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“Does Barry Bonds Belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?”
New Book from Riverdale Avenue Books Asks
Sportswriter K. P. Wee Explores why
Barry Bonds Should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame
New York, NY – April 7, 2021 – In Riverdale Avenue Books just published The Case for Barry Bonds in the Baseball Hall of Fame sportswriter K. P. Wee asks the question that many MLB fans have been thinking—Should Barry Bonds be in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
In his 22 years in the Major Leagues, Bonds, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants, was the All-time home run leader with 762 home runs, a seven-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star and an eight-time Gold Glove winner.
As the final year to vote this home run king into Cooperstown begins, The Case for Barry Bonds in the Baseball Hall of Fame looks at his stunning career from all aspects including his personal life as the son of a baseball legend, as well as never-before told stories of his generosity and mentorship towards other ballplayers. The book also looks at the stories of his distaste for the sports press, as well as the role of racism in professional sports, and how this impacted his career.
K. P. Wee shares insights and interviews from baseball insiders, Hall of Fame voters and baseball legends, as he puts to rest the question “Does Barry Bonds belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame?”
“If you evaluate Barry Bonds as what he really was—the best baseball player of his generation, if not all-time—and acknowledge the fact that the Hall of Fame is a museum and not a shrine, then it’s a no-brainer that he belongs in Cooperstown,” said Author K.P. Wee. “Bonds entertained baseball fans for 22 seasons, he was the best of his generation, and there’s no question he should be in the Hall of Fame.”
Riverdqle Publisher Lori Perkins added, “For the past three years, I have had this heated discussion with every baseball fan I know, and almost all fans of the sport agree that Barry Bonds was a Hall of Famer before the steroid era and belongs in Cooperstown. I’m proud to publish this book that lays out the reasons why.”
Books and downloads are available on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles Nook, iTunes, and Kobo.
About K. P. Wee
K. P. Wee is the author of several sports books, including Tom Candiotti: A Life of Knuckleballs (2014); The End of the Montreal Jinx: Boston’s Short-Lived Glory in the Historic Bruins-Canadiens Rivalry (2015); Don’t Blame the Knuckleballer: Baseball Legends, Myths, and Stories (2015); The 1988 Dodgers: Reliving the Championship Season (2018); and The 1993 Canadiens: Seven Magical Weeks, Unlikely Heroes and Canada’s Last Stanley Cup Champions (2020). In addition, he co-authored the biography of John Cangelosi: The Improbable Baseball Journey of the Undersized Kid from Nowhere to World Series Champion. He also has a podcast titled “The K. P. Wee Podcast,” which can be heard wherever podcasts are available
About Riverdale Avenue Books
Riverdale Avenue Books is an award winning, innovative hybrid publisher at the leading edge of the changes in the publishing industry. We publish e-books and print titles under 13 imprints: Desire, an erotica/erotic romance imprint; Riverdale/Magnus the award-winning imprint of LGBT titles; Pop featuring pop culture titles; Afraid, a horror line; SFF, a science fiction fantasy line; Truth, an erotic memoir line; Dagger, a mystery thriller imprint; Sports and Gaming featuring sports and gaming titles; Verve featuring lifestyle titles; Hera featuring both the true and fictional lives and loves of women aged 35 and up; 120 Days an LGBT pulp fiction line and Circlet, an erotica/erotic romance imprint. Started in 2012 by industry veteran Lori Perkins, Riverdale is a full service publisher, with a subsidiary rights department. Visit us at www.RiverdaleAveBooks.com
The K.P. Wee Podcast, Episode 6: Profusa CEO Ben Hwang
Ben Hwang is a former Los Angeles Dodger batboy and for the past nine years has been the Chairman and CEO of Profusa, a biotech company based in Northern California.
His career in the science and technology space spans over 15 years, and has served a number of leadership positions such as Head of qPCR Platform and President of Asia Pacific at Life Technologies, and Vice President and General Manager of the Asia Pacific Region at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
From 1984 to 1990, he was the Marketing and Promotions Manager for the Dodgers.
Ben discusses his time in baseball and shares the lessons that he learned while in the Dodger organization as well as tips for those who would like to get into the game. He also discusses how the lessons learned in baseball are applicable to life outside of sport.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- [2:10] An introduction to Ben Hwang
- [6:28] Ben’s experience working for the Dodgers
- [11:53] Profusa’s mission
- [16:14] Three key lessons Ben learned in baseball that are applicable to life in general
- [22:07] Ben explains his motto: “Don’t be afraid to put your name in the hat.”
- [26:04] Ben on his attempted bid to purchase the Dodgers in 2012
Key Quotes by Ben:
- “Those years were so much fun that my biggest fear in my teens and late 20s was that my life would have peaked by then. How much greater could your life be as a baseball fan to actually be on the field playing catch with your heroes and putting on a Dodgers uniform?”
- “We are the sum of all our experiences, and I don’t think a day goes by without me being grateful for the experience that I had in baseball and at Dodger Stadium.”
- “Professional sports creates a work ethic that is second to none.”
- “The advice I would give to anybody who is considering a career in any industry, or any discipline, quite frankly, is: Don’t be afraid to raise your hand. The worst thing that could happen is that they say ‘no’. The best thing that could happen is that you get the chance to prove yourself. The most likely thing that would happen is, you just earned the opportunity to articulate your passion and your ambition to somebody who may not be able to help you immediately, but may help you in the future. So, yep, throw your name in the hat every chance you get.”
For more information about Profusa, please check out the company’s website: https://profusa.com/
If you enjoyed the intro music, please follow Roger Chong on Twitter/Instagram: @chongrong
For the book referenced in the podcast, Tim Madigan and Fred Claire’s “Extra Innings,” please visit https://www.tinyurl.com/FredClaireExtraInnings
Former NHL forward Stephan Lebeau joined the podcast in February, and we discussed his hockey career and the prospects of seeing the Montreal Canadiens win another Stanley Cup. In closing, we wished the Canadiens luck in the 2020-21 NHL season. At the time, they were 9-4-2 and were the second-place team in the division. Since the episode aired, they have won just once (losing six of seven, including five in a row) while dropping back-to-back games to the lowly Ottawa Senators. They have since fired their coach. What a turnaround… or did we jinx the Habs? (Similarly, when the Pittsburgh Steelers were 11-0, my guest Adrian Brijbassi talked about their chances of going undefeated. After that episode aired, Pittsburgh won only one game and was eliminated in the playoffs by…. Cleveland!! Ouch!)
The K.P. Wee Podcast, Episode 7: Former Dodger General Manager Fred Claire
Fred Claire is a former General Manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers, a role he held for 29 years from 1969 to 1998.
Following his time working in professional baseball, he started his own business management consultancy for professional sports and entertainment.
He is a founding partner at Scoutables.com, which offers daily scouting reports on every player in Major League Baseball based on recent performance.
Fred shares memories from his Dodger days and offers advice to students and other young people who want to get into sports.
He also talks mentorship and discusses his new book with Tim Madigan (which was released in July 2020) titled Extra Innings: Fred Claire’s Journey to City of Hope and Finding a World Championship Team.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- [2:52] Fred on his passion for mentorship
- [4:10] Getting started in the sports industry
- [6:58] Practical steps young people can take to find a mentor in the sports world
- [9:02] Fred’s encounter with a young Tony Robbins and his brother
- [13:44] Trading players as a General Manager
- [21:44] Fred on the Dodgers’ incredible attention to detail in every aspect of training
- [25:44] How Fred figured that the Dodgers would win the 1988 championship
- [28:10] Fred’s cancer journey at City of Hope—the story behind the book Extra Innings
- [34:35] Parting advice to students and other young people on chasing your dreams
Key Quotes by Fred:
- “Whatever I can do to help others, guide others, educate others, and inspire others—whatever it is—I get great satisfaction from that.”
- “I’ve always been struck by people, including professional baseball players, who simply had a determination that they were going to reach their goals, and may or may not reach it, but at the end of the day knew that they did the best that they could.”
- “Words themselves carry great meaning. It doesn’t have to be receiving something in return, because what I found in life is that, many times, those things come later.”
- “I think it’s a fair statement that the Dodgers have invested more money and more people in analytics than any team in baseball.”
- “Never, ever be afraid to get a second opinion. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to help a number of people get a second opinion at City of Hope. I just think that’s so important because one’s life can be at stake.”
Follow Fred Claire on Twitter @Fred_Claire / Connect with Fred on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/fred-claire-1605a01
For more information about the book Extra Innings, please visit https://www.tinyurl.com/FredClaireExtraInnings
If you enjoyed the intro music, please follow Roger Chong on Twitter/Instagram: @chongroger
As mentioned in the episode, I very rarely discuss sports with others because they simply don’t want to hear anything other than their own opinions. So, it was a good chance to talk about them with Jason Takefman. It is, after all, my own platform to voice my opinions.