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Nats' Baker: Barry Bonds will be great coach, should get shot at HOF


Nats' Baker: Barry Bonds will be great coach, should get shot at HOF

VIERA, FL. — In 1992 the San Francisco Giants made two key additions that would quickly change the course of their franchise. They hired 44-year-old Dusty Baker as a rookie manager and signed free agent outfielder Barry Bonds.

The Giants won 103 games in the 1993 season, their first year together. They would later win the NL pennant in 2002, their 10th and final year together in the Bay Area.

Now 14 years after that World Series run in San Francisco, they are competitors in the coaching ranks with Baker managing the Washington Nationals and Bonds serving as hitting coach of the Miami Marlins. They will face off 19 times per season as counterparts in the NL East division.

Baker is happy his former player has returned to the game. He just wishes it wasn't with a team that the Nats play so often.

"I wish he went to the Yankees, to tell you the truth, and that he wasn't in the same division as us. I'm serious. I'm looking at some of those monsters over there and they don't need any help," Baker said.

Baker says that because he believes Bonds will be very good at his new job. Bonds won seven MVP awards and carried a batting average of .300 or higher 11 times. 

Baker thinks those skills will translate to his coaching of the Marlins, who already boast an impressive lineup that features Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich.

"If he wants to be, he can be as good a coach as there is around because nobody sees things like Barry Bonds can see sometimes," Baker said. "Barry Bonds can pick up pitches better than anybody. It's a bit of a concern to me facing them with Barry Bonds over there."

Bonds' return to baseball has reignited the debate of whether he should be in the Hall of Fame. Suspicions of PED use have held him back from getting the necessary votes to be enshrined.

Bonds recently said he thinks he should be in the Hall of Fame and that most around the game feel the same way. Baker wants Bonds to get a fair chance.

"Barry Bonds helped put baseball back on the map big time. There's a lot of kids that grew up idolizing Barry Bonds, that are baseball fans because of Barry Bonds and some that are still playing baseball. I'm just hoping that he gets a shot and the opportunity," Baker said.

[RELATED: Royce? Dusty Baker still trying to learn Bryce Harper's name]

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.