Report: Bonds to serve as Giants ‘Special Instructor’

By Matt Cowlishaw

Bonds: Photo Credit: Mark Constantini, San Francisco Chronicle

Barry Bonds is coming back to the San Francisco Giants.

No, he isn’t coming out of retirement.  According to Alex Pavlovic and the San Jose Mercury News, Bonds will join the team this March as a special instructor for Giants’ hitters.

Its been a long time coming.

Since his retirement in 2007, many fans and observers have pined for a reunion in some capacity.  It just makes sense: one of the best pure hitters the game has ever seen and a man that has been around baseball and hitting since he was a toddler seems like the perfect candidate to pass along that knowledge to today’s players.

Now we have the opportunity to see what happens — albeit in a limited role.

Of course there is the distraction factor.  Will Bonds be bringing the media circus to town?  Will his purported ‘attitude’ create a stir to some extent?

Not according to manager Bruce Bochy, via the Mercury News report:

"“He’s part of what we’ll do here,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s going to be part of the group of instructors, like (Will) Clark, (J.T.) Snow or (Jeff) Kent. He’s going to be like the other guys and help where he can. “I don’t have any concerns.”"

After all, having a 7-time MVP, 14-time All Star, 8-time Gold Glover, 12-time Silver Slugger, all-time HR/Walks leader — the list goes on for the accolades and awards — can’t be a bad thing.  If you find yourself particularly concerned for whatever reason, keep in mind Bonds will reportedly only be in camp for a couple weeks.

So what do you think…  Great move or too risky?  Despite whatever issues one might have with Bonds’ assumed use of performance enhancers, the guy knows hitting.  By my estimation, it’s worth a shot — and has been all along.

Welcome back, Barry.

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