Pirates' Bonds, Leyland clash in on-field outburst NOTES

March 05, 1991

Barry Bonds' unhappiness over his contract boiled over yesterday into an obscenity-laced, on-field shouting match with Pittsburgh Pirates manager Jim Leyland, coaches and reporters.

Leyland, who has become increasingly upset with Bonds' sulking and lackadaisical attitude since reporting to spring training last week, said: "I don't give a damn what his problems are, he's not going to run this camp. . . . He can just go home."

Bonds said the incident began when the team told him he could not have a personal photographer at camp if he refused to allow other photographers to take his picture. Bonds said he had the "freedom of choice" to allow himself to be photographed by people of his choosing.

"Just because I didn't want to talk to the media and that was my choice, they said neither can your friend take pictures of you," said Bonds, who has refused interviews with print reporters.

Bonds has been angry at the Pirates since his second straight loss in salary arbitration -- he will make $2.3 million instead of $3.25 million -- and the club's refusal to offer him a multiyear contract worth $4 million-plus a season.

He recently said he wouldn't re-sign with Pittsburgh after 1992 "if they offered me $100 million."

Leyland's outburst -- uncharacteristic because he usually disciplines players in private -- came as Bonds and instructor Bill Virdon, a former major-league player and manager, yelled at each other and traded angry glances during a routine fly-ball drill.

Leyland raced over from an adjacent field and started screaming at Bonds.

"One player's not going to run this club," Leyland said, his voice echoing over the Pirates' four practice fields. "If you don't want to be here, get the hell out of here. Let's get the ------- show over with or go home.

"If guys don't want to be here, if guys aren't happy with their money, don't take it out on everybody else."

Leyland was at his angriest when Bonds seemed to question his authority, with the manager yelling: "I'm the manager of this team. That's who ---- I am."

Bonds granted Pittsburgh television station KDKA and ESPN live interviews yesterday to explain the flap with Leyland. KDKA reporter Bob Pompeani said Bonds agreed to the interview because it would not be edited before airing.

Bonds said his displeasure with news photographers and the media stems from news reports about him being unhappy in Pittsburgh. Bonds denied being unhappy and said he doesn't understand why he has a negative image in Pittsburgh.

"I just want to play baseball," he said.

* METS: Dr. Richard Caspari confirmed the earlier diagnosis which showed the presence of four bone spurs -- three small and one large -- in Frank Viola's left elbow. Dr. James Parks, the New York team physician, will be in camp today, and team officials along with Viola will discuss the options for treatment, including surgery.

Viola first reported the stiffness in his elbow on Feb. 22, but has been throwing without pain since last week.

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