New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who sat out last year due to a season-long steroids suspension, has been getting tips from Barry Bonds.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the 39-year-old Rodriguez has been training for a few weeks and recently posted two photos on Instagram of him swinging a bat with the caption: “Starting the year in the cage.”
The photos were taken in San Rafael, Calif., at the Future Prospects facility owned and run by Charles Scott, who is Bonds’ friend and former Arizona State teammate.
Rodriguez met with Bonds multiple times to get hitting tips as he prepares for his return to the major leagues, spokesman Ron Berkowitz confirmed on Wednesday to ESPN.
Berkowitz said Rodriguez also worked with former Seattle Mariners teammate Edgar Martinez in Miami last week.
Rodriguez has three years left on his contract and is owed $61 million. He needs six more home runs to tie Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list, which would allow him to rake it another $6 million performance bonus, according to ESPN.com.
Bonds, who owns the most homers in MLB history with 762, was a special instructor with the San Francisco Giants during spring training in 2014.
The controversial former outfielder won seven National League MVPs. Bonds has missed out on being inducted into the Hall of Fame because of his alleged connections to performance-enhancing drugs, which he has denied.