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S.F. Giants to replace Barry Bonds home run sign that 'disappeared'

April 24, 2013|By Joseph Serna
  • Glue is seen on AT&T Park's brick facade in right center field, to the left of the Comcast sign, where a plaque commemorating Barry Bonds' 756th home run was affixed. The plaque has been missing for about a week.
Glue is seen on AT&T Park's brick facade in right center field,… (Ben Margot / Associated…)

Things vanish and are replaced at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park all the time, so a lost Barry Bonds commemorative plaque shouldn’t be a big deal, a team spokeswoman said Wednesday.

“It’s a stadium with 41,000 people, things disappear from the ballpark and we replace them,” said Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter. “It’s a wooden, painted sign.”

The team said it will replace the sign.

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Slaughter and Giants officials are in the midst of a busy week. The team has been receiving a flurry of calls since news broke that a commemorative plaque honoring Barry Bonds’ record-breaking 756th home run hanging at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park mysteriously disappeared.

Slaughter said the sign disappeared a few days ago, but couldn’t offer more specifics.  She did not know who noticed it or pointed its absence to the Giants.

Team officials are reviewing security cameras if they can discover what happened to the sign. The Giants elected not to involve the police.

“We don’t know if it was stolen or missing and we don’t think it’s appropriate to ask SFPD to investigate,” Slaughter said.

The team has a bronze plaque commemorating Bonds’ accomplishments located on the other side of the stadium and another sign commemorating the slugger’s 500th career home run.

Bonds remains a controversial figure in baseball. Considered one of the greatest hitters of all time, he broke Hank Aaron’s all-time home-run record under a cloud of suspicion that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

He is currently appealing his federal conviction for obstruction of justice related to denying he ever used banned substances.

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Joseph.serna@latimes.com

@josephserna

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