Barry Bonds will bring his 7th MVP award this week. Seven. Seven. Seven. That is completely unreal. Oh…how is FOUR STRAIGHT MVP awards for you?? Four straight.
That is more than Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams and Willie Mays put together. Seven MVP awards since 1990. And, if you do the math….that means only 8 times in that span did someone else won it in the National League.
He broke the tie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [who leads the NBA with 6 MVP awards] to own sole possession of second place in sports. Only Wayne Gretzky’s 9 NHL MVP awards tops Bonds.
He became only the second man to lead his league in hitting when he was older than 40. The other is Ted Williams. He is the oldest man to hit 45home runs. His on-base percentage was .609….the all-time best mark in the history of the game. He led the league in slugging, Only himself and Babe Ruth reached base more than he did this year….376 times. He had 101 RBI….and only recorded 373 at-bats. That means, technically, a third of the time he had an at-bat…someone scored. He walked 232 times this year, including 120 intentional walks [no MLB team was within 50 of that mark].
Heck….if he was in the AL, Bonds Intentional Walks would lead with 120, Bonds Unintentional Walks would be second with 112, Eric Chavez would be third with 95. If Bonds never had a base hit all season….he still would have a higher on-base percentage than Juan Pierre….the guy who led the NL in hits. Yet, despite all those walks…he still put up 45 HR, 101 RBI, .362, 129 runs. That is how SICK his numbers are.
Then, think about this: He should have 9 MVP awards already. Terry Pendleton and Jeff Kent's trophies should be sitting on Bonds' mantle.