San Francisco Giants: Barry Bonds and My IBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot
162.4 Career WAR, .298/.444/.607/1.051, 2935 hits, 762 HR’s, 1996 RBI’s, 2558 BB’s, 514 SB’s
Say what you want about Barry Bonds, but the man was the best baseball player in the world during his career. I wrote at length about why Bonds is long overdue to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Ultimately, Bonds is being kept out for the PED’s that have been attached to his name and to the end of his playing career. The seven time Most Valuable Player won three of his MVP’s before anyone questioned his numbers. As baseball statistician Ryan Spaeder tweeted, even if you remove his seven MVP seasons from his career, Bonds is still one of the best players in baseball history. Ultimately, only Walter Johnson and Babe Ruth have a higher WAR than Bonds.