Barry Bonds returned to baseball Monday, joining the San Francisco Giants for a weeklong stint as a guest hitting instructor.

The Bonds who arrived in Scottsdale, Ariz., was dramatically thinner — think 1991 — as well as smiling as he engaged with reporters.

“It feels really good to be back,” Bonds said (via the San Jose Mercury News). “It feels good to participate in this and give back to the game that I love. I’m going to have a lot of fun doing this.”

As for Topic S — steroids — Bonds, 49, had no comment. “I already went to court and that’s where I’ll leave it,” he said. “Anything outside of that doesn’t need to be commented on.”

That doesn’t mean that the seven-time National League MVP doesn’t think he belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. “Without a doubt,” he said, he does.

Bonds’s last season in the majors, 2007, was his last with the Giants. This version looks as if he’s been following the C.C. Sabathia diet. “I’m a different character now,” Bonds said (via USA Today). “I’m the same person, but a different character. Now, I’ve had time to slow down. I think we all do.

“We have a tendency to reflect on certain things.”