New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is reportedly training with Barry Bonds.
Rodriguez, 39, has been out of baseball since 2013 after he was suspended for the 2014 season for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drugs policy. The New York Yankees slugger has also battled ongoing hip issues.
According to John Shea of SFGate.com, Rodriguez is the latest pupil of Bonds, who has also worked with Michael Morse, Dexter Fowler, Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Crawford and others at a Bay Area training facility operated by Charles Scott, Bonds' friend and former Arizona State teammate.
A couple of sources -- actually buddies whose kids train at the facility -- tipped me off to the Bonds-Rodriguez sessions, which obviously made quite a few up-and-comers do a double take. The kids looked, listened and admired the all-time home run leader working with the one-time heir apparent, proprietors of a combined 1,416 homers talking ball.
Bonds retired in 2007 as baseball's all-time leader in home runs with 762. His 22-year career was also marked with steroid allegations; in 2007, he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a grand jury during the BALCO investigation.
Rodriguez is trying to regain the form that made him a 14-time All-Star and three-time American League MVP. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said that Rodriguez will be the team's full-time designated hitter in 2015, while Rodriguez reportedly believes he will be the starting third baseman.
Rodriguez has three years and more than $60 million remaining on his contract. He signed the record-breaking $275 million deal in 2007.
- Mike Fiammetta