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Bonds breaks walks record07/04/2004 6:06 PM ET
By Rich Draper / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants star Barry Bonds literally strolled into history Sunday, breaking Rickey Henderson's all-time Major League walks mark with a pair of free passes to give him 2,191 for his career. Bonds walked to open the sixth inning off Oakland A's pitcher Mark Mulder and then received the record-setting stroll in the eighth inning from reliever Chad Bradford. To an ovation, Bonds plucked the first-base bag from its mooring and carried it to the dugout. Later, it was on display in the player's clubhouse cubicle. "I didn't want it to show up on eBay," Bonds joked after the game, a 9-6 loss to the A's. For the season, Bonds has been walked 121 times, including 63 intentionally. At this rate, he's likely to break his own single-season records of 198 walks and 68 intentional walks, both established in 2002. He also is the Majors' all-time leader in intentional walks with 547 through Sunday. The veteran Giant laughed when someone mentioned that Henderson still hasn't officially retired from baseball -- he is playing in an independent league -- and might try to recapture his old record.
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