February 23, 2014 |
Barry Bonds left baseball in 2007 and has kept a relatively low profile ever since. That will change sometime next month when baseball's all-time home run leader will become a spring training instructor for his former team, the San Francisco Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday he thinks Bonds, 49, will be an asset to the Giants' hitters. Makes sense, seeing that Bonds holds the major league records for career home runs (762) and home runs in a season (71). He also had a .444 career on-base percentage and a .607 slugging percentage.
January 8, 2014 |
Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, a pair of 300-game winners renowned for a decade of excellence atop the Atlanta Braves' starting rotation, and Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas were elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America. Maddux got 97.2% of the vote, the eighth-highest total in history. Glavine got 91.9% and Thomas 83.7%. Craig Biggio missed election by two votes, as he was named on 427 of 571 ballots. The 75% threshold for election required 429 votes.
December 12, 2013 |
The writers for the TV game show "Jeopardy" earned their pay this week with a subtle shot at Barry Bonds. One of the categories on Wednesday night's show was "Pop Quiz," which was about famous fathers and sons. The $1,000 answer, as read by host Alex Trebek, was: "He fathered baseball star Barry Bonds. " But if you looked at the game screen, you saw "He fathered baseball * Barry Bonds. " Putting an asterisk next to the name of baseball's all-time home run leader? Well done, Jeopardy writers.
October 29, 2013 |
BOSTON - If the St. Louis Cardinals lose another game, they lose the World Series. This ought to be the point when they decide they are not going to let David Ortiz beat them. "It's past the point of when I would have done it," Jarrod Washburn said Tuesday. When the Angels won the World Series in 2002, Washburn was their ace, and Troy Percival their closer. Barry Bonds played the role of Ortiz. The Angels beat the San Francisco Giants, in large part because the Angels determined Bonds would not beat them.
September 13, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Former San Francisco Giant and home run king Barry Bonds said late Friday that he wants to begin serving his sentence on an obstruction of justice conviction. Earlier in the day, a federal appeals court upheld his conviction for obstruction of justice for being evasive during grand jury testimony. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that someone may be convicted of obstruction for making factually true statements if they are intended to mislead or evade.
August 5, 2013 |
The saddest part of another syringe-spitting afternoon in baseball Monday occurred when, for one of the first times this summer, Alex Rodriguez spoke the truth. He had just been hit with a drug suspension bigger than Barry Bonds' neck, a record 211 games that would carry him through next season and probably end his career. Yet he was dragging baseball further through the pill-littered muck by appealing the suspension. In fact, in a bit of breathtaking irony, his injured hip finally healed, he was using the exact day his suspension was announced to make his 2013 debut.