Bonds, who leads the Major Leagues with a .463 average, 10 homers, 44 walks and a 1.111 slugging percentage, said that retirement has been on his mind for several years.
"I want to leave and do something else," said the 39-year-old.
"That's none of your business. But I would like to help people -- not as a coach, but like Willie [Mays] did for me. He did it just because he wanted to and wasn't paid for it."
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"I'm not going to play until I'm 105 years old," he said. "I'll play until I feel my time is up. Retirement ... it's been there for a while, but I wouldn't mind being a DH, only in California so I could be near my wife and kids."
[i]"Who's Karim Garcia? I have no respect for Karim Garcia. I have no respect for that guy. I don't have anything to prove to that guy. He needs to be forcing himself to come up to where I am, to my level."[/i]
come on guys, we all know steinbrenner would love (that being an understatement) the idea of having bonds as his DH, and he's willing to give up awesome young talent, i.e. soriano for arod. if there's anything we've learned about the yankees in the past few years it's that NOTHING's impossible.
and as for bonds, he's starving for a ring. regardless of what's been said by anyone, barry loves himself and his records more than anything. if he got the opportunity to go to the yanks to win a ring and prolong his career to break more records, i'd bet my life he'd do it.
and the type of quality talent the giants would get in return would immediately help them turn into a scrappy opportunistic team as opposed to barry's team. it's not like the NL west is dominated by anyone anyway.
"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not."
BitterDodgerFan wrote:Bonds has said he wants to play as DH for Angels when he gets old. He is from Riverside, not far from Anaheim. I think if there is a team that Bonds will go to it might be Angels.
i agree with you that this would probably be optimal for him, but I don't think he'd fit in with the angels too much...
don't get me wrong, ANY team in the league would love to have him, but over the last several years the angels have tried to forge themselves into a "fan friendly" team -- judging by your login you are from the area -- you must have seen the most recent angels ads? right? I mean.. can you possibly see barry embrace the rally monkey?
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Trading Bonds at this point would be beyond moronic. The fallout in the Bay Area would be an total PR disaster. Baseball today is a business, not a game (sorry purists, but that is simply a fact of life). There is ZERO possibility Bonds will be traded by SF at any point prior to his breaking Aaron's record. The only way he plays anyplace else is if he pulls a Clemens by retiring, and then unretiring as a free agent. He's also going to become an even bigger drawing card as he approaches 700 HR and beyond...and the Giants are not about to give up that juicy road revenue.
The entire concept of Bonds being traded anywhere is absurd. It will not happen at any time in the near (2004-05 future) and I'd wager a year's salary on that without hesitation.
He is the perfect money ball player. He can come play for my beloved A's any day, lol. As if we could ever afford him. Even though baseball is a business (as was mentioned earlier the gate revenue from his HR chase), I could see the Giants letting him go if the right offer came along.
Oakland let McGwire go when the general baseball consensus was that he was the most likely to break the single season HR record. Of course it was a contract year and they knew they couldnt afford him, and he went on to break it the next year. Or was it the year after?
I'm still mad at Laruso for sinking the ship and then gutting some of our talent via free-agency after he left.
Anyway, enen if SF wanted to take an offer for him, I cant see him leaving until after he breaks the all-time HR record as a Giant.
"Son we would like to keep you around here but were trying to win a pennant this year."
The other thing about Bonds, in addition to his hitting, is that he pulls people into ballparks at a rate that few, if any, players can compete with. Trading him would cost them money, on top of the loss of his hitting to the team. I don't see that happening.
Bloody Nipples wrote:That adds more incentive for the Giants to go trade for Beltran this year and then resign him for a long-term deal. One overlapping year with Bonds and the Giants would have a great shot at winning the world series in Bonds' last contract year.
Unless Bonds and Beltran can also pitch, that ain't gonna happen.