All-time home run king Barry Bonds will rejoin the San Francisco Giants to work with their hitters as a spring training instructor in March, according to an exclusive report by the San Jose Mercury News.
Bonds remains a controversial figure among baseball fans, media and many within the game itself because of his ties to allegations of performance-enhancing drug use, but manager Bruce Bochy told the newspaper he's not worried about the potential distraction.
"He's part of what we'll do here," Bochy said. "He's going to be part of the group of instructors, like (Will) Clark, (J.T.) Snow or (Jeff) Kent. He's going to be like the other guys and help where he can.
"I don't have any concerns."
Bonds, now 49, set major league records with 762 career home runs and 73 in 2001. He also had a .444 career on-base percentage and a .607 slugging percentage and stole 514 bases.