By Fred Mitchell
Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa made headlines during the late '90s with their prodigious home run numbers.
McGwire hit 70 homers in 1998 while Sosa clubbed 66- both eclipsing the record of 61 hit by Roger Maris in 1961. Bonds topped that number by hitting 73 in 2001.
Subsequently, the trio made headlines for their alleged involvement in performance-enhancing drugs.
Following several years away from the playing field, McGwire came out of hiding to take the job as hitting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 26, 2009. Now Bonds has expressed an interest in rejoining the San Francisco Giants as a coach.
Bonds recently told reporters that he concedes that his reputation is "iffy." He added that "I created that guy out there for entertainment only. Whether you hated me or liked me, you were there."
The same could be said for Sosa, who has yet to apply for a coaching job with the Chicago Cubs. He remains in his native Dominican Republic, far away from the glare of a Wrigley Field fanbase that he once entertained with his towering drives.
Fred Mitchell is a columnist with the Chicago Tribune