Bloom: Q&A with Barry Bonds, new Miami Marlins hitting coach

From SABR member Barry Bloom at on December 21, 2015:

Barry Bonds is back in Major League Baseball as hitting coach for the Marlins under new manager Don Mattingly. The all-time leader with 762 home runs played the final 15 years of his 22-year career for the Giants, ending in 2007.

He said his return is dedicated to his late father, Bobby Bonds, and his godfather, Hall of Famer Willie Mays. But the genesis of this belongs to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.

“The opportunity just presented itself,” Bonds said recently in a phone interview from his home in San Francisco. “[Loria] came to me. He wanted me. He asked me what it would take because, ‘We thought you would work good with our kids.'”

Bonds will take his bats, his expertise and his new love of open-road speed cycling with him to Miami.

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Originally published: December 22, 2015. Last Updated: December 22, 2015.