Barry Bonds 24″ Pythons

Will Carroll at Baseball Prospectus would probably be called a skeptic (as am I) with regard to the conventional wisdom that Barry Bonds is nothing but a ‘roid-enhanced robot, but this is an interesting tidbit from a column he posted today about Bonds’ elbow guard, based on an interview he did with the man who fits Barry for the guard every year.

It’s the molds that bring forth the most interesting fact regarding Bonds since Game of Shadows was published. Silva states that because of the custom nature of the work, he’s been asked to make casts of Bonds each year. In the first couple of years, he went through the entire process, but due to his workload, he started checking Bonds with precision calipers each subsequent year. “If I made the same brace every year for 12 or more years,” Silva said, “it was because there was no size change in Barry’s arms.”

You read that correctly–the man who not only builds Bonds’ brace, but who has taken precision measurements of his arm since 1992, has not seen any increase in the size of Bonds’ arm. Point blank, Silva said “there’s been no significant change in the size of his arms.”

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