Marlins hitting coach: Barry Bonds Marlins
Published: December 5, 2015
Marlins hitting coach: Barry Bonds Marlins, Monday, CBS Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman reported that the Marlins were considering hiring Barry Bonds as their hitting coach. Friday, the move came to fruition as the Marlins officially announced their new coaching staff under manager Don Mattingly, with Bonds as the hitting coach.
Incumbent hitting coach Frank Menechino was announced as the assistant hitting coach, so he takes a demotion in favor of Bonds.
Bonds, 51, has worked with the Giants in spring training several seasons, but hasn’t been hired into a full-time baseball position since retiring following the 2007 season.
Bonds hit .298/.444/.607 with 2,935 hits, 601 doubles and 762 homers in his career, so he certainly has the stats to say he knows enough about hitting to coach, though he has no experience as a hitting coach.
The Marlins ranked 14th in the NL in runs scored last season. They were fourth in batting average but 12th in on-base percentage and 13th in slugging percentage. Thus, they could use some help in drawing walks and hitting for power (obviously Giancarlo Stanton’s injury issues didn’t help the latter). Bonds was among the best in baseball history at both, but, again, we can’t yet be sure if his hitting skills will translate into being a successful coach until he tries it.
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