Barry Bonds among those fired by Mi­ami Mar­lins

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The Mi­ami Mar­lins fired hit­ting coach Barry Bonds, third base coach Lenny Har­ris and bullpen coach Reid Cor­nelius on Wed­nes­day.

The team also an­nounced it signed third base­man Martin Prado to a three-year ex­ten­sion and ex­er­cised their op­tion on out­fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Man­ager Don Mat­tingly said the or­ga­ni­za­tion de­cided to move in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion with its coach­ing staff.

“I don’t need to get into the rea­sons re­ally with any­thing with Barry,” Mat­tingly said. “We feel like any time you talk about coaches and let­ting some­one go those are not easy things to talk about. We’ll just try to get the best guy for the sit­u­a­tion.”

Bonds made a full-time re­turn to base­ball this sea­son when he joined the Mar­lins. Owner Jef­frey Loria sug­gested hir­ing the steroids-tainted home run king and Mat­tingly went along with the idea.

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