Barry Bonds isn’t going to be elected into the Baseball Hall Of Fame. Three days ago marked the last time he had a chance to be voted in. Bonds wasn’t even included on the ballot.
Not only should Bonds be there, Barry Bonds is arguably the most dominant and best baseball player of All-Time.
Barry Bonds was a 14-time All-Star, won 7 MVP’s, 12 Silver Slugger Awards and Eight gold gloves. These accomplishments are extremely impressive, and actually pale in comparison to how truly statistical dominant he was over the course of his 22 year career.
OPS is a sabermetric statistic used to decide who wins the MVP. The Most Valuable, and I would argue, dominant, player in all of baseball. OPS is calculated by adding up On-Base Percentage and Slugging percentage. It doesn’t factor in gold gloves or stolen bases.
As a Pirate Barry Bonds had four years with an OPS over .900. In 1990, at the age of 25, Bonds hit .300, 33 HR, 114 RBIs’, stole 52 bases and ended with an OPS of .970. in 1992, before heading to San Francisco, Bonds had 34 HRs, 103 RBI’s, 39 stolen bases, was walked 127 times and finished with an OPS of 1.080. That’s a higher OPS than anything Mike Trout produced in any of his MVP years.
Barry Bonds the Giant was even more dominant. In his first year with San Francisco in 1993 at the age of 28 he hit .336 with 46 HR, 123 RBI, stole 30 bases, was walked 126 times and ended up with an OPS of 1.136. Those numbers dwarf anything any player outside of Larry Walker has put up in the last 30 years. Before the year 2000 he had an on base percentage of over .400 9 times.
All of the aforementioned statistics were completed well before the steroid era.
Bonds 4 seasons while on steroids were without question the most dominant in MLB history. In 573 games he averaged .350, scored 470 runs, hit over 200 home runs, was walked nearly 800 times, found himself on base over 50% of the time, and struck out a total of 237 times.
In their best seasons known steroid users Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Ken Caminiti had a max batting average of .328 and max OPS Of 1.2. Bonds averaged .355 from 02-04 and had an OPS of over 1.3 every one of these years.
In Barry Bonds most statistically impressive year, at the age of 39, he hit 45 Home Runs, 100 RBI, was walked 232 times, got on base 60% of the time, finished with an OPS of 1.422 and struck out 41 times.
Bonds finished his 22 year career with 762 home runs, 1996 RBI, 514 stolen bases, 2,500 walks, a career average of .298, and a career of OPS Of 1.051. Perhaps even more impressive? Barry Bonds struck out more than 100 times in a season only once.
Current Angel and Multi-MVP winner Mike Trout will end up a Hall Of Famer. He’s already being discussed as one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Trout’s never had and may never have a season with over a 1.1 OPS. Barry Bonds had 5 and a career OPS average of 1.051. Comparatively to other baseball greats Bonds has the 4th highest career OPS below Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig. The difference is Bonds has twice as many career stolen bases as all three of them combined.
Barry Bonds did take steroids, and it clearly enhanced his power. They did nothing for his hand-eye coordination, ability to make contact, or his elite eye at the plate. If anything performance enhancing drugs showcased just how rare, naturally talented and truly dominant of a baseball player Barry Bonds was.
Was he short with and even mean to the media? Sure, but baseball writers really need to get over themselves. In the grand scheme of things, they don’t matter. They of course know this which is why they make such a big deal when Bonds and other athletes treats them like many of them know they are, parasites.
Barry Bonds should have been a no-question, 100% guaranteed, shoe-in for the HOF in his 1st eligible year and is the best baseball player of all-time.
It’s a complete embarrassment to the sport that he isn’t honored with the best ever to play America’s past-time.