Barry Bonds among those fired by Miami Marlins
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.