The San Francisco Giants have hired a new special advisor to the CEO. Who may that advisor be?
According to USA Today writer Scott Boeck, Barry Bonds will be rejoining the club that he built a career with and returning to the Bay Area. The home run king will be returning to the San Francisco Giants in an official capacity for the first time since his retirement back in 2007.
After a tough year as the batting coach for the Miami Marlins, Bonds will be giving the route of advisor a try. He said in a statement, per USA Today:
"“San Francisco has always been my home, and the Giants will always be family. I look forward to spending time with the team, young players in the system as well as the community.”"
Bonds will be participating mainly in community functions as a representative of the Giants, but will also be a part of Spring Training as an instructor. He will be joining the likes of Willie McCovey and Willie Mays as advisors to the club.
While Barry Bonds has a storied history as one of the best sluggers in the modern era, the BALCO case with forever hold a shadow over his legacy. The seven-time MVP remains one of the greatest players to play the game and not be in the Hall of Fame.
The last time that Bonds was a part of the Giants organization was in 2014 as an instructor during Spring Training. With this announcement, Bonds will be returning home to help mold some of the Giants’ youngsters.
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Perhaps with this announcement and more sluggers from the steroid era making it into the Hall of Fame, Bonds may finally be recognized for how talented he truly was. Bonds is just one of many who deserve this opportunity, and this may be a step in the right direction.