Miami Marlins new hitting coach Barry Bonds is the home run king of all time in baseball. Without getting into any controversy surrounding this, he hit 762 home runs in big league games, a mark that will be tough for anyone to surpass. The one active player within possible striking distance is Alexendar Emmanuel Rodriguez, A-Rod. Alex currently is sitting on 688 career home runs, and he has stated his desire to retire after the 2017 season. For those of you who don’t feel like doing the math, that would be 74 home runs for A-Rod to tie the record. This doesn’t even mention the fact that Alex is 40 right now, and considering how age works, he is not getting any younger.
In an interview with New York Daily News, Barry Bonds quickly shot down the possibility of his record being in jeopardy, saying simply: “Not in two years.” The only other active players even over 500 home runs are Albert Pujols and David Ortiz, but they both have over 250 homers to go to catch Bonds, and Papi is retiring at season’s end.
To quickly delve into what it would take for one of Barry’s own students, Giancarlo Stanton, to pursue the record, will take a lot of projection. Up to this present date, Giancarlo has 181 home runs entering this season, and he is 26 years old. A generous assumption is that Giancarlo will make it through his age 40 season. He is still in need of another 579 homers to get to Bonds. If we say his average, factoring in injuries and age, would be 35 home runs per season, that is only 490 home runs. That would leave him 89 short of his hitting coach. He would need to up his average to over 40 a year by the age 40 to give Barry a run for his money, or play even longer than age 40. Both would be very impressive feats, and so Barry should feel just as safe helping Giancarlo hit them out, with almost no threat to the record.
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