Whats Next For Barry Bonds And The San Francisco Giants

Now that the week of Barry Bonds being in San Francisco Giants camp, as a special hitting instructor, is over. Whats next for Bonds and Giants relationship?

While in Giants camp this past week, Bonds talked to a lot of the regulars about the mental side of hitting. Bonds said he wasn’t trying to change each hitters approach

It was more trying to get each individual where he wanted to be comfortable. Picking my brain isn’t going to help you none. You have to be yourself as a hitter. All I tried to do was provide some tips.

Didn’t matter if you were a rookie or former MVP and 2 time World Series Champion, Bonds still had an impact on some players. Buster Posey had this to say about Bonds

“I thought he had some good information that he shared with us,” Posey said. “You just try to listen as much as you can and try to take something away that will help you.”

While I was in Scottsdale, I left the day after Bonds arrived, I tried to get a good view of what he was doing and who he was talking to around the batting cage.

The first day I noticed Bonds spent a good amount of time talking, and laughing, with new Giants left fielder Mike Morse

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At one point while talking to Morse, Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval joined in on the conversation.

This picture I referred to as “Class is in session”

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We will not know exactly what kind of impact that Bonds had, on the hitters this past week, until the season is underway.

Back to my original question and thought, What is next for Bonds and The Giants?

Now that there seems to be a mending of the relationship between the former player and team. Will there be some sort of ceremony in the near future celebrating what Bonds did during his 15 seasons with the Giants? In my opinion, I think this was a step in the right direction to something being done.

I think that the team should go all out in regards to celebrating Bonds. Retire his number 25, put up a statue on the walkway in between the right field wall and McCovey Cove and definitely add his plaque to the Wall of Fame outside of AT&T Park. As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle mentions in his blog yesterday, in regards to the Wall of Fame

Former managing general partner Peter Magowan established the criteria for the Wall of Fame: nine consecutive years as a Giant, or five years plus at least one All-Star appearance. Baer said there was another criterion. The player had to be retired, and Bonds has not formally done so.

Also as Schulman points out

But it seems silly to have a Giants Wall of Fame that includes Marvin Benard and not Bonds, no matter what people outside the Bay Area think of him.

I mean, look at these numbers from Bonds while wearing the Giants uniform

Year PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ IBB
1993 674 539 129 181 38 4 46 123 29 12 126 79 .336 .458 .677 1.136 206 43
1994 474 391 89 122 18 1 37 81 29 9 74 43 .312 .426 .647 1.073 183 18
1995 635 506 109 149 30 7 33 104 31 10 120 83 .294 .431 .577 1.009 170 22
1996 675 517 122 159 27 3 42 129 40 7 151 76 .308 .461 .615 1.076 188 30
1997 690 532 123 155 26 5 40 101 37 8 145 87 .291 .446 .585 1.031 170 34
1998 697 552 120 167 44 7 37 122 28 12 130 92 .303 .438 .609 1.047 178 29
1999 434 355 91 93 20 2 34 83 15 2 73 62 .262 .389 .617 1.006 156 9
2000 607 480 129 147 28 4 49 106 11 3 117 77 .306 .440 .688 1.127 188 22
2001 664 476 129 156 32 2 73 137 13 3 177 93 .328 .515 .863 1.379 259 35
2002 612 403 117 149 31 2 46 110 9 2 198 47 .370 .582 .799 1.381 268 68
2003 550 390 111 133 22 1 45 90 7 0 148 58 .341 .529 .749 1.278 231 61
2004 617 373 129 135 27 3 45 101 6 1 232 41 .362 .609 .812 1.422 263 120
2005 52 42 8 12 1 0 5 10 0 0 9 6 .286 .404 .667 1.071 174 3
2006 493 367 74 99 23 0 26 77 3 0 115 51 .270 .454 .545 .999 156 38
2007 477 340 75 94 14 0 28 66 5 0 132 54 .276 .480 .565 1.045 169 43
22 Yrs 12606 9847 2227 2935 601 77 762 1996 514 141 2558 1539 .298 .444 .607 1.051 182 688
162 Game Avg. 684 534 121 159 33 4 41 108 28 8 139 83 .298 .444 .607 1.051 182 37
PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ IBB
SFG (15 yrs) 8351 6263 1555 1951 381 41 586 1440 263 69 1947 949 .312 .477 .666 1.143 199 575
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/17/2014.

Yes Henry, it is downright silly and wrong to have Benard on the Wall of Fame and not Bonds. It does sound like the idea is being discussed

Even if Bonds does not don a uniform again this year, there could be a ceremony to place him on the team’s Wall of Fame along the King Street side of the stadium. Team president Larry Baer said this has been discussed, even before this spring, and could happen this year or next depending on Bonds’ availability.

I’m also wondering, now that the Giants have welcomed Bonds back, what will happen with the Hall of Fame voting next January? Will Matt have to write another article like this or will he be writing how the writers finally got it correct in voting the 7 time MVP Single Season and Career Home Run King into the Hall of Fame.

I look forward to seeing how this story transpires and hope that we do in fact see number 25 back on the field one last time, and honored around the ball park as he should be.

I now ask all of our loyal readers: What do you think is next with Bonds and the Giant?

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