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Barroid Bonds doesn't want to bat #2 next year


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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Barry Bonds has a message for San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou: he doesn't want to bat second in the lineup.

Bonds made the comment after hearing reports that Alou told Giants fans in San Francisco recently that he was thinking about using the seven-time MVP in the No. 2 hole to get him more at-bats.

Bonds was sidelined for most of the 2005 season with a knee injury and Alou anticipates having to pull him for a defensive replacement late in games.

The outfielder has typically batted third or fourth.

"I am going to speak with Felipe, because at this point in my career it doesn't work for me to be second bat," Bonds told the Dominican newspaper, El Caribe, for its Sunday editions.

Bonds, 41, said his knee feels good and he continues rehabilitation.

"I feel positive about next season to be able to contribute to my team's cause," he said.

Bonds has 708 career homers, third on the all-time list behind Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).

The outfielder was in the Dominican Republic to play in the Juan Marichal Golf Classic, whose proceeds go to the needy in the Caribbean nation. The event finished Sunday.


Baby Bonds* needs to realize the Giants are paying him $22 million dollars, and that it should be what the TEAM thinks it will do best for them, not for you.

Plus "#2" perfectly describes Bonds.

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