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Barry Bonds dedicates his new Marlins job to late dad and Willie Mays

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants who was brought on as a special hitting coach for one week of Spring Training picks up a bat during batting practice at Scottsdale Stadium on March 10, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants who was brought on as a special hitting coach for one week of Spring Training picks up a bat during batting practice at Scottsdale Stadium on March 10, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Barry Bonds was hired a few weeks ago as the Miami Marlins' new hitting coach, a move that makes complete sense on the surface given Bonds' knowledge and passion for hitting.

Why would Bonds, who made a fortune hitting more home runs than any player in baseball history, want to get back into the grind of professional baseball full-time?

Simple: He wants to honor his late father, Bobby Bonds, and godfather Willie Mays.

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From an interview with MLB.com:

Bonds was known for being prickly with some media and teammates as a player, but nobody has ever doubted he's a pure genius in the batters box. If he's half as good at building relationships and teaching as he was at hitting, he should be an enormous asset to the Marlins.

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