The San Francisco Giants are bringing back legendary outfielder Barry Bonds. Though he probably could still suit up for the club and hit some dingers, the 52-year-old home run king will rejoin the organization as a Special Advisor to the CEO.
In this role, Bonds will “represent the organization at various community and organizational events in San Francisco,” according to the team.
That’s quite a change from Bonds’ last job. He spent the 2016 season as the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach, but was fired after just one season. As the Giants’ Special Advisor to the CEO, Bonds will interact with players, but only on a limited basis. He’s expected to be at the team’s spring camp from Mar. 22 to Mar. 28 to work with minor-league players.
While Bonds’ reputation with fans has been spotty, that isn’t the case in San Francisco. After spending 15 years with the club, in which he he won five of his seven MVP awards and hit 586 of his record-breaking 762 home runs, Bonds is still revered in the city.
For the most part, though, it seems as Bonds will just act as an ambassador for the organization. He’ll show up at events, delight locals with his presence and then collect a paycheck. That doesn’t seem like a bad gig, especially after trying to coach in the majors last season.
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