In 1993, Barry Bonds began the second act of his career in San Francisco, after the small market Pirates simply could not afford his services. For the Giants, the gargantuan Bonds quickly emerged as the most feared batter of all time. In 1998, Buck Showalter and the Arizona Diamondbacks went so far as to call for an intentional walk on Bonds, with the bases loaded. For 2004, Bonds, at 39, drew 232 bases on balls, of which 120 were intentional walks. In all, Barry Bonds drew an unprecedented 2,558 walks and 688 intentional walks for his career.
Steroid use as a means of performance enhancing began to really take off in the 1950s and 60s, largely in thanks to the . and Soviet Union Olympic weight lifting teams. During the Cold War era the battle for supremacy was never ceasing and the same drive for supremacy shared by rivaling governments was shared by the respected athletic institutes. Although steroid use as it pertains to performance enhancing owes much of its history to weight lifting and what is often referred to as the Golden Age of bodybuilding do not be misled; steroid use has existed in many sports we know as far back as the 1970s. Even baseball which has in recent years carried the burden of the steroid hunt was ripe with anabolic steroid use as far back as the 1970s. Former MLB pitcher Tom House who pitched for three different teams in the 70s stated he knew without question every team had at least 6 pitchers using anabolic steroids during this time. Thats pitchers alone; this does not include the other 8 positions.