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Barry Bonds hoping Giants consider him for coaching gig

Oct 27, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

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When the Cardinals named Mark McGwire as their hitting coach last offseason it was first met with shock.  Then criticism.  Then questions.  Then McGwire apologized, the season started and all of the media hype sort of just … went away.

Would we see the same reaction if Rafael Palmeiro was suddenly named the Orioles’ hitting coach?  Or if a major league team hired Jose Canseco?

How about Barry Bonds?

The former Giants slugger told the Associated Press before Wednesday’s World Series Game 1 that he would love to enter the coaching side of the baseball world and that San Francisco would be an ideal place for his debut.

“I have a gift and sooner or later I have to give it away,” Bonds said. “I have to share it. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity here.”

The post-PED baseball world is filled with a lot of unknowns.  McGwire was embraced because he apologized — live, on MLB Network with Bob Costas — and because he opened himself to all questions when reporters came crawling during spring training.  Can Bonds do that?  He has battled the media since the early days of his playing career and he’s yet to hint at any sort of remorse for cheating the game back in the early 2000s.

Until he apologizes, and until he is able to handle a serious line of questioning, it’s highly doubtful that Bonds will be hired as an instructor anywhere.

  1. solidzac - Oct 27, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Years ago they played a segment before Sunday night Baseball or some such with Rick Sutcliffe interviewing Bonds about hitting. Bonds was not only surprisingly open and nice about it, but he also said some of the most insightful and intelligent things about hitting I’ve ever heard. This leads me to think that if the years have mellowed him at all he could potentially be an excellent hitting coach.

  2. merkleboner - Oct 27, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    A year ago F.P. Santangelo told a story on the radio about when he was on the Giants and was the locker neighbor of Barry. He was going through a slump and every day after the game Barry would tell him, “when you wanna learn how to hit just let me know.” Finally he took him up on his offer and said something along the lines of it being the best coaching session he’d ever received, that things were just clicking.

    He also talked about how Barry was very observant and could see tells giving away pitches.

    Anyway I would love to have him as a coach on the Giants.

    • phillysoulfan - Oct 28, 2010 at 8:39 AM

      The downside is that superstars generally don’t make good coaches. I remember when the Phillies tried this with Mike Schmidt a few years ago. He couldn’t get his point across because some of the players just were not as talented as him. The Cubs did this with Fergusen Jenkins (I think) and one day a pitcher asked him how he (meaning Jenkins) did it when he was a player and Fergie responded with this famous quote “I just did it.”

      But specifically to Bonds, Ryan Howard asked him for some tips before the 2010 season. In 2009 Ryan hit 40+ homers. In 2010 he hit 31. Be careful what you wish for, you may get it.

  3. franz0657 - Oct 27, 2010 at 11:30 PM

    Bonds says he wants to share his “gift.” Hmm, which one is that? The gift of lying to a Grand Jury, the gift of cheating, the gift of juicing himself with performance-enchancing drugs, the gift of being an arrogant slimeball to the press and the fans? He is gifted, alright.

    The best thing he can “share” with us is his absence from baseball—permanently—along with Rose, McGwire, Sosa, Palmeiro, Clemens and the rest of the slimeball crew that disgraced baseball. Oh, how could I forget Bud Selig. He should ban himself for life.

    Bart Giamatti, baseball misses your integrity and leadership.

    • willmose - Oct 27, 2010 at 11:39 PM

      Did Bonds lie to the Grand Jury? The government has spent millions of dollars and has not proved it yet. Bonds used steriods and HGH which are drugs that make you bigger and stronger. Enhance performance? Please. If being bigger and stronger enhanced baseball performance Shaq would be in the baseball HOF years ago.

    • fquaye149 - Oct 28, 2010 at 1:14 AM

      Bart Giamatti’s integrity in lying to Pete Rose about his sentence? Gotcha…..

      • Kevin S. - Oct 28, 2010 at 9:15 AM

        We have no way of knowing whether Giamatti intended to honor the agreement Rose claims he made – he died shortly thereafter. *If* Rose’s version of events was true, it was Vincent who refused to honor the agreement.

      • Adam - Oct 28, 2010 at 10:12 AM

        Explain please. Giamatti suspended Rose and told him it could be re-evaluated in a year. Then he died before that year was up. How is that lying?

        From a 1989 SI article:
        “This whole episode,” said the commissioner, “is about whether you live by the rules or not.” Pete Rose knew the rules about gambling and baseball—every player is told them every spring training, and every clubhouse has them posted—and he knew the consequences of breaking those rules. Even if Rose says it ain’t so, the inescapable conclusion from a mountain of evidence is that he bet on baseball games. He now must pay the price: permanent expulsion from the game. He has the right to petition for reinstatement after one year, but his lack of contrition argues against his return.”

        Remember, Rose VOLUNTARILY accepted the punishment (because he knew he’d gambled on baseball). He was never promised to be reinstated, he was merely told he could apply for it. He did apply and was denied.

        From the actual agreement (thanks to Baseball Almanac):
        “Peter Edward Rose acknowledges that the Commissioner has treated him fairly in this Agreement and has acted in good faith throughout the course of the investigation and proceedings. ”
        “a. Peter Edward Rose is hereby declared permanently ineligible in accordance with Major League Rule 21 and placed on the Ineligible List.

        b. Nothing in this Agreement shall deprive Peter Edward Rose of the rights under Major League Rule 15(c) to apply for reinstatement. Peter Edward Rose agrees not to challenge, appeal or otherwise contest the decision of, or the procedure employed by, the Commissioner or any future Commissioner in the evaluation of any application for reinstatement.”

        At a press conference about the agreement between Rose and MLB Giamatti said “There is absolutely no deal for reinstatement.”

        So, fquaye149, before you go trashing one of the better commissioners MLB has ever seen, why don’t you do a little research. Or maybe you can just tell us how he lied about all of this when every piece of evidence says he didn’t.

      • phillysoulfan - Oct 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM

        @fquaye149, I vaguely remember this going down the way Kevin said, and took the time to do the research (much obliged thank you). Let’s say for the sake of argument that Kevin’s research is incorrect in some for or another, do you realize you are taking the word of someone who lied every step of the way?

  4. aesmith777 - Oct 28, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Being bigger and stronger actually helps quite alot in baseball. The stronger you are, the faster the bat gets around. The stronger your wrists, the quicker your reaction will be. Strength is a huge part. But so is agility , and thats one thing Shaq doesnt have going for him.

    • phillysoulfan - Oct 28, 2010 at 8:42 AM

      Uuummm…how did the ‘roids work out for players like Jeremy Giambi? Jason Grimsley? Todd Pratt?

      Just because you’re bigger and stronger doesn’t mean you are still going to hit the ball.

  5. Kevin S. - Oct 28, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Why should Bonds apologize? Because the media assumes he cheated? Are we discounting the possibility that Bonds didn’t knowingly use steroids just because it seems unlikely?

    • Kevin S. - Oct 28, 2010 at 9:17 AM

      Oh, and if he did cheat, a condition of him working in the game again should be handing the government their perjury case on a silver platter after they’ve spent years and millions floundering on it? Uh, no.

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