Could Bonds work in York?

I’m just the latest person to tackle the Barry Bonds/Atlantic League debate.

But while many people probably hope to see Bonds far, far away from Atlantic League ballparks this summer, I think the all-time home run king could work well in York.

bonds327.jpgYes, I’m playing devil’s advocate a bit here. But what’s not to like about this possibility? The Atlantic League and the city he plays in will get a tremendous amount of press out of this story and judging from Joe Klein’s comments regarding Bonds, he’s smart enough to realize this. The league has been around 10+ years and no one outside of an Atlantic League city knows what it is — unless you’re talking about baseball fanatics. This could put the league on the map.

And let’s take a minute to recall all the bad character guys the league has welcomed in the past: John Rocker, Juan Gonzalez and Jose Offerman (although he made his negative mark once he was in the league) all come to mind. What’s the difference between these guys and Bonds? It’s just that he’s a bigger, better documented personality.

So while we’re still talking about a scintilla of a percentage point that Bonds considers playing in the Atlantic League, each team and the league itself would be foolish not to welcome him aboard.

Bonds signing with the Revolution would easily be the biggest story the Atlantic League has ever seen — and it could be the biggest story of the summer across the entire nation.

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5 Responses

  1. I can’t imagine — and maybe I don’t want to — what it would be like to cover Bonds on a daily basis.

    Wouldn’t it be something if he wanted to play here, but all the teams decided they didn’t want him?

  2. I see your point there, Mike. But I’m guessing that if Bonds showed any interest at all, Long Island — at the very least — would come running after him. That’s just my pure speculation. And it looks like that’s true, according to Mike and Scott Stanchak’s post today over at Atlantic League Baseball News.

    Another thing: last night I was trying to think, why does this guy want to come back in the first place? Here’s what I came up with: 1) He wants to end his major league career on his terms. 2) Even though he’s the all-time home run leader, he has some other big records within his reach.

    Bonds is 65 hits away from 3,000 for his career and four RBIs short of 2,000. Unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on your stance — this is another reason he would never consider the Atlantic League. His stats playing there wouldn’t bring him any closer to these milestones.

  3. I’d love to cover Bonds on a daily basis. The drama would never end. And if you’re going to be treated rudely by a baseball player, it might as well be one with big-time accomplishments.

  4. I’m with you there, Jason. Imagine this: “We’re live here on Sportscenter and we’ll be bringing in Jeff Johnson of the York Dispatch for our roundtable discussion on Barry Bonds’ recent performance for the York Revolution…”

    From a media perspective, this would be an amazing story. Controversy sells and there will always be plenty of that surrounding Bonds.

  5. More bad news for Tike Redman. The Chicago Cubs acquired the recently released Reed Johnson today, squashing their need for a right-handed hitter off the bench.

    That means that Jay Payton likely won’t be wearing a Cubs’ uniform anytime soon — and he’ll be cutting into Redman’s at-bats. Payton was rumored to be involved in the trade talks that had Brian Roberts going to Chicago.

    Read more about Payton, if you so choose, in this Baltimore Sun article.

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