Barry Bonds has worked as a guest instructor for the Giants in spring training, but he has never officially held a coaching position. He could be on the verge of taking the next step with another team.
The Miami Marlins, who recently named former Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly as their manager, are considering hiring Bonds as their hitting coach, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
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Former A's infielder Frank Menechino currently holds the position of Marlins hitting coach. He is reportedly expected back, and the Marlins would keep two hitting coaches on staff if they hire Bonds.
Bonds' post-playing days have been loaded with litigation. Federal prosecutors in July dropped what remained of their criminal case against Bonds stemming from a 2011 obstruction of justice charge. And in August an arbitrator ruled against Bonds in a collusion case stemming from his final season in the majors.
Bonds, 51, is the career home runs leader with 762 and career walks leader with 2,558. He was a seven-time MVP, a 14-time All-Star, an eight-time Gold Glove winner and a 12-time Silver Slugger winner.