Buying Bonds as a hitting coach?

I don't know if you've heard the news, but Barry Bonds told reporters in San Francisco last night that he wants to return to baseball as a hitting coach.

The Orioles won't include him on their list of candidates, but he's out there.

Bonds never officially retired, but he's ready to move onto the next phase of his professional life. Says so right here.

"I have a gift, and sooner or later I have to give it away. I have to share it," he said. "Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity here."

Insert your own joke here.

Mark McGwire served as the Cardinals' hitting coach last season, so why not Bonds?

Baseball's home run king is scheduled to go to trial in March on charges that he lied to a federal grand jury in 2003 when he denied knowingly taking steroids, so that could interrupt his spring training work.

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