Seven hundred and sixty-two home runs. Seven MVP awards, eight Gold Gloves, 12 Silver Slugger awards and 14 All-Star appearances.
All that and more is on Barry Bonds’ incredible résumé. But the Giants legend is not universally celebrated the same way other greats of the game are. He likely won’t be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and generally is viewed as somewhat of a black mark on the game.
It hurts Bonds, baseball’s all-time leader in home runs, walks, intentional walks and MVP awards, that the game he loves has banished him.
“I feel like a ghost,” Bonds said in an exclusive conversation with The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly. “A ghost in a big empty house, just rattling around.”
“A death sentence. That’s what they’ve given me,” Bonds later told Baggarly.
The Giants brought Bonds to spring training this week as a guest instructor, hoping he could give some of his vast hitting knowledge to a team with young talent at all levels. The most terrifying force to ever step into a batter’s box, Bonds deserves to be immortalized in the Hall of Fame and praised as a legend of the game.
His public persona and the way he handled interactions…