Barry Bonds says he's 'proud' of friend Mark McGwire
St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire stands behind a batting cage as he works with Cardinals players during spring training baseball Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Home run king Barry Bonds says he is "proud" of slugger Mark McGwire for returning to baseball as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach and for admitting his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
While Bonds didn't rule out also going into coaching one day, his six-minute session with the media Sunday was ended after he was asked about McGwire.
The 45-year-old Bonds, back in the Bay Area for a reunion at AT&T Park of the Giants' 2000 NL West champion team, says he doesn't believe now is the right time to retire -- though he also insists he's not in shape to play right now if an interested club came calling.
The seven-time NL MVP broke Hank Aaron's home run record on Aug. 7, 2007, and has 762 career clouts.