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Barry Bonds: Washed Up?

Posted at 8:09 AM on June 23, 2006 by David Zingler (3 Comments)

He's always in the news for something, whether it is steroid related controversy or coverage of his ongoing desecration of baseballís homerun records, but has anyone noticed that Barry Bonds is really not that good anymore?

Currently, the Giants slugger is hitting .244/.456/.487 with 10 homers and 30 RBI. Sure his .456 OBP is phenomenal, but that just leaves me wondering why pitchers are walking a guy hitting .244 and slugging .487 so frequently. Those numbers would rank 167th and 64th in the majors if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. You have to think NL hurlers will start challenging Bonds as the season wears on.

This is a guy who is making $20 million this season, canít play everyday, is a liability on defense, a headache in the clubhouse and attracts a lot of unwanted attention. Is Barry Bonds even worth keeping around these days (especially in the NL)?

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