‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #2
Barry Bonds – 1986 Topps Traded
Barry Bonds is easily the most intimidating force to debut during the 1980’s. With unmatched offensive talent, Bonds is considered to be the greatest baseball player of his generations. When mixing his stellar offense with his amazing defensive skills you have the ultimate baseball player.
The numbers are staggering. As of the end of the 2007 season, Bonds has 2,935 career hits, 1,996 RBI, 762 home runs, and the list goes on and on.
Just 65 hits shy of the 3,000 hits milestone, Bonds combined the rare talents of power and contact hitting into his swing. With a lifetime batting average of .298, that includes 11 seasons above .300, Bonds’ offensive game was a well-rounded one. He has been walked 2,558 times which is a baseball record. Amazingly for a power hitter, Bonds was able to keep his strikeout numbers down as he only struck out 100+ times once in his career(his rookie season).
Barry Bonds is baseball’s all-time home run king. His 762 homers is a record that should stand for several years to come. And if he makes a return to baseball, 800 is not out of the question.
Barry Bonds has won the MVP award 7 times during his 22 year career. He has finished in the Top 5 for the award an incredible 12 times. Bonds is also a 14-time All-star, a 12-time Silver Slugger winner, and a 8-time Gold Glove winner.
In his best season, in 2002, Bonds hit .370. In addition to his amazing batting average his on-base percentage was a staggering .582. Other incredible numbers from that tremendous season include 46 homers, 117 runs scored, 110 RBI, 198 walks with just 47 strikeouts, and of course another MVP trophy.
Barry Bonds has played in 1 World Series contest. As a member of the San Francisco Giants in 2002 his team lost in 7 games to the Angels. In that series, Bonds was awesome. He batted .471 while amassing 4 home runs, 6 RBI, 8 runs scored and an unbelievable .700 on-base percentage.