SFDugout.com Press Release

It was a sad day for baseball as it was announced today that Bobby Bonds, father of Giants superstar Barry Bonds, passed away earlier this morning at the age of 57.

We at SFDugout.com would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Bonds family. In the past year, Bobby Bonds had suffered from several ailments, including kidney and brain tumors, lung cancer, and heart disease.

As a player, Bonds had nothing short of a great career. In his 14-year tenure as a major leaguer, he slugged 332 homers and stole 461 bases and had a .268 career batting average. He earned All-Star honors three times and was named All-Star Game MVP in 1973. He finished within the top 5 for NL MVP voting twice, in 1971 and 1974. He was also a three-time gold glover.

A rare combination of power and speed, Bonds also hit at least 30 homers and stole at least 30 bases five times. Bonds is also one of four members of the prestigious 300-300 club. He and his son Barry combined have hit 984 home runs and stolen 961 bases, the best by any father-son combination in baseball history.

Bonds still holds the record for most strikeouts in a season, set in 1970 with 189 whiffs.

After retiring as a player, Bonds returned to the Giants as a hitting coach. He also spent time as a scout and front-office employee. Totaled up, he spent 23 years in the Giants organization.

Bobby Bonds was truly a star in his own right and shall be missed in the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

In honor of the passing of baseball great, Bobby Bonds, SFDugout.com staff writer, Michelle Lo, has provided a Bobby Bonds Wallpaper for all baseball fans.

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