Bonds Won't Return To Giants In 2008

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The San Francisco Giants and Barry Bonds
are parting ways.

The home run king was told last night by Giants owner Peter
Magowan the team would not bring him back for 2008.

Bonds, who broke Hank Aaron's all-time home run record last
month, says on his web site that he understands it's a business
decision but wishes he'd given an earlier opportunity to properly
say good-bye to his fans. He says he believes this was not a
last-minute decision by the Giants, but one that was made some time
ago.

At a pre-game news conference tonight, Magowan said it's always
difficult to say goodbye and there comes a time when you have to
move in a different direction.

The 43-year-old Bonds hasn't played since September 15th because of a sprained right big toe.

Bonds has spent the past 15 seasons with the Giants and received
just under 16 million dollars this season.

Shadowed by steroid speculation for the past few years, Bonds
has slugged 28 homers this season, raising his career total to 762.
The seven-time NL MVP is batting .279 with 66 RBIs.