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Slimmed-down Barry Bonds wants a job with the Giants

May 28, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

Barry Bonds AP’s Paul Gutierrez reports that Barry Bonds showed up at AT&T Park on Monday and said he’s talked with Giants CEO Larry Baer about a job with the club, likely as a roving instructor.

Bonds, five years removed from the end of his playing days, spoke with reporters for a half hour outside of the Giants clubhouse and talked about his future as well as his newest hobby, cycling. He said he currently weighs about 212-215 pounds after recent surgeries on his lower back and hip.

Bonds is currently appealing last year’s conviction on obstruction of justice charges. He hasn’t had a job in baseball since he was forced out of the game.

  1. rcali - May 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    As team Pharmacist?

    No Hall for You!

  2. joecool16280 - May 28, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    “forced out of the game” is a little much. Who wrote this piece, Rick Reilly? Reading this is like watching CNBC talking about any conservative.

    • Matthew Pouliot - May 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      I was debating how best to put it. Do you have a better suggestion?

      • Ben - May 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        I’d say forced out is pretty fair. Shunned, anyway.

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM


        Teams decided his bat wasn’t worth the circus he would bring. If he wasn’t ok with the consequences he could have not cheated. Let’s not make him out to be Curt Flood here.

      • ptfu - May 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        How about “all thirty GMs independently decided his personality outweighed his production”?

        “Forced out” implies some sort of collusion or coordination, of which I have seen no evidence. Then again, maybe you know something I don’t…

      • andrewproughcfe - May 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

        “He hasn’t had a job in baseball since the Giants opted not to re-sign him following the 2007 season.”

        Since almost no teams had room on their roster in 2008 for a $16+ million dollar part-time 44-year-old outfielder with bad knees (including the Giants), the idea that he was “forced out” or that there was collusion is a bit of an odd idea whose only advocate appeared to have been Bonds’ agent, Scott Borris.

        As to burning all your bridges in baseball – I would simply point you to Manny Ramirez, who after two lengthy steroid suspensions and a nasty attitude toward fans and media, has a job in baseball right now. If Bonds could still hit home runs, and was willing to play for the right money, someone would have signed him.

      • Bill - May 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        I mean, he did say he would play anywhere for the minimum, and maybe that was a lie, but I’ve seen no suggestion that any teams even had discussions with him about that. The circumstantial evidence supporting collusion is a lot stronger than any evidence you might find to support the widespread assumption that his greatness was created or substantially enhanced by drugs.

      • jwbiii - May 28, 2012 at 8:09 PM

        Barry Bonds’ 2007 OPS+: 169
        List of AL teams with a DH with a higher OPS+:
        Red Sox, David Ortiz, 171

      • Ben - May 28, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        jwbiii for the win. He still managed almost 500 PAs that year. Any team with a DH roster slot and any sense would have taken him, had it not been for the baggage.

      • joecool16280 - May 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        If you don’t mind horrible grammar I might have gone with “unwanted/burned too many bridges/sort of a jerk’ed his way out of the game”.

        So maybe you had it right.

        Aside from all that , I watched him do things on the field that no one ever has done before…and they were juiced too. One cool anecdote is the story he tells about how his father taught him to almost trick his brain into seeing the pitch as if he was playing catch instead of trying to hit it so he can see the ball better.

    • chumthumper - May 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Watched MSNBC one night. Fell off my stool and broke my left arm.

  3. jimbo75025 - May 28, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Wow-guess he has lost all the weight the juice helped him put on now.

  4. hiltonandastoria - May 28, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Cycling isn’t a new hobby of Bonds

    Ohhhh you mean on a bike, ya maybe that is a new hobby of Bonds

    • paperlions - May 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM

      Well played.

  5. st1080 - May 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    He can be part of the team that cleans the park up after all the people leave…maybe that’ll bring him back down to earth.

  6. brewcrewfan54 - May 28, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    This is where him being generally unpleasant to many around him will come back to bite him in the a**, postcareer employment.

  7. kiwicricket - May 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Barry probably knows more about hitting than most of MLB combined. Problem is, is that he’s probably incapable of explaining anything to anyone.

    If he turned his head around and focused on a coaching standpoint, he be an amazing hitting coach IMO.

    • eaglesfan723 - May 28, 2012 at 7:12 PM

      He can turn his head around now cause his steroid induced muscles aren’t in the way that shouldn’t be a problem.

  8. florida76 - May 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Giants would be the only team where he could find a job, so we’ll see if Barry has improved his interpersonal skills, something which comes in handy as a coach. Anything’s possible. Jogging George Hendrick quit on his teammates following a trade as a player, and somehow is coaching today. Guess the old proverb, do as I say not as I do applies today.

  9. deathmonkey41 - May 28, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Slimmed down? He must be on Jenny Craig or something.

  10. 49ersgiants4life - May 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    No matter what if he did or didn’t do roids he still was one of the greatest hitters of all time roids don’t make you a better hitter just more powerful you still have to make contact to hit it anywhere

    • Bill - May 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      roids don’t make you a better hitter just more powerful
      It’s not all that clear that they even do that.

      • biasedhomer - May 28, 2012 at 8:30 PM

        You can’t honestly believe without steroids, Bonds would be having the best season of his career at age 36

      • jwbiii - May 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        Paul Konerko is, isn’t he?

      • deathmonkey41 - May 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        Konerko’s not likely to hit 73 HRs- just saying.

      • biasedhomer - May 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

        I do find Konerko’s case interesting, but Konerko at the age of 34 has a SLG of .584, while hiscareer average is .504. That is a pretty big bump.

        Now look at Bonds at 86: SLG of and eye popping .836, while his career average is .607.

      • ezthinking - May 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        Quick, what Hall of Famer had his best homerun seasons after age 36 …… Hank Aaron. Probably others as well.

        Bonds knows how to play baseball, run hit and throw. Big Mac has done well for the Cards hitters, the Giants would be fools not to let Bonds help out their anemic offense and and improve their good outfield defense.

  11. sahyder1 - May 28, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    He hit 28 HRs in like 300 ABs in final season. Yes, he was forced out. I don’t care what kind of circus would have followed him into town a lot of teams could have used him.

  12. metalhead65 - May 28, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    hey jwbiii is konerko on his way to hitting 75 homers this year? does he look like a wwe wrestler? pretty safe bet he is not juiced up like bonds. stop denying it he cheated deal with it giants fans.

    • Ben - May 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      No one denies he cheated, not even Giants fans.

  13. aceshigh11 - May 28, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    By “slimmed down”, do you mean “his testicles are the size of raisins?”

    Too soon?

  14. xmatt0926x - May 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    I can’t believe there are people out there still going with the “there’s no proof that steroids help you” routine. Good lord. He hits about 35 hr a year and then decides to use after he sees the explosion from McGwire and Sosa. He then proceeds to have some of the most explosive offensive seasons in the game well into his 30’s and yet there is no evidence. Yeah, there may be no official “evidence” but do we still have to pretend that PED’s didn’t help players? We still need to deny what we all saw with our own eyes? Come on. This does not mean that Bonds was not already a HOF player. It just means some of his stats are bloated.

    • chill1184 - May 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Most of the denial come from fans of players who got caught. I personally believe that if you get caught, the said player shouldn’t be allowed to be to in any position for MLB. However McGwire has been the hitting coach for the Cardinals since 2009 and since MLB can’t live up to it’s own standards, such a punishment will never happen.

  15. t205cobb - May 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    The guy is a cancer in the clubhouse! Giants need to stay away!

    • jwbiii - May 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      And you can tell that because the Pirates won their division in the last three years he played there and they have done so much better since ridding themselves of that cancer.

  16. ndnut - May 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    What was his hat size before and after ‘roids? Seems like good evidence to me…

  17. jxegh - May 29, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    McGwire is coaching, so why can’t Bonds? I think he could really help the team – his baseball knowledge is great. Look what kind of player he was before steroids.

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