MIAMI (CBSMiami) — As spring training kicked off this week, Barry Bonds began his first big league job since retiring from the game as the Miami Marlins hitting coach.READ MORE: Centner Academy Reverses Course On 30-Day Quarantine For Vaccinated Students
On Saturday, Bonds spoke with the media about the new job. The conversation, naturally, turned to the topic of the Hall of Fame.
“God knows I’m a Hall-of-Famer,” Bonds told ESPN’s Mark Saxon. “I know that I’m a Hall of Fame player.”READ MORE: Pembroke Pines Police Say No Credibility In Viral Online School Threat
And while he said he understands that it’s up to the media to make that determination, he added that in his circle, the decision has always been a unanimous one.
“In my fraternity, in Major League Baseball, there’s not one player that ever could sit there and say that I’m not one. There’s not a coach who ever coached me that says I’m not one,” Bonds said.
Baseball’s all-time home run king finished his career with 762 long balls. His 1,996 RBI are good for 5th best all-time.MORE NEWS: ‘I Was Very Concerned’: State Sen. Tina Polsky On Masking Incident Involving Florida’s New Surgeon General
It’ll likely take baseball fans a while to get used to seeing the former slugger in a Marlins jersey. Though, folks in Miami will warm up to the idea a lot quicker as soon as Giancarlo Stanton blasts a couple over the shortened Marlins Park fences.
— Mike Cugno (@MikeCugnoCBS4) February 19, 2016