The Marlins fired hitting coach Barry Bonds, third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius on Monday, according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald.
Confirm @JonHeyman Bonds is out as Marlins hitting coach. Sources said 3rd base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius also out— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) October 3, 2016
Miami hired Bonds to serve as one of two hitting coaches, and the Marlins responded, ending the season with a team .263 batting average, which ranks second in the National League. While the Marlins were able to get on base, they had difficulty scoring.
The Marlins were three spots away from last place in terms of runs, and despite the power bats in the lineup, their slugging percentage ranked 27th in all of baseball.
When Bonds was hired, some were skeptical, but Manager Don Mattingly praised his dedication early in the season. However, according to SiriusXM’s Craig Mish, Bonds’ “commitment level dwindled.”
It’s still unclear how much Miami’s offensive success could be credited to Bonds and how much is due to Frank Menechino’s work. Owner Jeffrey Loria was the only one reluctant to fire Bonds, according to Mish.
It is unlikely the Marlins seek a counterpart for Menechino, who was Miami’s hitting coach before Mattingly was hired.
While the decision to part with Bonds was performance-based, Mattingly might have parted with Harris and Cornelius because he inherited them on his current staff. Now, he is free to hire his own third base coach.
The Marlins will likely make the moves official at Wednesday’s season-ending press conference.