Barry Bonds is back, and swinging for a job with the Giants
Oh, and he made it clear that he would like for the Giants to give him a job.
"Maybe some of us just don't ever want to retire," Bonds told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I'm not playing anymore, so whatever you want to call it. I'll let the Giants figure that one out for me."
Bonds is still technically under contract with the Giants, and he has not actually retired yet. Barry has something called a "personal services contract" with the Giants organization, but the Giants have not wanted that contract to go into effect until Bonds' legal issues were resolved.
Remember, there wasn't just one Barry Bonds trial -- there were actually four Barry Bonds trials over a span of eight years. Two of Bonds' trainers did serve some prison time, and trainer Greg Anderson actually went to prison twice for refusing to testify against Bonds. But Bonds was never found guilty of anything other than one charge of obstruction of justice, for which he served a 30-day sentence of house arrest.
"I'm a convicted felon for obstruction of justice, and that's who I am. I live with it," Bonds told the Chronicle. "I went through the system. That's what they gave me. I'm in appeal right now. I was never convicted of steroids."
These days, Bonds is much thinner than when he was the Giants' hulking designated hitter in the 90s and mid-to-late 2000s. "Bonds had to be 20-30 pounds lighter than his last playing days, and I think that’s a conservative estimate," writes Bay Area sports scribe Tim Kawakami. Bonds also posed for pictures with fans -- which the younger, surlier Bonds rarely did.
So Bonds is thinner and much less irritable these days. Draw your won conclusions, people.
A logical choice of role for Bonds would be as a hitting coach, just as the also-steroid-tainted Mark McGwire is for the St. Louis Cardinals. "My expertise is baseball," Bonds said. "That's the only role I can have. My expertise is on that field."
Bonds is eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame this coming December. Expect to see more smiles, posing with pictures for fans, and acts of charity on his part in the months to come.