Earlier tonight Barry Lamar Bonds became the all-time baseball home run king. I could wait until tommorrow when the game goes in the b-ref info before doing a write up, but if I do that, odds are Andy will beat me to it anyway. So, with apologies to Dave Studenman, here are ten things I learned about Bonds from b-ref's PI:
1) Longest stretch without a homer: 27 games. Way back in the 1980s, when he was a young'un he did it twice. In the Big Head era, it's only 14 games. Happened earlier this year in fact. No fun getting old.
2) Who has he gone deep on the most? Well, five guys are tied for that honor with 8 dings allowed each. Future HoFers Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Curt Schilling. Also there's Capt'n Crafy: Terry Mullholland. Better homer off him or be exposed to that killer pick off move. Plus there's Chan Ho Park. And really, who hasn't hit at least 8 homers off him? Nick Punto has 7 off Park.
3) Who faced him the most without allowing any homers? A man also known for taking chemical substances on the job, Rick Sutcliffe. In the case of the ESPN announcer, his are most certainly not performance enhancing drugs. The link is organized least to most homers, and then most to least PA within that bunch. Scroll down and you'll see El Presidente allowed only 1 homer in 100 PA.
4) He had trouble against Sid Fernandez for some reason. Check the link in #3. He hit 1 homer off Fernandez in 80 PA (just below Dennis Martinez). Fernandez was a flyball pitcher. An extreme flyball pitcher. Hell, Davey Johnson used to start Howard Johnson at short when he pitched because there was so little need for infield D on those days. As the all-time home run king, you'd think Bonds would be likely to hit flyballs. Put it together, it should be a helluva lot more than 1 homer in 80 PA. Bizarre.
5) He's hit 10 walk-off homers. Three were in 2003 alone. Surprisingly, only one came off of Jose Lima. Then again, when you pitch like Lima does, you're not going to be in there very off in the ninth inning holding a narrow lead.
6) He's hit more away homers than home ones. Folks, that's not supposed to happen. From memory, 52% of homers are hit at home. For Barry it's 380 on the road, and now 376 at home.
7) He's had four 3-homer games. All but one have come this millenium. Two were in Coors.
9) Longest streak of hitting at least one homer a day: 7. Actually, I think I remember that, but I'll add it in anyway.
10) Hate to break up the theme of homers, but I gotta check his other record. He once was walked in19 consecutive games. He once was intentionally walked 6 straight games. I would've guessed that streak would be higher, but it only takes one blow out and it's not worth giving him a free pass.
Oh, and an 11th thing - just between you and me (looks around in all directions) - (whispering) - he's the all-time home run king.
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