Hello and happy Monday. I hope the week gets off to a good start.
If you’re a San Francisco Giants fan — and I presume you are, because why wouldn’t you be? — then you’ve likely had the conversation: how good could Barry Bonds be if he were still playing?
The debate about how good the now-56 year old could be gets perhaps less interesting with every year, but you can see where they stem from: In Bonds’ age-42 season in 2007, his last in the big leagues, he was a top-five hitter. It’s not unreasonable to think he could have played at a high-octane offensive level for many more years.
But lately I’ve been thinking of a different question. Instead of wondering how the actual Bonds would do in 2021, I’m wondering how peak Bonds would do.
From 2001 through 2004 — Bonds’ streak of four-straight MVPs — he hit .349/.559/.809, with a 1.368 OPS, and an average of 52.3 home runs, 109.5 RBI, and 188.8 walks per year.
The game has changed in the nearly 20 years since. The baseball itself is different, the way teams work with their hitters is different, and perhaps most important to Bonds hypotheticals, the willingness to walk or pitch around elite hitters has waned.
It’s fun to wonder what his numbers would be in this era. What’s your best guess?
Old, random MCC article for you to read
The Giants are facing the worst kind of rebuild (May 27, 2019 — Casey Cantrell)
- Podcast: Marc Delucchi talks with Grant Brisbee about Marcell Ozuna and pitching options (Around the Foghorn)
- Jessica Kleinschmidt on how an anonymous former Giant once snubbed Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen of an autograph (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Marc Delucchi on why the Giants should try to re-acquire Zach Wheeler (Around the Foghorn)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 115 days until Opening Day. That’s soon!
I hope you have a stellar Monday.