When it comes to Barry Bonds, his numbers could remain untouchable as time goes on.
A seven-time MVP, 14 All-Star selections, 12 Silver Slugger Awards, and two batting titles -- to name a few of his accomplishments. He also holds the all-time career record of home runs (762 -- 586 of them with the Giants), walks (2,558), and intentional walks (688).
But wait ... there's more.
Ryan Spaeder, a guy who has an affinity for baseball stats, gave us some impressive Bonds nuggets to share with the world. Check out his new book Incredible Baseball Stats, here.
No, not the show. Although there should be one dedicated to Bonds. This is the 30/30 club (home run / stolen bases). Nobody had more 30/30 seasons than Barry. And both he and his dad, Bobby, belong to this prestigious club.
The two are the only five-time 30/30 members in baseball history.
From August 14, 2001, to September 7, 2004, Bonds hit 154 home runs over the span of 442 games. He struck out only 153 in that same span.
He also had a .514 on-base percentage during his final 1,000 games.
Didn't fall for it
Bonds batted .303/.387/.655 after falling behind 0-2 in the count from 2002-04.
From 2000-05, batted .338/.533/.779. No other player ever slashed that in a single qualified season. His 240 OPS+ during that span was only ever matched by Babe Ruth in 1920 and Fred Dunlap in 1884.
He's fast, too
Had 334 home runs and 380 stolen bases through 1996. No other player in baseball history eclipsed both of those totals during their entire career.
More fun nuggets
-If all of his major league-record 762 home runs were strikeouts, he would still have both a higher on-base percentage and a lower strikeout percentage than Willie Stargell, Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Sammy Sosa, and Alex Rodriguez.
-Strip Barry Bonds of all seven of his MVP season and he still has a total 90.7 WAR. Ken Griffey Jr. had an 83.8 EAR during his career.
Ken. Griffey. Jr.
-Oh, and this:
From April 25, 1991, to September 26, 2007, Barry Bonds reached base safely 4,516 times in 2,258 games -- an average of exactly two times per game.— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) April 11, 2019
Are you kidding me?
The man will go down in history. We knew he hosted some pretty prominent numbers, but knowing there was even more evidence to back up how sensational of a player he was -- that's the cherry on top.