Barry Bonds (2,935 hits, 34th all-time): We don’t have to search very far for the first all-time great Ichiro passed this season- he shares a clubhouse with him. Barry Lamar Bonds was caught by Ichiro to end the 2015 season, and was passed on April 12th with a single against the Mets. And to say determining who the better player is between the two is complicated is putting it lightly. On power alone, it’s obviously Bonds. But if power were all that mattered, we’d be saying Stanton was better already. Bonds also provided the golden defense- winning eight Gold Gloves in his own right. He hit for average, calling it a career at a .298 clip. Along with leading everyone ever in homers, he also drew the most walks. He was named to fourteen All-Star games, had an absurdly awesome season where he finished 2nd in the MVP voting but wasn’t named an All-Star, and won the NL MVP award SEVEN TIMES.
Yea, but he likely was cheating for much of it. So Ichiro gets the nod. Bonds by a mile otherwise.
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