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Barry Bonds hired as Miami Marlins hitting coach

Posted at 12:55 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 12:55:00-05

MIAMI (AP) -- Steroids-tainted home run king Barry Bonds is returning to baseball full time as hitting coach for the Miami Marlins.

Bonds' playing career ended in 2007. He has worked in recent years as a guest instructor for the San Francisco Giants in spring training. He's the career leader in home runs with 762 and is a seven-time NL MVP.

He joins the staff of Don Mattingly, who recently became the Marlins' seventh manager since June 2010. Among the players Bonds will tutor will be $325 million slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

The team also said Friday that last year's hitting coach, Frank Menechino, will return as assistant hitting coach. Miami hired Tim Wallach as bench coach and Juan Nieves as pitching coach.