‘Can’t Hurt to Be a Bonds Client’- When Alex Rodriguez Had to Take Help From MLB Legend Barry Bonds for Attempting a ‘Comeback of the Century’ After His PEDs Ban

Published 08/31/2022, 2:31 PM EDT
DETROIT – OCTOBER 07: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees warms up in the dugout in a game against the Detroit Tigers during Game Four of the 2006 American League Division Series on October 7, 2006 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers won the game 8 to 3 and won the series 3 games to 1.(Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds will go down as two of the most controversial ballplayers in MLB’s history. It’s not that they are the only ones who used PEDs during their playing days, but these two faced the most backlashes for the same.

Earlier in 2013, when Major League Baseball suspended A-Rod for a full 2014 season, the Yankees slugger had no option but to wait a year and make a solid comeback in his next season.


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And if reports are true, then Alex Rodriguez took help from the San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds. Although there is no official mention of Bonds helping A-Rod, the then-Yankees slugger did make a statement comeback after completing his PEDs suspension.

How did Barry Bonds even help Alex Rodriguez?

Per John Shea of SF Gate, Alex Rodriguez secretly took tuition from disputed home run king Barry Bonds. Back in 2015, A-Rod had posted a couple of photos of him training inside the batting cage. Although most people did not notice, A-Rod reportedly trained in the same facility where Bonds used to teach several minor league players as well as major league players.

NEW YORK – JULY 21: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees swings at the pitch against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on July 21, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees defeated the Devil Rays 7-3 in game one of their doubleheader. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Per the SF Gate report, even the kids, who used to visit the facility for their training, got some batting tips from A-Rod and Bonds. This news never came out in the mainstream media because it would have created more controversy given Bonds’ background


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“It can’t hurt to be a Bonds client. For A-Rod, it’s obviously about the present and getting the best tutoring available,” the report said. “His and Bonds’ association with the steroid era notwithstanding and about acing a comeback, which could include an assist from the home run king.”


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And as a result, Alex Rodriguez had a smashing season in his comeback year. The Yankees slugger hammered 33 home runs from the plate and was probably the best player for the Pinstripes that season.


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Abhishek Kumar

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Abhishek Kumar is an MLB author at EssentiallySports. After completing his Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Abhishek has been working in the media industry since two years. Before joining EssentiallySports, he previously worked at APN News as a sub-editor, where he has written articles on sports and politics.

Edited By: Rupak Kumar Jha