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65.  Bobby Bonds
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 15, 1946 in Riverside, CA USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 25, 1968
  • Final Game: October 04, 1981
  • Gold Glove - 1971
  • All-Star Game MVP - 1973
  • Gold Glove - 1973
  • TSN All-Star - 1973
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1973
  • Gold Glove - 1974
  • TSN All-Star - 1977
 
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It seemed like Bobby Bonds was always in someone’s shadow.  As a kid breaking into the Giants he shared an outfield with Willie Mays.  In his final years, he remained a talented pro but was regulated to journeyman status bouncing around the league.  Currently, he is Barry’s father.  We prefer to think of him as one of the early prototypes to the modern baseball athlete.

Bobby Bonds was one of the great leadoff men of all time.  He combined power and speed in ways that nobody had before and in the 1973 season he was a home run away from becoming the first ever 40/40 man in baseball history.  Bonds did do the 30/30 five times in his career and displayed the kind of skills that would become expected from the next generation of baseball players.  He would lead his respective league in Power-Speed nine times and as of this writing is 5th all-time in that statistic.

Bonds did have negatives that would keep him from the Hall.  He did walk a lot, but his batting average was only .268.  Subsequently, Bonds struck out a lot leading the league in that category three times.  He may not necessarily deserve enshrinement in Cooperstown, but he does deserve to be out of shadows.

Should Bobby Bonds be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 52.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 21.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.9%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 11.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Riverside, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Thursday, 01 January 1987
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, California Angels
  • Major Accolades and Awards: 3 Time All Star (1971, 1973 & 1975)
    All Star Game MVP (1973)
    Gold Glove (3) (NL) (1971, 1973 & 1974)
    Most Runs (2) (NL) (1969 & 1973)
    Most Total Bases (1) (NL) (1973)
    Highest Power-Speed (9) (NL) (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1973) (AL) (1975, 1977, 1978 & 1979)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP Finishes
    (NL: 1971, 4th) & (NL: 1973, 3rd)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Most Hits)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    11 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Total Zone Runs)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 5.    Power-Speed: 386.0
    51.  Stolen Bases: 461
    73.  Win Probabilty Added: 38.6
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1987: 5.8
    1988: 6.3
    1989: 6.5
    1990: 6.8
    1991: 8.8
    1992: 9.3
    1993: 10.6
    1994: 8.1
    1995: 7.6
    1996: 5.1
    1997: 4.2
  • Should be Inducted As A: San Francisco Giant

Should Bobby Bonds be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 52.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 21.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.9%
No opinion. - 1.4%
No way! - 11.4%

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