Bobby so much more than Barry's father

Bobby Bonds was a unique talent, who combined speed and power in a way that few before him ever had.

Updated: August 25, 2003, 10:21 AM ET
By Jim Baker
When your obituary appears in the New York Times, you made something of your life and Bobby Bonds most certainly did. Bonds, who passed away on Saturday, was an extremely talented ballplayer who deserves his space on the Times' famous obituary page.

Bonds was a unique talent, a man who combined speed and power in a way that few before him ever had. It was his fortune (and, to some extent, misfortune) to enter the big leagues to play alongside one of the men who had -- Willie Mays. While he learned much from having Mays as a teammate, Bonds was bound to suffer by comparison as anybody would.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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