Former Marlins president David Samson called Barry Bonds’s one-year stint as the franchise’s hitting coach was a “complete disaster.” 

During an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Samson explained on Thursday that he didn’t want to hire Bonds, saying he was “not worth the squeeze.” But, he was overruled by former owner Jeffrey Loria. 

“He had fun as a hitting coach because he would hang out with [Giancarlo] Stanton and give Stanton some pointers. But he was ineffective, completely,” Samson said. “He would sleep in the clubhouse. He would not pay attention during games. He did not work hard. It was a complete disaster.”

During his interview, Samson recalled that Bonds was combative and refused to accept less than $1.5 million—well above the typical salary for MLB hitting coaches. 

“It was the worst interview I’ve ever been a part of,” said Samson. “Bonds was an absolute pain in the ass about pay because he knew he had the job.”

Most of Bonds’s 2016 salary was reportedly paid off the books in an attempt to hide it from other employees. Miami deposited over $1 million in the former Giants and Pirates slugger’s private holding company.

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