Will Clark or Barry Bonds
Will Clark has been an organizational assistant for the last few years, appearing on the bench every now and then. Barry Bonds was in that same role a few times as well. Both of them are solid internal choices for the job, and it wouldn’t hurt to get a look at them in action.
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Barry Bonds didn’t have a great season in charge of the Marlins offense in 2016. He was promptly fired. So that doesn’t scream great.
Also, Stanton had a significantly worse season in 2016 than he did in 2015 or 2017. That would severely concern me. Bonds is great at helping make minor adjustments as an individual instructor. Take that from guys like Mike Morse, and even Stanton this year.
But that usually comes as a hitting assistant. Bonds is too much of a big figure to be in an assistant role. It doesn’t really suit him. So we turn to the other internal option, Will Clark.
Clark currently holds the role of Special assistant in the front office. He’s been pretty hands on with the Giants hitters over the last few years, and it has helped a few of the younger players. Clark would be an interesting hitting instructor, but he’d have to be able to commit to the daily grind through the season, and I’m not sure if that’s something he’s ready to commit to yet.
Any three/four of these guys are good options. But some are better options than others. What do you think? Who is the best option? Tell us in the comments below!