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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)?

Comments (3)

it could be argued that he's batting .244 because of the walks. It seems that there are fewer IBB and more pitching around him. So when he does get a pitch, it's still not very good.

What's with the desecration of the records comment? Why don't we wait until it's figured out what's going on with steroids before we judge somebody who's been only rumoured. And in any case, aren't there studies that show that steroids make hitting homeruns harder?

Posted by ryan | June 23, 2006 9:31 AM

The steriod stuff is far more than rumors -- leaked grand jury, several documents, etc., etc. Anyone who honestly believes otherwise is in denial. Keep in mind that I grew up as a Bonds fan and cheered him in 2001 & in the WS in 2002.

There are studies that can show anything, but if 'roids made HRs harder, players wouldn't take them and the HR totals wouldn't have went through the roof in the 90s -- c'mon now........oh yeah, and the walks didn't hurt his BA or SLG % in past years..........check mate........

Posted by daveZ | June 23, 2006 9:39 AM

keep in mind i've never been a bonds fan in the slightest, but i've always thought he's had an unfair shot from the media.

that's because they're throwing him bad pitches now instead of IBBs (He's not Miguel Cabrera, you know). So yeah he's not as good, but he's not 120 points worse, there's another factor.

The steroid stuff is just rumors at this point, that's what leaked jury testimony and documents with BB initials are. just because it's not proven doesn't mean he never took them, but it does mean we can't start applying asterisks to everything.

HR totals didn't go through the roof in the 90s because of steroids. there's no evidence of that at all. honestly, who's in denial? the pitchers take em too. in the 1960s, did offense go down because the pitchers were cheating? every expansion era has a huge increase in offense. is just one proven cause. tighter balls is another one. steroids are a rumored possibility.

you're a terrible chess player.

Posted by ryan | June 26, 2006 11:09 AM

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