|(Baseball) Barry Bonds takes up coaching job
American baseball player Barry Bonds, branded a drugs cheat and shunned by Major League Baseball because of his links to BALCO, has returned to the San Francisco Giants as a spring training hitting coach.
The face of MLB's notorious steroid era, Bonds appeared much slimmer as he entered the Scottsdale Stadium field in the US state of Arizona where the Giants are holding their pre-season training camp.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said they “welcome'' Bonds back to the team but did not go into details about what Bonds' specific role would be during his one week stint.
“We would always have a welcome mat out there for him,'' said Bochy on Monday.
Asked about his controversial career and the use of performance-enhancing drugs, American baseball's home run king refused to respond directly, saying “I have already been to court.''
Bonds said he hopes to work with some of the club's younger players.
“I only have seven days, but I welcome younger guys and veterans to pick my brain,'' he said.—AFP