Last year Barry Bonds shattered not only the single-season homerun record, but also blew away Babe Ruth's 81-year-old record for slugging percentage. Bonds also set the record for most walks. This year he is on pace to shatter Ted Williams' single-season record for on-base percentage. And Bonds is going to be 38 in a few weeks. What gives? His performance is unprecedented not only for the actual numbers but the age at which he's putting them up. I think it's ludicrous that someone who has been in the league as long as he has is suddenly able to break many of the most important records in the game, after more than fifteen years of good, maybe borderline great (but not legendary) performance. His OBP of .572 is .150 higher than his career average. His slugging percentage of last year was .300 higher than his career average. Jumps like that don't happen in baseball. They just don't, unless there are another variables involved, such as rules changes (or steroids). Baseball's very foundation is stats. Stats are what get kids interested in baseball. If the numbers suddenly have no validity, the game will die. Between juiced balls and juiced ballplayers, I am afraid for the future of baseball.