Archive for Monday, October 8, 2001

Bonds pads record with No. 73

October 8, 2001


— Barry Bonds hit his 73rd home run Sunday, further extending the major league record he broke two days earlier.

In what could be his final game with San Francisco, Bonds connected in the first inning off Los Angeles' Dennis Springer.

Some of the records set by Barry Bonds this season:Hit 73 homers to break the single-season record.Finished with a slugging percentage of .863 breaking Babe Ruth's record of .847.Walked 177 times, breaking Ruth's record of 170.Homered every 6.52 at-bats, breaking Mark McGwire's record.Hit his 500th homer.Set career high with 137 RBIs.

The Giants won, 2-1.

"This was a great, great way to end it with a victory and a home run. You can't ask for anything better," Bonds said after the game. "I never thought I could do it."

Bonds, who broke Mark McGwire's record by slugging two homers on Friday night, homered in his first at-bat Sunday after taking a day off on Saturday. He singled in the third, popped out in the sixth and flied out in the eighth.

Instead of feeling the pressure in the final few games of the season, Bonds hit four homers in his final three games.

"I wouldn't be surprised if someone breaks 73 ... I don't know if that record will still exist next year," Bonds said.

Bonds' homer to right field was the 567th of his career, leaving him six behind Harmon Killebrew for sixth all-time. Bonds started the season 17th on the career list.

Bonds' 73rd home run also wrapped up another major league record for the Giants' left fielder. He finished the season with a slugging percentage of .863, surpassing the record of .847 set by Babe Ruth in 1920.

"It seems Babe ain't going to have many records, is he?" Giants manager Dusty Baker said. "It's the greatest year I've seen from a single player."

And it also secured another record for Bonds he homered every 6.52 at-bats this season, breaking the record of a homer every 7.27 at-bats set by McGwire in 1998.

Bonds finished with a career-high 137 RBIs.

Bonds, 37, may not be back in San Francisco. He is eligible for free agency after nine seasons with the Giants, who may not be able to afford his demands.

Bonds earned $10.3 million this season. His agent, Scott Boras, is expected to seek a contract worth perhaps $20 million a year starting in 2002.

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