He was named Player of Decade for 1990s by The Sporting News at a media conference July 9...to date, 3-time MVP is hitting .304 (1,416-for-4,654) with 1,031 runs scored, 285 2Bs, 41 3Bs, 336 HRs, 1,020 RBI and 336 SBs in 1,367 games during 1990s...however, did not make All-Star squad this year after appearing on NL roster in 8 of previous 9 years (7 as starter)...missed majority of 1st half due injury, as he was on Disabled List for only 2nd time in career after elbow surgery...was placed on 15-day Disabled List prior to April 20 game vs. Florida (retro to April 18), having undergone surgery earlier in day to remove bone spur and repair damaged triceps tendon in his left arm...prior to this year, had played in 888 of 908 regular season games with Giants from 1993-98...missed 47 games while on DL, with SF going 25-22 during 52-day period...was activated from Disabled List prior to June 9 contest vs. Angels...finished 1st half 15-for-57 (.263) with 17 runs, 3B, 5 HRs, 13 RBI, 13 walks and 2 HBPs in his last 18 games, snapping 1-for-17 stretch (with 1 RBI) in initial 5 contests off Disabled List...has started 20 of 29 games since activation, appearing in 22 contests overall...however, left July 6 game at San Diego with tightness in right groin...injury occured on groundout in 3rd inning...missed 3 of final 4 games in 1st Half, making only appearance as pinch-hitter July 11 vs. Cardinals, popping out with bases loaded and 2-outs in bottom of 8th...was issued his 293rd career intentional walk June 27 vs. Los Angeles (by Chan Ho Park), matching Henry Aaron for most in Major League history...earlier this year surpassed Aaron for NL standard, as home run king was issued 289 while in NL...has 420 career home runs, ranking 25th on all-time Major League list...previously this year surpassed former Giant Darrell Evans (414)...Hall-of-Famer Billy Williams sits in 24th place with 426...needs just 1 more roundtripper at 3Com to match Matt Williams (130) for 3rd most HRs hit at park...Willie McCovey has most clouts here at Candlestick Point (231), while Willie Mays ranks 2nd (202)...prior to stint on DL, was off to strong start as he ranked among NL leaders in avg. (.366-8th), HR (4-6th), RBI (12-3rd) and runs (11-5th)...played in 1st 13 games of season, last appearing April 17 at Arizona...in his last 5 games prior to injury, was 6-for-17 (.353) with 3 2Bs, 2 HRs, 2 walks, stolen base, 4 runs scored and 4 RBI...made his 7th straight Opening Day start for Giants April 5 at Cincinnati, finishing 0-for-3 with 2 walks and run scored...was issued his 290th career intentional walk in contest (by Brett Tomko), establishing National League record...delivered game-winning hit with RBI double in 8th inning April 6 in Cincinnati, finishing 3-for-4 with HR and 3 RBI...earlier on evening hammered his 1st roundtripper of season, 2-run shot in 5th inning (off Jason Bere)...moved into sole possession of 25th place on all-time Major League home run list April 14 vs. Houston, slugging 415th roundtripper of career (#4 on season) to surpass former Giant Darrell Evans...blast was 6th inning solo clout off Jose Lima...has since dropped back to 26th place on ML homer list (420) with TB's Jose Canseco having posted 428...hit safely in 4-straight games June 15-19, going 5-for-15 (.333) with HR, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored...delivered game-winning hit in 9th inning June 17 in series opener vs. Cubs, producing 1-out 1B (off fellow Serra High School grad Dan Serafini) to plate Marvin Benard in SF's 3-2 triumph...slugged his 1st home run since coming off Disabled List June 18 vs. Chicago, 2-run shot in 1st inning (off Kevin Tapani) which gave SF 2-0 lead...was his 1st clout since April 14 vs. Houston...hit 3 home runs in 1st 2 games of series at Los Angeles July 2-3...slugged his 7th and 8th home runs of year July 2, drilling 2 solo blasts off LA's Carlos Perez for his 1st multi-HR game of campaign and 34th of his career...drilled 3-run homer July 3 (off Chan Ho Park) for his 5th clout since returning from DL.
He produced another outstanding season, garnering his 8th all-star selection...finished year in 26th place on all-time homer list with 411, just 3 back of #25 Darrell Evans(414)...began year 39th, having passed Carlton Fisk (376), Norm Cash (377), Orlando Cepeda (379), Tony Perez (379), Frank Howard (382), Jim Rice (382), Dwight Evans (385), Johnny Bench (389), Graig Nettles (390), Joe Carter (394), Dale Murphy (398), Al Kaline (399) and Duke Snider (407)...his 233 HRs as Giant ranks 4th on all-time SF list, having surpassed Orlando Cepeda in '98 (226)...only Willie McCovey (469), Willie Mays (459) and Matt Williams (247) have hit more in SF Giants' uniform...had 28 stolen bases on year (445 for his career), marking 10th time in 13 ML seasons he has reached 20-20 (HRs/stolen bases)...hit 30 HRs in season for 7th straight year and 8th time in his career...his 122 RBI are 3rd highest total of career (129 in 1996, 123 in '93) and marks 8th time he has reached 100-RBI plateau in last 9 years (with only blemish being strike-shortened 1994 campaign when he finished with 81)...established new career standard for doubles with 44 on year, surpassing his 1993 total of 38...established National League record after reaching base in 15-consecutive plate apperances Aug. 31-Sept. 4, going 9-for-9 with 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 5 RBI and 6 walks (2 intentional)...surpassed old mark of 14 set by LA's Pedro Guerrero from July 23-26, 1985...NY's John Olerud subsequently matched mark with effort ending Sept. 22...Bonds had his string snapped with 1st inning strikeout Sept. 5 in LA...was selected NL Player of Week for Aug. 31-Sept. 6 after hitting .529 (9-for-17) with 7 runs scored, 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 5 RBI...reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 30 of his last 32 games (93.8%) and 139 of 156 on year (89.1%)...was 50-for-140 (.357) with 16 HRs, 40 RBI in his last 43 games of campaign, 69-for-186 (.371) with 13 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 17 HRs, 54 RBI in his last 52 contests...also hit safely in 12 of his final 15 games, going 21-for-56 (.375) with 5 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 5 HRs and 15 RBI in 15 contests...slugged his 36th HR of year Sept. 22 vs. Pittsburgh, 2-run upper deck shot off Jon Lieber...finished 3-for-3 on evening with 3B, HR, walk and 3 RBI, however missed out on cycle after having to leave game in 5th inning due to lower back spasms...has proven iron man with SF, appearing in 156 of 163 games in '98 and 888 of 908 regular season contests since 1993 (97.8%)...was elected starter for 1998 All-Star Game (July 7 at Colorado), receiving 4th most votes among National Leaguers (1,897,156) and 2nd most for N.L outfielders...marks his 6th time elected starter for N.L. and 8th time overall on squad....appeared in his 8th All-Star Game July 7 at Coors Field and clubbed his 1st career HR in Mid-Summer Classic...drilled 3-run, 451-foot bomb off Cleveland's Bartolo Colon...finished evening 1-for-2 with HR, 3 RBI and walk...made his 6th straight Opening Day start for Giants March 31 in Houston, marking most Opening Day starts by leftfielder in SF history...Jeff Leonard is only other LFer to make as many as 5 opening assignments (1983-87) since team moved West...slugged his 8th career grand slam April 26 vs. Milwaukee...matched career-high with 4 walks (1 intentional, 0-for-1) April 27 vs. Pittsburgh..hit safely in 15-of-19 contests from April 30-May 20, going 25-for-64 (.391) with 7 2Bs, 5 HRs and 18 RBI...homered in 4 of 6 games from May 24-29, going 8-for-17 (.471) with 4 HRs and 11 RBI in those 6 contests...clout on 24th came with 2 outs in top of 9th off St. Louis' Juan Acevedo to tie game 4-4...finished afternoon 3-for-7 with 3 RBI, as game ended as eventual 9-6 SF triumph in 17 innings...received ultimate sign of respect May 28 vs. Arizona, being issued intentional walk with bases loaded...walk forced in run to make score 8-7 with 2 out in 9th, while D-Backs claimed victory as next hitter (Brent Mayne) lined out to end contest...in his very next at-bat following intentional pass, slugged his 14th roundtripper of year May 29 vs. Arizona, drilling 2-run shot on 1st pitch he saw in 1st inning (off Willie Blair) to give SF 2-0 lead in eventual 3-1 triumph...hit safely in 26 of 33 contests from April 30-June 4, going 43-for-109 (.394) with 9 2Bs, 9 HRs and 32 RBI over that span...returned to lineup June 17 vs. Colorado, having missed previous 2 games due to severe neck spasms...his 2 days off marked only 2nd time as Giant he had missed consecutive contests, having previously sat out 2 straight May 5-6, 1994 (at LA)...later sat out Aug. 14-16 series vs. Florida as he dropped appeal on 3-game suspension...was given suspension by N.L. office for charging mound (after being hit by pitch from Ricky Bottalico) in contest Aug. 2 in Philadelphia.
He had yet another All-Star/MVP-caliber season, finishing with .291 batting average, 40 home runs, 101 RBI, 37 stolen bases, 123 runs scored and 145 walks...logged 2nd 40-30 season and his 5th 30-30 season (SBs/HRs) of career (also 1990, '92, '95 and '96), matching his father Bobby for most in Major League history...only other major leaguers to accomplish feat more than once: Howard Johnson (3), Willie Mays (2), Sammy Sosa (2), Ron Gant (2)...was named to 1997 All-Star team, marking 7th year he has made NL squad (5 times as starter, 1992-96; twice as reserve, '91 & '97)...started game despite being named as reserve, opening in left field in place of injured Kenny Lofton and going 0-for-2 with walk and stolen base...reached base safely in 143 of his 159 games (89.9%)...led NL in walks with 145 (34 intentional), having been issued at least 1 walk in 103 of 159 contests this year (64.8%)...also ranked 2nd in NL with .446 on-base percentage...was tied for 4th in NL for homers (40, 9 off lead), while ranking 3rd in runs scored (123) and tied for 4th in slugging pct. (.585)...has 374 lifetime home runs, matching Rocky Colavito for 39th place on all-time ML list...next at #38 is Carlton Fisk (376)...began year 55th...slugged 32 home runs in his last 102 games (since June 8, 349 at-bats), after hitting just 8 in his initial 57 contests (183 at-bats)...of his 40 homers on year, 6 tied score and 13 gave SF lead...24 of his 40 roundtrippers were hit at 3Com Park...marked 3rd time in his career he has reached 40-homer plateau (46 in 1993 and 42 last year) and 3rd straight year/7th time in his career he has accomplished 100-RBI mark...his 123 runs scored marked 3rd straight year and 6th time in career he has clear 100 in season...had streak of 13 consecutive games with at least 1 walk April 5-20...stretch was just 3 games short of NL record, when St. Louis' Jack Clark walked at least once in 16 straight games during 1987 (July 18-Aug. 10)...hit pair of inside-the-park homers, Sept. 21 at San Diego (solo blast off Sterling Hitchcock) and April 23 vs. Atlanta (3-run shot off Tom Glavine)...marked 2nd and 3rd insiders of career, also circling bases as Pirate July 28, 1987 (off Philadelphia's Shane Rawley)...cracked 1,000 RBI barrier April 23, finishing with 3 on afternoon...with pair of stolen bases May 16 in Montreal, moved into 3rd place on all-time SF theft list with 138 as Giant (currently 415)...Darren Lewis also stole 138 in SF career...only father, Bobby, and godfather, Willie Mays, have more steals as SF Giant, 263 and 211, respectively...reached base safely in 1st 18 games of season, a streak that was stopped April 25 vs. Houston...hammered his lone grand slam of season July 23 vs. Philadelphia (off Mark Leiter), 7th of his career...delivered game-winning home run May 14 in Cincinnati, slugging solo shot (off Mike Remlinger) in top of 10th to snap 2-2 tie (in eventual 4-2 SF triumph)...finished 2-for-3 on evening, with 3B, HR, RBI and pair of walks...hammered game-winning home run May 26 vs. Astros (#8), drilling leadoff shot in 9th (off Jose Lima) to snap 3-3 tie...slugged pair of solo home runs June 8 vs. Atlanta (both off John Smoltz), with 1st knotting game at 2-2 in 4th and 2nd tying contest at 3-3 in 6th...marked his 1st of 3 multi-homer games of year and 29th of career...hammered his 11th HR of year (3rd in 2 games) June 9 vs. Florida, 3-run upperdeck blast in 5th inning (off Pat Rapp)...went combined 4-for-7 with 3 HRs and 6 RBI over 2-game stretch June 8-9...hammered his 12th HR of year June 13 in Texas, hitting upperdeck solo blast in 5th (off Ken Hill) to knot game at 2-2...slugged pair of home runs June 20 vs. Los Angeles, with 2nd blast (off Todd Worrell) tying game in 9th inning at 7-7...hammered 4 roundtrippers in 4-game series vs. Dodgers June 19-22, while drilling 8 clouts in 15 contests June 19-July 3 (21-for-58, .362)...slugged game-winning blast Sept. 17 vs. Los Angeles, 2-run shot (off Chan Ho Park) in 1st inning of eventual 2-1 triumph over Dodgers...homered again next day (Sept. 18), 3-run shot in 5th (off Tom Candiotti) which gave SF 5-1 lead in eventual 6-5, 12-inning victory vs. LA...2-game sweep of series was crucial, as it brought Giants from 2.0-game deficit to even...beginning Sept. 17, homered in 7 of final 11 games...during final 11 contests of year, was 11-for-32 (.344) with 2B, 2 3B, 7 HRs, 13 RBI, 16 walks and 13 runs scored...was also 39-for-125 (.312) with 6 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 12 HRs, 29 RBI and 34 runs scored in last 40 contests (from Aug. 15)... 1996
With his first of two HRs on April 27 (off John Burkett) Bonds became only the fourth player in major league history to total 300 HRs and 300 SBs joining his father Bobby Bonds (332 HR/461 SB), godfather Willie Mays (660/338) and Andre Dawson (436/314) ... Tied a Major League record on April 30 with his 11th home run (hit off Bob Tewksbury) in the month of April. The record is shared by Gary Sheffield (1996), Brady Anderson (1996), Willie Stargell (1971), Mike Schmidt (1976), and the Graig Nettles (1974) ... Played in his 321st consecutive Giants game on July 15 to break Will Clark's club record for consecutive games played.
Led the NL in walks (120) and on-base pct. (.431) while ranking amongst the leaders in runs (2nd-109), home runs (4th-33), RBI (6th -104), total bases (5th -292), slugging pct. (5th- .577), extra base hits (tied for third -70) ... Became the first Giant to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season since his father Bobby did it 1973 ... Reached the milestone with 30th theft Sept. 22 vs. Colorado, accomplishing the 30-30 feat for the third time in his career (also in 1990 and '92 with Pittsburgh) ... The only other Giants to reach 30-30 were Bobby in 1969 and '73 and Willie Mays in 1956 and '57 ... Bobby reached the mark 5 times including '75, '77, and '78 ... Holds the longest consecutive game streak in the NL, having appeared in 230 straight games ... The streak dates back to May 7, 1994 vs. Los Angeles, with him appearing in the starting lineup 227 times (missed 1 start in 1995) during the stretch ... Only Baltimore's Cal Ripken (2,153), Chicago's Frank Thomas (259), Detroit's Travis Fryman (250) and Chad Curtis (241) have longer streaks ... Led the NL in intentional walks for the fourth straight year, drawing 22 ... Barry (292) and his father (332), hold the ML mark for HRs by a father-son combo with 624 ... They both also hold the same mark for stolen bases with 801 combined (Bobby 461, Barry 340) ... Was the leading NL vote-getter for this year's All-Star Game, receiving 1,392,130 votes (O's Cal Ripken led ML with 1,698,524)
Despite playing with a bone spur in his right elbow, his numbers projected to be better than 1993's MVP season until the strike cut the season short ... Ranked among the N.L's top 10 in 11 offensive categories ... Led the league in walks (74) and intentional walks (18), was third in homers (37) and slugging percentage (.647), fourth in runs scored (89), sixth in stolen bases (29), and ninth in RBI (81) ... Had 10 outfield assists to balance his outstanding offensive numbers ... A strong finisher, Bonds was hitting .408 with 14 homers and 27 RBI after the All Star Break ... Finished the season with a flourish hitting six homers in his final 10 games ... Smacked three homers in a game for the first time in his major league career vs. the Reds on Aug. 2 ... Hit .342 with 22 homers and 47 RBI on the road ... Hit 250th career homer off the Phillies Shawn Boskie July 18 ... Hit two homers in two consecutive games July 15-16 ... Hit third grand slam of his career off Colorado's Armando Reynoso on May 9 ... 16 of 37 homers either tied the game or gave San Francisco the lead.
Voted to the UPI and Sporting News National League All-Star teams and the Associated Press Major League All-Star team ... Chosen as the Associated Press Major League Player of the Year ... His .336 (fourth in the NL) average was higher than any of the other 27 NL players who won the homer and RBI crowns in the same season since 1937 ... Won fourth straight Gold Glove ... Notched career highs in average, RBI (123), homers (46) and runs scored (126) ... Paced the NL in both slugging and on-base percentage (first player since Mike Schmidt in `81) ... Awarded the S. Rae Hickok Award as the nation's top professional athlete ... Became a Giant in the off-season signing the biggest free agent contract in sports history ... Made third straight All-Star appearance ... His .677 slugging percentage was the best in team history ... His 123 RBI marked his fourth consecutive 100-plus RBI season ... Posted multiple homer games seven times ... First player to hit 30-plus homers in his first season wearing a Giant uniform ... Almost half of his homers (21 of 46) either tied or gave the Giants the lead ... Received a major league best 43 intentional free passes ... Failed to reach base in a game only 16 times in 156 starts ... First Giant since `91 to steal three bases in the same game ... Recorded 20-plus steals for the fifth straight season ... Matched his career best with a six RBI day July 8 ... Hit .431 with seven homers and 25 RBI in April to earn NL player of the Month honors.
Second NL Most Valuable player award in three years ... Tied for sixth in the NL in average (.311), second in homers (34), fourth in RBI (103), first in walks (127), first in runs (109), on-base percentage, slugging percentage, extra-base hits and home run ration (one every 13.9 at-bats) ... Hit .317 with seven homers and 17 RBI in 18 games in April to earn NL Player of the Month honors ... Second appearance (first as a starter) on the NL All-Star squad ... Nabbed NL Player of the Week award for the first week in Sept. hitting four homers, with seven RBI and 10 runs scored ... Saw time on the disabled list for the first time in his career June 15 after straining a muscle on his right side ... Was activated July 3 after missing 18 games ... Collected 500th RBI on July 12 ... Appeared in his 1,000th career game on Sept. 22 at St. Louis ... Notched a career best 15-game hitting streak batting .473 Sept. 12-26 ... A member of the exclusive 30-30 club (30-plus homers and 30-plus steals) ... Awarded third straight Rawlings Gold Glove ... Batted .261 with a homer in seven games during the National League Championship Series vs. Atlanta ... Granted free agency by the San Francisco Giants on Oct. 26, 1992 ... Re-signed by the San Francisco Giants as a free agent on Dec. 8, 1992.
Was runner-up to Terry Pendleton in the NL Most Valuable Player voting ... His 13 outfield assists ranked third in the NL ... Shared NL Player of the Week honors with Will Clark for week ending July 14 ... Placed second in the NL in sacrifice flies and intentional free passes ... Knocked in a run every 4.4 at-bat (best in the majors) ... Finished with a .292 average, 25 homers, 116 RBI and 43 steals ... Hit a disappointing .148 against Atlanta in the NL Championship Series.
NL Most Valuable Player award winner chosen by the Baseball Writers Association of America and honored as the Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News ... Selected to the NL All-Star squad for the first time ... Second player ever to hit 30-plus homers and steal 50-plus bases in the same season ... Paced the NL with a .565 slugging percentage, placed second in walks and third in swipes ... Gunned down 14 potential base runners (tied for NL lead) ... Named NL Player of the Week for April 23-29 and Player of the Month for July ... Became a 30-30 man for the first time (33 taters and 52 steals).
His 159 games were his most for a season ... His 14 outfield assists were good for second in the NL ... Stole 32 bases, hit 19 homers, drove in 58 RBI and hit .248 for the season.
Hit .347 leading off the first inning with eight homers ... Earned NL Player of the Week honors April 11-17 ... Underwent surgery Sept. 28 after injuring his left knee June 17 ... Hit a career best .283.
Began the year in center but was switched to left on May 30 ... Tatered in four straight games Aug. 18-21 ... Hit 25 homers and swiped 32 bases.
Batted .311 in 44 games at Class AAA Hawaii of the Pacific Coast League before his call-up to the Pirates on May 30 ... Lead all NL first year players in homers, RBI, steals and walks ... First big league hit went for two bases May 31 and first homer was posted on June 4.