jfg wrote:I'm kind of looking forward to Bonds getting 3000. Hopefully it will portray him as a pure hitter instead of a juiced home run hitter. Maybe he doesn't deserve it, but he doesn't get enough publicity for how good he is at getting on base. It's pretty amazing that a guy who will break the home run record soon and has been walked a ton in his career is going to get 3000 hits. He has over 1000 more walks than Hank Aaron. If he was pitched to I think he'd be close to breaking the hits record right about now rather than close to 3000.
I respect the hell out of Bonds for his ability to get on base but let's not go overboard here. Even if you skew the numbers so much so that:
1. Bonds never walked in his career
2. He used those 2,512 PA (that he walked) to hit at his career AVG
He would still be around 600 hits behind Rose. Rose also had over 1,500 walks in his career. Bonds has had and will continue to have a great career. Let's not taint that by saying "what if's" regarding him being the career hits leader.