Giants Fans Start Kickstarter Campaign to Build Bronze Barry Bonds Statue

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2014

via Hayden Simmons via Kickstarter

A group of San Francisco Giants fans is doing everything it can to honor baseball's all-time home run leader with a statue.

Barry Bonds slugged 762 home runs in his 22-year career, with 15 of those seasons played with the Giants. For most of his career, Bonds was a perennial All-Star and Most Valuable Player award candidate. 

Unfortunately for him, he became one of the faces of baseball's steroid era, which has kept him from getting inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

If Bonds can't get into Cooperstown, some Giants fans want to make sure he is properly honored in San Francisco.

A collection of Giants fans created a Kickstarter campaign to try to raise money for a bronze Bonds statue. The group's goal is to raise $60,000 by Aug. 21 so that an eight-foot statue can be built to honor the controversial star. If the goal of $60,000 is met, any additional money raised would be used to try to make the statue even bigger.

The location for a potential statue has not been determined, although the group wants it placed near AT&T Park. If the statue does indeed get built, it will be unveiled on Opening Day 2015. 

This project leaves us wondering one thing: Does Bonds deserve a statue in San Francisco?