My 25 Favorite Barry Bonds Facts

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(This was originally published on July 24, 2014. In honor of the Giants retiring Bonds’ #25, all stats have been updated through August 11, 2018. Congratulations, Barry!)

About six months ago, I wrote a piece for Michael Clair’s annual blogathon to raise money for Doctors Without Borders titled “25 Greatest Barry Bonds Facts”. To this day, it remains my favorite thing I’ve written, and it’s a collection of statistical absurdities that I’m very proud of.

Today is Barry Lamar Bonds’ 50th birthday. In honor of this special day, I’ve updated all the statistics in my original list and brought it back here to CFBBQ. As many of you know, we here at the BBQ absolutely love everything that Bonds did for baseball. He is quite clearly the greatest hitter in the history of the game, and still remains remarkably under-appreciated a mere seven years after his final season with the Giants.

I’d like to think I’ve played a tiny, tiny part in the slow progression towards a full-blown mainstream appreciation for the incredible things that Bonds did on the baseball field. There have been sporadic “Barry Bonds Crazy Fun Facts” posts over the years, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. Barry’s birthday has already spawned a few more of these wonderful collections earlier today, most notably Tim Marchman’s over at Deadspin.

Certain Bonds facts resonate more with certain people, for whatever reasons. These 25 have remained my favorite, but there is a decent chance I’ll have 25 new favorites by this time next year. The career of Barry Bonds is an infinite gold mine of mind-blowing statistical miracles; there’s a favorite Bonds fact for each and every one of us.

Without further ado, here they are. My 25 favorite Barry Bonds facts.

25. For his career, Barry Bonds was 0-3 with 3 K’s against Rick Ankiel

…and it was all in one game. June 20th, 2000. In his first plate appearance against the then 20-YEAR-OLD Ankiel, Bonds worked Ankiel to a full count before striking out swinging. In his second plate appearance, Ankiel struck him out swinging on three pitches. In his third and final plate appearance against, again, RICK ANKIEL, Barry Bonds struck out looking on three pitches. They would never face each other again. Rick Ankiel is one of two pitchers to have faced Barry Bonds four times or less and strike him out three times. The other one is Bartolo Colon. Bonds also only faced Bartolo for one game; June 12th, 2003 against the White Sox. First AB: strikeout swinging. Second AB: strikeout swinging. Third AB: strikeout swinging. Fourth AB: home run to take the lead in the top of the ninth inning.

24. Craig Biggio drove in 1,175 runs in his 20 year career. Barry Bonds’ home runs alone drove in 1,174 runs.

It’s almost like Barry Bonds hit a lot of home runs or something.

23. 2001-2004 fWAR (FanGraphs’ version of WAR):

  • Barry Bonds: 46.6 fWAR
  • New York Mets: 46.6 fWAR
  • Milwaukee Brewers: 45.3 fWAR
  • Kansas City Royals: 31.0 fWAR
  • Detroit Tigers: 30.9 fWAR
  • Montreal Expos: 30.7 fWAR

2001-2004 was a fun time for Mr. Bonds, and this list makes that very clear. The level at which he was dominating baseball will probably never be seen again. Barry Bonds drew 120 intentional walks in 2004 alone. Speaking of intentional walks…

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Organizational Lineups: The Best Names In the Minor Leagues (AL West)

If it wasn’t obvious already, we absolutely love ridiculous names. For each 2014 team preview, we included a list of the best names in the organization. Because it’s summer, I’m gonna take it one step further. I have assembled a starting lineup and starting rotation of the most spectacular names for every team in baseball using solely players in their respective minor league systems. You will read some of these names and question their legitimacy but a quick Google search will confirm each and every one these as 100% real. As a rule, each position must be played by a player that is actually listed at that position. For example, the Giants have five different shortstops with unbelievable names but I could only choose two (SS and DH). Every team has a DH, and the DH could be any position player. Each team also has a five man rotation. Rotations were certainly difficult to determine because OH MY GOD THESE PITCHER NAMES ARE UNREAL. Okay. TO THE SQUADS.

Click here for Part 1 (NL East).

Click here for Part 2 (AL East). 

Click here for Part 3 (NL Central).

Click here for Part 4 (AL Central).

Click here for Part 5 (NL West).

AL WEST

Houston Astros

Houston Astros

  • C Jobduan Morales
  • 1B Bobby Borchering
  • 2B Parker Hipp
  • 3B Arturo Michelena
  • SS Chan Moon
  • OF Ydarqui Marte
  • OF Brauly Mejia
  • OF Teoscar Hernandez
  • DH Kristian Trompiz
  1. RHP Rayderson Chevelier
  2. LHP Geronimo Franzua
  3. RHP Yonquelys Martinez
  4. LHP Starlyng Sanchez
  5. LHP Pat Urckfitz

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

  • C Anthony Bemboom
  • 1B Wade Hinkle
  • 2B Kirby Pellant
  • 3B Danny Richiez
  • SS Goldny Mills
  • OF Ranyelmy Mendoza
  • OF Michael Fish
  • OF Exicardo Cayones
  • DH Abel Baker
  1. RHP Orangel Arenas
  2. LHP Engerberg Rosales
  3. RHP Spencer Trygg
  4. LHP Eswarlin Jimines
  5. RHP Crusito Mieses

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Organizational Lineups: The Best Names In the Minor Leagues (NL West)

If it wasn’t obvious already, we absolutely love ridiculous names. For each 2014 team preview, we included a list of the best names in the organization. Because it’s summer, I’m gonna take it one step further. I have assembled a starting lineup and starting rotation of the most spectacular names for every team in baseball using solely players in their respective minor league systems. You will read some of these names and question their legitimacy but a quick Google search will confirm each and every one these as 100% real. As a rule, each position must be played by a player that is actually listed at that position. For example, the Giants have five different shortstops with unbelievable names but I could only choose two (SS and DH). Every team has a DH, and the DH could be any position player. Each team also has a five man rotation. Rotations were certainly difficult to determine because OH MY GOD THESE PITCHER NAMES ARE UNREAL. Okay. TO THE SQUADS.

Click here for Part 1 (NL East).

Click here for Part 2 (AL East). 

Click here for Part 3 (NL Central).

Click here for Part 4 (AL Central).

NL WEST

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • C Raywilly Gomez
  • 1B Phildrick Llewellyn
  • 2B Fernery Ozuna
  • 3B Vicson Graciano
  • SS Josue Herrera
  • OF Socrates Brito
  • OF Frankies Alcantara
  • OF Yogey Perez-Ramos
  • DH Stryker Trahan
  1. RHP Silvino Bracho
  2. LHP Jose Jose
  3. RHP Merkis Montero
  4. RHP Wellinton Felix
  5. RHP Johnny Shuttlesworth

Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies

  • C Hamlet Marte
  • 1B Kiel Roling
  • 2B Taylor Featherston
  • 3B Jayson Langfels
  • SS Trevor Story
  • OF Delta Cleary Jr.
  • OF Omar Carrizales
  • OF Kyle Von TungeIn
  • DH Correlle Prime
  1. RHP Johendi Jiminian
  2. LHP Yoely Bello
  3. RHP Salvador Justo
  4. RHP Huascar Brazoban
  5. RHP Joey Payamps

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Organizational Lineups: The Best Names In the Minor Leagues (AL Central)

If it wasn’t obvious already, we absolutely love ridiculous names. For each 2014 team preview, we included a list of the best names in the organization. Because it’s summer, I’m gonna take it one step further. I have assembled a starting lineup and starting rotation of the most spectacular names for every team in baseball using solely players in their respective minor league systems. You will read some of these names and question their legitimacy but a quick Google search will confirm each and every one these as 100% real. As a rule, each position must be played by a player that is actually listed at that position. For example, the Giants have five different shortstops with unbelievable names but I could only choose two (SS and DH). Every team has a DH, and the DH could be any position player. Each team also has a five man rotation. Rotations were certainly difficult to determine because OH MY GOD THESE PITCHER NAMES ARE UNREAL. Okay. TO THE SQUADS.

Click here for Part 1 (NL East).

Click here for Part 2 (AL East). 

Click here for Part 3 (NL Central).

AL CENTRAL

Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox

  • C Ylexander Villaroel
  • 1B Rangel Ravelo
  • 2B Yolberth Gideon
  • 3B Joxelier Garcia
  • SS Cleuluis Rondon
  • OF Hanleth Otano
  • OF Gorkys Hernandez
  • OF Micker Zapata
  • DH Kale Kiser
  1. RHP Storm Throne
  2. LHP Jhoan Quijada
  3. RHP Eriberto Percel
  4. RHP Diogenes Rosario
  5. RHP Henry Mabee

Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians

  • C Sicnarf Loopstok
  • 1B Jerrud Sabourin
  • 2B Yhoxian Medina
  • 3B Paddy Matera
  • SS Dorssys Paulino
  • OF Silento Sayles
  • OF Yosmar Mujica
  • OF D’vone Mujica
  • DH Giovanny Urshela
  1. RHP Michael Peoples
  2. RHP Duke von Schamann
  3. RHP Kieran Lovegrove
  4. RHP Rodolfo Villasmil
  5. RHP Dace Kime

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Organizational Lineups: The Best Names In the Minor Leagues (NL Central)

If it wasn’t obvious already, we absolutely love ridiculous names. For each 2014 team preview, we included a list of the best names in the organization. Because it’s summer, I’m gonna take it one step further. I have assembled a starting lineup and starting rotation of the most spectacular names for every team in baseball using solely players in their respective minor league systems. You will read some of these names and question their legitimacy but a quick Google search will confirm each and every one these as 100% real. As a rule, each position must be played by a player that is actually listed at that position. For example, the Giants have five different shortstops with unbelievable names but I could only choose two (SS and DH). Every team has a DH, and the DH could be any position player. Each team also has a five man rotation. Rotations were certainly difficult to determine because OH MY GOD THESE PITCHER NAMES ARE UNREAL. Okay. TO THE SQUADS.

Click here for Part 1 (NL East).

Click here for Part 2 (AL East). 

NL CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs

  • C Yaniel Cabezas
  • 1B Roney Alcala
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo
  • SS Varonex Cuevas
  • OF Charcer Burks
  • OF Jenner Emeterio
  • OF Bijan Radenmacher
  • DH Rock Shoulders
  1. RHP Brohiglyn Rivero
  2. RHP Adbert Alzolay
  3. LHP Yapson Gomez
  4. RHP Greyfer Eregua
  5. RHP Harrinson Bermudez

Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds

  • C Chadwick Tromp
  • 1B Jhimmy Lopez
  • 2B Oviel Florentino
  • 3B Ery Bernabel
  • SS Zach Vincej
  • OF Beau Amaral
  • OF Aristides Aquino
  • OF Diohanky Mejia
  • DH Argenis Aldazoro
  1. RHP Werleen Taveras
  2. RHP Franderlyn Romero
  3. RHP Soid Marquez
  4. RHP Wendolyn Bautista
  5. RHP Radhames Quezada

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Organizational Lineups: The Best Names In the Minor Leagues (AL East)

If it wasn’t obvious already, we absolutely love ridiculous names. For each 2014 team preview, we included a list of the best names in the organization. Because it’s summer, I’m gonna take it one step further. I have assembled a starting lineup and starting rotation of the most spectacular names for every team in baseball using solely players in their respective minor league systems. You will read some of these names and question their legitimacy but a quick Google search will confirm each and every one these as 100% real. As a rule, each position must be played by a player that is actually listed at that position. For example, the Giants have five different shortstops with unbelievable names but I could only choose two (SS and DH). Every team has a DH, and the DH could be any position player. Each team also has a five man rotation. Rotations were certainly difficult to determine because OH MY GOD THESE PITCHER NAMES ARE UNREAL. Okay. TO THE SQUADS.

Click here for Part 1 (NL East).

AL EAST

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles

  • C Steel Russell
  • 1B Rockny Martinez
  • 2B Torsten Boss
  • 3B Yeridolfo Lizardo
  • SS Gonzalo Galastica
  • OF Trent Mummey
  • OF Rochendrick Alexander
  • OF Andrickson Zorrilla
  • DH Pita Rona
  1. RHP Nik Nowottnick
  2. RHP Dioni Dominguez
  3. RHP Lu Franc-Cito LeFranc
  4. RHP Ofelky Peralta
  5. RHP Yeizer Marrugo

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

  • C Alixon Suarez
  • 1B Darwin Pena
  • 2B Heiker Meneses
  • 3B Jantzen Witte
  • SS Raymel Flores
  • OF Kendrick Perkins
  • OF Raiwinson Lameda
  • OF Forrestt Allday
  • DH Gerardo Carrizalez
  1. RHP Enfember Martinez
  2. RHP Hildemaro Requena
  3. LHP Darwinzon Hernandez
  4. RHP Yankory Pimentel
  5. LHP Jervis Torrealba

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Organizational Lineups: The Best Names In the Minor Leagues (NL East)

If it wasn’t obvious already, we absolutely love ridiculous names. For each 2014 team preview, we included a list of the best names in the organization. Because it’s summer, I’m gonna take it one step further. I have assembled a starting lineup and starting rotation of the most spectacular names for every team in baseball using solely players in their respective minor league systems. You will read some of these names and question their legitimacy but a quick Google search will confirm each and every one these as 100% real. As a rule, each position must be played by a player that is actually listed at that position. For example, the Giants have five different shortstops with unbelievable names but I could only choose two (SS and DH). Every team has a DH, and the DH could be any position player. Each team also has a five man rotation. Rotations were certainly difficult to determine because OH MY GOD THESE PITCHER NAMES ARE UNREAL. Okay. TO THE SQUADS.

NL EAST

Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves

  • C Orrin Sears
  • 1B Juruengelo Tielman
  • 2B Mattia Mercuri
  • 3B Mike Dodig
  • SS Ray-Patrick Didder
  • OF Nisandro Cleofa
  • OF Fernelys Sanchez
  • OF Ledernin Tejada
  • DH Trenton Moses
  1. RHP Osman Manzanares
  2. RHP Evertz Orozco
  3. RHP Dakota Dill
  4. RHP Francois Lafreniere
  5. RHP Jesus Jones

Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins

  • C Yobanis Pinto
  • 1B Viosergy Rosa
  • 2B Terrence Dayleg
  • 3B J.T. Riddle
  • SS Garvis Lara
  • OF Wildert Pujols
  • OF Coco Johnson
  • OF Alinson Peguero
  • DH Iramis Olivencia
  1. RHP Jheyson Manzueta
  2. RHP Jorgan Cavenerio
  3. RHP Yeims Mendoza
  4. RHP Yonqueli Perez
  5. RHP Esmerling De La Rosa

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Chris Resop: The Most Interesting Reliever In the World

UPDATE: Chris Resop is a real estate agent now. We interviewed him for Barbecast 50!

Chris Resop is a 31-year-old right-handed reliever. Since 2005, he’s pitched for the Marlins, Angels, Braves, Pirates, and A’s. He has a 4.62 ERA in 243.1 career innings. His career bWAR is 0.2. Chris Resop is unremarkable.

Or is he?

As some of you may know, I am quite fond of ridiculously lopsided batter-pitcher match-ups. The match-up that everyone’s been freaking out about lately is Paul Goldschmidt vs. Tim Lincecum, and rightfully so. It’s completely ridiculous. Anyway, I was recently checking out Starlin Castro’s most lopsided match-ups. Sure enough, there was Resop. Castro is 6-8 with three home runs, zero walks, zero strikeouts, and one hit-by-pitch against Mr. Resop. Interesting! Sorta. Using our buddy Daren Willman‘s amazing Media tab on Chris Resop’s player page over on baseballsavant.com, I went back and found video of the three dingers he gave up to Starlin.

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Wait. What? I went looking for these videos in search of a pattern; maybe a pattern of pitch location, or pitch type. What I found was something far more fascinating. I have documented before how spectacular pitchers’ reactions are to giving up home runs, especially when the home run hitter is Barry Bonds. These three simple screenshots led me to the obvious question that thousands before me have surely asked: does Chris Resop grab his crotch after every home run he allows?

I returned to Chris Resop’s baseballsavant page in search of answers. The Media tab on baseballsavant player pages provides video of every play the player was involved in, as tagged by MLB Advanced Media. I decided to watch every home run that Chris Resop has ever allowed (or at least, the ones provided by MLB) and see what I found. The results:

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Pokemon or Minor Leaguer???

Pokemon and baseball have a lot in common. Both involve pure athleticism. Both involve an end goal of “catching them all.” But the most important thing these two staples of American society share are absurd names. Take your best shot and see if you can guess which of these names are Pokemon and which of these names are actual Minor League baseball players.

1. Chespin

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2. Klefki

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3. Edioglis

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