At least one member of the San Francisco Giants is looking forward to the arrival of guest hitting instructor Barry Bonds at spring training next month.
And that one player might carry a little weight around the facility, considering he has one of those Most Valuable Player awards that Bonds won seven of during his 22-year career.
“I’m excited just to listen, for sure,” Posey said. “From talking to people that either coached him or played with him, everybody said he had a very straightforward, simple approach. To me, that’s a huge part of hitting, trying to keep things as simple as possible.”
First baseman Brandon Belt, though, is also on board with the idea.
“It’s one of those things where he comes in and you try to pick his brain as much as possible,” Belt said. “It seems like he did everything right. When you talk to hitting coaches around here, they point to him as the specimen to follow.”
Bonds would be a solid specimen. Not only did he hit home runs, but he was a career .298 hitter who won two batting titles with the Giants in 2002 and 2004. In 15 seasons in San Francisco, Bonds hit .312/.477/.666, so it’s likely he might have an idea or two he could pass along to the next generation.