Bonds' greatness is hard to measure

The NL MVP Award should be named after Barry Bonds and given to Albert Pujols.

Updated: September 10, 2003, 11:54 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Perhaps it's time we threw in the towel and just changed the name of the MVP Award to the Barry Bonds Award. In this way, we would be acknowledging that he is the best player every year without having to debate the semantics of what the award actually should represent. It would also give other players around the league hope that they can actually bring home some hardware. As it is, Bonds does so much to produce runs that there really is no competition as to who the best player in the league might be. Call it the Barry Bonds Award and suddenly, Albert Pujols -- a player having a season that easily distances himself from the rest of the league -- is a walk for the honors.

Barry Bonds
Regardless of what the MVP award should represent, Barry Bonds is the game's best player.
Five Giants managed to homer Tuesday night but, surprisingly (or perhaps, Ripley's Believe It or Notingly), none of them was Barry Bonds. Instead, Bonds was practicing the other part of his game at which he has no equal: getting on base. He hit two singles and drew three walks in five trips to the plate.

It's no mean feat to enter a game with an On Base Percentage of .534 and actually raise it, but Bonds has been doing that ever since the All-Star Game. At that time, he had an OBP of "just" .496. While this a figure that would have landed him in the top 20 best seasons of all time, it was a decided downturn from last year's .582 and 2001's .515. Since that time, however, Bonds has been getting on base over 60 percent of the time. Tuesday night's on base extravaganza raised his post-All-Star OBP from .615 to .628.
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