Giants Rumors & News

  • Brandon Belt's 21-Pitch At-Bat Breaks MLB Record for Most Pitches Seen in an AB

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt certainly waited for his pitch in his first at-bat of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. As the MLB account showed, he saw 21 pitches against Jaime Barria in the first inning before lining out to right field. Per Mike DiGiovanna of..." April 22

  • Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

    Hardball Talk "The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his..." April 20

  • Bumgarner has pins removed from hand, Bochy hints at timeline for return

    San Jose Mercury News "Four weeks after a line drive ruined the Giants’ early-season plans and fractured the pinky in Madison Bumgarner’s pitching hand, the club’s ace made an important visit to the doctor’s office. Bumgarner had three pins removed from his left hand Thursday as he recovers from a fractured fifth..." April 20

  • Tyler Beede optioned after Giants fall in series finale

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Tyler Beede slowly buttoned up and tucked in a blue shirt and then reached down to tug on fancy brown shoes. In his locker hung a suit jacket. It was an outfit that was ready for a big league flight to the next city, but Beede won’t be on that flight. The rookie was optioned back to Triple-A..." April 17

  • Giants’ Buster Posey sits out with thumb soreness

    San Francisco Gate "Manager Bruce Bochy would have loved to play five-time All-Star Buster Posey on Sunday and have him catch Tyler Beede, who made his second big-league start and was sent to the minors after the game. Posey is 15-for-48 (.313) and has been especially tough on lefties, going 8-for-22. The Padres..." April 16

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Giants Promote Andrew Suarez, Move Madison Bumgarner To 60-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants announced today that they have promoted lefty Andrew Suarez, as expected. To create space on the 40-man roster, the club moved star hurler Madison Bumgarner to the 60-day DL. An active roster spot was opened by optioning reliever Steven Okert. Suarez, 25, will follow Tyler Beede in..." April 11

  • Johnny Cueto hits DL with ankle injury

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A few minutes after walking into the home clubhouse at AT&T Park, Andrew Suarez was asked if he knew if he was on the active roster. "No," he said. "I guess I should find that out." An hour later, Bruce Bochy finally explained two days of mystery. Johnny Cueto tweaked his left ankle while..." April 10

  • Giants 2014 first-rounder Tyler Beede to make big-league debut

    San Francisco Gate "Tyler Beede is a pitcher. His wife, Allie DeBerry, is an actor. “We’re both busy doing our things and making our dreams come true,” Beede said. His dream of reaching the major leagues is about to come true. The Giants said late Monday that their 2014 first-round draft pick will make his..." April 10

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Giants rained out in San Francisco for first time in 12 years

    Sporting News "Weather-related postponements early in the MLB season are nothing new. The Tigers alone already have had three games rained out in the first week of the 2018 campaign. But the postponement of Friday's Giants-Dodgers game was something else entirely — the first rainout for a Giants home game in..." April 06

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • With addition of another Gold Glove infielder, Giants take shifts to next level

    NBC Sports Bay Area "In the second inning last Friday night, with left-handed pull-hitter Yasmani Grandal at the plate, Brandon Crawford left his position and joined a shift on the right side of the infield. Evan Longoria was alone on the left side, but when the count got to two strikes, he started walking toward..." April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Giants’ Rule 5 pick Julian Fernandez to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Pro Hockey Talk "Giants minor league reliever Julian Fernandez is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. The club selected Fernandez from the Rockies with their second pick in the Rule 5 Draft this past December and were hoping to advance him through..." April 01

  • Arizona State slugger breaks Barry Bonds’ freshman home run record

    Yardbarker "If you’re a baseball player and have bested Barry Bonds in the home run department, that is quite an accomplishment. And Arizona State freshman Spencer Torkelson deserves some recognition for what he has done. On Thursday night, Torkelson smacked his 12th home run of the season. That broke..." March 31

  • Giants release Jarrett Parker

    KNBR "After a tough spring, outfielder Jarrett Parker has been released by the San Francisco Giants, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reported on Friday evening Three years ago, Parker wowed the Giants with a three-homer game against the Oakland A’s in late September. By the end of 2015, he owned..." March 31

  • Giants' Joe Panik first player to homer in back-to-back 1-0 wins

    ESPN "Even the movie moguls of Hollywood might find the script Giants second baseman Joe Panik has written over the season's first two days too preposterous to turn into a film. Panik homered off All-Star Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning on Friday, the only run in the Giants' 1-0 win..." March 31

  • Giants add closer Melancon to long list of disabled pitchers

    San Francisco Gate "The Giants will not have their closer for Opening Day. The club set its roster ahead of Thursday's opener and placed Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow. To replace him they recalled right-hander Reyes Moronta from Triple-A Sacramento. “We..." March 29

  • Giants closer Mark Melancon may not be ready for Opening Day

    Larry Brown Sports "The injuries continue to pile up for the San Francisco Giants as Opening Day approaches on Thursday. Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated on Tuesday that closer Mark Melancon may not be ready to open the season due to some issues with his arm. Melancon is coming off an operation designed to..." March 27

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Giants Expected To Hire Dusty Baker As Special Advisor

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are expected to bring back former manager Dusty Baker as a special advisor to CEO Larry Baer, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Baker will report to executive vice president Brian Sabean in his new role, which the Giants are likely to announce Monday. The 68-year-old Baker will head..." March 26

  • Giants will start Ty Blach on Opening Day against Dodgers

    San Jose Mercury News "Ty Blach will rank among the most unlikely Opening Day starters in San Francisco history when he takes the mound against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Manager Bruce Bochy made that official Sunday morning when he announced Blach as the man to step in for injured ace..." March 25

  • Giants' Bochy hopeful MadBum can return in early June

    San Jose Mercury News "For six weeks of spring training, Madison Bumgarner threw the ball well as Bruce Bochy has ever seen. “Which is saying something,” the Giants manager said. “That’s what makes me sick about this.” Bochy felt that pit in his stomach Saturday when he projected that his ace would be out until..." March 25

  • Injuries are making Marlins' Opening Day roster even worse than expected

    CBS Sports "The baseball community doesn't agree on much, but it agrees on this: the Miami Marlins are going to be bad. The Marlins spent the winter stripping their roster of its best parts: Giancarlo Stanton is gone, as are Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Dee Gordon. What remains is a mishmash of..." March 24

  • A’s latest poke at Giants: parking surcharge for SF fans

    San Francisco Gate "A pre-season series between two teams coming off last-place finishes will take on a little more edge at the Coliseum if A’s president Dave Kaval has anything to do with it. Oakland announced Saturday that Coliseum parking for Giants fans will be $50 for 2018. A’s fans will pay $30, and prepaid..." March 24

  • Six MLB teams that could surprise in 2018

    Larry Brown Sports "With the start of Major League Baseball’s regular season less than a week away, many are looking hard at predictions and projections to see who will be good and who won’t be this season. Expectations are low for a lot of teams, while others are expecting, at worst, a playoff run. Some teams may..." March 24

  • Bumgarner exits after taking line drive off his pitching hand

    San Jose Mercury News "Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner was forced to exit his final spring training start after being hit by a line drive Friday. In the top half of the third inning, Bumgarner took a line drive from Royals’ leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield off of what appeared to be his pitching hand. Giants’ trainer..." March 23

  • Jeff Samardzija to begin season on DL with shoulder injury

    Sportsnaut "San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija injured his shoulder. He will be getting an MRI and is likely to start the season on the DL, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic. Samardzija has had a rough spring thus far. In 11 innings, he allowed 15 runs, 13 earned, walked seven and..." March 23

  • Jeff Samardzija to Miss 3-4 Weeks After Pectoral Injury Diagnosed as Strain

    Bleacher Report "The San Francisco Giants rotation will be shorthanded to start the regular season as veteran Jeff Samardzija is expected to miss three to four weeks with a pectoral strain. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the timetable provided by San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy. The..." March 23

  • Madison Bumgarner diagnosed with fractured left hand

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco Giants have received very bad news on starter Madison Bumgarner. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bumgarner sustained a fractured left hand during Friday’s spring training game. Bumgarner sustained the injury when he was hit on the hand by a line..." March 23

  • Giants Release Andres Blanco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have released infielder Andres Blanco, as Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Twitter links). He had been in camp on a minor-league deal. With that decision, it seems the Giants have narrowed their utility infield competition down to two finalists among the..." March 23

  • Jeff Samardzija having MRI on pitching shoulder

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants nearly broke spring camp without suffering any serious losses due to injury. But Thursday afternoon, manager Bruce Bochy revealed that starter Jeff Samardzija had an MRI on his pitching shoulder. The Giants are concerned with Samardzija’s shoulder after the team’s No. 3 starter..." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Giants finally show off infield featuring 7 Gold Gloves

    San Francisco Gate "On a windy, dusty evening, in their 22nd exhibition game, the Giants finally got to see their entire infield play together Thursday night. Groundball pitchers in the house enjoyed a feast for the eyes. “It’s going to be an entertaining infield,” manager Bruce Bochy said after the 9-7 loss to..." March 19

  • Giants’ Jeff Samardzija experimenting with new pitches

    San Francisco Chronicle "Jeff Samardzija is turning Japanese, at least in pitch repertoire, in his never-ending quest to force hitters off his fastball. Japanese pitchers usually lack major-league velocity, so they compensate with a kitchen-sink approach featuring all manner of pitches and speeds. Samardzija already..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • How Madison Bumgarner views a high spring strikeout total

    San Jose Mercury News "When healthy, Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner is as durable as any pitcher in baseball, a perennial candidate to throw 200 innings. He’s achieved the feat in six of the last seven seasons, only missing the mark in 2017 when an April dirt-bike crash and subsequent shoulder injury cost him nearly..." March 08

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07