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Greg Anderson asked to stop coaching youth baseball

Jun 14, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

Remember a few weeks ago when we learned that convicted drug distributor and reluctant Barry Bonds witness Greg Anderson was coaching a youth baseball team? Yeah, not anymore:

A Northern California youth baseball league has barred Barry Bonds’ former personal trainer from coaching his son’s team. The president of the Burlingame Youth Baseball Association says Greg Anderson is not a registered coach and is prohibited from being on the field during games.

The kicker is that he hasn’t been a registered coach for years, but no one cared about it until some do-gooder complained to the league about him. Probably in response to the last round of publicity — which was itself occasioned by the Barry Bonds trial — rather anyone caring about his status as a non-registered dude.

Fame: it ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. Infamy is even worse.

  1. clydeserra - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    That’s weak.

  2. rhandome - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    This accomplishes nothing, besides depriving a little league team of its coach. The “do-gooder” is probably a parent on a rival team.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    I would love to see their response to his registration application. They would be forced away from hiding behind some meaningless administrative process and have to either let him coach, or admit to some real reasons why not.

    I wonder how amny of the other coaches in that league are unregistered?

  4. kingjoe1 - Jun 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Really? Absurd! There are many little leagues who lack coaches and they are kicking this guy out because of what, a steroid conviction?
    Maybe people who make mistakes and are allowed redeem themselves would set a better example for out youth than those folks who think they are perfect.

  5. metalhead65 - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    wow this is really weak. I mean how are the kids supposed to know what to take when the cycle he has them on stops? and more importantly what about the lessons he has not had time to teach them?lessons like how much does your silence to cover up for your buddy cost? when is it right to lie and what to say when you do lie?these are important lessons kids need yo know!

  6. cur68 - Jun 14, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Sucks to be Greg Anderson of late, don’t it? Buncha crap, IMO. He should be allowed to coach or not coach based on if CAN coach not on some arbitrarily applied rule.

    • villagementality - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM

      Sorry- no sympathy for him. He is a pieceof crap- a liar and a cheat like his friend Mr. Bonds. A drug traffiker, he is certainly not the role model you’d want working with kids. I am stunned you posters are in favor of him coaching little children.

  7. jeffbd99 - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    I agree with villagementality. He is not the role model I would want for young kids. I am on the board of directors for a youth baseball league and I can tell you if he applied to coach in our league he would be turned away. He’s made the mistakes but I’m not sure how he has redeemed himself as kingjoe suggests.

    • cur68 - Jun 14, 2011 at 8:39 PM

      Jeff, Village; this is all just demonizing the guy. How is he supposed to get on with his life? You say he hasn’t ‘redeemed himself’? How can he? People won’t get off his case or give him a chance to. Your message is “redeem your self but no you can’t redeem your self round here”, you do know that right? How has he hurt little league ball?

      I could give a toss about Greg Anderson and if I never heard about him again I wouldn’t be missing anything. But its wrong to persecute someone who hasn’t harmed you, wants to do a job about which he knows a great deal and isn’t doing anything wrong in the job. If you are worried about the message to kids then maybe find out what his message is. Maybe its something like “Don’t do what I did back then. It ruined my life”. Instead you have your minds all made up about him.

      • metalhead65 - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:57 PM

        maybe people would be willing to cut the guy some slack if he would have admitted to his part in what did for bonds. instead he chose to condone it and not say a word about it. how is not admitting to your part in this sordid affair getting your life in order. he is presumed guilty by the public for refusing to admit or tell what he knows about bonds. this is the role model you want for kids? to tell them it’s ok to cheat then lie or not say a word about it? I feel sorry for them if that is the case.he did his time for not cooperating and letting bonds get away with cheating. and anyone with common sense knows he did roids. if you believe otherwise do the world a favor and do not reproduce please.

  8. waterstats - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Greg is a great teacher of the game and the right way to play it. He’s been coaching his son’s teams for 7 years and nobody has said a word. These are probably people that are too lazy to coach yet complain about the coaching. They are too lazy to volunteer umpire yet complain about the umpires. Here is a coach that drives over 40 minutes each way to coach other people’s children because they are too lazy to volunteer and his peers are stabbing him, his players and the other volunteer coaches in the back. Jealousy is a terrible thing. If this is the way to get your 15 minutes of fame, go for it. My family has trusted this man for 41 years and he has never let us down. You better believe we were there for his Son while he was away. That’s what family does. He has paid his dues according to our judicial system. Let him get on with his life.

  9. jeffbbf - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    I think the key is “convicted drug distributor”. In our league, every manager must submit to a background check, and this would preclude anyone from managing. Don’t care who he is, who he knows, or what illegal drug he was distributing. You just can’t put a person who is/was willing to deal in illegal drugs in a position of power/authority over kids, regardless of how good of a coach he is.

  10. cur68 - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    To me, there is such a thing as ‘degree of difference’. Anderson distributed performance enhancing drugs to rich athletes. Not to strung out junkies or kids. Not heroin, marijuana, coke, meth or any of a whole list I’ve had to deal with the fall-out from. No one went to a life of crime or living on the street because of him. He committed a rather serious error of judgment but there is such a thing as “mostly harmed no one” with this sort error. And boy, did he ever pay the price.

    Hey I hope you guys all live blameless lives, I really do. You’re a zillion times better than me if you do. If you don’t, well then may your errors not be held over your head for the rest of your lives. But if they are then you might appreciate what’s happening to a guy you don’t even know, that never harmed you, or much of anyone. You do realize that all he was doing lately was coaching youth baseball right? Apparently for his son’s ball team. Make sure you’re this hard on yourselves the next time you cheat on your taxes or lie to a border official or some such federal offense. Be the first to condemn yourselves, don’t wait for the law to find you. Oh and give up coaching your kids, too. You’re a bad role model.

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