Barry Bonds and his miniature schnauzer named Rocky, competed in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Scoo

Barry Bonds and his miniature schnauzer named Rocky, competed in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Scoo
The Greatest MLB Player, “Barry Bonds”,  is in the news, as he enters miniature schnauzer named Rocky in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Usually the first thing people think about when the name Barry Bonds is mentioned is home King, He is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
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Mr. Bonds, has found an interesting post-baseball hobby after a record-setting, controversial career.

Bonds and his sister Cheryl Dugan entered a miniature schnauzer named Rocky in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held over the weekend.

“We won because we got here. That’s all that matters,” Bonds told Fox Sports.

Rocky did not come out victorious in his breed, but to Bonds, that didn’t matter.

“I’ve been to a lot of playoffs, and I’ve been to the World Series, and I’ve never won. But for 22 years, I kept trying,” Bonds added.

Barry Bonds wearing a suit and tie: Barry Bonds is very proud of his miniature schnauzer Rocky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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 Barry Bonds is very proud of his miniature schnauzer Rocky.  The MLB all-time home run leader returned to television screens on Sunday at the 2021 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to cheer on his miniature schnauzer Rocky.

He gave an interview:

“I’m just proud that he’s here,” Bonds said. “I’m not expecting anything, I’m not looking out, I’m not nervous. I’m just proud he did a great job and he qualified to get here.”

Bonds told Fox that Rocky has spent most of his time in North Carolina to work with his trainer. The miniature schnauzer breed is apparently a popular one in the Bonds household, as he has a black one named Apollo (the man’s a Sylvester Stallone fan) who is a champion in his own right.

As Rocky took the field, Bonds had the classic look of an excited parent:

Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds
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Bonds in 2006
Left fielder
Born: July 24, 1964 (age 56)
Riverside, California
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 30, 1986, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 26, 2007, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average .298
Home runs 762
Hits 2,935
Runs batted in 1,996
Stolen bases 514
Teams
Career highlights and awards

MLB records

  • 762 career home runs
  • 73 home runs, single season
  • 2,558 career bases on balls
  • 232 bases on balls, single season
  • .609 on-base percentage, single season
  • .863 slugging percentage, single season
  • College career

    Bonds attended Arizona State University, hitting .347 with 45 home runs and 175 runs batted in (RBI).  In 1984 he batted .360 and had 30 stolen bases. In 1985, he hit 23 home runs with 66 RBIs and a .368 batting average. He was a Sporting News All-American selection that year. He tied the NCAA record with seven consecutive hits in the College World Series as sophomore and was named to All-Time College World Series Team in 1996.

    He graduated from Arizona State in 1986 with a degree in criminology. He was named ASU On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player; other winners include Dustin Pedroia, Willie Bloomquist, Paul Lo Duca, and Ike Davis. During college, he played part of one summer in the amateur Alaska Baseball League with the Alaska Goldpanners.

  • Career distinctions

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    Barry Bonds’s number 25 was retired by the San Francisco Giants in 2018.

    Besides holding Major League career records in home runs (762), walks (2,558), and intentional walks (688), at the time of his retirement, Bonds also led all active players in RBI (1,996), on-base percentage (.444), runs (2,227), games (2,986), extra-base hits (1,440), at-bats per home run (12.92), and total bases (5,976). He is 2nd in doubles (601), slugging percentage (.607), stolen bases (514), at-bats (9,847), and hits (2,935), 6th in triples (77), 8th in sacrifice flies (91), and 9th in strikeouts (1,539), through September 26, 2007.[22]

    Bonds is the lone member of the 500–500 club, which means he has hit at least 500 home runs (762) and stolen at least 500 bases (514); no other player has even 400 of both. He is also one of only four baseball players all-time to be in the 40–40 club (1996), which means he hit 40 home runs (42) and stole 40 bases (40) in the same season; the other members are José Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, and Alfonso Soriano.

Medals
Baseball
Representing
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United States
Amateur World Series
Bronze medal – third place
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1984 Cuba Team

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Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964) is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. He received a record seven NL MVP awards, eight Gold Glove awards, a record 12 Silver Slugger awards, and 14 All-Star selections. He is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

Bonds holds many MLB hitting records, including most career home runs (762), most home runs in a single season (73, set in 2001) and most career walks.  He led MLB in on-base plus slugging six times, and placed within the top five hitters in 12 of his 17 qualifying seasons.

Bonds, a superb all-around baseball player, won eight Gold Glove awards for his defensive play in the outfield.  He stole 514 bases with his baserunning speed, becoming the first and only MLB player to date with at least 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases (no other player has even 400 of each). He is ranked second in career Wins Above Replacement among all major league position players by both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com, behind only Babe Ruth.

Records held

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  • Home runs in a single season (73), 2001
  • Home runs (career) (762)
  • Home runs against different pitchers (449)
  • Home runs since turning 40 years old (74)
  • Home runs in the year he turned 43 years old (28)
  • Consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs (13), 1992–2004
  • Slugging percentage in a single season (.863), 2001
  • Slugging percentage in a World Series (1.294), 2002
  • Consecutive seasons with .600 slugging percentage or higher (8), 1998–2005
  • On-base percentage in a single season (.609), 2004
  • Walks in a single season (232), 2004
  • Intentional walks in a single season (120), 2004
  • Consecutive games with a walk (18)
  • Consecutive games with an intentional walk (6)
  • MVP awards (7—closest competitors trail with 3), 1990, 1992–93, 2001–2004
  • Consecutive MVP awards (4), 2001–2004
  • National League Player of the Month selections (13) (2nd place, either league, Frank Thomas, 8; 2nd place, N.L., George Foster, Pete Rose, and Dale Murphy, 6)
  • Oldest player (age 38) to win the National League batting title (.370) for the first time, 2002
  • Putouts as a left fielder (5,226)

Records shared

  • Consecutive plate appearances with a walk (7)
  • Consecutive plate appearances reaching base (15)
  • Tied with his father, Bobby, for most seasons with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases (5); they are the only father-son members of the 30–30 club
  • Home runs in a single post-season (8), 2002

Other accomplishments

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National League statistical leader
Category Times Seasons
Adjusted OPS+ leader 9 1990−1993, 2000−2004
Bases on balls leader 12 1992, 1994−1997, 2000−2004, 2006, 2007
Batting champion 2 2002, 2004
Extra base hits leader 3 1992, 1993, 2001
Games played leader 1 1995
Home run leader 2 1993, 2001
Intentional base on balls leader 12 1992−1998, 2002−2004, 2006, 2007
On-base percentage leader 10 1991−1993, 1995, 2001−2004, 2006, 2007
On-base plus slugging leader 9 1990−1993, 1995, 2001−2004
Runs batted in leader 1 1993
Runs scored leader 1 1992
Slugging percentage leader 7 1990, 1992, 1993, 2001−2004
Total bases leader 1 1993
Awards and distinctions
Awards received
Award # of Times Dates Refs
Babe Ruth Home Run Award 1 2001
Baseball America All-Star 7 1993, 1998, 2000–2004
Baseball America Major League Player of the Year 3 2001, 2003, 2004
MLB All-Star 14 1990, 1992–1998, 2000–2004, 2007
Major League Player of the Year 3 1990, 2001, 2004
Rawlings Gold Glove Award at outfield 8 1990–1994, 1996–1998
Silver Slugger Award at outfield 12 1990–1994, 1996–97, 2000–2004
  • 5-time SF Giants Player of the Year (1998, 2001–2004)
  • 3-Time NL Hank Aaron Award winner (2001–02, 2004)
  • Listed at #6 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, the highest-ranked active player, in 2005.
  • Named a finalist to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999, but not elected to the team in the fan balloting.
  • Rating of 352 on Baseball-Reference.com’s Hall of Fame monitor (100 is a good HOF candidate); 9th among all hitters, highest among hitters not in HOF yet.
  • Only the second player to twice have a single-season slugging percentage over .800, with his record .863 in 2001 and .812 in 2004. Babe Ruth was the other, with .847 in 1920 and .846 in 1921.
  • Became the first player in history with more times on base (376) than official at-bats (373) in 2004. This was due to the record number of walks, which count as a time on base and as a plate appearance, but not an at-bat. He had 135 hits, 232 walks, and 9 hit-by-pitches for the 376 number.
  • With his father Bobby (332, 461), leads all father-son combinations in combined home runs (1,094) and stolen bases (975), respectively through September 26, 2007.
  • Played minor league baseball in both Alaska and Hawaii. In 1983, he played for the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks in the Alaska Baseball League, and in 1986, he played for the Hawaii Islanders in the Pacific Coast League.
  • Featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He has appeared as the main subject on the cover eight times in total; seven with the Giants and once with the Pirates. He has also appeared in an inset on the cover twice. He was the most recent Pirate player to appear on the cover, until Jason Grilli was featured in SIs edition of July 22, 2013.

 

 

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