An article recently detailing that Barry Bonds’ brace may be the culprit for the tainted homerun chase has received a lot of press. While Bonds is getting ready to pass Aaron for the all-time home run champ, this article has been popping up all over sports pages I read on the internet. The basic premise of the article is that Barry Bonds’ brace has padded his home run total by “75 to 100 extra home runs” because of certain benefits the brace gives the wearer. The author of the article, Michael Witte, lays out 6 points of why the brace provides Bonds with a mechanical hitting advantage.
While the article is borderline absurd (it’s full of dubious made up claims) it is interesting enough to read over to find out what the latest internet hub-bub is about. The ever-excellent BP posted a special BP Radio on the subject of the brace today. Will Caroll tracks down the actual custom bracemaker for Bonds, Mark Silva, and runs over the 6 points of the original Witte article. The biggest shocker of the Carroll-Silva chat is that Silva claims that since 1995-1996 till present, he has not made any changes to the braces mold. Indicating that Bonds’ arms have not gotten bigger than average in the past decade or so. Interesting stuff.
In other news, the Arizona Diamondbacks have reached a three year extension with OF Eric Byrnes for 30 million dollars. You might be wondering why this made news on a Giants page but I had the sneaking suspicion that the Giants brass might make a run at Byrnes over the offseason. He grew up a Giants fan and has expressed his interest in the past to play for the black and orange.
My problem with Byrnes is that he’s extremely overrated, even if he’s a nice guy, and signing him to a 3 year deal in his age 31 season would be a terrible baseball move. His defense is overrated because he “omg dives for the ball!!” occasionally and makes “WebGem-eqsue” catches. Byrnes has been having a great season for the D-Backs but I don’t like his chances of replicating this season. He’s been worth around 5.4 wins this year for the D-Backs and they’re hoping that he’ll continue to be worth something in this neighborhood for them.
My beef with Byrnes is that he’s overpriced and the Giants already have a Eric Byrnes on their team. I present you Eric Byrnes and Randy Winn’s career numbers.
Byrnes Career – .268/.329/.457 OPS+ 102
Winn Career – .285/.344/.421 OPS+ 100
Randy Winn is also the better defender. Based on runs total, UZR has Byrnes at +2 runs and Winn at +11 runs. Byrnes doesn’t really fit on a Giants team.
And finally, Noah Lowry’s MRI on his forearm came out clean. Bochy indicated that Noah would be skipped at least 1 start. The Giants will call up Russ Ortiz for the battle of the century when he takes on former Giant Matt Morris and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday. I’m no Ortiz fan but I hope he sticks it to Morris and the Bucs.