The greatest player in Major League Baseball history is returning to where he made himself that.
The San Francisco Giants announced Tuesday morning that Barry Bonds will be joining the organization as a special adviser to the CEO.
It will essentially be an ambassador role for Bonds once the regular season starts. The seven-time NL MVP will join the Giants’ minor league teams to offer instruction starting Wednesday through March 28.
“We are delighted to welcome Barry back home to the Giants,” Giants CEO Larry Baer said in a news release. “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 tried his hand as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins last year, but was fired after the season when manager Don Mattingly said he would quit if Bonds wasn’t canned.
Bonds was seen at Golden State Warriors game on Feb. 8, throwing T-shirts to fans.
“I am excited to be back home with the Giants and join the team in an official capacity,” said Bonds. “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.”
And in case you still need convincing Bonds is the greatest baseball player of all time, here are his bona fides, courtesy the Giants:
Bonds signed with the Giants in 1993 and spent his final 15 Major League seasons in a San Francisco uniform, compiling a .312 batting average with 381 doubles, 41 triples, 586 home runs and 1,440 RBI in 1,976 games. He can be found throughout the SF-era record books, ranking in the top 10 for batting average (first), games (third), at-bats (third – 6,263), runs (first – 1,555), hits (third – 1,951), doubles (first), triples (fourth), home runs (first), RBI (first), stolen bases (first – 263) and walks (first – 1,947).
Bonds won seven NL MVP awards, eight Gold Glove awards and received 14 All-Star selections during his storied 22-year Major League career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-92) and San Francisco Giants (1993-2007). He was a two-time winner of the National League batting title and the lone member of baseball’s 500 homer-500 steal club holds Major League Baseball’s all-time records for home runs (762) and walks (2,558).
Bonds’ impressive resume also includes baseball’s single-season records for home runs (73 in 2001), walks (232 in 2004), intentional walks (120 in 2004), on-base percentage (.609 in 2004) and slugging percentage (.863 in 2001).
And, now he gets to stay home and spend a lot more time with longtime family friend, Willie McCovey, who’s seen at most Giants games, as well as being celebrated by the organization far more regularly.