As soon as Rodriguez ended his playing career with the Yankees however, there was speculation that he may try to come back with another team. After all, he had never said formally that he was "retiring", simply that he was going to play his last game for the Yankees. There was again some speculation that his hometown Marlins could be interested in adding him, given the important publicity that would be attached to his chase for 700 homers. His checkered history would not likely be a problem, given they now had the disgraced Barry Bonds as their hitting coach, and owner Jeffrey Loria , a personal friend, had a history of bringing in players on their last legs for a last hurrah, such as Tim Raines or Ichiro Suzuki . However, his poor 2016 season, and his vanished ability to play the field seemed to militate against such a development, but speculation was still rife, especially after it was learned that Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton was likely done for the season because of a serious groin injury. In any case, as September was winding down, he began the next phase of his career by serving as an instructor for Yankees players in the Florida Instructional League . In 2017, he came to the Yankees' spring training to serve as a special guest instructor.