Barry Bonds, arguably one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, is returning to Major League Baseball after more than an 8 year absence from the game. Bonds, who was linked to Balco (Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative) and performance enhancing drugs in 2004, left baseball after the 2007 season.
The Miami Marlins have announced that Barry Bonds will be joining the Don Mattingly's 2016 Marlins staff as hitting coach. Incumbent hitting coach, Frank Menechino, has been reassigned to the position of assistant hitting coach.
Bonds, now 51 years old, worked with the San Francisco Giants during previous Spring Trainings. He has not been under full-time employment since retiring after the 2007 season when he ended his career compiling a .298 batting average, 2935 hits and a Major League record of 762 home runs. Statistics that suggest Bonds certainly knew how to hit, but this will be his initial experience as a hitting coach.
It will be interesting to see if Barry's return to the game will have an impact of the value of his baseball cards and wouldn't it be awesome to see Bonds in his prime in a home run hitting contest against current Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.