Barry Bonds is ready to become an active member again in the MLB family.
According to ESPN, Bonds is joining the staff of new Marlins manager Don Mattingly as hitting coach.
"I'm a Hall of Fame baseball player with no doubt in my mind, no doubt in my heart," said Bonds, 51. "God knows that. That's all that matters to me. I'll leave the voting process up to you guys."
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria first suggested hiring Bonds, according to team president David Samson. Mattingly seconded the idea.
"I'm extremely impressed with Barry's willingness to be part of this team, and with his excitement about being back and teaching," Mattingly said.
The Marlins need hitting advice. In 2015, they ranked next to last in the majors in runs and home runs, and last in walks.
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