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Marlins fire Bonds, keep Prado, Suzuki

Marlins fire Bonds, keep Prado, Suzuki
Former Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds looks on from the dugout during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 24. (Rob Foldy / Associated Press)

The Miami Marlins fired hitting coach Barry Bonds on Wednesday, along with third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius.

Miami also announced a $40-million, three-year contract with third baseman Martin Prado, who would have been eligible for free agency, and exercised a $2-million club option on outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

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Miami finished fourth in the majors in batting average at .263 but fourth-lowest in runs at 655 and next-to-last with 128 home runs. The Marlins improved in all three categories from 2015.

Prado hit .305 with eight home runs and 75 runs batted in.

Suzuki, 42, this year became the 30th player to reach 3,000 hits. He batted .291 in 143 games.

Etc.

Brad Ausmus will return for a fourth season as manager of the Detroit Tigers. ... New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will have surgery on his right knee. ... Major League Baseball's average attendance dropped 1.1% this season but still was the sport's 11th highest.

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