Bloom: Barry Bonds ready to impart wisdom to Marlins hitters

From SABR member Barry Bloom at on February 20, 2016:

The Barry Bonds batting coach era began with the Marlins on Saturday as the former left-handed power hitter met with the media for the first time as the club’s hitting coach.

Seated to the left of new manager Don Mattingly, Bonds answered questions about his new role for about 15 minutes.

Bonds, 51, said he can’t play anymore, “but yeah, I can still hit, yes.” And that’s what he hopes to teach the Marlins. The initial reaction of the players has been very positive. They’ll get a chance to tap the knowledge of Major League Baseball’s all-time leader with 762 homers — a record 73 of them during the 2001 season.

“I take that as a compliment, and it’s great to be in the position I’m in,” Bonds said on the occasion of the club’s annual FanFest at Marlins Park. “I work a little bit differently. We’re going to do this together in a way where it functionally works for you. You’re the one who has to perform.

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Originally published: February 22, 2016. Last Updated: February 22, 2016.