Report: Barry Bonds To Be Giants Spring Traing Special Instructor
Barry Bonds will be in a MLB clubhouse in an official capacity once again, although it’s only going to be during spring training – at least for now.
Mercurynews.com broke the story in late February saying it had learned that Bonds will serve as a special hitting instructors during Giants camp this spring:
The Giants are not worried about Bonds being a distraction.
“He’s part of what we’ll do here,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s going to be part of the group of instructors, like (Will) Clark, (J.T.) Snow or (Jeff) Kent. He’s going to be like the other guys and help where he can.
“I don’t have any concerns.”
Obviously, the concern being that while Bonds is baseball’s all-time home run king, most fans think it is a foregone conclusion that he cheated with PEDs – although never failing a test.
However, having one of the most notorious HR hitters of all-time, who is also linked to performance enhancing drugs is not unprecedented. Mark McGwire, who reset the single season HR mark before Bonds shattered it, has been in the dugout as a hitting coach for the four season – three with the Cardinals and last year with the Dodgers – and not just during spring camp, he’s full-time.
The Mercury News article says Bonds has wanted to become more involved but that he and the Giants hadn’t spoken in an official capacity since 2007 – his final season.
UPDATE: ESPN reports Bonds will serve as a special hitting instructor for one week. He started on Monday March 10.