With the amount of rumors surrounding Barry Bonds and alleged PED use, fans often wondered if he would suffer the same fate as former Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose. Such is not the case for Bonds, and he has now been named the new hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. Frank Menechino will serve as an assistant hitting coach under Bonds in Miami.
This will be Bonds’ first full-time position in baseball, although he served as a special hitting instructor in spring training two years ago for the San Francisco Giants. Bonds, 51, hasn’t played in baseball since 2007, but he fills that he will be beneficial to Marlins’ hitters starting in 2016.
“I know the game of baseball,” Bonds told USA TODAY Sports this year. “I know hitting. And I know it better than anybody.’’
Bonds is undoubtedly one of the best hitters that baseball has ever seen, and he was a seven-time National League MVP because of it. He also holds the record for most home runs in a season (73) and the record for most home runs of all time (762). He also had a career .298 batting average in his 22-year career.
The Marlins have shaken things up this offseason and Bonds isn’t the only new coach the club has signed to a contract. Perhaps the biggest hire for the Marlins is former Dodgers‘ manager Don Mattingly, who also knows a thing or two about hitting. Tim Wallach also joins the club as the bench coach, as does Juan Nieves as the club’s new pitching coach.
The addition of Bonds will likely draw some boos from fans that think he should be banned from the game like Rose has been, but it is a smart hire by the Marlins who need all of the hitting help that they can get after scoring only 613 runs last season and going 71-91.