Aside from prodigious home runs, if there's one thing Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is known for it's strong opinions. Clearly time has not mellowed him.
In a recent conversation with Sports Illustrated's Phil Taylor, the former A's great weighed in on the Hall of Fame, and turned a critical eye on a Bay Area baseball legend.
When asked about baseball's home run record, Jackson dismissed the player atop the all-time list.
I believe that Hank Aaron is the home run king, not Barry Bonds, as great a player as Bonds was, Jackson said.
Bonds surpassed Aarons career total of 755 home runs on August 7, 2007 and would go on to end his career with 762 homers. Jackson ended his career with a total of 563 home runs, 224 of which were hit in Oakland.
Both Jackson and Bonds were institutions of Bay Area baseball in their respective times, and Jackson is already safely enshrined in the Hall of Fame. When asked what would happen should a suspected steroid user also be allowed in, Jackson was blunt: If any of those guys get in, no Hall of Famer will attend.
Reggie Jackson has had his say, and now its your turn to sound off.
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PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.
“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”
It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.
“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said.
Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A.
Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher.
“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.
After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.
Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.
San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P