The last time Barry Bonds stood in a batter's box it was 2007. Now, as 2010 approaches, the former Giants slugger is finally admitting what everyone else has known all along: He and baseball are through.
Bonds seemed to be the last one to face that reality.
Over the past two years, he has repeatedly said he is not and will not retire. He took to the field at AT&T Park in 2008 at a game honoring former players and was quick to promise the fans he "would be back," even though most knew he would not.
Chronicle writer John Shea broke the story Wednesday, citing Bonds' agent:
"It's two years since he played his last game, and if there was any chance he'd be back in a major-league uniform, it would have happened by now," agent Jeff Borris told The Chronicle. "When 2008 came around, I couldn't get him a job. When 2009 came around, I couldn't get him a job. Now, 2010 ... I'd say it's nearly impossible. It's an unfortunate ending to a storied career."
Borris couldn't help continuing the "sell" job he's paid to perform, adding if Bonds had just two weeks in a batting cage, he would instantly return to the best in the game.
So here are Barry Bonds career stats:
- 762 home runs
- 7 MVPs
- 1,996 RBIs
- .444 on-base percentage
The official announcement from the man himself is still pending. Bonds and the team have had a surprisingly cordial post-Giants relationship, so it would not be surprising to see that held in the "house that Barry built."
Lori Preuitt was at that 2008 game and remembers feeling a little sorry for the guy for not being able to face the fact that nobody wanted him.