Giants hire Bonds as special instructor

The San Francisco Giants are bringing back former star Barry Bonds as a special spring training instructor.

Bonds will work with the Giants' hitters.

"He's part of what we'll do here," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "He's going to be part of the group of instructors, like (Will) Clark, (J.T.) Snow or (Jeff) Kent. He's going to be like the other guys and help where he can. I don't have any concerns."

Bonds, 49, has expressed interest in returning to the team in some instructional capacity. He spent 15 of his 22 major-league seasons with the Giants.

The controversial former outfielder holds the all-time home runs record with 762 and won seven National League MVPs (five with the Giants). Despite that, he has missed out on being inducted to the Hall of Fame because of his alleged connections to performance-enhancing drugs, which he denies.

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