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Report: Marlins won’t retain hitting coach Barry Bonds

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins are letting hitting coach Barry Bonds go after one season. According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM Radio, manager Don Mattingly called out Bonds on a road trip, and his commitment level apparently dwindled. Mish also adds that Giancarlo Stanton “tuned out” Bonds after Bonds was critical of the 2016 Home Run Derby champion — sometimes in front of others.

While the Marlins made some strides offensively, the club still ranked third from the bottom in the National League, averaging 4.07 runs per game. They had the second-highest batting average (.263), but the seventh-best on-base percentage (.322) and the fourth-worst slugging percentage (.394).

Bonds and Mattingly urged owner Jeffrey Loria not to trade outfielder Marcell Ozuna during the offseason, an effort that reaped rewards. Ozuna hit .266/.321/.452 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI. Outfielder Christian Yelich also thrived, presumably due in some part to Bonds.

Andy Slater of 940-AM WINZ reports that the Marlins will also let go of third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”