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AP source: Barry Bonds in talks to become Miami Marlins' hitting coach

Former San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds smiles

Former San Francisco Giants player Barry Bonds smiles during an interview prior to the baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in San Francisco. Credit: AP

MIAMI -- A person familiar with the discussions says Barry Bonds is talking with the Miami Marlins about working for them as a hitting coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the discussions haven't been confirmed publicly. The Marlins' interest in the steroids-tainted home run king was first reported by

Frank Menechino will be back in 2016 for his third season as Marlins hitting coach, and Bonds would work with him. Bonds has been a guest instructor for the San Francisco Giants in spring training since his playing days ended.

If hired by the Marlins, Bonds would join Don Mattingly's staff. Mattingly recently became the team's seventh manager since June 2010.

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