- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader Barry Bonds was fired after his first season as the hitting coach of the Miami Marlins.

According to Today’s Knuckleball, a source familiar with the Marlins’ situation said Bonds did not put in the traditional hours of a hitting coach, and that the team was interested in a coach who would study film a bit more often.

Bonds’ relationship with key figures in the Marlins’ organization was an apparent issue within the ball club. According to the New York Times, a coach said that Marlins’ manager Don Mattingly would not have stayed with the organization if Miami did not let go of Bonds. Players also reportedly “tuned out” Bonds, including Giancarlo Stanton, the team’s strongest batter who has hit 91 home runs in the last three seasons.

Bonds’ tenure as the hitting coach of the Marlins had a few positives. Miami raised their team batting average from .260 in 2015 to .263 in 2016, good for second in the National League. The Marlins also scored 42 more runs than they did just last season.

However, the Marlins struggled with a .394 slugging percentage, good for 27th in the MLB, ahead of only the San Diego Padres, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves.

The Marlins also reportedly let go of third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius. Miami’s other hitting coach, Frank Menechino, remains with the team.

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