Percentages favor Bonds

Originally Published: November 18, 2003
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

It's a two-man race for National League MVP: the best hitter most of us have ever seen against the best young hitter perhaps anyone has ever seen.


At age 39, Barry Bonds had another spectacular season. He batted .341 with 45 home runs, one every 8.7 at-bats. His slugging percentage was .749, a staggering 82 points higher than the runner-up, Albert Pujols. Bonds' on-base percentage of .529 was the fifth highest since walks became an official statistic in 1913, and 71 points ...

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