Ignoring the fear factor

Originally Published: September 10, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
Barry Bonds is about to become the third player in major league history with 700 home runs, and now it seems like only a matter of time before he becomes the first player with 756 home runs. But while that record has yet to fall, Bonds took over the all-time record for walks this season, and there's no telling how high he'll go.

The home runs and the walks, of course, are inextricably connected. He draws a lot of walks because he controls the strike zone, which allows him to hit home runs, which discourages the pitchers from throwing strikes, which leads to more walks.

Barry Bonds
APReaching base is Barry Bonds' specialty in 2004.
It's almost impossible to untie the walks from the home runs. Or at least it's almost impossible to untie most of the walks from the home runs. Among Bonds' 2,266 career walks are 585 intentional walks, No. 1 on the all-time list and almost exactly twice as many as the No. 2 man, Hank Aaron (293).

How many home runs have all those intentional walks cost Bonds (and us)?

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