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Gillaspie ready for any role he's asked to play

As one of the Giants' key performers last October, it would seem Conor Gillaspie has no business mentioning the possibility of beginning this year at Triple-A.
Via Giants.com
6 hours ago

Sergio Romo finds himself at home in Dodgers blue

GLENDALE, Az. -- Sergio Romo remembers a game early in his career when 30 of his friends and relatives showed up in the Giants’ family section wearing Dodgers gear.Giants manager Bruce Bochy called Romo into his office the next day and admonished him, half-jokingly.“Just a little word of advice,” Bochy said. “That’s not going to fly.”“I’ve got it,” Romo replied...
Via FOX Sports
13 hours ago

Buster Posey eager for fresh start, to raise power numbers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey leans on the back of the batting cage under Arizona's blue skies, one leg crossed over the other as he watches his teammates take their cuts while awaiting his own turn. The star catcher chats up athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and talks hitting with manager Bruce Bochy. ''Hi, Buster!'' hollered 6-year-old Jordan Larocco, a first-grader from...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Giants' Cueto still in Dominican Republic with ailing father

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Johnny Cueto remains in his native Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. The Giants plan to reach out to him to see how he is doing and whether he thinks he will pitch for his country in the World Baseball Classic. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy is not worried about Cueto's preparation...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

No timetable for when Cueto might report

A week has gone by since pitchers and catchers reported to Giants camp and there's still no sign of right-hander Johnny Cueto.
Via Giants.com
1 day ago

The Giants will almost certainly carry five outfielders

But here are their options if they want just four dedicated outfielders on their roster. According to MLB.com and SFGiants.com reporter Chris Haft, the Giants will probably carry five outfielders. They almost always do, so it’s not like this would be a surprise or change in organizational philosophy. Five outfielders is sort of the default around baseball. It says something,...
Via McCovey Chronicles
1 day ago

Healthy Pence, Giants' success go hand in hand

Giants right fielder Hunter Pence came to camp this year with two solid goals in mind -- winning the World Series again after a two-year drought and remaining healthy for the entire season.
Via Giants.com
1 day ago

San Francisco Giants: NL West Champion Favorites

As Spring Training gets under way for the San Francisco Giants, it means that the Giants are about a month and a half away from getting the 2017 season started in Arizona. With that said, after a heartbreaking playoff defeat to the Chicago Cubs last year, the San Francisco Giants are poised to make another run at the World Series title, and to do so, they should make the road a bit...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: four players to watch during spring training

The San Francisco Giants arrived in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, eager to get back to work and redeem themselves after a tough end to their 2016 postseason run. The Giants have a number of unanswered questions to address during Cactus League competition as players will be battling for roster spots at various positions. The fifth spot in the starting rotation, a starter at third...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants sign Slade Heathcott, former top Yankees prospect

Gorkys Hernandez has company in the fifth-outfielder race. According to Jon Heyman and some dude in my Twitter feed who tipped Heyman off, the Giants signed outfielder Slade Heathcott to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Heathcott is an athletic 26-year-old left-hander who has the ability to play second and third base center field. The fifth-outfielder spot...
Via McCovey Chronicles
4 days ago

Vince Coleman is here to teach young Giants how to steal bases

This allows us to talk about fun things. Either Vince Coleman drove you mad as a Giants fan in the ‘80s, or you weren’t around for it. There isn’t a comparable player today. When the Giants and Cardinals met in the 1987 NLCS, Coleman was coming off a season in which he stole 107 freaking bases, the second of three straight 100-plus seasons. He was a caffeinated water bug,...
Via McCovey Chronicles
4 days ago

Giants add infielder Aaron Hill on minor league contract

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Versatile infielder Aaron Hill has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants and would get a $2 million, one-year deal if he is added to the 40-man roster. Hill joins a growing list of veteran infielders in the mix to try to land a job out of spring training, along with Jimmy Rollins and Korean Jae-gyun Hwang. Eduardo Nunez is the projected...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

3 San Francisco Giants storylines to watch for during Spring Training

Baseball is coming. Pitchers and catchers for the San Francisco Giants are reporting in just two days and the full team is reporting to Scottsdale, Arizona in under one week, so for all the other balls-and-sticks-starved fans out there here are a few storylines to follow. Will either Mac Williamson or Jarrett Parker pull ahead? The only starting position that is unsettled right now...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres considering signing Travis Wood or Jered Weaver

Looking to bolster their starting rotation, the San Diego Padres reportedly have turned their focus to veterans Jered Weaver and Travis Wood. The name mentioned last is interesting enough to mention. Jake Peavy has an unquestioned history with the Padres. He pitched in San Diego from 2002-09, was the ace of the NL West champions in 2005 and 2006 and won the National League Cy Young...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Krukow to cut back on calling Giants games, with Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt filling in

One of the most beloved broadcasters in baseball, San Francisco Giants color commentator Mike Krukow, will take a step back in 2017. Krukow reportedly told Bay Area radio show Murph and Mac he’ll call only 120 games next season, with Jeremy Affeldt and the just-retired Javier Lopez working the rest of the games on CSN Bay Area, alongside play-by-play man Duane Kuiper. Via the...
Via Awful Announcing
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Brian Wilson mulling MLB comeback as knuckleballer

He’s back!Well, he might be.According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports three-time All-Star pitcher Brian Wilson could be returning to Major League Baseball. And he plans to return as a knuckleballer.Brown’s article mentions the 34-year-old recently threw some pitches on a mound at USC, and a “handful were knuckleballs.”“That right there,” Wilson said while pulling off his...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Four-time World Series champion Javier Lopez announces his retirement

Reliever Javier Lopez, a Rule 5 pick who went on to win four World Series championship rings with the Red Sox and Giants, is retiring.Lopez, 39, was a free agent.“More than anything, it’s just time,” Lopez said. “It’s a young man’s game. Although I think I can compete, it’s getting harder and harder to get ready for spring.“I’m looking forward to some other things...
Via FOX Sports
13 days ago

Sergio Romo agrees to deal with Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers and relief pitcher Sergio Romo agreed to a deal on Friday, according to multiple reports.The two sides had been in talks, with a report by Ken Rosenthal Thursday saying Romo was deciding between the Dodgers and another team. MLB Network’s Jon Paul Morosi first reported Friday night that the two sides have agreed to a deal.Romo will turn 34 next month and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Odd man out: where Trevor Brown fits with the San Francisco Giants

On Jan. 25, the San Francisco Giants signed catcher Nick Hundley to a one-year, $2 million contract. Last season Hundley hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 home runs in 317 plate appearances, and now he appears ready to assume the role of Buster Posey’s backup. The move was not strange for a team in need of a catcher to play once every five days. However, the Giants already had a backup...
Via The Sports Quotient
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Buster Posey honors memory of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on Monday night took to Instagram to post a heartfelt tribute to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who died over the weekend in Yemen.Owens was killed during an intelligence-gathering raid on al Qaeda militants when his aircraft experienced a “hard landing,” according to Pentagon officials per an NBC News report...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-MLB player Aubrey Huff crushed for immigration tweet

Former MLB player Aubrey Huff decided to share his thoughts on the rash of protests that have broken out across the United States in recent weeks, and it did not go very well for him.On Sunday night, Huff tweeted that all of the people who were getting together to protest should consider getting jobs instead. Of course, many of the protestors do have jobs. Being unemployed is not...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Frank Thomas blasts HOF candidates for taking PEDs

Former MLB slugger Frank Thomas, a Hall of Famer himself, isn’t excited about welcoming in players who are suspected of having used PEDs during their careers.A longtime critic of performance enhancing drugs in the sport of baseball, The Big Hurt made his feelings about the Hall of Fame accepting such players known during the Chicago White Sox’s fan convention this weekend....
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss

AT&T Is the Home-Run Killer of the Millennium

Here’s something that isn’t new to you: It’s difficult to hit a home run in San Francisco. It’s difficult to hit a home run in any ballpark, but, in particular, San Francisco makes it tough. This information is well understood. So why don’t we freshen things up with a twist? Not only is it hard to hit a homer in AT&T Park — AT&T makes homers more hard than Coors...
Via Fangraphs
January 18, 2017  |  Discuss

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of our look at the Hall of Fame Ballot! If you missed Part One, detailing 13 players on this year's ballot who were easy Nos, click here to read it. For today's post, I get to do something a lot more fun: talk about four people who ruled at baseball. If, when all is said and done, these people aren't in the Baseball Hall of Fame, we should probably change the...
Via Yardbarker
January 16, 2017  |  Discuss
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