Share this article

Controversial Baseball Legend Barry Bonds’ 1993 Giants Move Was a Shock to the MLB World

Published 08/14/2023, 6:05 AM EDT

Follow Us

via Imago

From the beginning of his career, Barry Bonds was synonymous with talent, a connection that endured throughout his 21-year journey in Major League Baseball. Making his MLB debut in 1986 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he swiftly established himself as one of the team’s premier players. Because of it, he was always under the watchful eyes of the MLB world, especially the teams who wanted to sign his brilliance on their team. The New York Yankees were on the list, but Bonds did not agree to sign with them. He left for the struggling San -Francisco-based team, shocking the entire world with his move.

America’s Favorite Video Today

After completing his contract with the Pirates, Bonds joined the San Francisco Giants at the conclusion of the 1992 season. The book, Barry Bonds: A Biography (Baseball’s All-Time Greatest Hitters) has addressed the incident which happened against the MLB world predictions.

When Barry Bonds Made an Expected Decision Regarding His Future


Article continues below this ad

Barry Bonds was a player who could single-handedly win games. It made him a star on the plate, and the teams looked to have him on the starting list. Because of it, no team wanted to lose him or lose the opportunity to have him on their side. And his performance in the 1992 season added more to his demand.

He averaged 0.311, with an OPS of 1.080, while accounting for a WAR of 8.9. It helped the Pirates to finish at the top of the NL East at the end of the regular season. Given all this, everyone expected Bonds to re-sign with them, but Bonds chose the Giants.


Get instantly notified of the hottest MLB stories via Google! Click on Follow Us and Tap the Blue Star.

Follow Us

On page 32 of the book, the author, John Bloom, described this decision. It read, “When Bonds signed with the Giants, he made the choice to leave a team that was one out away from the World Series to join a team that was literally on life support.”

Bloom added, “After winning the National League West pennant in 1987 and the National League title in 1989, the Giants had gone into a tailspin at the beginning of the new decade.” However, Barry defied expectations and played a crucial role in guiding the Giants to regain their peak performance.


Article continues below this ad

Bonds Gave Lifeline to the Struggling San Francisco Giants

Bonds made a shocking move after he left a team at the top of their game. But he changed this narrative with his performance in the 1993 season by helping the Giant leave the bottom line and move upwards. Bonds averaged 0.336 and contributed 126 runs, 46 home runs at an OPS of 1.136, becoming the best player in the team.

Often Divisive Barry Bonds Once Showed a Rare Sign of Affection Shortly After Winning His First MVP


Article continues below this ad

The Giants finished in second position in the NL West under renowned manager Dusty Baker. It started a new chapter in Bonds’s life which has become a forever part of his life and will continue to guide upcoming generations.

Watch this story- Bond’s Ego Costs Him a Coveted Award a Young Barry Bonds’s Arrogance Proves Costly 

Providing feedback will help us make your experience better.

The Fan's Perspective

Enjoyed Your Read? Let us know how likely you are to recommend EssentiallySports to your friends!

Least Likely

Most Likely



Written by:

Saurabh Saini


One take at a time

Even after having an engineering background, nothing stopped Saurabh Saini from following his passion and writing about sports. With a sound knowledge of American sports, Saurabh specializes in baseball. Before joining EssentiallySports, Saurabh has written around 800 articles spanning MLB, NFL, and NHL.
Show More>

Edited by:

Deepanshi Bajaj