Hank Aaron, speaking in Milwaukee yesterday:
“Let’s face it. You look at the stats and Barry Bonds is on top. He got more home
runs than I got and he legitimately should be the home run champ.”
In light of even Hank admitting that you can’t mess with history, can we please put all of the asterisk, or “real home run champ” business to rest now?
That doesn’t mean you can’t think anything you want about Barry Bonds — feel free. It’s just that an entry in a record book isn’t a value judgment. It’s a chronicle of what happened. And no matter what you think of Barry Bonds, he did hit all of those home runs.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.