonds set Major League on fire with his “too quiet for the media demeanor”. Many critics (haters) found him to be arrogant. Yet Bonds, put on a show for his critics with regularity. Barry Bonds was a 14-time All-Star and an 8-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Though Bonds has not played since 2007, he is still the reigning “King of Baseball”. He made history when he broke Hank Aaron’s record of 755 on August 7th, 2007. He still holds many records including most career home runs (762), most home runs in a single season (73, set in 2001), most career walks (2,558), and most career intentional walks (688). Even though many have tried to paint a negative picture of this great athlete with talks of steroid usage, he has never been convicted of the same. He won the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Award seven times, including four consecutively, both of which are records.
Barry Bonds concluded his week with the Giants by taking batting practice and showing he can still hit. (USA Today)