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Marlins name Barry Bonds hitting coach

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The major league leader in home runs will take a spot on Don Mattingly's coaching staff.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins have announced that Barry Bonds will be their hitting coach next season. It will be Bonds's first major league coaching stint, although he has helped out in past years as a guest instructor for the San Francisco Giants during spring training. Bonds will push incumbent hitting coach Frank Menechino into assistant hitting coach duties. Rounding out Don Mattingly's coaching staff is bench coach Tim Wallach, who was Mattingly's bench coach in Los Angeles, and pitching coach Juan Nieves.

Bonds played 22 seasons in the big leagues while becoming baseball's home run king with 762 career home runs. He broke Roger Maris's single-season home run record when he smashed 73 home runs in 2001. The 14-time All-Star last played in 2007. His playing career—and corresponding Baseball-Reference page—is the stuff of legend.

Barry Bonds working on hitting with Giancarlo Stanton is a terrifying thought. The Mets will have to deal with that duo 19 times next year.