I don’t think there is any doubt of that. First of all, Barry Bonds was voted as the Most Valuable Player seven times. Yes, you read that correctly…seven-time Most Valuable Player. No other player has won more than three times.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, Barry Bonds invented the 500-500 home run/stolen base club. Over his 22 season career, he amassed 762 home runs and 514 stolen bases. The next closest? Hall of Famer, Willie Mays with 660 home runs and 338 stolen bases. Here is a crazy statistic that shows Barry wasn’t just a (alleged) juiced-up hitter. Bonds never struck out more than 100 times in a season with the exception of his rookie year in ’86.
Growing up as a Houston Astros fan, I still remember the excitement The Rocket brought to Minute Maid Park the season he won his seventh Cy Young Award. Making the same case as Bonds and his MVP Awards, no other pitcher has won seven Cy Young Awards. The next closest was Hall of Famer, Randy Johnson, at five Cy Young Awards.
Roger Clemens is one of the only pitchers ever to win a MVP Award, by the way. Oh, his trophy collection isn’t enough of a case for you? Well, Roger Clemens pitched for 24 seasons. According to Baseball-Reference.com, he won 354 games with an ERA of 3.12 and 4672 strikeouts…which is good for 139.4 career WAR, only behind Cy Young and Walter Johnson for pitchers.
It is worth noting, the top ten leaders in wins above replacement for pitchers are in the Hall of Fame, with the exception of The Rocket.