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NOV. 19 (1990) - Barry*
By Bill Grimes
Nov 19, 2007 - 7:05 AM

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A tale of two careers

 

NOVEMBER 19, 1990 PITTSBURGH , PENNSYLVANIA Barry Bonds of the Pittsburgh Pirates was named the National League’s 1990 Most Valuable Player on this date. Bonds hit .301, had 114 RBI and stole 52 bases. It would be the first of seven MVP awards.

 

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Barry Bonds then & now
Barry Bonds had stellar numbers before suspicions about steroids began to swirl. Many believe he would have qualified for the Hall of Fame even without the numbers he put up in 2001 (73 HR, 137 RBI, 52 SB) and beyond. In his first 15 seasons (up to 2001), he drove in more than 100 runs 9 times, hit more than 30 home runs 10 times, and stole more than 30 bases 9 times. What is startling is that the best stretch Barry Bonds had in his career was after he reached age 35:

 

Home runs - 49, 73, 46, 45, 45

RBI – 106, 137, 110, 90, 101
Runs –
129, 129, 117, 111, 129

 

Bonds was MVP in 1992, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, but with his indictment for perjury in November, 2007, he may end up leading the league in asterisks.

 

Contributing sources:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bondsba01.shtml

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_Bonds

 

Comments: feedback@todayinbaseballonline.com

Bill Grimes is a member of SABR (The Society for American Baseball Research)

 



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