Posted February 22, 2014

Report: Barry Bonds will be Giants spring training instructor

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Barry Bonds (Maury Phillips/Getty Images)

Barry Bonds won a record seven Most Valuable Player awards in his 22-year career. (Maury Phillips/Getty Images)

Barry Bonds has kept a low profile since 2007, his last MLB season.

But the reigning home run leader is scheduled to serve as a special instructor for the Giants in spring training in March, according to Alex Pavlovic’s report in the San Jose Mercury News.

Bonds and the Giants have not been connected in an official capacity since his last season, Pavlovic reports.

The team has a few former players in camp this spring as instructors.

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“He’s part of what we’ll do here,” manager Bruce Bochy said about Bonds. “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.”

Bonds is alleged to have used performance-enhacing drugs during his career. He served house arrest and was given two years probation after being found guilty of obstruction of justice stemming from a 2003 grand jury appearance.

The 49-year-old finished his career with an all-time best 762 home runs, including a single-season record 73 in 2001. He also had a .444 career on-base percentage, stole 514 bases and won eight Gold Gloves.

Writes Pavlovic: “In recent years [Bonds] has on several occasions quietly slipped into the home clubhouse at AT&T Park to dispense hitting advice.”

Bonds was originally scheduled to arrive in Scottsdale, Ariz., the site of Giants spring training, on March 9 and leave March 17, but the team is still waiting on exact dates, Pavlovic reports.

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10 comments
MarkCalasade
MarkCalasade

He can teach them how to get away with taking steroids.

isaiah43
isaiah43

what a bunch of hypocrites.... Bonds was the greatest player next to Willie Mays and Hank Aaron,  he will make an outsanding hitting instructor.....my opinion

robertmccallghwvc
robertmccallghwvc

You holy than thou haters need to get a life of your own. He was an AWESOME player who was a GREAT hitter among other things on the field. AWESOME move by the Giants. 

MrArlington
MrArlington

Bonds was a good hitter long before the steroids era. Him instructing other players on hitting is understandable. The haters need to settle down.

tarheel2
tarheel2

Along with the advice about hitting, players will get advice on the "cream" and the "clear." 

PHIFAN20
PHIFAN20

Discounts of steroids. Bonds knows a guy 

Marty2
Marty2

Yep, sure makes sense.  Pro sports ethics are pretty undecipherable.