Round 3 S17

Barry Bonds Featured

All-time home run leader, Barry Bonds and All-time hit leader Pete Rose find themselves battling Hall-of-Famers Richie Ashburn and King Kelly for a coveted spot in Round 5. In the way, they will find the iconic Gary Sheffield, Lonnie Smith, Ron Cey, and Willie Horton. The top 4 advances.

Barry-Bonds-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Barry Bonds
Full Name: Barry Lamar Bonds
Nicknames: None
Twitter: @BarryBonds

Gary-Sheffield-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Gary Sheffield
Full Name: Gary Antonian Sheffield
Nicknames: Sheff, The Journeyman, Shef-Field of Dreams, (along with Tony Fernandez, Tony Gwynn, and Fred McGriff) The Four Tops
Twitter: @garysheffield

Pete-Rose- Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff Card

Played as: Pete Rose
Full Name: Peter Edward Rose
Nicknames: Charlie Hustle, The Hit King
Twitter: @PeteRose_14

Richie-Ashburn-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Richie Ashburn
Full Name: Don Richard Ashburn
Nicknames: Whitey, Putt-Putt, The Tilden Flash

Lonnie-Smith-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Lonnie Smith
Full Name: Lonnie Smith
Nicknames: Skates (He hates it)

King-Kelly-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: King Kelly
Full Name: Michael Joseph Kelly
Nicknames: The $10,000 Beauty

Ron-Cey-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Ron Cey
Full Name: Ronald Charles Cey
Nicknames: The Penguin, Born in the U.S. Cey

Willie-Horton-Card Baseballs Greatest Player Playoff

Played as: Willie Horton
Full Name: William Wattison Horton
Nicknames: Willie the Wonder, The Ancient Mariner, El Brujo (The Wizard)

The Results

Barry Bonds11935.773*WON*
Gary Sheffield8569.55234.0
Lonnie Smith7777.50042.0
Pete Rose7183.46150.0
Ron Cey6985.44850.0
Richie Ashburn6985.44850.0
King Kelly6490.41655.0
Willie Horton6292.40357.0

Barry Bonds used a combination of OBP and home runs to dominate this season, winning in a walk. Gary Sheffield acquitted himself well and Lonnie Smith managed a 3rd-place finish. After that, it was quite the battle. With 2 games to go, Rose, Cey, and Ashburn were tied with 69 wins. When the dust settled, only Rose crossed the threshold to Round 5. Despite leading all teams in batting average, Ashburn will join Cey, Kelly, and Horton in Round 4.

Season Highlights

  • Ashburn3 led the league with a .315 batting average.
  • Bonds9 led all hitters with 42 home runs. He also led with 119 RBIs.
  • Bonds monopolized the Walk category taking the top nine spots. Bonds90 led with 120.
  • The Trevor Hoffman pitching for the Bonds team tallied 50 saves on the season.
  • Ron Cey4, Bonds7, Willie Horton4, and Bonds8 all had 3-HR games.

Tim Bruno

Tim has been a baseball fan for most of his life and has played a great deal of baseball and softball over the years. Although his playing days are long behind him, he remembers back when he was an extremely fast catcher with an extremely bad arm. He has been playing Strat-o-Matic baseball since he was 14. Tim is currently living in southwest France and writes A LOT about coffee at He has also written Procaffeination: A Coffee Lover's Dictionary, which will be available soon. You can find out more about Tim's writing at and if you want to contact him about the tournament, drop him an email at

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