Ex-Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds rejoins Giants as adviser to CEO

Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Miami Marlins and hitting coach Barry Bonds #25 of the Miami Marlins celebrate after the Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-4 at Marlins Park on September 24, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

Barry Bonds is back.

No, not with the Marlins or even in the coaching ranks. But the 52-year-old home run king is rejoining the San Francisco Giants as a special adviser to the CEO.

He will participate in various community and organizational events. He’ll share hitting tips with minor leaguers. He’ll be himself, not to mention be a member of the franchise for which he played 15 seasons, made 12 All-Star appearances, won five MVP awards and slugged 586 of 762 career home runs.

“I am excited to be back home with the Giants and join the team in an official capacity,” Bonds said in a team release. “San Francisco has always been my home, and the Giants will always be my family. I look forward to spending time with the team, young players in the system as well as the Bay Area community.”

Bonds spent the 2016 season as the Marlins hitting coach. Miami had the fourth-highest team batting average in the majors (.263), but finished just 27th in runs scored (655), 28th in RBI (626) and 29th in home runs (128).  All four categories actually improved from 2015, but Bonds was still relieved of his duties in October.

Video: Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds discusses public image as a player

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Miami Marlins hitting coach and major-league home run king Barry Bonds says he dealt with the media stupidly when he was a player.

Hitting coach Barry Bonds #25 of the Miami Marlins smiles from the dugout as he watches the fifth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 25, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
Hitting coach Barry Bonds #25 of the Miami Marlins smiles from the dugout as he watches the fifth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 25, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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Video: Barry Bonds wins Marlins HR derby

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