MIAMI — The Marlins, expected to return most of their everyday lineup in 2017, have chosen not to bring back Barry Bonds as their hitting coach, an MLB source confirmed Monday.
The organization has made no formal announcement regarding Don Mattingly’s coaching staff, but multiple sources have confirmed Bonds, third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius are being replaced.
The move was first reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
The rest of the staff is expected to remain, but some may be in different capacities.
Bonds, Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader, was hired on a one-year contract last offseason at the urging of team owner Jeffrey Loria, who wanted Bonds to mentor Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and the rest of a youthful core.
Bonds offered his insights, but much of the daily preparation was handled by Frank Menechino, the assistant hitting coach. Menechino will be back either as the main hitting coach or in a role similar to this season. Menechino was the main hitting coach in 2014-15 before Bonds joined the staff.
The Marlins (79-82) had a baffling season offensively. As a team, their .263 batting average was fourth-best in the Majors, and they ranked 13th in on-base percentage (.322). But when it came to the bottom line of scoring runs, they were 27th (655).
An area the organization would like to improve is drawing walks. They rated 26th in that category with 447.
Harris, part of the Marlins’ 2003 World Series championship team, spent five years on the Marlins’ staff and was in his first full season as third base coach. Cornelius served seven years as the bullpen coach and was in the Marlins’ system for 14 years.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Published at Mon, 03 Oct 2016 22:10:35 +0000