EAST MEADOW–Barry Bonds, the thick-necked slugger who gave his name to the BEML MVP award after being named Most Valuable Player in the BEML’s inaugural 1993 season, has been nominated by the BEML Writer’s Association for induction into the BEML Hall of Fame. Bonds is the first hitter to be nominated; pitchers Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson were inducted last year.
In addition to his 1993 MVP award as a member of the Craydawgs, Bonds was MVP in 1996 (Pogues), 2001 (Java Class/Team Phil Chu) and 2003 (Ballbags/Craydawgs). He also won two championships after being traded mid-year to the eventual champions in 2001 (Team Phil Chu) and 2003 (Craydawgs).
|1994||Love the Drake||391||122||37||81||29||0.312|
|1995||Love the Drake||506||149||33||104||31||0.294|
|1999||Legion of Doom||351||93||34||83||15||0.265|
|Team Phil Chu||122||47||22||35||5||0.385||3.5|
Bold = Championship; Italics = Bonds MVP Award
Bonds finished out his career with the Bears, spending his final four seasons (’04-’07) in the Bear Den. When he retired in 2007, he did so as the all-time BEML leader in HRs (572) and RBI (1,397), and as the single-season record holder for HRs (73 in 2001).
If confirmed, Bonds will enter the Hall as a Pogue. Bonds spent the ’96-’98 seasons with that team, racking up 441 hits, 107 home runs, and 90 steals, and winning the ’96 MVP (the first “40/40” season in BEML history).
While Bonds was infamous for alleged steroids use in some circles, there was never any shortage of interest in his services on BEML Draft Day. Bonds will be inducted unless four current owners of the BEML object within 24 hours.