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Dexter Fowler has been getting help from Barry Bonds

Apr 20, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Dexter Fowler has been getting tutelage from former Giants outfielder Barry Bonds. Since back-to-back-to-back two-hit games to start the season, Fowler has slumped, batting just .114 in 47 trips to the plate over 11 games. Only one of his five hits has gone for extra bases.

Drellich writes that Fowler has been receiving instruction from Bonds for roughly a year, including over the off-season, but Bonds and Fowler have been collaborating at the O.co Coliseum while the Astros have battled the Athletics over the weekend.

Fowler says Bonds isn’t only helping with hitting:

“I don’t think it’s just one thing,” Fowler said. “It’s a plethora of things. To point out one thing, it’s mentally, it’s physically, it’s everything.”

Ryan Howard is another notable player to have been coached by Bonds, going all the way back to 2010. It’s tough to deduce if it helped, since Howard was injured for much of 2011 and ’12. The Astros, who have had Fowler lead off for most of the season, hope Bonds can help their center fielder turn his season around.

  1. elwaysagenius - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    I wonder if the help comes in liquid or pill form.

    Honestly, every hitter should want to be helped out by a guy with the plate vision and approach to batting as Bonds. Hope it helps Fowler out.

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      The juice jokes are as old as they are predictable.But maybe Bonds does really have some hitting advice that helps Fowler. Just because you do not like Bonds does not mean that his ideas are bad advice. Maybe everything to do with Bonds is evil, after all what does Bonds know about hitting? Surely, we know everyone that has ever used PEDS. All the Stories and legends about players digging into second base and sliding spikes up to disrupt a double play, or sticking a piece of sandpaper on a belt or in their glove, using a corked bat, or a little spit on the ball to give it some extra movement. Steriods seems to be the hot topic today, and while I do not condone the steroids and human growth hormone (HGH) in the baseball, I am simply pointing out the long and dubious history of the game. Clearly, there are others out there that will think of even more examples of how players have cheated, long before there was ever a Barry Bonds.

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Just one more example of Bonds the latest influence.Clearly, this is the first time a sinful act like this has been caught. Bond’s influence seems to be spreading. “Joel Peralta ejected for pine tar, umpires confiscate glove Drew Silva Jun 19, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT.” Bud’s on it, doing right can never rest. Still I wonder who have we missed? I wonder, have others done such sinful acts before we can catch them.

  2. mauldawg - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    This is how you juice up and not get caught. BB should be banned for life from baseball. That being said,baseball loves cheaters.

    • genericcommenter - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      Baseball blackballed one of the best hitters in history when he still could have contributed and probably been one of the top 2-3 DHs in the AL or an above average hitting OF in the NL. How was that love?

      • mmeyer3387 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        I realize that many only 50 years old and just a man with one opinion, Bonds is by and far the best hitter and all around player to swing a bat. Additionally, many people fail to realize that he was a great defensive player as well. He was simply the most gifted player that I have ever witnessed.

    • skerney - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      If he wanted to Barry Bonds could sue major league baseball for tens of millions of dollars for the collusive effort that ended his career after the 2007 season. He had a WAR of 3.4, led the NL in OBP with a .480 clip and had an OPS of 1.045. Are you telling me not a single team in baseball wanted this guy? He hit 28 HR’s and played in 126 NL games. He could have been an effective DH in 2008 and perhaps beyond. I know he was a circus but he was still one of the best hitters in the game. He could have sued and settled for millions.

      • dan1111 - Apr 21, 2014 at 4:15 AM

        I don’t think so. They would have to actually prove that collusion took place. If there was collusion, there wouldn’t be any evidence for it. MLB owners are not idiots.

        The owners could plausibly say that they were independently not interested in signing him. Alleged steroid use and bad PR are legitimate reasons not to sign a player, and on top of that, he was still 43 years old and at risk of decline. The owners would have had a good story to tell.

      • clemente2 - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        I agree with Dan it would be hard to prove, but under the collusion arbitration standards not impossisible. I don’t think Barry wanted that circus.

        And yes, if Tampa Bay had picked him up at any point in 2008, I believe they would have had a WS ring.

      • bolweevils2 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        While as you say, it’s certainly reasonable to say he didn’t look washed up, there could be other factors in play. I don’t recall if this was the case, but if Bonds was asking for a lot of money or multiple years that could have been a factor. And any one team coming to the conclusion he wasn’t worth the bad publicity would certainly be understandable. His market was limited to teams that didn’t already have a DH under contract, so it’s not impossible that those 10 or so teams all came to the same conclusion.

        But it certainly looks fishy.

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      The juice jokes are as old as they are predictable.But maybe Bonds does really have some hitting advice that helps Fowler. Just because you do not like Bonds does not mean that his ideas are bad advice. Maybe everything to do with Bonds is evil, after all what does Bonds know about hitting? Surely, we know everyone that has ever used PEDS. All the Stories and legends about players digging into second base and sliding spikes up to disrupt a double play, or sticking a piece of sandpaper on a belt or in their glove, using a corked bat, or a little spit on the ball to give it some extra movement. Steriods seems to be the hot topic today, and while I do not condone the steroids and human growth hormone (HGH) in the baseball, I am simply pointing out the long and dubious history of the game. Clearly, there are others out there that will think of even more examples of how players have cheated, long before there was ever a Barry Bonds.

  3. skerney - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    If Bonds was the Rays DH in 2008 instead of Cliff Floyd the Rays would have a ring.

    • tuberippin - Apr 21, 2014 at 3:24 AM

      and so would Bonds…

  4. lucien7116 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    He used “plethora” in a sentence…As a former English teacher I hope Mr. Fowler attains success just for that reason…

    • mmeyer3387 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      Great response, very original and spot on.

  5. nymets4ever - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Steroid worshipers are so easy to figure out. If Fowler has a great year, all you Bonds asskissers will attribute it directly and 100 percent to the Balloon Head. If Fowler has a down year, hey, how much can a coach really do, anyway?

    • zzalapski - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Trolls who don’t know what they’re talking about are even easier to read. For people who do read, of course.

  6. kappy32 - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Steroids or not, Barry Bonds is one of the greatest hitters to ever step foot on a baseball diamond. I don’t want to hear the whole PED garbage. There are no steroids that improve your hand-eye coordination & give you the ball/strike recognition that Bonds had. The steroids may have helped Bonds hit the ball farther, but before he ever ingested anything or rubbed any cream on his body – when he was with the Pirates – he was the best hitter in baseball. Bonds & Griffey, Jr., in my opinion, have two of the best, sweetest swings in the history of the game. If Bonds is willing to work with a player, that player should take him up on it & not feel bad about it. Bonds has always been one of my favorite players & I’m just glad he isn’t being a jerk & he is actually giving back to the game that have him so much.

  7. sandrafluke2012 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Helping Fowler, Howard. Das racist!

  8. Bob - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Whatever Fowler is doing, it ain’t working.

    • gloccamorra - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      It worked the first three games. Fowler may have started confusing the fielding tips with the batting tips. Bonds may have started working on the mental side after that.

  9. nikedunks13 - Apr 21, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    It obviously isn’t working. Hey, maybe Bonds should just tell Fowler to do what he did during his best years, roid up. You’re an idiot Bill Baer, the only reason people talk about him as a great hitter is because he was on roids.

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