Day one in the next chapter of the Barry Bonds saga begins Monday. And even in retirement, the legendary slugger is still a polarizing figure. This time, it's less Bonds and more the refusal of baseball fans to get over it.

Bonds begins his weeklong stint as a guest hitting coach for the Giants' spring training. Somehow, that is unacceptable. Somehow, a convicted felon and baseball cheat has no right.

Relax.

Put down your stones and bricks. Fold up your picket signs. Temper your outrage. It's better used on real matters ... such as Lew Wolff's temporary stadium.

Bonds doesn't deserve exile from baseball. The sport isn't moral enough to exclude him. Nor are his crimes, per baseball's standards, grave enough to deem him too unworthy.

What's more, it's not like he's going to be a front-office executive. Or hitting coach for the big club. Or the manager of the Triple-A squad. He's going to practice to impart some tips. If he can't do that, then baseball should be officially registered as a religion.

Bonds was tried, convicted and sentenced. The system we are in has rendered its judgment. Anything else is outside the scope of justice.

Let's review. In 2011, baseball's home run king Barry Bonds was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, community service and two years' probation. This was his punishment for being convicted of obstruction of justice.

In 2013, his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, he received a mere 36.2 percent of the votes. A resounding admonishment for using performance-enhancing belief. And if that weren't resounding enough, in 2014, he received 34.7 percent.

He has unsuccessfully appealed the felony conviction, as was his right. If he also wants to appeal the verdict levied by public opinion, that's his right, too.

So what if this is a PR stunt to rebuild his tarnished name. So what if the end game is getting into the Hall of Fame.

What do people want him to do, give up on his Cooperstown dreams? Is the expectation for him to be resigned to his fate as villain and hide out in the blind spot of public eye? That's not your call to make.

And if that's what bothers you, blame the Giants for giving him the platform to begin renovating his reputation.

He is well within his rights to exist how he pleased within the confines of the law. And no doubt it bothers many he didn't grovel at the feet of baseball's national jury. He hasn't shown the kind of remorse and humility that makes us forget past sins. He doesn't have to. That's his choice. The price for that he will have to pay.

But that price isn't baseball banishment. As if he hasn't been punished enough.

And guess what, this may just be the first step. He may end up coaching. He may end up working in some capacity in the league he once tainted.

He could one day be manager of the Giants. Gasp!

Relax.

Bonds has every right to seek out, create and accept every opportunity. If there is a demand for him, he is free to supply it. If he wants to offer his service and someone accepts, more power to him.

For now at least, that is lending his prestige and immense knowledge to your San Francisco Giants. Judging by the reaction of the players, who seemingly can't wait to pick his brain, you could argue he is giving back to the game.

It's not volunteering as a third base coach in Babe Ruth, but he's offering to those behind him what he's learned. Same as Jeff Kent, J.T. Snow, and the like.

Sure, Bonds may have ulterior motives. So what. The system went after him, and it has extracted the biggest chunk of flesh from him it could get. If that's not enough for you, that's your fault, not his.

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