Slimmer Barry Bonds Shows Up to Giants Spring Training, Holds Q&A with Media

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2014

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In the later part of his career, Barry Bonds had the build of a prolific slugger, but it looks like he has slimmed down quite a bit since his retirement in 2007. 

Here's what the 49-year-old looked like when he showed up to San Francisco Giants spring training on Monday:

And here's what the former MLB star looked like in his final year with the Giants:

PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 13:  Barry Bonds #25  of the San Francisco Giants acknowledges the crowd in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of a double header on August 13, 2007 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rick Stewa
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Bonds is in camp to serve as a spring training instructor, via ESPN.com. His final contract with San Francisco included a 10-year services deal, which included spring training visits after his playing days were over.

During his career, Bonds wasn't known for being friendly to the media. While that didn't stop him from talking to reporters at camp, he steered clear of addressing his performance-enhancing drugs controversy, via CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly:

Bonds did talk about the home run record and Alex Rodriguez, via The Denver Post's Troy Renck and Baggarly:

The San Jose Mercury News' Alex Pavlovic shared Bonds' thoughts on how his career ended and whether or not he belongs in Cooperstown:

Bonds is more than willing to give players advice in his new role, via the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea:

Considering his career stats, one can only assume the home run king will be of major assistance to the Giants' offense.

[Ahmed Fareed, h/t Busted Coverage]