The Marlins have fired hitting coach Barry Bonds after one season, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports.
Bonds, MLB’s alltime leader in home runs, was hired back in Dec. 2015 to work under manager Don Mattingly. Under the 51-year-old’s watch, Miami ranked fourth in batting average at .263, and 13th in on-base percentage at .322. Despite those figures, the Marlins finished 27th in runs scored and missed the postseason.
SiriusXM’s Craig Mish noted that Bonds’s “commitment level dwindled,” which led to him getting called out by Mattingly.
Outfielder Christian Yelich gave Bonds and Frank Menechino, who shared the hitting coach role with Bonds, credit for his breakout season in which he hit 21 home runs.
– Kenny Ducey