Skip to comments.Barry Bonds' Home Run Record Tainted by Mechanical Device
Posted on 08/06/2007 10:19:31 AM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
NEW YORK Beyond his alleged steroid use, Barry Bonds is unquestionably guilty of the use of something that confers extraordinarily unfair mechanical advantage: the armor that he wears on his right elbow. Amid the press frenzy over Bonds unnatural bulk, the true role of the object on his right arm has simply gone unnoticed.
This is unfortunate, because by my estimate, Bonds front arm armor has contributed no fewer than 75 to 100 home runs to his already steroid-questionable total.
Bonds tied Henry Aarons home run record of 755 on Saturday night and will go for the new standard this week back at home in San Francisco. As a student of baseball and currently a mechanics consultant to a major league baseball team -- I believe I have insight into the Bonds "achievement." I have studied his swing countless times on video and examined the mechanical gear closely through photographs.
For years, sportswriters remarked that his massive "protective" gear unequaled in all of baseball -- permits Bonds to lean over the plate without fear of being hit by a pitch. Thus situated, Bonds can handle the outside pitch (where most pitchers live) unusually well. This is unfair advantage enough but no longer controversial. However, it is only one of at least seven unfair advantages conferred by the apparatus.
The other six:
1) The apparatus is hinged at the elbow. It is a literal "hitting machine" that allows Bonds to release his front arm on the same plane during every swing. It largely accounts for the seemingly magical consistency of every Bonds stroke.
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How anyone can take baseball seriously is beyond my understanding.
And I can still name the starting eight for each year of the Big Red Machine of the 70’s.
I stopped going to games when they went on strike back in the early 1980’s, and haven’t attended a baseball game since.
This is just another example of why.
Way to go Selig, you destroyed your own customer base and the GAME itself.
All Bush’s fault.
Mo Vaughn used to wear one of Cam Neely’s elbow pads. It looked huge for the time. Compared to Bonds, it was nothing.
I thought MLB had put standards about the size of elbow pads.
Bob Gibson / Nolan Ryan / Don Drysdale would have put his butt in the dirt.
One can only hope that an “*” will always reside next to the name “Bonds” in the record books
Well, all I can say is congratulations to Henry Aaron for hitting 755 home runs!
Oh please. Players have been trying to enhance their performance since the game was invented. Spikes in shoes, braces for knees and elbows, weightlifting straps for back support, vitamins, steaks, protein diets, aspirin and ibuprofin.... something new every year. Point is, you can have all that stuff, but if you haven’t got the talent, you’re gonna strike out.
Smaller ball parks. Less talent in the Majors. Thats all.
A Rod seems to have made it to 500 with no need for such things as drugs and elbow hinges. Hopefully he will eclipse Bonds' record and then it will be "Barry who?"
Now that was a magical event. Barry Bonds....so what?
I think the point is that it used to be both — it was entertainment AND a legitimate sport.
Now it will have to be a double “**”
Bush lied. Hank’s been tied.
Not at this level. It is an industry.
Is there any reason that every hitter could not wear the same thing???
If it made that much difference ever big league hitter would have one of their very own.
For this to be true Bonds would have had to have been a poor hitter before he started wearing it. Bonds has been a great hitter for a long time.
Just another BS post.
Interesting read and it makes a lot of sense to me........
Basebore...who cares? I quit caring as a kid when they went on strike in the 70s. I have no idea who even wins the series and really don’t care.
Some teams are just venues for opposing "old" school teams to show off their stripes.
For example... I went to a Tampa Devil Ray game at Tropicana Field two years ago (saw the D.R. play Baltimore and Boston)... these games were "home" games for the visitors. Must really be "fun" for the home team Rays when there are "boos" when the Ray's pitcher attempts a pick-off move to first.
Tampa held their own on the field, but they just don't seem to have the die-hard support.
Last Friday night I watched on tv the H-town Astros vs the Florida Marlins game. There must have been 4,000 total in attendance. Very much like the Expos games I saw in Montreal in '01. Brutal.
It’s amazing how many people who “don’t care” about Bonds feel the need to take time out of their busy schedules and compose posts to let us all know it. ;)
I’m shocked, I tell you. Shocked!!!
Agreed. And, there's a very good reason for that....to many teams.
Cue the "Bionic Man" theme...
That is ridiculous that they grand fathered him.
I did not know that.
I need that about as much as another reason to vote against Hillary!
It's not like MLB is going to do anything about it.
hrm.. i woner if i can get one of these to help with my golf swing?
I'm getting tired of this. If the author wants to step his ass up to the plate and pop off the difference (655 home runs) go for it. Otherwise, shut up. Did Bonds use steroids? Don't know don't care. How would Hank Aaron have done today? Babe Ruth would have been kicked out of the league long ago for substance abuse.
I'm not looking to Bonds as some sort of idol. And if a kid does that says more about the parenting skills of the parent than whether or not Bonds is a good role model. In today's age, every player out there is doing something that makes them better and stronger than their counterparts from just 20 years ago. If the product is legally subscribed or can be purchased OTC then so be it. It doesn't detract one bit from what he's done.
A-Rod just cracked 500. Let's see what he's doing 5 years from now when he's chasing this record. And when he passes it (which he most likely will) all the naysayers of Bonds and busybodies can shut up about the 'damage' Bonds has done to the sport as the HR king.
She’s not that attractive.
My dad always said that baseball lost its appeal the day they took Dizzy Dean off the air.
Look at the “hands” on that self-styled mistress. Looks like any ‘roids he obtained went to feed the kitty. LOL.
As to story in chief, that Bonds had help, OK now all the Olympic track stars make millions of dollars in endorsements and appearance fees. (Jim Thorpe was stripped of Olympic gold medals for accepting a few dollars in a baseball game). They use starter blocks (Jesse Owens had to dig a little hole in the cinders track to stick his toes in). Look at the monster drivers golfers now use!
Yes, we are talking about games. So let us not get too carried away with it.
I consider his entire career bogus, who cares about this loser?
Gibson would have put one up his sizable butt.
Each time out.
imagine a fn protest where fans add an “*” next to his nme in books in bookstores
can I wear a swing fixer in my golf game?
“And I can still name the starting eight for each year of the Big Red Machine of the 70s.”
Pete Rose, Bobby Tolan, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Lee May, Tommy Helms, Woody Woodward, Bernie Carbo ....
I was a Big Red Machine fan also, haven’t watched a baseball game since the early 80’s either. A pity that America’s sport has become what it has become!
Basebore...who cares? I quit caring as a kid when they went on strike in the 70s. I have no idea who even wins the series and really dont care.
Yep, whats telling is people like you and I did in fact ‘care’ once upon a time.
I still say the Pete Rose ‘scandal’ wasn’t gambling, it was Balco and steroids.
Just like Babe Ruth, he did it with beer and hot dogs!
I think it was Drysdale who said, when calling to walk a batter intentionally - he'd rather hit him on the first pitch and save three useless pitches. :-)
Didnt he go on to sell charcoal?
Lets make this keen observation...around 1967/1968...you suddenly saw the American really cool down and you could see that pitching talent was ultra rich...so the adding of more teams to both leagues was forthcoming. As you look around today...the pitching talent in either league really isn’t that great and it certainly wouldn’t hurt to see four teams dismissed...but the owners won’t do that.
I would personally like to see both leagues drift back to 10 teams each. You’ve got various markets that won’t pay to have a real team in town...and various wanna-be 4-star players who can’t play at a 4-star level after age 30. You are paying some guys over $5 million a year...who will never hit over .250 or hit 20 home runs or win more than 12 games...which doesn’t make any sense.
Oh, get real.
If Barry Bonds had not used his mechanical aids and steroids and gotten, maybe, 600 homers over his career, he would still be a great player and headed for the Hall of Fame. The problem is that the artificial aids, both pharmacological and mechanical, have added to his success, which renders his tying or Aaron's record moot.
There is no way to know how many home runs Bonds would have hit unaided, but it doesn't make much sense to keep track of how many he has hit with all the assistance he has had. I can go out into my garage and put together a potato gun that can lob a baseball out of the park. Watching the ball fly is not the point. The point is what a man can do.
Bonds is doing more than he could as a man. Watching him bat is about as interesting as watching somebody fire a potato gun.
Anyway, I remind all Freepers that Barry Bonds hasn't failed a drug test. Also, Babe Ruth played in an age with a lot of sucky pitchers who had no modern technique. Babe Ruth at the peak of his career would today be a hopeless fatass who couldn't even make the cut for concession stand operator for the Bowie Baysox AA minor league team.
Old records like Ruth's are only the benchmarks of their time and needn't be thought of as the modern standard -- Much like how I don't see anyone breaking NASCAR legend Richard Petty's record of 200-some career wins. Today's NASCAR is lots more competitive than it was in Petty's time.