The Home Run King Barry Bonds is going to be in Scottsdale March 9-17 as an instructor for the San Francisco Giants. Bonds have never officially retired, but I would say showing up as a special instructor means you’re not going to get penciled in the Spring Training lineup. With that said, you sure are missed Barry!
The 49 year-old Bonds last played in September 2007. That year Bonds hit .276 with 28 homers in 126 games for the Giants.
Today the Giants signed outfielder Tyler Colvin to minor league deal. He’ll be at big league camp, and will be battling for the 5th outfield spot with Juan Perez.
Colvin had a deal in place with the Baltimore Orioles, but the Orioles backed out when they seen Colvin’s physical as it revealed that he still had back issues. The Orioles then pulled their major league offer off the table and offered Colvin a minor league deal. Colvin opted to elect for free agency instead of signing a minor league deal with the Orioles.
Colvin, 28, has proven that he has some home run pop. Colvin hit 18 homers in 2012 with the Colorado Rockies and 20 for the Chicago Cubs in 2010.