Barry Bonds may be over 50, but he can still crank.
Just ask the Marlins.
The majors’ all-time home run king stepped into the batter’s box during a friendly hitting drill Wednesday and walloped more homers (four) than even superslugger Giancarlo Stanton (three).
“It was pretty impressive,” Stanton said. “[Put] another 51-year-old out there and he’d probably snap his back in half. That was probably one of the coolest things we’ve done.”
Bonds hit a record 762 home runs over a career that ended in 2007.
Wednesday’s spur-of-the-moment contest came about by accident.
A handful of Marlins took part in a practice field hitting drill in which the goal is to “score runs” by whatever means — singles, doubles, triples or home runs. Because one of the three-man teams was short a player, Bonds — the Marlins’ new hitting coach — was asked to join.
Bonds was on the same team as Stanton and Christian Yelich.
“He hit more home runs than me, yes,” Stanton confirmed.
Said Yelich: “He talks to us about hitting a lot, and he was able to kind of show it today. He’s pretty good.”
A pitching machine programmed to deliver curves and sliders was used for the contest.
“It was just to see who could score more runs,” Yelich said. “But a homer scored you a run, so it kind of turned into (a home run derby).”
Stanton said by the time the contest ended, a small crowd had gathered around the hitting cage to gain a look.
“Everyone seemed to gravitate to that field by the time we were done,” Stanton said.
The team of Bonds, Stanton and Yelich ended up winning. The losers (Jeff Mathis, Chris Johnson and Miguel Rojas) were required to pick up the balls.