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Maroon Madness Elite Eight: No. 1 Barry Bonds vs. No. 2 Dustin Pedroia

A seven-time MVP or a two-time World Series champ. Who gets the final spot in the Final Four?

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Matchup:

Unsurprisingly, both No. 1-seed Barry Bonds and No. 2-seed Dustin Pedroia cruised through the first two rounds. Bonds beat Dan Severn and Jason Kipnis with about 90 percent of the vote and Pedroia took care of Don Wakamatsu with 94 percent and got past Hall of Famer Curley Culp with 73 percent of the vote.

Notables:

Bonds (from first-round article): Baseball’s home run king played 22 season in MLB but his use of steroids has led many to question his records and kept him out of the Hall of Fame. Regardless, Bonds is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history and won seven MVP Awards with the Pirates and Giants. In three season at ASU, Bonds helped lead ASU to two College World Series appearances and hit 45 home runs.

Pedroia (from first-round article): For the Boston Red Sox, the 5-foot-9 second baseman they call the “Laser Show” took home the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007. He then became one of the shortest MVPs of all time the next year winning the 2008 AL MVP. According to Baseball reference, Pedroia is 16th in WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of all active players with 52.3.

Resumes:

Bonds’ Resume

Career Stats
Career Stats
ASU Career
.347 batting average
45 home runs
247 hits
175 RBI
Member of the All-College World Series Team in 1983 and 1984
Named to the All-Time College World Series Team in 1996
MLB Career
MLB-record 762 home runs
MLB single-season record 73 home runs in 2001
7-time MVP
14-time all-star
Career .298 batting average
12-time Silver Slugger Award winner

Pedroia’s Resume

Career Stats
Career Stats
ASU Career
2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year
2004 Golden Spikes Award Finalist
2nd-round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2004
USA Baseball National Team starting shortstop in 2002, 2003
Pro Career
2007 American League Rookie of the Year
2008 American Legue MVP
4-time All-Star (2008-2010, 2013)
4-time Gold Glover (2008, 2011, 2013-2014)
2-time World Series champion (2007, 2013)
Career .300 hitter