Barry Bonds American Baseball Player

Barry Bonds American Baseball Player

Barry bonds who is actually known by the name Barry Lamar Bonds was born on 24 July 1964 in Riverside California to a major league All Star Bobby bonds who is the godson of Hall of Famer Willie Mays. Barry bonds was a well known baseball player of his time. Barry bonds completed his education in Juniperro Serra High School in San Mateo, California. After that Barry bonds joined the Arizona State University where Barry bonds completed his graduation in criminology in 1986. There Barry bonds also started his career in baseball. Barry bonds made 45 home runs and had 30 stolen bases. While playing in the College World Series Barry bonds made a NCAA record with seven consecutive hits due to which Barry bonds was named in the All Time College World Series Team in 1996. Barry bonds won four MVPs and seven Most Valuable Player awards. In his kitty Barry bonds holds various Major League Baseball Records which includes Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and the single-season Major League record for home runs with 73. Barry bonds also won fourteen times All-Star and eight time Gold Glove awards. In both walks and intentional walks Barry bonds is considered as the leader.

Barry Bonds League Career:

Barry bonds joined the Prince William Pirates of the California League and was named as the Player of the month for the league in 1985. In next year Barry bonds made his league debt by playing 44 games for Hawaii Islander of the Pacific Coast League. In the same year Barry bonds ranked 6th in Rookie of the Year voting by making 16 home runs and 36 stolen bases. The first MVP, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards won by him in 1990. By making 25 homers Barry bonds won his second Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in 1991. In 1993, Barry bonds signed a lucrative free agent contract of $43.75 million for 6 years with the Giants and in the baseball history this deal is the largest in terms of the total value and average annual salary. Barry bonds father had spent his first 7 years of his career with the Giants and to respect his father Bonds switched his jersey number to 25. In this season Barry bonds won his third MVP award. Barry bonds finished 4th in MVP voting by making 37 home runs in 1994. By making 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in 1996 Barry bonds became the first National League player and second major league player by making 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in 1996. In the same year Barry bonds became the 4th player in history who has a record of 300 stolen bases and 300 home runs. In 1998 Barry bonds won his eighth Golden Glove award and became the first player to enter the 400-400 club. At that time Barry bonds has a record of 400 home runs and 400 stolen bases. On May 28, 1998 Bonds became the fifth player in the baseball history who was given an international walk with the bases “Nap Lajoie”, ‘Del Bissonette”, and “Bill Nicholson”. Due to his previous records in 1999 Barry bonds ranked 34 on the Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players but when this list is renewed in 2005 Barry bonds was ranked as 6th in this category. At the age of 21 in 2006 Barry bonds earned $172 million which made him the baseball’s highest paid player. In 2007 Barry bonds was again signed by the Giants but soon the Giants declared that they will not re-sign the Bonds for the 2008 season.

Barry Bonds Controversies

Barry Bonds Balco Scandal:

In 2003, Barry bonds became a major suspect in a scandal of supplying anabolic steroids to the athletes and a number of the baseball players when Greg Anderson who is a Barry bonds trainer was indicted by a federal grand jury in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. This led to conclusion that Barry bonds has used performance-enhancing drugs during a time when there was no mandatory testing in Major League Baseball. In his support Barry bonds gave a statement that he used a clear substance and a cream as nutritional supplement oil and a rubbing balm for arthritis.

Barry Bonds Player’s Union:

As Barry bonds refused to sign the license agreement with the MLB Player’s Association Barry bonds doesn’t appear in the baseball video games and forced by game makers to replace him. As a result of which Barry bonds was replaced by “Jon Dowd” in MVP baseball 2005.

Barry Bonds Game of Shadows:

The book “Game of Shadows” written by Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru Wada was released in March 2006 contains the contents of the grand jury testimony which is sealed by the law. Due to this leakage Barry bonds has to spend two and a half years in jail.

Barry Bonds Love me, Hate Me:

In 2006 one more book named as the Love me Hate me: Barry Bonds and the making of an Anti-hero made the Barry bonds to undergo 500 interviews.

Barry Bonds on Bonds:

The popular show aired by ESPN was also cancelled in June 2006 because people felt that this show should be put on hold until all the investigations against the Barry bonds steroids use was over.

Barry Bonds Personal Life:

In 1987 Barry bonds married to Susann Margreth Branco and escaped to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1988.After that Barry bonds became the father of the Montreal and Quebec. Barry bonds also had two more children named Nikolai and Shikari.In 1994 they got divorced and in 1997 their marriage annulled by the Catholic Church. In San Francisco, Barry bonds again married to Liz Watson who already has a daughter named Aisha. Apart from his two marriages Bonds also had an extra marital affair with Kimberly Bell from 1994 through May, 2003 for which Barry bonds bought a home in Scottsdale and Arizona.