MLB Notebook: New Marlins hitting coach Bonds introduced, says ‘God knows I’m a Hall of Famer’

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds, baseball's home run king, made it clear "I'm a Hall of Famer" at an introductory news conference Saturday.

MIAMI - Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds, baseball's home run king, made it clear "I'm a Hall of Famer" at an introductory news conference Saturday.

Bonds, in his familiar No. 25, wore a major league uniform for the first time in nine years this week - aside from a weeklong stint as a guest instructor with the San Francisco Giants two springs ago.

Bonds said it felt "natural," to return to the fields and batting cages of spring training as he joined new manager Don Mattingly's coaching staff. Bonds, 51, last played in the majors in 2007, unable to find a team to sign him due to a cloud of reports regarding his longtime use of performance-enhancing drugs.

In this year's Hall of Fame voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America, Bonds got 44.3 percent of the votes cast, leaving him nearly 31 percent short for admission but his highest vote total in his fourth year on the ballot.

"God knows I'm a Hall of Famer," Bonds said Saturday. "I know that I'm a Hall of Fame player. I don't really need to get into that. I'll leave that to you guys to make that determination. That's not my fraternity."


-- The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban right-hander Yaisel Sierra on Sunday, finalizing a six-year, $30 million contract.

Sierra, 24, will get a $6 million signing bonus after he agreed to the deal in mid-January. He will report to camp in Phoenix once his visa issues are resolved.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sierra is expected to be in camp either Monday or Tuesday.

Sierra was granted free agency by Major League Baseball in late December.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas on the DL.

-- Texas Rangers right-handed relief pitcher Tanner Scheppers is expected to miss at least the first half of this season because he needs surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Scheppers will have the operation on Wednesday. He experienced swelling in the knee after a bullpen session during the week.

Scheppers went 4-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 42 appearances in 2015.


-- The San Diego Padres signed veteran right-handed reliever Casey Janssen to a minor league contract.

Janssen, who has pitched for nine seasons in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals, was in spring training camp in Peoria, Ariz., on Saturday morning. The 34-year-old Janssen was 2-5 with a 4.95 ERA over 40 innings in 48 games last season with the Nationals.

-- St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright will be the starter on Opening Day, manager Mike Matheny said.

Barring an injury this spring, Wainwright will face the Pirates on Sunday, April 3 at Pittsburgh.

Wainwright, 34, missed most of the last five months of the 2015 season after tearing his left Achilles tendon while batting during a game on April 25 at Milwaukee.

Wainwright was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA over just 28 innings in seven appearances last season. He came back late in the season to pitch in relief.

-- New Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly has adopted a policy prohibiting the team’s players from having facial hair.

The Marlins were allowed to have beards the past two years but Mattingly changed the organization’s policy after being hired.


“Guys will whine,” Mattingly told reporters Sunday. “Some guys like it; some guys won’t. As long as we’re consistent, I think it’s not that big of a deal.”

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