Rock solid defensively up the middle at 2B, SS, CF with Alomar, Larkin, and Edmonds. The best overall player in Bonds. Pure sticks in Thomas, Piazza, Sheffield, Boggs, Thome. And an overpowering pitcher and closer in Johnson and Jansen.
IMO, Larkin >>> Jeter and Ripken. And even though on spent $4 on the Unit, there’s a ton of value at pitcher. Pedro for 2??? Kershaw for 1?? They might both be better than Maddox, who is 5.
He’s not. They lost in 7 games to the Angels, the only time his team made the World Series.
I don’t hold that against players in baseball at all though. You can only do so much in 4 at bats a game. It’s not like football or b-ball where your team can put the game on you to a much greater extent.
so in the prime of his career, of almost every career in baseball up to 2000 when he was 35, he hit more than 40 home runs 2 times.. he hit over .310 one time... from that point on he hit 300 HRs..
Willie Mays up to 35 hit over 40, 5 times on that same span and missed 2 yrs after is ROY to go into the service and then came back and hit 41. In the freakin Polo grounds.. after he was 35 he hit about 125 HRs. he hit .310 or close to it 10 times on that same span. Played 10 less games a yr back then so lost almost 3 seasons in his prime between Service and length of season..
Bonds was a nice player, a top 10 LF in that era. he was not an elite fielder. He was better than his dad fir sure. he stole 50 one yr when the leader had 77.. nice
he stole bases in an era when it was the thing to do and pretty solid at it for a few yrs.. top 10 a couple times.
willie mays stole 40 one yr when the next guy stole 22, he was first 3 times and top 5 six yrs in a row, then quit stealing them ,
If bonds finishes his career like most people back then and doesnt go crazy he ends up 450-500 Hrs and is border line HFr.
you put a different name on him and he doesnt win 3 MVPs by the age of 30 with the stats he was throwing up. He was dominant after 35 not before and you are hard pressed to find 3-5 other guys in almost 150 yrs of baseball who can say that.
again you have to be over 45-50 to have watched much of him before he went steroid crazy and baseball was not on nearly as much, just the primetime games back then.