Re: John Fay Abstains from HOF Voting to Avoid Casting Votes for Bonds and Clemens
Contrast Mantle, Mays and Aaron with Barry Bonds.
Through his age 34 season, Bonds had been a great player, with 3 MVP awards. At that point he had a career line of .288/.409/.559. His peak season had come at about when you would expect, his age 28 season when he reached career highs of .336/.458/.677 with a career high of 46 HRs in 539 AB and a WAR of 9.7.
At age 35 Bonds reaches a new season high of 49 HRs.
The came his age 36 through 39 seasons. 73 HRs in 476 AB, 46 HRs in 403 AB, 45 HRs in 390 AB, 45 HRs in 373 AB. A guy who had never come close to a batting title wins two, at ages 37 and 39, while hitting .328, .370, .341 and .362. A guy whose career high slugging percentage was .677 goes .863, .799, .749 and .812.
Barry Bonds did not just sustain the performance of his youth as he got past age 35. Instead he suddenly became markedly better, tremendously better, at ages 36-39. At ages when even many superstars are no longer able to sustain their greatness Bonds won four straight MVP awards and became perhaps the greatest hitter ever.
If you want to believe this unprecedented performance resulted from Bonds workouts and diet, go ahead. I don't believe that accounts for Bonds posting his three greatest WAR scores (11.6, 11.6 and 10.4 at ages 36, 37 and 39).
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."
Last edited by RedsBaron; 01-09-2013 at 10:10 PM.