The Giants have announced that former superstar Barry Bonds will rejoin the organization as a special advisor to CEO Larry Baer. He's expected to be at the team's spring camp from March 22 to March 28 to work with minor-league players. His first official appearance in this new role will be in spring training camp next week.
The seven-time NL MVP spent his final 15 seasons with the Giants and hit 762 career home runs.
A record seven-time National League MVP Award victor, Bonds also ranks fourth all-time in Wins Above Replacement (162.4 according to Baseball-Reference), and is second on the career leaderboard in WAR among position players, behind only Babe Ruth.
Bonds says the Giants will "always be my family", and he looks forward to "spending time with the team, young players in the system as well as the Bay Area community". As one of the greatest players of all-time, Barry's contributions to our organization are legendary.
The 14-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glove award victor and seven-time MVP received just 53.8 percent of the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame vote, however, due to his link to performance-enhancing drugs.
Baer said the Giants are "delighted" to make this move, which had been in the works for a while.
After he socked homer No. 756 off Nationals lefty Mike Bacsik at AT&T Park Aug. 7, 2007, then commissioner Bud Selig - who is close friends with Aaron - was not even on hand to congratulate Bonds in person, doing so by telephone after Bonds entered the history books.
In 2007, Bonds was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to the grand jury during the federal government's investigation of BALCO. But apparently, after one season as hitting coach for the Marlins, he is ready to come home. The Angels beat the Giants in seven games.