Barry Bonds hit home run number 740 over the weekend. He now only needs 16 more home runs to become the all-time home run leader. If you are like me and you abhor someone like Bonds holding the record, I am here to offer hope.
Bond's reign as home run king will come to an end on June 1st, 2015!
Why am I so sure? Let me explain.
Currently Bonds is on pace for 57 home runs this season. A total I do not think he will reach once he starts playing slightly less and experiences his typical injury or two. However, I have him down for 41 home runs this year. For what it is worth he could break the record at home against the Yankees June 22-24. That would be ironic and sad! Remember you heard it here first.
Bonds hitting 41 home runs this year will give him a total of 775 for his career at the close of the season. Now I anticipate him playing for one more year and hitting 35 more dingers before calling it quits. Of course a bit more "flax seed" and who knows... Anyway, his career total when he retires will be 810. That will be the new standard.
Enter A-Rod. You may like him or dislike him (c'mon, better HR King than Bonds), but he is only 31 and he has already hit 476 home runs! That is an extraordinary total and if he stays healthy he will become the HR KING. It is only a matter of time. The last 9 seasons Rodriguez has averaged 44 home runs a year. I have done some math and taken into consideration age, etc... To provide hope I give you the following chart. (note: "# of home runs behind Bonds" is based on Bonds anticipated career total of 810, not his current total)
There is hope. It is only a 7-8 year wait. If A-Rod retires at age 42, he will leave baseball with 924 home runs. Bring on Pujols!