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Barry Bonds was the best hitter of his era
Barry Bonds was the best hitter of his era. Sure, we can say steroids helped and they probably did, but there were just as many pitchers on the stuff as hitters. Bonds was a superstar long before he ever became involved with performance enhancing drugs, (PEDs).
It was only after he saw all the adulation about players like Sosa and McGwire that I believe he began taking PEDs. Bonds knew he was far superior than these players and could not bear to see them get all the recognition.
Bonds grew up in the Bay Area and came back to San Francisco in 1993, after seven years with the Pirates. He played for the Giants until 2007, a span of 15 years. While with the Giants, Bonds compiled gaudy numbers. He hit .312 with 586 home runs and 1,440 RBI. He also had 263 steals for the Giants.
The fact that he generated these enormous stats was even more impressive considering that teams routinely pitched around him. Bonds led the league in walks in 11 out of those 15 years.
Bonds broke the single season home run record with 73, back in 2001. He also broke the all time home run record with a career total of 762.
Bonds was a 12-time All-Star selection and also won MVP honors five times as a Giant. In reality, he could easily have won the MVP award a couple more times, but the writers gave the award to someone else. Bonds generally had a frosty relationship with the media and that surely cost him votes.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Mitchell was a Giants slugger from 1987-1991, just under five full seasons. During his time in San Francisco, Mitchell hit .278 with 143 home runs and 411 RBI. He had a monster year in 1989, when he hit 47 home runs, drove in 125 runs and was named MVP.