Bonds's Reality: Media Need Waivers

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Media members must sign a release waiver to conduct one-on-one interviews with Barry Bonds but not for interviews in normal group settings, the producer of his reality TV show told the San Francisco Giants.

Bonds told reporters Friday that he wouldn't conduct interviews with media members until they sign the release allowing footage of them to be shown on his upcoming show on ESPN.

Producer Mike Tollin told the team that would apply only to one-on-one interviews, team spokesman Jim Moorehead said yesterday.

After taking batting practice for a fourth straight day, Bonds declined to comment on his status but said it had nothing to do with reporters not signing the waivers. He said he had nothing new to report and indicated he would talk at some undetermined later date.

ESPN Original Entertainment is working with Bonds for a behind-the-scenes look at his quest for baseball's all-time home-run record. ESPN said Friday its reporters would not sign the waiver.

Bonds has 708 career home runs, seven shy of passing Babe Ruth for second place and 48 away from breaking Hank Aaron 's record.

Bonds played only 14 games last season after three operations on his right knee.

The Giants would like to be able to use Bonds as a designated hitter this spring, even in home games played under National League rules. To do that, they will need permission from the opposition, and Manager Felipe Alou said it's important for Bonds to play left field this spring.

"Sooner or later Barry is going to play in the field," Alou said. "Because on Opening Day, what will we do? . . . For us as a team, it can't be that way."

-- From News Services

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