Six years after Barry Bonds surpassed baseball’s most hallowed record, a plaque commemorating his 756th home run that broke Hank Aaron’s mark has gone missing.
The plaque had been one of the only vestiges of Bonds’ 15 years in a Giants uniform (1993-2007).
A career that many deemed worthy of a first ballot Hall of Famer was tainted by Bonds’ alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.
The Giants failed to offer Bonds a contract extension after 2007. No other team in Major League Baseball showed any interest either, ending Bonds’ career on a sour note and leaving him stuck at 762 home runs.
Giants spokeswoman Staci Slaughter says the team is not sure how the plaque was stolen:
“We’re in the process of replacing it. We’re not sure what happened. We’re reviewing video, but haven’t found anything yet.”
The plaque was mounted on the brick facade in right-center field below the flagpoles to the right of the center field bleachers.
In recent years, Bonds has made a few appearances in the stands and still receives standing ovations from fans who cheer his accomplishments despite bad publicity that has followed him from the BALCO trial 10 years ago.
Bonds continues to deny he ever used performance enhancing drugs. He was convicted on one count of obstruction of justice in April 2011.