The Hall With It: Giants Retiring Bonds' No. 25

Major League Baseball is more forgiving than the veteran members of the Baseball Writers Association America. All-time home run leader Barry Bonds, snubbed by Hall of Fame voters in his first six years of eligibility for enshrinement, will have his No. 25 retired by the Giants on Aug. 11.

He is one of four players scheduled to have their numbers retired this season, joining Tigers Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who in December were selected by Modern Era Committee after failing to be elected in10 years on the BBWAA ballot, and the late Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident in the early hours of Sept. 25, 2016 in what was his fourth big-league season.

Haunted by a career tied to steroid usage, Bonds was listed on 56.4 percent of the Hall of Fame ballots connected for this season, well below the 75 percent needed to enshrinement but the strong support he has received in six years on the ballot.

A seven-time NL MVP who won 12 Silver Slugger awards, Bonds broke into the big leagues with the Pirates, and then spent the final 15 seasons of his 22-year big-league career with the Giants, the same team as his Godfather Willie Mays, and the organization which his father Barry originally played for. Bonds was drafted by the Giants out of high school, but opted to attend Arizona State University and later signed with the Pirates as a first-round draft choice.

He is MLB’s all-time leader in home runs (762), intentional walks (688) and total walks (2,558) while compiling a .298 average.

In his 15 seasons with the Giants he hit .312 with 586 home runs second only to Mays’ 646 in Giant’s history, and 1,440 RBI, third all--time with the giants behind Mel Ott (1,864) and Mays (1,859).

Bonds’ No. 25 will be the 10th retired by the Giants in addition to Christy Mathewson and John McGraw, who played before there were numbers on a jersey, but were given similar recognition with “NY” on their jerseys in reference to the New York Giants, instead of a number.

The Giants are tied with the Yankees for the second most players honored, 10 behind the Yankees, and one more than the White Sox.

The Nationals and Marlins are the only teams without a retired number, having unretired numbers that were initially retired in honor of others.

The Montreal Expos had retired the numbers of Gary Carter (8), Andre Dawson (10), Rusty Staub (10) and Tim Raines (30), but when the franchise was sold and moved to Washington, D.C., the Nationals unretired the numbers.

The Marlins initially retired No. 5 for original team president Carl Barger, who died in December 1992, four months before the franchise’s first game. Barger’s favorite player, Joe DiMaggio, had worn five for the Yankees. When the team moved into its new park club officials decided to place a plaque in the stadium to honor Barger, and unretired the number.

The Reds are the only other team to unretired a number. Willard Hershberger, the backup catcher to Hall of Famer Ernie Lombardi for three seasons, committed suicide late in the 1940 season, blaming himself for a series of losses while Lombardi was injured. The Reds retired his No. 5, but later unretired the number only to have it retired again in honor of Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.

The Giants are among four teams to have honored players whose careers were before numbers were placed on uniforms. In addition to the Giants honoring of Christy Mathewson and John McGraw, the Phillies honored Grover Cleveland Alexander and Chuck Klein, the Cardinals Rogers Hornsby, and the Tigers Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Sam Crawford, Harry Heilmann, Hughie Jennings, George Kell and Heinie Manush.

MLB Retired Numbers

No.

Individual

No.

Individual

No.

Individual

 MLB

Giants

Reds

42

Jackie Robinson

3

Bill Terry

1

Fred Hutchinson

Angels

4

Mel Ott

5

Johnny Bench

11

Jim Fregosi

11

Carl Hubbell

8

Joe Morgan

26

Gene Autry

20

Monte Irvin

10

Sparky Anderson

29

Rod Carew

24

Willie Mays

11

Barry Larkin

30

Nolan Ryan

27

Juan Marichal

13

Dave Concepción

50

Jimmie Reese

30

Orlando Cepeda

14

Pete Rose

Astros

36

Gaylord Perry

18

Ted Kluszewski

5

Jeff Bagwell

44

Willie McCovey

20

Frank Robinson

7

Craig Biggio

Indians   

24

Tony Pérez

24

Jimmy Wynn

3

Earl Averill

Rockies

25

José Cruz

5

Lou Boudreau

17

Todd Helton

32

Jim Umbricht

14

Larry Doby

Royals

33

Mike Scott

18

Mel Harder

5

George Brett

34

Nolan Ryan

19

Bob Feller

10

Dick Howser

40

Don Wilson

20

Frank Robinson

20

Frank White

49

Larry Dierker

21

Bob Lemon

Tigers

A's

455

Indians fans

2

Charlie Gehringer

9

Reggie Jackson

Mariners

5

Hank Greenberg

24

Rickey Henderson

11

Edgar Martínez

6

Al Kaline

27

Catfish Hunter

24

Ken Griffey Jr.

11

Sparky Anderson

34

Rollie Fingers

Mets

16

Hal Newhouser

43

Dennis Eckersley

Gil Hodges

23

Willie Horton

Blue Jays

31

Mike Piazza

Twins

12

Roberto Alomar

37

Casey Stengel

3

Harmon Killebrew

Braves

41

Tom Seaver

6

Tony Oliva

3

Dale Murphy

Orioles

10

Tom Kelly

6

Bobby Cox

4

Earl Weaver

14

Kent Hrbek

10

Chipper Jones

5

Brooks Robinson

28

Bert Blyleven

21

Warren Spahn

8

Cal Ripken Jr.

29

Rod Carew

29

John Smoltz

20

Frank Robinson

34

Kirby Puckett

31

Greg Maddux

22

Jim Palmer

White Sox

35

Phil Niekro

33

Eddie Murray

2

Nellie Fox

41

Eddie Mathews

Padres

3

Harold Baines

44

Hank Aaron

6

Steve Garvey

4

Luke Appling

47

Tom Glavine

19

Tony Gwynn

9

Minnie Miñoso

Brewers

31

Dave Winfield

11

Luis Aparicio

1

Bud Selig

35

Randy Jones

14

Paul Konerko

4

Paul Molitor

51

Trevor Hoffman

16

Ted Lyons

19

Robin Yount

Phillies

19

Billy Pierce

34

Rollie Fingers

1

Richie Ashburn

35

Frank Thomas

44

Hank Aaron

14

Jim Bunning

56

Mark Buehrle

Cardinals

20

Mike Schmidt

72

Carlton Fisk

1

Ozzie Smith

32

Steve Carlton

Yankees

2

Red Schoendienst

36

Robin Roberts

1

Billy Martin

6

Stan Musial

Pirates

2

Derek Jeter

9

Enos Slaughter

1

Billy Meyer

3

Babe Ruth

10

Tony La Russa

4

Ralph Kiner

4

Lou Gehrig

14

Ken Boyer

8

Willie Stargell

5

Joe DiMaggio

17

Dizzy Dean

9

Bill Mazeroski

6

Joe Torre

20

Lou Brock

11

Paul Waner

7

Mickey Mantle

24

Whitey Herzog

20

Pie Traynor

8

Yogi Berra

42

Bruce Sutter

21

Roberto Clemente

8

Bill Dickey

45

Bob Gibson

33

Honus Wagner

9

Roger Maris

85

August Busch, Jr.

40

Danny Murtaugh

10

Phil Rizzuto

Cubs

Rangers

15

Thurman Munson

10

Ron Santo

7

Ivan Rodriguez

16

Whitey Ford

14

Ernie Banks

26

Johnny Oates

20

Jorge Posada

23

Ryne Sandberg

34

Nolan Ryan

23

Don Mattingly

26

Billy Williams

Rays

32

Elston Howard

31

Greg Maddux

12

Wade Boggs

37

Casey Stengel

31

Ferguson Jenkins

66

Don Zimmer

42

Mariano Rivera

Diamondbacks

Red Sox

44

Reggie Jackson

20

Luis Gonzalez

1

Bobby Doerr

46

Andy Pettitte

51

Randy Johnson

4

Joe Cronin

49

Ron Guidry

Dodgers

6

Johnny Pesky

51

Bernie Williams

1

Pee Wee Reese

8

Carl Yastrzemski

2

Tommy Lasorda

9

Ted Williams

4

Duke Snider

14

Jim Rice

19

Jim Gilliam

26

Wade Boggs

20

Don Sutton

27

Carlton Fisk

24

Walter Alston

34

David Ortiz

32

Sandy Koufax

45

Pedro Martínez

39

Roy Campanella

42

Jackie Robinson

53

Don Drysdale

The Marlins and Nationals do not have a retired number.