Bonds and 756 will meet
That’s No. 728 for Barry. Tick, tick, tickin’ away.
Only 28 more to go to pass The Hammer. There are two ways to look at it. It seems like it has taken a loooooong time to get those 28 since he joined the fabled 700 Club. But those next 28 somehow don’t seem like much of a challenge for him. Here is Bonds’ career stats page. I just looked at it more closely, and he has 20 this season in only 110 games. In other words, he has played about two-thirds of a regular season, is dealing with about the usual number of walks and being pitched around, so he would project at near 30 if this were a full season.
Bonds has said he will play in 2007, and if he has the opportunity to do so and can go 130 to 140 games — which is asking a lot of someone his age — I think the record will fall right about this time next year. I also have a little bit riding on it. Check out the Mt. Crushmore page we produced at MLB.com way back on Aug. 9, 2002. Yes, I was writing then as well. See the pro-and-con links just to the right of the illustration? My trusty colleague John Schlegel, now our West regional editor, reasoned why Bonds will fall short of Hank Aaron. I reasoned why the record would fall. He was at 600 and it was still light years away. Yes, the world has "changed" a bit since I wrote that, and all kinds of perceptions have changed. A lot of things have changed in the world since then. But Bonds is still in hot pursuit. Unfortunately, if you click that article link, the page is no longer archived so it redirects to our Perspectives page. But the headline says it all.
Newman still says Bonds and 756 will meet. He would be 43 years old, and a lot of people think he would need to DH to have the opportunity. An ironhorse pitcher pushing it at that age, with four days’ rest, more thinkable. An almost-everyday player, that takes a real feat. I think it will happen in 2007. Do you?
Speaking of the Giants and because I chose their motif for this post, it was interesting to read about MLBlogger Kevin Frandsen today. Glad that jaw is finally unwired. Nothing could stop him from blogging about it, of course.