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Re: Bonds hits 756
« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2007, 03:47:16 PM »
Bob Costas was on the radio this morning talking about it.  He makes a very good argument for Bonds not to be considered in that light.  He was on a committee in the late 90s when Bonds approached his mid 30s that was looking at greatest players at certain positions.  Bonds didn't even come up.  He was very good, but not in the same light as Mantle, Mays, Aaron, etc.  We don't realize how dramatically Bonds numbers jumped then - not just HRs but avg, slugging %, etc.

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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2007, 04:30:49 PM »
So how did he get to be so good?

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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2007, 05:11:32 PM »
It wasn't by hard work alone. 

In the 100+ years of baseball, not a single other players has had the statistical increases in production after the age of 35 that he did. 

I'm amazed the Feds haven't taken him down yet. 

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« Reply #18 on: August 08, 2007, 05:33:55 PM »
35 a hundred years ago isn't 35 today. it was a lot older then.  i remember willie mays swinging in the bucket all the time and he fell down running the bases in the 74 series.  sad to see mantle, ruth gehrig when they were 35.  there was no way with all mantle's drinking and abuse he was going to improve.  my favorite story about him was i think he was with billy and whitey in a taxi in some city and they wanted to go some bar after the game.  they got in the taxi and the driver said it was just across the street or something like that.  they said they didn't care, just drive.  so he made a u turn across the street and they were there.  they laughed so hard they gave him a good tip.  i'm not sticking up for barry, i just think we, like you mentioned about having the luxury of being able to show steers, that we have too much luxury to devote too much resources to sports in general.
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