Baseball star Barry Bonds gets jersey retired by Giants
Barry Bonds, baseball’s all-time homerun leader, will have his jersey number 25 retired by the San Francisco Giants. This change was announced on Feb. 6, 2018.
The Giants plan to retire Bond’s jersey on Aug. 11, 2018, when they host his former team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to USA Today.
Bonds played 15 seasons with the Giants, slugging 586 homeruns from the year 1993-2007; this included a single-season record of 73 homeruns in 2001. Combined with his six seasons with the Pirates, altogether he has 762 homeruns, which is seven more than Hank Aaron.
"I'm both honored and humbled that the Giants are going to retire my number this season," Bonds told USA Today.
The Giants have never reissued his number since his final season, which was 2007. Their policy at the time was to retire the numbers of baseball players in the Hall of Fame.
Bond’s jersey will be tenth jersey to be retired by the franchise. Before him were Bill Terry, no. 3; Mel Ott, no. 4; Carl Hubbel, no.11; Monte Irvin, no. 20; Willie Mays, no.24; Juan Marichal, no. 27; Orlando Cepeda, no. 30; Gaylord Perry, no. 36; and Willie McCovey, no. 44, according to USA Today.
"No other Giants player has worn No. 25 since Barry's final season. It's time to officially retire his number in honor of his remarkable 22-year career as one of the greatest players of all time and for his countless achievements and contributions as a Giant,” Giants president and CEO Larry Baer told USA Today.