Barry Bonds' Return To Baseball
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Barry Bonds placed on a San Francisco Giants uniform Monday morning for the first time since his remaining main league recreation as a participant in 2007. He's noticeably slimmer than in his final seasons as a player – shedding considerable weight since becoming an avid bicycle owner – so the uniform is probably a somewhat smaller size than he beforehand wore, however he was delighted to wear it once more.
At forty nine, Bonds says he may nonetheless hit balls out of the park, however the sport's controversial home run king is just not here to do this. He's here to work for the following seven days as a roving teacher for the Giants and supervisor Bruce Bochy. Bonds expressed interest in working past that in some position but needs to see how issues go first.
"I am extra nervous at this than when I used to be playing, because as a player, it was only my mind, me," Bonds mentioned, addressing a number of dozen reporters. "Now I am trying to put that [data] into other players' minds. I am a little extra nervous being on this side than that facet. Hopefully I can simply carry some good value to the ballclub. Hopefully, I can carry value to these guys and then let Bochy see how I do.
"I might reasonably allow them to evaluate me, after which hopefully something good can come out of this."
Bonds said the thought of working as an teacher came up at a current charity occasion and that it was a great time to get again within the recreation.
"The timing was proper on both sides," Bochy stated. "That's why it's occurring now. We welcome all former gamers. When you have a look at our camp, Jeff Kent simply left. J.T. Snow is here. Wealthy Aurilia is here. Randy Winn is here. Will Clark is coming in. And we're excited about Barry being right here to help out in so many different aspects of the sport. Not just hitting. This guy was an amazing baserunner and outfielder.
"I think it's going to be good for each side. Good for Barry to see how this will work for him and good for the gamers to work with one of many nice minds in baseball."
When Mark McGwire returned as a hitting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals a number of years in the past, he admitted that he had taken efficiency-enhancing medication. Bonds was not so forthcoming.
"I already went to court, and that is where I'll go away it," he mentioned when confronted on the subject. "And I believe something outside that doesn't have to be commented on."
AP Picture/Chris CarlsonRegardless of acknowledging that he's nervous, Barry Bonds says he is delighted to be working as a roving teacher for manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants.
Bonds additionally didn't elaborate a lot when asked whether he thought this educational role may assist rehabilitate his picture and help with his probabilities with Corridor of Fame voters.
"I think you guys are all adults," he mentioned. "I've no advice for you."
He did, nonetheless, say there isn't any doubt he belongs within the Hall of Fame.
In his closing season, Bonds hit 28 residence runs, broke Hank Aaron's career homer document and finished with a 1.045 OPS yet by no means obtained an offer to play again. Requested whether or not he had been blackballed or had any regrets about the way in which his enjoying profession ended, Bonds stated that was prior to now and he's looking to the future. He stated his only remorse was that he did not have a better relationship with the media.
Indeed, Bonds was all smiles and friendly in the course of the news conference, a lot completely different than his occasionally standoffish, generally surly persona as a participant.
"I was totally different character playing," he said. "Now I've had to slow down and do various things. I feel all of us do. I think once you've been gone awhile you've got time to reflect on things. However I needed 'that guy' to play. I wanted him. It was who I used to be on the time. It was not who I am in my day-to-day life.
"I am the same individual but a different character. I used to be like this man over here who's crazy and this man over right here who is not. I'm more in the center. I can still be crazy, but I'm lots calmer now."
Bonds mentioned that nevertheless gamers look at him, even when they are intimidated, they may be able to join once they work one-on-one.
Asked whether he may be taught as much about teaching from them as they are going to study playing from him, Bonds replied, "I have to learn [about] them. However that will never take me more than a minute. All you have to do is go into a batting cage and I'll let you know all the things that's occurring. Very quick."
How a lot can one of the biggest, albeit controversial, players in baseball history assist the Giants?
"I believe they did pretty good with out me," Bonds said. "They received two World Collection championships. I do not know if I can assist. I do know I can do one thing: I may help you do a little higher than you already are. However I do not know the way a lot I can do. However I'll have time to search out out."
Bonds said he had no bittersweet or jealous emotions when the Giants gained the World Collection championship that all the time eluded him.
"I am not jealous. I am blissful," he said. "This is my town. It is my metropolis. It is my family. I'm joyful. I was nearly in tears after they received, I used to be that comfortable. It was one thing we had wished for a long time… I've at all times been a Large."
And now he's wearing the uniform again, although he is not sure if he will don it again after this week.
"I simply wish to get by seven days and see if I can do this," Bonds mentioned. "I've acquired to get by these seven days first. I do not know if I am even ok."