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Giant upgrades, for Bonds' sake

Updated: December 29, 2004, 1:07 PM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Barry Bonds' body seems to creak whenever he's not swinging a bat. He chases down fly balls and then gradually eases to a stop, as if slamming on the brakes would pain his knees. He ambles slowly to home plate, and to first base after drawing walks, and you can see how he might move when he is an old man. At 40, Bonds probably has only two or three good sprints in his body per day.

The end of his career is on the horizon, and when Bonds departs, the Giants will lose the greatest offensive ...

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