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The San Francisco Giants are adding Barry Bonds to the Spring Training staff as a Special Instructor. http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/10502984/san-francisco-giants-add-barry-bonds-special-instructor-spring

So what does every one think about adding PED user to their staff? Would you bring Alex Rodriguez back to the Yankees or Sammy Sosa back to the Cubs as Special Instructors or Hitting Coaches? I know Mark McGwire is the Hitting Coach with the Dodgers, and previously with the Cardinals, but he admitted to using PEDs and Bonds hasn't yet.

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Other than inviting more media scrutiny which may not be desirable, it's hard to question that he knows a lot about hitting so there's no real baseball reason against bringing him in.

"Special Instructor" is more of a ceremonial title rather than an actual coaching position. The Phillies usually bring Mike Schmidt and other old-timers in (this year, Roy Halladay is in camp as a "special instructor") but they don't really spend that much time with the players - certainly not as much as real coaches. Bonds being hired as a full-time coach would be a bigger story.

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