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Barry Bonds loses MLB collusion case: Expanded role with San Francisco Giants on the way?

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Barry Bonds can’t be too pleased with losing his collusion case against Major League Baseball, but there could be a silver lining in it for the San Francisco Giants living legend.

With his court proceedings finally wrapped up, the home run king can turn the page onto a new chapter of his life after baseball. A life that, at the behest of fans and friends inside the organization, should include a significant role for the franchise he was synonymous with for the better part of two decades.

It appeared as though an expanded presence for Bonds was in the works earlier this year. First, he accepted an invite to Giants spring training, working as a “roving instructor” for Bruce Bochy alongside a who’s who of former teammates (Will Clark, J.T. Snow and Rich Aurilia, to name a few). According to the report, Bonds expressed interest in doing more for the team after the training camp, and Team President Larry Baer also hinted at an extended engagement

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About two months after his cameo in Scottsdale, Ariz., however, Bonds decided to move forward with a case suing MLB owners of working behind closed doors to keep him out of the league. In doing so, the former slugger effectively kept the Giants at arm’s-length.

But now, Bonds is in the clear (no pun intended). Not only is his own case wrapped up, but the federal charges levied against him over reported involvement with performance-enhancing drugs were recently dropped. With no more court days in front of him, Bonds finally has the time and energy to help mentor young Giants hitters, if he so chooses.

His work this offseason with Alex Rodriguez—and Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler, to a lesser extent—has led to noteworthy 2015 campaigns for both. While it’s probably too late for Bonds to jump into a full-time job with the Giants this season, don’t be surprised if an official announcement is made some time this winter.

Things may not have ended quite how he wanted with the organization, but San Francisco is where Bonds belongs.

And the Giants will be better for it.

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