Where Will Barry Bonds Go?
Yesterday, Barry Bonds and the Giants both acknowledged that the team has decided not to resign Bonds next year, and to actually (shocking) rebuild their team as they've needed to do for quite awhile.
Bonds was thankfully appreciative of what the club has done for him, though he's stated he plans on playing next year, if not more.
My question is, where does he land? The Yankees and Red Sox have the pockets, and assuming he plays DH, those are logical places (where it will be hilarious to find those fans who have led the anti-Bonds bandwagons find reasons to love him once he's on their team), but my money is on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They have the cash, they need the pop (though they could win the World Series without him this year) and he lives locally.
Though it's somewhat pretentious to do so, as a Giants fan I would like to thank Mr. Bonds for making the team incredibly exciting and providing some of the best baseball memories of my life.
Where do you think he'll play next season?
After the fold, the official letter to fans from Peter Magowan (meaning, the press release).
GIANTS TO MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT BARRY BONDS
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants will not bring all-time home
run king Barry Bonds back for the 2008 season, the club announced today.
He will conclude his 15-year career with the Giants during this week’s
final homestand and next weekend’s final series in Los Angeles.
“No one is more aware of what Barry has meant to the Giants and San
Francisco than I am,” said club President and Managing General Partner
Peter Magowan. “He gave our ownership group instant credibility when we
bought the team in 1993 and he helped transform the Giants into a
consistent winner. For the first 11 years that he was here, the Giants
had the third best record in baseball and Barry was a huge part of that
success. Most importantly, Barry helped San Francisco become a baseball
town again. I will forever be grateful for all of the success,
excitement and memories that he created for our fans. However, all good
things must come to an end and now seems like the right time to move
“There’s no question about what Barry has meant to this organization and
to our success over the past 15 years. He is the greatest player of his
generation and one of the very best of all time,” said Giants Senior
Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean. “Barry has been the
cornerstone of our franchise and his amazing contributions will be
From hitting a home run in his first at bat as a Giant at Candlestick
Park in 1993 to becoming the game’s all-time home run leader on August
7, the future Hall of Famer has delivered many indelible moments over
his 15 seasons with his boyhood team. Bonds won five of his
unprecedented seven MVPs with San Francisco, while helping the club
produce one of its most successful runs in franchise history from
1997-2004 that included three National League West titles and the 2002
National League pennant.
One of the greatest players to ever play the game, the 13-time All-Star,
8-time Gold Glove winner, two-time winner of the National League batting
title and lone member of baseball’s 500 homer-500 steal club holds Major
League Baseball’s all-time records for home runs (762) and walks
(2,558). Bonds also ranks among the game’s best for RBI (tied for second
- 1,996), extra-base hits (second - 1,440), runs (third - 2,227), total
bases (fourth - 5,976), on-base percentage (sixth - .444), slugging
percentage (sixth - .607), doubles (14th - 601) and stolen bases (32nd -
Bonds’ impressive resume also includes baseball’s single-season records
for home runs (73 in 2001), walks (232 in 2004), intentional walks (120
in 2004), on-base percentage (.609 in 2004), slugging percentage (,863
in 2001), home run ratio (6.52 in 2001) and home run percentage (12.06
in 2004). The 43-year old also holds Major League career records with
13-consecutive 30-home run seasons and 14 campaigns with 100-or-more
Having grown up in the clubhouse at Candlestick Park as he accompanied
his father the late Giant Bobby Bonds, it’s only fitting that younger
Bonds dominates both the Giants franchise and San Francisco-era record
books. He has established virtually every San Francisco-era offensive
standard, holding the records for average (.312), home runs (586), RBI
(1,440), runs (1,555), doubles (381) and is tied for first with his
father with 263 stolen bases. Only his godfather Willie Mays has more
home runs in a Giants uniform, clubbing 646 in both New York and San
The eight-time Gold Glove winner is also fourth in franchise history
with 1,975 games (third in SF annals), fifth with 6,260 at-bats (third
for SF), third with 1,555 runs, fifth with 1,951 hits (third with SF),
third with 381 doubles, third with 1,440 RBI, first with 1,947 walks,
tied for ninth with 263 stolen bases and third with 4,172 total bases
(second for SF).
Many of AT&T Park’s defining moments in its eight-year history have
included Bonds’ milestone home runs. The slugger clubbed the team’s
first clout in the inaugural game April 11, 2000, while adding his 500th
career blast in 2001. He became the single-season home run champion in
2001 with his 71st, 72nd and 73rd roundtrippers coming on the Shores of
McCovey Cove. Bonds connected for his 600th home run August 9, 2002 off
his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The two greatest Giants of
all-time, Bonds and Mays, were tied at third on the all-time home run
list when Bonds drilled his 660th clout during the 2004 home opener. He
also added his 700th blast later that season off San Diego’s Jake Peavy
and surpassed Babe Ruth for second on the all-time list May 28, 2006 off
Colorado’s Byung-Hyun Kim. The new home run king reached the pinnacle of
power on August 7, 2007 when he clubbed a solo, one-out clout off
Washington’s Mike Bacsik.