Someday Barry Bonds will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Someday (probably soon) the Giants will retire the number 25. The key is when. For now, the slugger is back to where he etched himself in history. He’s once again a member of the San Francisco Giants. Perhaps this is the pre-statue chapter of Bonds’ legacy.
The club announced on Monday that Bonds would be back on the payroll as a special advisor to CEO Larry Baer.
Bonds will serve a multitude of duties. Most notably, coaching and, most certainly, marketing. He is set to attend the Giants Spring Training Camp in Scottsdale, Arizona March 22-28, along with visiting the minor league affiliates to help foster the organizations’s young talent.
So he’ll be around more. Certainly not the face of the organization or an everyday presence. Younger guys like outfielder Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson are among the Giants likely to benefit from his contributions.
“I am excited to be back home with the Giants and join the team in an official capacity,” Bonds said in a statement. “San Francisco has always been my home, and the Giants will always be my family. I look forward to spending time with the team, young players in the system as well as the Bay Area community.”
The decorated outfielder is a 14-time all star, eight-time gold glove winner and seven-time MVP. He set a major league record for home runs in a season (73) and career total (762) during his 15-year tenure in San Francisco.
“We are delighted to welcome Barry back home to the Giants,” Baer said . “As one of the greatest players of all time, Barry’s contributions to our organization are legendary. He joins Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda and other distinguished alumni who help advise the club and we look forward to working with him again.”
Bonds joined the Giants as a spring training advisor in 2014. Last year, he was a hitting coach for the Marlins. And though he helped them achieve a MLB fourth best batting average (.263), they didn’t score enough runs. At the end of the season he was relieved of his duties.
“We don’t want to do everything in 2017, obviously,” Giants CEO Larry Baer said on what to expect next, per Andrew Baggerly of the San Jose Mercury News. “The Wall of Fame is definitely in order. And down the line, we’ll plan for other things. It’s not like this is a one-year deal to see how this goes. It’ll be for a long time.”
“I mean, he’s coming home.”