Bonds 'not retiring,' slugger says

Barry Bonds is not above being caught on camera by the Los Angeles paparazzi.

Nor, it seems, is he above a return to baseball.

Bonds appeared to relish the chance this weekend to clear up thoughts he's given up on on a comeback.

Are you still considering it, Barry?



"I'm not retiring," Bonds said Saturday night. "I'm not retiring."

Bonds, who spoke with a cameraman for the Web site TMZ.com, was in good spirits while waiting for his car outside a Los Angeles restaurant.

As for free-agent Manny Ramirez?

"I hope Manny stays," Bonds said, bending the knees he put under the knife at least three times -- during a 22-year career -- to get into his car. "Manny's great for L.A."

Bonds hadn't spoken publicly about his career since making an appearance in early October for a kickoff event of the Macy's Christmas tree lighting in San Francisco.

Bonds served as honorary chair for the ceremony then but did not talk to reporters and left quickly after giving a brief speech during a 30-minute program.

He did talk to a young patient about potentially returning to baseball.

"I had fun," Bonds said then. "But I like my freedom."

Bonds pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of making false declarations to a federal grand jury and one count of obstruction of justice, and his trial is scheduled to start March 2. Bonds is accused of lying when he said he never knowingly used performance-enhancing drugs during 2003 grand jury testimony.

The 44-year-old Bonds hit 762 homers, seven more than the previous record set by Hank Aaron.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.