Barry Bonds — Major League Baseball’s all-time home run king whose legacy was tarnished by links to steroids — could be joining the Marlins as a hitting coach.
Sources said Bonds is under consideration for a coaching position under new manager Don Mattingly and would likely pair up with Frank Menechino in helping Marlins hitters.
Bonds, who holds the major-league record for home runs with 762, has never held a full-time coaching position before. He has served as a special hitting instructor for the Giants during spring training.
In 2007, Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s all-time home run record in what was his 22nd and final season in the majors. He set the single-season home run record with 73 in 2001, and he also is the all-time leader in walks.
Bonds, 51, was a 14-time All-Star and was voted the Most Valuable Player seven times.
If Bonds joins the Marlins, he would not be the first former slugger whose reputation was tainted by steroid allegations to become a big-league hitting coach.
Mark McGwire, who has admitted to using steroids, is hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers after serving in the same role with the Cardinals.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has always had a liking for Bonds and once gave him a lift to New York on his private plane after the Giants played in Miami.
Mattingly has yet to announce his full coaching staff, though he indicated at his introductory news conference that Tim Wallach, his bench coach with the Dodgers, would be joining him with the Marlins.
Sources said Juan Nieves is also being considered to take over as pitching coach.
Nieves, a former big-league pitcher, was the pitching coach for the Red Sox from 2013 to May of last season.