SAN FRANCISCO — During a question-and-answer session at Fan Fest on Saturday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the organization is trying to find a role for Barry Bonds, who spent a week with the club last spring. Bochy said he can see Bonds spending time in Scottsdale this spring “in some kind of role,” possibly working with minor leaguers.
Bonds was at the spring training facility for a week last March, working with big league hitters in the cage and also on the field. He showed several players how to do some of his favorite drills, and worked extensively with then-left fielder Michael Morse. Bochy said the Giants want Bonds to have “a role he can be happy with.”
Bonds played 15 seasons for the Giants, winning five MVP awards and setting the all-time home run record. He hasn’t played since 2007 and stayed away from the organization for several years while dealing with PED allegations and a perjury case.
The Giants had no qualms about bringing Bonds back last spring, and he was at the ballpark several times during the regular season, sometimes talking with players.
Bonds threw out the first pitch before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series last fall and received a loud ovation and chants of “Bar-ry! Bar-ry!” as he smiled and waved. Bonds, now a cycling enthusiast and active Twitter user, turned 50 last July.