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Marlins Fire Hitting Coach Barry Bonds After One Season

The Miami Marlins have decided not to retain MLB’s all-time home run king Barry Bonds as hitting coach, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

2016 was his first (and now only) season as the hitting coach for the fish, as he shared the job with Frank Menechino. The Marlins ranked fourth in batting average, but they were the third worst team in all of Major League Baseball at scoring runs.

Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was the one who decided to hire Bonds as a hitting coach, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, a move that many players in the clubhouse didn’t like, especially Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins players and manager Don Mattingly also reportedly had a say in the decision to fire Bonds.

Bonds, who has been out of baseball since his playing days in 2007 with the San Francisco Giants, came to Miami to repaint his image across a baseball. Bonds said last week that he enjoyed being the Marlins hitting coach and was hoping to return in the same role next season.

In addition to the firing of Bonds, the Marlins have also fired bullpen coach Reid Cornelius and third base coach Lenny Harris.

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