Barry Bonds This article documents a current sports-related event. Information may change rapidly as the event progresses. Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants - No. 25 Left field Bats: Left Throws: Left MLB debut May 30, 1986 for the Pittsburgh Pirates Selected MLB statistics (through 2005) Home runs 708 Stolen bases 506 Slugging average .611 Former teams Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-1992) Barry Lamar Bonds born July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California. He is a left fielder in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco Giants. He is most famous for his home run hitting and alleged involvement with performance enhancing drug use. He holds the record for most home runs in a single season with 73 and is currently third on the all-time career list with 708, trailing only Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).
Bonds is generally considered to be among the greatest players of all time, and has won a record seven MVP awards over the course of his career; for those who view baseball through the prism of sabermetrics, Bonds, along with Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, is typically regarded as one of the top three hitters in the history of the game. He is the only player in baseball history to have hit at least 500 home runs and stolen at least 500 bases (no other player has reached even 400-400). Additionally, Bonds has won eight Gold Glove Awards for his defensive prowess in left field.
However, Bonds has generally been known as reclusive in the clubhouse, and is not a favorite with the media. Teammates often poignantly remark that they do not have any conversations with Bonds. In addition to his problematic relations with the media, Bonds has become the most frequent recipient of the anti-steroids backlash that has hit Major League Baseball in recent years.