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Photo of the Day II: Barry Bonds looks … different

Jul 26, 2012, 5:43 PM EST


It’s 1992 all over again: The Pirates are in first place and Barry Bonds appears to weigh about 180 pounds.  Larger photo here.

It’s amazing what happens to your physique when you stop taking … regular, strenuous workouts.


  1. treye2 - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    The funny thing is that his head didn’t shrink down with his body. He looks like a bobble-head doll. Lol!!!

    • warpd - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Dude, LMAO! I was thinking the exact same thing the moment I looked at that picture. He could use that thing as a wrecking ball.

      • captainwisdom8888 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        its not real

    • leerosenthall - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

  2. angrycorgi - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Hahaha…nice article, Craig. :-)

  3. beavertonsteve - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Hmmm.. interesting since Bonds has denied “cycling” for years!

    • hansob - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      right in the article:

      “With his playing days over, it’s possible cycling led to Bonds shedding a few pounds over the years.”

      Passing up that joke is like letting an obvious “That’s what she said” go by.

  4. southcapitolstreet - Jul 26, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    There’s no way he got that lean cyclist’s physique naturally. Clearly he’s on EPO or some other blood-doping agent.

  5. biasedhomer - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    He’s hanging out with a white guy!

    • bw1980 - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      You think it’s Jeff Kent?

  6. pinkfloydprism - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Must be all that cycling… I hear it does wonders to the body

  7. dowhatifeellike - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Am I the only one who doesn’t think that looks like Bonds?

    • phillyphever - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      It’s Bonds. The headsize gives it away.

      • CJ - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        That’s what she said!

        (This post is dedicated to hadsob. You’re welcome.)

  8. xmatt0926x - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Wow. That’s close to the skeleton Pudge Rodriguez turned into when he….went on that diet…..a few years back. Yikes.

  9. agc99 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    He looks like a different person. You can’t cheat nature. Payback is a bitch.

  10. stairwayto7 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Take away all the Giants wins from 1993-2006!

  11. randomdigits - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    And yet Mark Schlereth and other NFL O lineman drop 100+ pounds after they stop playing and folks only congratulate them.

    • pinkfloydprism - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!!!!

    • iclight79 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      I’m not going to sit here and deny steroid use in the NFL, because it’s there too, undoubtedly. But I have been around NFL players before and seen the diet these linemen are on. We’re talking more than an already obese person, one who doesn’t exercise, eats all day in one meal. These guys are fattened up, for lack of a better term. Just by going on a “regular” diet, it’s possible for a lot of these linemen to drop 50 pounds damn near immediately after they stop playing.

  12. sharksfan754 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    I think that’s Floyd Landis in the pic with him

  13. puckcat6 - Jul 26, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Is that Andy Van Slyke in the photo with him?

  14. gloccamorra - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal spent the first half of the season in Tucson and reported that he lost nearly 20 pounds playing in the heat there. If Bonds truly cycled around Tucson, I can see him losing lots of weight, especially since he stopped the upper body workouts of his playing days.

    BTW, Baseball Reference lowered his weight to 185 lbs., his listed weight when he first came up. They did the same with Tony Gwynn, who kept his listed weight at a fictional 199 lbs. the last ten years he played. They now list his weight from 1982, 185 lbs. Apparently, once you retire, we’re supposed to remember you in your prime, not your later years.

  15. ezthinking - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Photo Shop

    • ezthinking - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:18 AM

      Not really. Check out his website, there’s more….and it proves he is still in great shape.

    • ezthinking - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:22 AM

      What an asshole, giving away seats to games to nonprofits or having fans sit with him. How can we stand such behavior?

  16. ezthinking - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    Going by their baseball cards,

    Bonds 1989 6’1″ 185lbs … 2007 6’2″ 230lbs.

    Ken Griffey Jr. 1989 6’3″ 185 … 2007 6’3″ 230lbs.

    • jm91rs - Jul 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      Big Difference though. Junior was pretty chunky (have you seen him lately, he’s even bigger now) when he was finishing up. He was also showing major decline in hitting. Bonds was crushing at an all-time high right up til the end.

  17. Detroit Michael - Jul 27, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    That photo proves that Bonds is a divisive figure.

  18. skerney - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM


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