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Bonds exit would create Giant hole

If Barry Bonds retires after this season, the Giants would face a difficult task in replacing him.

Originally Published: September 15, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

The Giants without Barry Bonds?

It's not exactly the Yankees without Mickey Mantle, or the Orioles without Cal Ripken. After all, Barry Bonds has been a Giant for only 11 seasons. He does hold the San Francisco Giants' franchise record with 478 home runs, but remains comfortably behind Willie Mays and Willie McCovey in most of the important batting categories (and with 249 steals, Barry's still 14 behind his father for the No. 1 spot on that list).

On the other hand, when Mantle and ...

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