SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the All-Star Game scheduled for July 10 at San Francisco's AT&T Park, the Giants are hoping that Barry Bonds will be included in the festivities, Peter Magowan, their managing general partner, said Friday. "I feel he will have earned his spot both by what he's done in the game and what he will do this year," Magowan said during a group interview in the dugout at Scottsdale Stadium. For his part, Bonds, who is beginning his 22nd season -- the last 15 with the Giants -- said he would like nothing better than to be included.
"That would be nice," Bonds later told MLB.com after the team worked out Friday. "I'm excited about it. San Francisco deserves it. It's a big city, a big market, so it's going to be great. You have to be invited, though, to be a part of it. I hate to make that statement. But sure, I'd love to be a part of it. It's my hometown." Bonds is a 13-time All-Star, but hasn't participated in the event since 2004, his last of four successive National League MVP seasons. Since then, Bonds has battled through elbow and knee injuries. He's finally overcome both this year as he begins in earnest his chase of Hank Aaron's Major League all-time home run record. Bonds is sitting at 734, 21 behind Aaron's 755. General manager Brian Sabean joined Magowan by saying it could make matters simple if Bonds is selected to the NL team. "That wouldn't surprise any of us. It wouldn't be a surprise to me if he hits 40 home runs again this year considering the shape he's in," said Sabean about a player who hit 26 homers last season to tie Ray Durham for the team lead. Bonds last topped the 40 mark in 2004 when he hit 45 during the season in which he turned 40 years old. Last year's 26 were the most for a player who turned 42 during that particular season. Carlton Fisk, the Hall of Fame catcher, holds the record for 43-year-olds with 18 homers in that particular season. Fisk also hit 18 the year he became 42. Magowan said Willie Mays, who played in a record-tying 24 All-Star Games, will be part of this year's San Francisco midsummer festivities, adding that Bonds should be there, too. "I hope his godfather is going to be at the center of these activities," Magowan said. "So if Willie is going to be involved, Barry should have some role to play there. But what I hope instead will happen is that he's chosen to be on the All-Star team."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.