Barry Bonds The Greatest Baseball player today.

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Barry Bonds on July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California. He is the son of Bobby Bonds, former outfielder for the San Francisco Giants. His godfather is the Willie Mays, arguably one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Right from the start Barry Bonds was surrounded by baseball. He stayed in the dugout to watch his father play and he learned from his father and godfather how to play the game. For high school, Barry attended Serra High School in San Mateo, California. He played baseball for the high school team and went on to play college ball at Arizona State University. In college he was touted the best left-fielder in the country.

Barry Bonds was selected in first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates (sixth pick overall). In his seven seasons with the Pirates, he hit 178 home runs and hit .274 (bating average). On October 26, 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates granted free agency to Barry.

Free agency meant that Barry could sign for any team that wanted him. But what Barry really wanted was to move to the Bay area to play for the San Francisco Giants. He got his wish was signed by the Giants on December 8, 1992.

In Barry's first season with the San Francisco Giants, he did not disappoint. He hit league leading 46 home runs, 123 runs batted in, and hit .336. All career highs for Barry. Barry Bonds is well-known for hitting towering homer runs and great defense. He also lead the league in stolen bases, which meant he was fast. Barry Bonds is probably the most complete player in all of history. He is the only player to have at least 400 home runs and 400 stolen bases. In a couple of years, he'll be looking at...