Barry Bonds has been there and done that when it comes to team's being too feared of his bat to even let him get a swing in.
Even with all his historical numbers in taking his base, Bonds never had a game like Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper had recently. In a 4-3 loss vs the Cubs on Sunday, Harper was walked six times -- three of which came intentionally -- and was also hit by a pitch once.
Harper set a major league record reaching base seven times in one game without recording one official at-bat.
“I’ve been walked plenty of times — three times in a game, four times in a game,” Bonds said to the Miami Herald. “But six times, that’s a lot.”
Bonds holds the record for career walks at 2,558 free passes and is also the leader with 688 intentional walks. To put those numbers in context, Albert Pujols is second all time with 297 intentional walks.
How does the 23-year-old Harper deal with all the walks as the reigning NL MVP?
“He’s going to have to stay disciplined — a lot,” Bonds said