Bonds' Giants Career Ends

San Francisco won't renew contract; Bonds hopes to play elsewhere
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Sep 21, 2007 8:30 PM CDT
San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds waves goodbye to the fans at AT&T Park after making his final at-bat in the sixth inning of their baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, in this...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Home run king Barry Bonds announced on his website today that the Giants won't be bringing him back in 2008, ending a 15-season tenure in which the slugger became the face of the franchise. Bonds received $16 million this year and no longer fits into the team's plans, which are focused on rebuilding after three playoff-free seasons.

Bonds expressed regret that the team had waited so long to notify him, saying, "I am saddened and upset that I was not given an earlier opportunity to properly say goodbye to you, my fans." He added: "My quest for a World Series ring continues."