Bonds rejoins Giants as special adviser, calls team ‘family’

FILE PHOTO - Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds hugs San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal prior to the Marlins' baseball game against the Giants on Friday, April 22, 2016, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Barry Bonds is coming back to the San Francisco Giants as a special adviser.

The team said Tuesday the home run king will attend a few days of spring training, starting Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He’ll also visit the Giants’ minor league teams.

He’ll report to CEO Larry Baer, who called Bonds’ contributions to the organization “legendary.”

Bonds says the Giants will “always be my family,” and he looks forward to “spending time with the team, young players in the system as well as the Bay Area community.”

The seven-time NL MVP spent his final 15 seasons with the Giants. He finished his career with 762 home runs. He was fired last fall as the Miami Marlins hitting coach after one season.

 

Barry Bonds
FILE PHOTO – In this June 28, 2016, file photo, Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds looks from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Bonds has joined the San Francisco Giants front office as a special adviser, the team announced Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Bonds, who hit 762 career home runs, was fired last fall as the hitting coach for the Marlins after one season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

 

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