NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez.
How’s that for a duo?
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the all-time home-run king is working with Rodriguez on his hitting as the Yankee looks to regain his form for the 2015 season.
The newspaper reports that A-Rod is being tutored by Bonds at the Future Prospects Baseball facility in San Rafael, California.
Rodriguez missed all of 2014 after being suspended by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig for his involvement with the now-defunct Biogenesis of America clinic.
Bonds has been linked to performance-enhancing drugs going back to his playing days and has become one of the poster boys for the so-called “steroid era.”
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bonds worked with several Giants last season, including Michael Morse, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford. Dexter Fowler is another one of his students.
Rodriguez, 39, is projected to be a middle-of-the-order bat for the Yankees in 2015. But despite what the 14-time All-Star might think, he might serve primarily as a designated hitter as opposed to starting at third base. Chase Headley, who re-signed with New York in December, is expected to start at the hot corner.
Rodriguez hit .244 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 44 games for the Yankees in 2013.