The Miami Marlins, who recently announced the hiring of former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly as their new skipper, are now considering adding the services of Barry Bonds as the team’s hitting coach, according to a report by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Former A’s infielder Frank Menechino is the Marlins current hitting coach, and according to the report, that’s a position he will retain. Bonds would simply be an addition to the staff, the report states. Previously, Bonds worked as a guest instructor for the Giants in spring training, but has never held a coaching title of official capacity.
Bonds is regarded as one of the best technical hitters the game has ever seen, and of course holds the title of baseball’s all-time home-run leader. After a career that spanned 22 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants, Bonds walked away from the game with a lifetime average of .298, 762 home runs and 1,996 RBIs.
In three years of eligibility, Bonds has not been elected to the baseball hall of fame.
His post career life has been one marred with litigation and scandal surrounding the legitimacy of his records and career. In July, federal prosecutors dropped what remained of a criminal case from a 2011 obstruction of justice charge. And in August an arbitrator ruled against Bonds in a collusion case stemming from his final season in the majors.
Regardless, the now-51 Bonds has maintained a much more quiet lifestyle than he did as a player, and adding the mechanics and veteran intelligence he carries could pay dividend for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.