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Barry Bonds' 762nd home run ball reportedly could fetch $750K in auction

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Barry Bonds' 762nd home run ball reportedly could fetch $750K in auction

Barry Bonds holds baseball’s all-time home run record, with 762 of those bad boys being hit over the fence. So when he hit that 762nd homer, one could assume that ball would be worth a lot.

And it turns out, it just might be.

And, in this case, it's all about timing. 

When the historic ball first went up for auction in 2008, it sold for $376,612. Not bad. But now it's possibly worth about double. (!!!)

TMZ was told the ball could "fetch three-quarters of a million dollars by the time bidding ends."

Goldin Auctions is in charge of the ball, and their photos show it's still in pretty great shape, minus some rubbed dirt marks and an abrasion on the "stamped sweet spot." It's also complete with an affidavit of ownership from James Sutton, who gave the details of the September 2007 night he went to Coors Field to watch the Rockies host the Giants. 

"Although I initially bobbled my attempt to catch the Barry Bonds #762 HR Baseball, I was sole person that was immediately and ultimately able to grab onto, hold and possess the Barry Bonds #762 HR Baseball (hereinafter referred to as 'Catch' or 'Catching')," Sutton stated in the affidavit. "I was the first person to touch the Barry Bonds #762 HR Baseball after it left the bat of Barry Bonds."

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Sutton also stated in the affidavit that nobody besides himself has had possession of the ball.

Feeling lucky? Or have a ton of money? You have about 26 days left from the time this was written to place a bid on this piece of MLB history. The current minimum bid is $150,000.

Five Giants who have seen much more success when visiting the Rockies

Five Giants who have seen much more success when visiting the Rockies

The Giants and Rockies play 19 times every year, with three series at Coors Field and three at Oracle Park. Those games could not possibly be any more different. 

The ones in San Francisco tend to end with scores like 4-2, 2-1, or, in one wild case last year, 8-5. In Denver, it's predictably a free-for-all. There are normal games, to be sure, but the Giants also won one game last year at Coors Field by a score of 19-2. Another win was 11-8, and there was a 12-11 loss mixed in. 

That's the norm in the season series every year, with wild swings depending on where they play. There's just one real exception, and you know him well. Extrapolate Nolan Arenado's career stats at Oracle Park over a full season and you have 29 homers, 45 doubles and 95 RBI, albeit it with a .819 OPS that's nearly 200 points lower than his career mark at home.

Arenado breaks Giants' hearts no matter where he faces them, and they'll see the digital version of the third baseman in tonight's PlayStation simulation on NBC Sports Bay Area. Tonight's game would have been played in San Francisco, so it likely would have been low-scoring. 

But the Giants-Rockies matchup got us thinking: Which Giants would benefit most from switching ballparks? If you go through the roster, there are some serious outliers. Here are five Giants who stood out for their career numbers at Coors:

Buster Posey

Put Posey on the Rockies for a full season and he might take a run at his second MVP award. In 73 career games at Coors Field, Posey has a .368 average, .435 OBP and .610 slugging percentage that's 172 points higher than his mark in home games. He has 14 homers, his most in any ballpark other than Oracle. 

It all makes perfect sense. Posey has a middle-of-the-field approach, and while Coors is known for being a launching pad, it also has a massive outfield that provides Posey plenty of green to aim at. His .368 average there is the highest among active players and sixth-highest in the ballpark's history for players with more than 250 at-bats. 

The ballpark was particularly helpful in 2012 when he won his MVP award. Posey went 16-for-33 in Denver that year with three homers and nine RBI. 

Donovan Solano

Like Posey, this veteran infielder has a solid approach that's tailor-made to the outfield at Coors. Solano went 9-for-18 last year with three homers and five RBI. He first played there in 2012, and overall he has a .306/.328/.597 slash line as a visitor.

Last year's demolition of Coors helped Solano become just the second player since 1979 to hit .400 on the road (minimum 100 plate appearances). He hit .402, joining Ichiro, who batted .405 on the road in 2004. 

Billy Hamilton 

There are others with better numbers -- most notably, Mike Yastrzemski loved Coors as a rookie -- but the new Giants center fielder stands out because he's never been known for his bat. At Coors Field, however, Hamilton has an .875 OPS in 18 games and a .382 OBP that's well above his low career mark (.297). 

Hamilton has never homered at Coors but has six doubles and two triples. He is a perfect 8-for-8 stealing bases. He's a perfect fit for the ballpark defensively, something that'll be fun to watch if the Giants ever make it there this summer. A ball in the gap could put us on inside-the-park watch, too. 

Evan Longoria

He has played most of his career in the American League, but he definitely took advantage of those rare trips to Coors Field, picking up 13 hits and three homers in nine games there while with the Rays. 

Longoria has kept that going as a Giant, and overall he's a .347 hitter in 18 starts at Coors Field, with a .405 OBP, .636 slugging percentage and six homers. Longoria even has four triples, his most in any ballpark other than Tropicana Field. 

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Wilmer Flores

Gabe Kapler will have some appealing options at first base for his first trip to Denver as a Giant. Brandon Belt has 10 career homers there, including a shot into the third deck a few years ago:

Flores, the right-handed newcomer, has had even more success from an OPS standpoint. He has a 1.054 mark in 15 career games in Denver, buoyed by a .423 on-base percentage. He has driven in 13 runs in just 46 at-bats there. 

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Marco Luciano 'a consideration' for Giants roster, Farhan Zaidi says

Marco Luciano 'a consideration' for Giants roster, Farhan Zaidi says

On his first day in charge at Oracle Park, Farhan Zaidi said he wanted to try and walk a tightrope in 2019. He talked of building for the future, finding members of the next great Giants team, but also being competitive as deep into the year as possible. 

In Year 2, the Giants hoped to take that same approach, and that could lead to some fascinating decisions if they're tasked with putting a 50-man roster together over the next couple of months. 

The expectation is that MLB teams -- if the sport returns in July -- will have 30-man rosters with taxi squads that might go 20 deep. Should the Giants go all-in on an 82-game season or pull back and fill that taxi squad with top prospects who won't have anywhere else to play with the minor league season surely getting canceled?

"I think it's going to lend to some really interesting decisions," Zaidi said on KNBR on Thursday night. "Your prospects that have been in Double-A and Triple-A, those are kind of no-brainers because you're getting the benefit of Major League depth and some developmental reps. But you are going to have some guys that aren't in any real scenario going to play for you in 2020, but the alternative is them just not getting any competitive reps over the summer. That seems like a really costly thing for your top, top guys."

The Giants have more of those guys than they did a couple years ago, and they seem to be pretty set on some of them. If you're talking about top prospects at the top two levels being "no-brainers," you're adding Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos and Sean Hjelle to that taxi squad, at the very least. 

It gets more interesting at lower levels, though. Left-hander Seth Corry and outfielder Hunter Bishop are notable top prospects who probably would have spent most of this season in High-A San Jose. Then there's Marco Luciano, the top Giants prospect on a lot of evaluator's lists. He's only 18 and has just 179 at-bats in rookie ball under his belt, but he's also a potential game-changer for the organization. 

Luciano has the highest ceiling of any current Giants prospect, and it would be a blow to lose a year or even a few additional months of development. There's some thought within the game that the Arizona Fall League will be expanded or other minor league games will be added later in the year, and the Giants certainly could send Luciano there and have him also play Winter Ball. But they also are considering keeping him on the taxi squad and letting him work out every day with much more experienced players and coaches. 

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"With someone like Luciano it is going to be a consideration," Zaidi said. "Do you bring him in, let him be in that environment, get competitive reps and understand that you're kind of burning a spot that could otherwise go to Major League depth? It's going to be an interesting decision. 

"Every organization is going to face decisions like that, but obviously we have an eye to the future. We've got some really exciting players that are still a couple of years away and it's going to lend itself to some tough decisions for us once we start rounding out camps."

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