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Barry Bonds thinks he’ll like coaching. Maybe.


I am open to Barry Bonds as the Marlins hitting coach. It could be a fantastic situation and he could have success. Teaching and doing are two different things but I don’t feel like betting against a guy who is the best person on the planet at something transitioning into teaching that something is a great bet.

All of that said, part of me is skeptical. Not that Bonds can’t be a good hitting coach but that he might not be totally invested in being a hitting coach. I say that based on the initial comments Bonds had following his hiring. It seemed like something he hadn’t considered too terribly much until Jeff Loria called him and, hey, sure, I suppose I’ll give coaching a try!

The other day he sat down for an interview with’s Barry Bloom and not much that he said changed my impression of that. He seemed flattered by Jeff Loria reaching out to him and, in fact, him coaching was clearly Jeff Loria’s idea (note: how many Jeff Loria baseball ideas have panned out?). He is worried about the travel and the hotels and stuff. He is quite clear that he doesn’t want to be away from San Francisco but, hey, this is where the job is, so he’s taking it. His overall stance seems to be “Who knows? Maybe I CAN do this?”

Which, to be clear, is generally a very healthy way to approach new opportunities. Trying new things and having an open mind about them — and an open mind to the possibility that you may not do well or may not like it — is a good way to live a good life. To be pleased by even modest success and to not be too disappointed by failure. It allows you to move out of your comfort zone more easily than you might if you’re the sort who HAS to be perfect at everything. And, whatever you think of Barry Bonds, his post-retirement life seems to fit that healthy mode overall.

But this is baseball and baseball tends not to reward dilettantes. Guys who are stinkin’ rich from their playing careers yet continue on and succeed as coaches all seem like the very, very driven types. Like they have a passion for coaching in particular or baseball and the baseball life overall. That quality was certainly present in Bonds as a player but it doesn’t seem to be here for Bonds as a new coach. If Loria didn’t call him he wouldn’t have been beating down anyone else’s door trying to get into coaching. In a lot of ways this sounds like a whim.

Which isn’t to say that Bonds won’t be great at this and won’t love it. He absolutely could. If he is and does, however, it sounds like it will be just as much as a surprise to him as it will be to everyone else.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”