fbpx
MLB

On This Day In Sports: Barry Bonds Becomes MLB Single-Season HR King

As the game of baseball evolves, the most electrifying play remains the home run and nobody in the history of the sport did it better than Barry Bonds, who set a new mark for home runs in a single season, slugging dingers 71 and 72 on October 5, 2001. 

Bonds hits #71

10/6/01: Barry Bonds hits his 71st home run of the season and breaks the single season record Check out http://MLB.com/video for more! About MLB.com: About MLB.com: Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced on January 19, 2000, that the 30 Major League Club owners voted unanimously to centralize all of Baseball’s Internet operations into an independent technology company.

Bonds broke the record of 70 set by Mark McGwire. It was the moment he became king of the game and MLB enemy No. 1. The shining moment in an illustrious and controversial career that garnered him seven MVP awards, 8 Gold Gloves and two batting titles.

The PED Era is still self-righteously frowned upon by some members of the baseball community and BBWAA as a black eye on the sport, when in reality it was one of baseballs greatest moments. If you just examine the bottom line; revenue soared, the game experienced a revival of popularity and talent that eventually spread across the world. Hitting bombs became an everyday part of the game for a select few players who mastered the art of the home run. 

Lincoln on Twitter

Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire really put up 60+ home run seasons with McGuire hitting 70 once and then Bonds went 73 in ’01 lmao holy SHIT I wish we could witness something like that again

The Era wasnt limited to just power hitters, and thats the beauty of it. Barry Bonds is one of the multi-faceted faces of that Era. The only player in history to hit 500 blasts and steal 500 bases. Never mind the Gold Gloves. Hes the all-time home run king with 762, but some people still acknowledge Hank Aaron’s 755 dingers as the standard of power hitting excellence because Bonds is considered a PED cheat. For that alleged transgression, he’s yet to be inducted into Cooperstown

Its still undeniable that he was a great player. He was a lightning rod of drama, he didnt get along with the media and he had his share of conflicts with teammates. Thats why he was so vilified back then. 

Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame Barry Bonds

Top 5 reasons you can’t blame Barry Bonds… …for being Barry Bonds Very interesting piece by ESPN Classic on Major League Baseball’s home run leader

Nearly two decades later, Bonds’ record still stands. So does Bonds, who was accepted back into baseball with open arms as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins in 2016. He currently works in the Giants organization as a special adviser to the CEO. Bonds No. 25 jersey was rightfully retired by San Francisco on August 11, 2018.

The Shadow League on Twitter

Congratulations to @BarryBonds who has his number retired by the Giants #Bonds25 https://t.co/nHSCFZZ1TH

Theres not a baseball fan living during that time, that can say that Barry Bonds cheated them. He made believers out of dreamers. He raised the entire stratosphere of the game. He WAS baseball entertainment. Hes been the hero. The villain. The scapegoat. The greatest. Hes also still the single season and career home run king and its in the books. 

Tags

Related Articles

20 Comments

  1. I’m commenting to make you understand what a beneficial experience our child experienced reading your site. She noticed a good number of pieces, most notably how it is like to have an ideal coaching nature to let the others easily grasp selected extremely tough matters. You really surpassed our expectations. I appreciate you for showing these useful, trusted, explanatory and cool guidance on the topic to Lizeth.

  2. I just want to mention I’m newbie to blogs and truly liked this blog. Most likely I’m going to bookmark your website . You really come with wonderful posts. With thanks for sharing your website page.

  3. Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any suggestions for first-time blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  4. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this site. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s hard to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and appearance. I must say you have done a amazing job with this. Also, the blog loads super fast for me on Firefox. Excellent Blog!

  5. Howdy outstanding blog! Does running a blog similar to this take a large amount of work? I have virtually no expertise in computer programming however I had been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyway, should you have any ideas or tips for new blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject nevertheless I just had to ask. Thank you!

  6. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker