The Miami Marlins, which finished second-to-last in runs, are reportedly considering Barry Bonds as one of their new hitting coaches.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said that “team higher-ups have quietly been discussing this possibility for weeks.”
Heyman said that it is not clear whether Bonds would agree to work for the Marlins, considering he would have to uproot his West Coast life. But, the former Giants and Pirates power hitter is said to really like coaching and is interested in exploring another chapter of his baseball career. He has worked as a special spring instructor for the Giants occasionally.
Frank Menechino is expected to return for his third season, but the Marlins would put two hitting coaches with Bonds. Juan Nieves is also being considered for the hitting coach position.
If the Marlins decide on Bonds, he would join Don Mattingly’s staff. Mattingly recently became the team’s new manager, the seventh since June 2010.
Of course, one of the biggest issues the Marlins could face with hiring Bonds is his steroid-tainted reputation. He is widely suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs during the latter half of his career in which he put up some of the best offensive seasons ever.
Bonds had won seven MVP awards, set several single-season records and established himself as MLB’s all-time home run hitter when he left the major leagues in 2007, The Washington Post reports. No matter what he did or didn’t do, it’s safe to say the guy knows something about hitting.
And there’s barely any doubt that the Marlins need help offensively, maybe with the exception of Giancarlo Stanton.