Barry Bonds Beats Giancarlo Stanton and the Rest of the Marlins in Home Run Derby. Kind of.
It’s been eight years since MLB asterisk home run king Barry Bonds last played ball. And in that time he’s lost about 50 pounds of muscle, while his head appears to have shrunk back down to normal human size. However, Barry still has that sweet home run swing.
Bonds signed on to be hitting coach for the Miami Marlins this year under new manager Don Mattingly. And on Wednesday it was reported that he beat everyone, including Giancarlo Stanton, in an informal batting practice home run derby:
Barry Bonds just beat the Marlins players on a back field HR BP contest. Including Stanton.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) March 16, 2016
Of course, that’s not exactly what happened. According to the Miami Herald, the Marlins were actually doing a hitting drill in which three-man teams were tasked with trying to score runs by any means possible—singles, doubles, triples, or home runs. Bonds stepped in to play when one of the teams was short a player.
He did out-slug everyone, though.
“He hit more home runs than me, yes,” Stanton told the Herald. “It was pretty impressive. [Put] another 51-year-old out there and he’d probably snap his back in half. That was probably one of the coolest things we’ve done.”
Who knows? Maybe Bonds will make a return to baseball this year and become the oldest player in Major League history. I certainly wouldn’t put it past the Marlins.
Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report]