Douglas Dean Drabek is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher and current Pitching Coach for the Jackson Generals. He played for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles between 1986 and 1998. Drabek threw right-handed, he is the pitching coach for the Double A Jackson Generals. Known for his fluid pitching motion and sound mechanics, he won the National League Cy Young Award in 1990. Drabek was born in Texas, he attended St. Joseph High School in Victoria, where he played baseball. Drabek was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 4th round of the June 1980 MLB Draft, but did not sign, he attended the University of Houston and played three seasons for the Cougars baseball team. Following his junior year, Drabek was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 11th round of the June 1983 MLB Draft and signed on June 11. After signing with the White Sox, Drabek was assigned to the Niagara Falls Sox in the short-season New York-Penn League where he finished 6–7 with a 3.67 ERA in 16 games with 103 strikeouts in 103 2/3 innings.
After pitching one game for the Class A Appleton, Drabek was promoted to the AA Glens Falls White Sox and was 12–5 with a 2.24 ERA. On 13 August, he was traded to the New York Yankees along with Kevin Hickey to complete an earlier deal made on July 18 for Roy Smalley. Drabek spent the rest of the 1984 season at AA Nashville. In 1985, Drabek returned to AA and spent the entire season at Albany-Colonie in the Eastern League and finished with a 13–7 record with a 2.99 ERA with 153 strikeouts in 192 2/3 innings. After starting the 1986 season at AAA Columbus, Drabek made his Major League debut on May 30, coming in relief for starter Joe Niekro in a 6–3 loss to the Oakland Athletics, he would spend the rest of the season with the Yankees, appearing in 27 games and go 7–8 with a 4.10 ERA. Following the season, he was traded with Logan Easley and Brian Fisher to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante and Pat Clements. Drabek enjoyed his best years with Pittsburgh, from 1987 to 1992, during which time he pitched over 230 innings and finished in the top 10 in the National League ERA race.
He went 22–6 with a 2.76 ERA in 1990 en route to winning the National League Cy Young Award and leading the Pirates to the postseason. His 22 wins that year were a league high. On August 3, 1990, while with the Pirates, Drabek had a no-hitter broken up by a Sil Campusano single with two out in the ninth; the hit was the only one Drabek would allow in defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 11-0. Drabek signed as a free agent after the 1992 season with the Houston Astros. Despite a solid 3.79 ERA and playing for a rising team, he posted a 9–18 record. He improved in the strike-shortened 1994 season to 12–6 with a 2.84 ERA, was named an All-Star for the first and only time in his career. When play resumed after the players' strike in 1995, however, he was unable to maintain his success and retired after the 1998 season, having compiled a 35–40 record over his final four seasons. After retiring, Drabek coached his son's Little League and select league teams teaching them how to bat at a faster pitch, with their personal pitching machine so as to gain an advantage over the other little league teams.
Drabek returned to professional baseball in 2010, accepting a position in the Arizona Diamondbacks system as the pitching coach for the Yakima Bears in the short-season Class A Northwest League. On 13 December 2010 the D-backs announced that Drabek was promoted to the pitching coach for the Visalia Rawhide in the Class A California League. Drabek has three children. Justin spent time playing in independent ball. Kyle is a starting pitcher and is in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, after playing for the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. In February 2018, Drabek was named as the Pitching coach for the AA Jackson Generals. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Hickok Sports Biography Baseball Almanac
Andrew Charles Benes is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. During a 14-year career from 1989 to 2002, Benes played for the San Diego Padres, the Seattle Mariners, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks, his brother Alan pitched in the Major Leagues, was his teammate in 1996–97 and 2000–01. He and his brother Alan attended Evansville Central High School. Benes was the first player selected in the 1988 Major League Baseball draft after playing college baseball at the University of Evansville. Benes pitched well enough in his first year to make it to the majors and be named National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News. Benes was an All-Star in 1993 after a 15–15 season with the Padres, led the Majors in losses with 14 and in strikeouts with 189 the next season. Benes finished third in the Cy Young Award balloting in 1996 after an 18–10, 3.83 earned run average season. After the 1997 season, Benes agreed to sign a 5-year $30 million dollar contract to return to the Cardinals.
The contract was signed after the deadline for players to re-sign with their 1997 teams. Benes would have to wait until May 1 to re-sign. Instead, Benes became one of the first players in Diamondbacks history when he signed as a free agent prior to the 1998 season and threw out the first pitch in the history of the franchise. In a 2004 column for The Sporting News, pitcher Todd Jones wrote that Benes had a habit of gritting his teeth when preparing to throw a slider, a tell that some hitters exploited. List of Major League Baseball career strikeout leaders Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference
Kansas is a U. S. state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, with its most populated county being Johnson County. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north. Kansas is named after the Kansa Native American tribe; the tribe's name is said to mean "people of the wind" although this was not the term's original meaning. For thousands of years, what is now Kansas was home to diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the eastern part of the state lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Kansas was first settled by European Americans in 1827 with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth; the pace of settlement accelerated in the 1850s, in the midst of political wars over the slavery debate. When it was opened to settlement by the U. S. government in 1854 with the Kansas–Nebraska Act, abolitionist Free-Staters from New England and pro-slavery settlers from neighboring Missouri rushed to the territory to determine whether Kansas would become a free state or a slave state.
Thus, the area was a hotbed of violence and chaos in its early days as these forces collided, was known as Bleeding Kansas. The abolitionists prevailed, on January 29, 1861, Kansas entered the Union as a free state. By 2015, Kansas was one of the most productive agricultural states, producing high yields of wheat, corn and soybeans. Kansas, which has an area of 82,278 square miles is the 15th-largest state by area and is the 34th most-populous of the 50 states with a population of 2,911,505. Residents of Kansas are called Kansans. Mount Sunflower is Kansas's highest point at 4,041 feet. For a millennium, the land, Kansas was inhabited by Native Americans; the first European to set foot in present-day Kansas was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who explored the area in 1541. In 1803, most of modern Kansas was acquired by the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Southwest Kansas, was still a part of Spain and the Republic of Texas until the conclusion of the Mexican–American War in 1848, when these lands were ceded to the United States.
From 1812 to 1821, Kansas was part of the Missouri Territory. The Santa Fe Trail traversed Kansas from 1821 to 1880, transporting manufactured goods from Missouri and silver and furs from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wagon ruts from the trail are still visible in the prairie today. In 1827, Fort Leavenworth became the first permanent settlement of white Americans in the future state; the Kansas–Nebraska Act became law on May 30, 1854, establishing Nebraska Territory and Kansas Territory, opening the area to broader settlement by whites. Kansas Territory stretched all the way to the Continental Divide and included the sites of present-day Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo. Missouri and Arkansas sent settlers into Kansas all along its eastern border; these settlers attempted to sway votes in favor of slavery. The secondary settlement of Americans in Kansas Territory were abolitionists from Massachusetts and other Free-Staters, who attempted to stop the spread of slavery from neighboring Missouri. Directly presaging the American Civil War, these forces collided, entering into skirmishes that earned the territory the name of Bleeding Kansas.
Kansas was admitted to the Union as a free state on January 29, 1861, making it the 34th state to join the United States. By that time the violence in Kansas had subsided, but during the Civil War, on August 21, 1863, William Quantrill led several hundred men on a raid into Lawrence, destroying much of the city and killing nearly 200 people, he was roundly condemned by both the conventional Confederate military and the partisan rangers commissioned by the Missouri legislature. His application to that body for a commission was flatly rejected due to his pre-war criminal record. After the Civil War, many veterans constructed homesteads in Kansas. Many African Americans looked to Kansas as the land of "John Brown" and, led by freedmen like Benjamin "Pap" Singleton, began establishing black colonies in the state. Leaving southern states in the late 1870s because of increasing discrimination, they became known as Exodusters. At the same time, the Chisholm Trail was opened and the Wild West-era commenced in Kansas.
Wild Bill Hickok was a marshal at Hays and Abilene. Dodge City was another wild cowboy town, both Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp worked as lawmen in the town. In one year alone, eight million head of cattle from Texas boarded trains in Dodge City bound for the East, earning Dodge the nickname "Queen of the Cowtowns." In response to demands of Methodists and other evangelical Protestants, in 1881 Kansas became the first U. S. state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting all alcoholic beverages, repealed in 1948. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north; the state is divided into 105 counties with 628 cities, is located equidistant from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The geographic center of the 48 contiguous states is in Smith County near Lebanon; until 1989, the Meades Ranch Triangulation Station in Osborne County was the geodetic center of North America: the central reference point for all maps of North America. The geographic center of Kansas is in Barton County. Kansas is underlain by a sequence of horizontal to westward dipping sedimentary rocks.
A sequence of Mississippian and Permian rocks outcrop in the eastern and southern part of the state
Brett Butler (baseball)
Brett Morgan Butler is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball and current base running/outfield coach for the Miami Marlins. He played for five different teams from 1981 through 1997. Butler's best season came in 1991, he was diagnosed with cancer in May 1996, received treatment and returned to the playing field four months later. He began a baseball coaching career, he has managed numerous professional teams. He was the manager of the Reno Aces minor league team from late 2008 through 2013. Butler spent his teenaged years in Libertyville, where he was a starting outfielder on the Libertyville High School baseball team that finished in the top 16 teams in the State his senior year. Upon graduating, he announced plans to play baseball in college, his high school coach, Ernie Ritta, scoffed. Butler, who had explored walking on at baseball powerhouse Arizona State, made the team at Southeastern Oklahoma State University; the outfielder led the Savages to championships during all three years at Southeastern including an NAIA national runner-up finish in 1977.
He was twice named to the NAIA All-America Baseball Team. Butler was the Savages' first.400 hitter with a.439 average in 1977. He set career records in home runs, triples, hits and career batting average. After attending Southeastern Oklahoma, Butler was drafted in the 23rd round of the 1979 amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves; the Braves were building a contender with players like Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Glenn Hubbard after years of losing, but they lacked a leadoff hitter with speed. After playing in the minor leagues, he made his major league debut with the Braves on August 20, 1981. Butler helped lead the Braves to a 13–0 start and the National League West Division title in 1982, their first division title since 1969, he had another fine year with the Braves in 1983, but they finished second in the West to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In October 1983, Butler was sent to the Cleveland Indians to complete a deal in which the Braves had acquired Len Barker for cash, toward the end of the 1983 season.
In 1984, he became the first batter. He played with the Indians for four seasons, batting a career-high.311 in 1985. Butler signed with the San Francisco Giants as a free agent after the 1987 season and established himself as one of the premier leadoff hitters in the National League, he helped the Giants to the NL pennant in 1989, as the leadoff hitter in a lineup that included Will Clark, Kevin Mitchell, Matt Williams. Following the 1990 season, Butler signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers; as a member of the Dodgers from 1991 to 1995, Butler reached the prime of his career. In 1991, Butler earned a roster spot on the National League All-Star team, finished seventh in MVP voting. During the 1995 season, Butler was signed as a free agent by the New York Mets. In August 1995, Butler rejoined the Dodgers in a trade for Scott Hunter. After finishing the season with the Dodgers, he again became a free agent and returned to the Dodgers. In May 1996, Butler learned that he was suffering from squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsils, a type of cancer which only involves the tonsils.
Following an operation to remove the tumor, intensive treatment to combat the disease, he returned to the Dodgers' lineup in September of the same year—defying the predictions of those who had speculated he would never be able to play again. Butler finished the 1996 season with the Dodgers and played with them for one more year, participating in his final game on September 28, 1997. Over his career, Butler produced a.290 batting average, 2,375 hits, 558 stolen bases. Many consider him to be one of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980s and early 1990s, due to his high on-base percentage and dynamic bunting. Butler ranks 129th on the list of career hits. Butler finished in the top 25 voting for National League Most Valuable Player five times in his career. Butler was a superb outfielder, posting a.993 fielding percentage at center field in his major league career. Butler began his coaching career in the spring of 1998 as the assistant coach of the Duluth Youth Baseball and Softball Association's Minor League Dodgers team, the team on which his son was playing.
He was able to provide replica game and practice uniforms for the boys and coaches. Butler helped coach the Dodgers to a second-place finish in the Minor League championship game that season. Butler was a coach with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2005 season, he was hired to manage the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class-A advanced club for the 2006 season. He was hired to manage the Mobile BayBears, a newly acquired Double-AA team Arizona Diamondbacks, for the 2007 season. In October 2008, it was announced that Butler was hired to manage the Reno Aces of the Class-AAA club for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2012, Butler led the Reno Aces to their first Pacific Coast League Championship and led them to the Triple-AAA National Championship in the same year, where they defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox 10-3. Butler was named as a coach for the 2011 All-Star Futures Game. On October 11, 2013, Butler was named the third base/outfield coach for the Miami Marlins. Butler, a born-again Christian, has been active in a number of pro-life causes.
He lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Eveline and their four children, Abbi and Stefanie. On April 24, 2006, Butler was hospitalized with chest pains after a Lancaster JetHawks game he managed. Butler did not have a
Great Bend, Kansas
Great Bend is a city in and the county seat of Barton County, United States. It is named for its location at the point where the course of the Arkansas River bends east southeast; as of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 15,995. Prior to American settlement of the area, the site of Great Bend was located in the northern reaches of Kiowa territory. Claimed first by France as part of Louisiana and acquired by the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, it lay within the area organized by the U. S. as Kansas Territory in 1854. Kansas became a state in 1861, the state government delineated the surrounding area as Barton County in 1867; the first settlers of the area arrived in 1870. Living in sod houses and dugouts, they worked as buffalo hunters since trampling by bison herds precluded crop farming. In 1871, the Great Bend Town Company, anticipating the westward construction of the Atchison and Santa Fe Railroad, founded Great Bend at a site three miles west of Fort Zarah on the Santa Fe Trail.
They named the settlement after its location at the "great bend" in the Arkansas River where the river's course turns eastward. The town began to grow as more settlers arrived over the following year and opened several businesses; the railroad reached Great Bend in July 1872, an election at about the same time declared the town the permanent county seat. Great Bend was incorporated as a city soon thereafter; the county courthouse and the city's first public school were built the following year. In 1873, following the arrival of the railroad, Great Bend became a shipping point for cattle; this stimulated local business but transformed the city into a rowdy, violent cowtown. In 1876, the Kansas Legislature extended the legal "dead line" restricting the presence of Texas cattle 30 miles west of Barton County; the cattle trade moved westward accordingly, the city became more peaceful. Over the following decades, Great Bend continued to grow and modernize, becoming a center of area commerce; this was despite two disasters which struck the city: a downtown fire in 1878 and a smallpox outbreak in 1882 which resulted in a brief quarantine.
In 1886, local speculators began to fund exploration for petroleum in the area. By 1930, the oil and gas industry brought more than $20 million annually to the county. More than 3,000 wells produced during the 1930s, the influx of workers increased the city's population; the U. S. Army Air Forces opened Great Bend Army Airfield west of the city in 1943; the base served as training facility for B-29 bomber aircraft personnel during World War II. After the war, the City of Great Bend acquired the base and repurposed it for civilian use as Great Bend Municipal Airport; the city continued to grow through the 1950s, its population peaking at 17,000 in 1960. In 1973, the Fuller Brush Company relocated its production facilities to Great Bend, becoming one of the city's major employers. Despite a modest decline in population in recent decades, Great Bend continues to serve as a commercial center for central Kansas. Great Bend is located at 38°21′52″N 98°45′53″W at an elevation of 1,850 feet. Located in central Kansas at the intersection of U.
S. Route 281 and U. S. Route 56, Great Bend is 95 miles northwest of Wichita, 235 miles west-southwest of Kansas City, 345 miles east-southeast of Denver. Lying in the Great Bend Sand Prairie region of the Great Plains, the city is situated on the north side of the Arkansas River where the river's course shifts from northeast to southeast. Dry Walnut Creek, a tributary of nearby Walnut Creek, flows east along the northern edge of the city. Cheyenne Bottoms, a large inland wetland, is located 6 miles to the northeast. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.71 square miles, of which 10.60 square miles is land and 0.11 square miles is water. Located near the convergence of North America's humid continental, humid subtropical, semi-arid climate zones, Great Bend experiences hot summers and cold, dry winters. On average, January is the coldest month, July the hottest and May is the wettest; the hottest temperature recorded in Great Bend was 111 °F in 1980. The average temperature is 57 °F.
Over the course of a year, temperatures range from an average low of 21 °F in January to an average high of 94 °F in July. The high temperature reaches or exceeds 90 °F an average of 70 days a year and reaches or exceeds 100 °F an average of 13 days a year; the minimum temperature falls below the freezing point 32 °F an average of 112 days a year. The first fall freeze takes place by the third week of October, the last spring freeze by the second week of April. Great Bend receives 27 inches of precipitation during an average year, there are, on average, 71 days of measurable precipitation each year; the average relative humidity is 67%. Annual snowfall averages 17 inches. Measurable snowfall occurs an average of seven days a year with at least an inch of snow being received on six of those days. Snow depth of at least an inch occurs an average of 23 days a year; as of the 2010 census, there were 15,995 people, 6,483 households, 4,038 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,509.0 inhabitants per square mile.
There were 7,113 housing units at an average density of 671.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 84.0% White, 1.7% African American, 0.6% American Indian, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 11.0% from other races, 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanics an
William Lance Berkman, nicknamed "Big Puma", is an American former professional baseball outfielder and first baseman. He played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. Berkman is a six-time MLB All-Star and won a World Series championship and the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award with the Cardinals in 2011, he stands 6 feet 1 inch, weighs 220 pounds. Berkman has spent various seasons of his career as a regular at all three outfield positions. A standout baseball player at Canyon High School, Berkman attended Rice University, where he played college baseball for the Owls. Named the 1997 National College Player of the Year, the Astros selected Berkman in the first round of that year's amateur draft, he debuted in the major leagues in 1999, he joined the Astros' vaunted "Killer B's" lineup that included Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio as all three players were instrumental in the club's playoff success. The Astros traded Berkman to the Yankees at the 2010 trade deadline.
He signed with the Cardinals as a free agent for the 2012 seasons. He played the 2013 season with the Rangers before signing a one-day contract with Houston to retire as an Astro. Active in charity work, Forbes recognized him on their list of "30 most generous celebrities" in 2012, he has led a group called "Berkman's Bunch," an outreach for 50 underprivileged kids to meet Berkman before each Saturday home game for autographs and other gifts. In 2013, he purchased a fire truck and donated it to the City of West, after the West Fertilizer Company explosion. Berkman was born in Waco, the son of Cynthia Ann and Larry Gene Berkman, his paternal grandfather, whose family's surname was "Bjorkman", was of Swedish descent. Berkman graduated from Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas, in 1994. Berkman attended Rice University playing on the Owls baseball team, where he was named the 1997 National College Player of the Year, playing for the legendary Wayne Graham, as well as named a first team All-America by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, Baseball America and The Sporting News.
He was invited to visit the White House and dined with President Clinton along with the rest of the Baseball America honorees. Throughout college, he batted a collective.385 with 67 home runs and 272 RBI. His 41 home runs in 1997 ranked third-most in NCAA history; that year he made the all-time record book in RBIs, slugging percentage and total bases while leading the Rice Owls to their first College World Series appearance. Berkman returned to Rice in 2014 to finish his degree; the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball selected Berkman in the first round, with the 16th overall selection, of the 1997 MLB draft. The team assigned him to play with the Kissimmee Cobras, their Class A-Advanced affiliate, of the Florida State League. In 53 games, he hit.293 with 12 home runs and 35 RBI. In 1998, his second minor league season, the Astros promoted Berkman to the Jackson Generals of the Class AA Southern League, his potential was beginning to show, as he hit.306 with 89 RBI over 122 games. The Astros granted him a mid-season promotion to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
He played 17 games in New Orleans, 1998 would prove to be his last full season in the minor leagues. In 1999, Berkman was midway through a great season in New Orleans when he was called up to the parent club, the Houston Astros. Prior to the promotion, he had been hitting.323 with 49 RBI through 64 games. Throughout his entire high school and minor league career, Berkman had exclusively played first base; the Astros, who called him up to the major leagues for the first time in 1999 and had Jeff Bagwell entrenched at first, shifted Berkman to the outfield so he could hit in the starting lineup. Because of his last name and reputation as a strong hitter, Berkman gained distinction as one of the Astros' "Killer B's" early in his career, which included Bagwell and Craig Biggio, two formidable veteran players who helped established the club as perennial playoff contenders in the 1990s and 2000s. In fact, journalist Dayn Perry jocosely noted in 1999 that the Astros, "in pursuit of arcane history, used eight players whose last names began with'B.'"
The eight included Bagwell, Paul Bako, Glen Barker, Derek Bell, Sean Berry, Berkman and Tim Bogar. After appearing in 34 games in 1999, Houston demoted Berkman to the minor leagues for more seasoning; the demotion proved brief, however. Moving from left field to right field, he increased his offensive production by hitting.297 with 21 HR and 67 RBI, resulting in him becoming a starter for the rest of his career in Houston. In 2001, Berkman hit.331, fourth in the National League, posted a.430 on-base percentage, drove in 126 runs. He scored 110 runs and hit 34 home runs, while his 55 doubles led the league. 2001 marked his first All-Star appearance and he was 5th in Most Valuable Player voting.2002 saw his batting average drop to.292, although he kept his OBP high at.405. His power output increased resulting in 42 home runs. Berkman drove in 128, good enough to lead the league, he was third in the NL in the Most Valuable Player voting. In 2003, Berkman's batting average dipped to.288, but his OBP remained high at.412.
He hit 25 home runs, drove in 93 runs, scoring 110. In the field, he played every game in left field, moving to center field
Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. He received seven NL MVP awards, eight Gold Glove awards, 12 Silver Slugger awards, 14 All-Star selections, he is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Bonds was regarded as an exceptional hitter: he led MLB in on-base plus slugging six times, placed within the top five hitters in 12 of his 17 qualifying seasons, he holds many MLB hitting records, including most career home runs, most home runs in a single season and most career walks. Bonds was known as a talented all-around baseball player, he won eight Gold Glove awards for his defensive play in the outfield. He stole 514 bases with his baserunning speed, becoming the first and only MLB player to date with at least 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases, he is ranked second in career Wins Above Replacement among all major league position players by both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com, behind only Babe Ruth.
However, Bonds led a controversial career, notably as a central figure in baseball's steroids scandal. In 2007, he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to the grand jury during the federal government's investigation of BALCO; the perjury charges against Bonds were dropped and an initial obstruction of justice conviction was overturned in 2015. Bonds became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. Bonds served as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins in 2016, was fired at the end of the season. Bonds was born in Riverside, California to Patricia and former major leaguer Bobby Bonds, grew up in San Carlos and attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, where he excelled in baseball and football, he played on the junior varsity team during his freshman year and the remainder of his high school career on the varsity team. He garnered a.467 batting average his senior year, was named prep All-American. The Giants drafted Bonds in the second round of the 1982 MLB draft as a high school senior, but the Giants and Bonds were unable to agree on contract terms when Tom Haller's maximum offer was $70,000 and Bonds’ minimum to go pro was $75,000, so Bonds instead decided to attend college.
Bonds attended Arizona State University, hitting.347 with 175 runs batted in. In 1984 he had 30 stolen bases. In 1985, he hit 23 home runs with a. 368 batting average. He was a Sporting News All-American selection that year, he tied the NCAA record with seven consecutive hits in the College World Series as sophomore and was named to All-Time College World Series Team in 1996. Bonds was not well liked by his Sun Devil teammates, in part because in the words of longtime coach Jim Brock, he was "rude and self-centered." For instance, when he was suspended for breaking curfew, the other players voted against his return though he was the best player on the team. He graduated from Arizona State in 1986 with a degree in criminology, he was named ASU On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player. During college, he played part of one summer in the amateur Alaska Baseball League with the Alaska Goldpanners; the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Bonds as the sixth overall pick of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft. He joined the Prince William Pirates of the Carolina League and was named July 1985 Player of the Month for the league.
In 1986, he hit.311 in 44 games for the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League. Before Bonds made it to the major leagues in Pittsburgh, Pirate fan attendance was low, with 1984 and 1985 attendance below 10,000 per game for the 81-game home schedule. Bonds made his major league debut on May 30, 1986. In 1986, Bonds led National League rookies with 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 36 stolen bases and 65 walks, but he finished 6th in Rookie of the Year voting, he played center field in 1986, but switched to left field with the arrival of centerfielder Andy Van Slyke in 1987. In his early years, Bonds batted as the leadoff hitter. With Van Slyke in the outfield, the Pirates had a venerable defensive tandem that worked together to cover a lot of ground on the field although they were not close off the field; the Pirates experienced a surge in fan enthusiasm with Bonds on the team and set the club attendance record of 52,119 in the 1987 home opener. That year, he hit 25 home runs in his second season, along with 59 RBIs.
Bonds improved in 1988. The Pirates broke. Bonds now fit into a respected lineup featuring Bobby Bonilla, Van Slyke and Jay Bell, he finished with 19 homers, 58 RBIs, 14 outfield assists in 1989, second in the NL. Following the season, rumors that he would be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Jeff Hamilton and John Wetteland, but the team denied the rumors and no such trade occurred. Bonds won his first MVP Award in 1990, hitting.301 with 114 RBIs. He stole 52 bases, which were third in the league, to become a first-time member of the 30–30 club, he won his first Gold Glove Silver Slugger Award. That year, the Pirates won the National League East title for their first postseason berth since winning the 1979 World Series. However, the Cincinnati Reds, whose last post-season berth had been in 1979 when they lost to the Pirates