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  • MiLB affiliate of Giants bringing back yummy promotion in 2019

    Sportsnaut "In 2018, the San Jose Giants briefly changed their name to the San Jose Churros. The promotion obviously went well, as the team is running it again in 2019. The Giants — the Advanced-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants — announced on Monday that as part of Copa de..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • The beginning of a new era of Giants baseball

    CBS Sports "The glory days of 2010-14 are over. The San Francisco Giants have lost 187 games the last two seasons, fifth most in baseball, and they overhauled their front office this past offseason. GM Bobby Evans was let go and Farhan Zaidi was hired away from the rival Dodgers to become the new president..." March 16

  • Jeff Samardzija explains why MLB should eliminate extra-inning games in regular season

    KNBR "Over the past 10 years, only one team (Angels) has played more regular-season extra-inning games than the Giants’ 166. If it was up to Jeff Samardzija, that number over the next 10 years would be zero. Samardzija thinks the MLB should do away with extra-inning games in the..." March 16

  • Joey Bart could play for Giants 'halfway through the year,' one scout says

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Joey Bart didn't take long to prove why the Giants selected the catcher with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. As the team stumbled in San Francisco, Bart was busy blasting balls over the wall for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Bart launched nine home runs in his first month with..." March 14

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Giants’ Buster Posey still treading slowly — what it means for his recovery

    San Francisco Chronicle "Buster Posey’s recovery and rehab from last summer’s hip injury have gone so smoothly, one can easily forget the gravity of the operation and how questionable it was in August that he would be ready by the 2019 season opener. Now everyone is getting a small..." March 14

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Brandon Belt will likely have a bounce-back season

    McCovey Chronicles "The story of Brandon Belt every year is whether this will finally be THE SEASON. The magical, foretold season that everyone has been expecting from him since he made the team. I think the closest he came to having that season was 2016, which also happens to be the only full season he..." March 12

  • Giants could give Pablo Sandoval a few innings in left field this spring

    NBC Sports Bay Area "When he checked into camp last spring, Pablo Sandoval took out a catcher's glove to show reporters he was ready for any role. He ended up catching a few bullpen sessions in camp and spent the year serving as Bruce Bochy’s emergency catcher. Sandoval also brought an..." March 12

  • Jeff Samardzija using reliever's mindset in Giants starting rotation

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Jeff Samardzija was a relief pitcher early in his career, so he knows what it's like to air it out from the start of an appearance. The Giants have him locked into the rotation, but they still want him to take that old approach.  Samardzija's run of five consecutive..." March 11

  • Tigers acquire C Cameron Rupp from Giants, per report

    Bless You Boys "The Detroit Tigers have acquired catcher Cameron Rupp from the San Francisco Giants, according to a report from Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Rupp, 30, previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies, where he hit .234/.298/.407 in 296 games. Rupp was originally drafted by..." March 08

  • Larry Baer & Wife Met with Cops Cooperating with Investigation

    TMZ "San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer and his wife have both met with law enforcement as a part of the investigation into their physical altercation that was caught on video, TMZ Sports has learned.  The SFPD launched a probe into the March 1 incident -- in which Baer was seen..." March 08

  • Madison Bumgarner is eager to get back to being 200-inning workhorse

    NBC Sports Bay Area "There were six National League pitchers who reached 200 innings in 2016, and three of them were Giants. Last year's staff leader was Derek Holland at 171 1/3 innings, and if you gave truth serum to team executives, they would likely tell you they would be just fine with the Giants going..." March 08

  • Giants’ Farhan Zaidi still pursuing outfielders

    San Francisco Chronicle "With Bryce Harper in another division and on another coast, the Giants’ contingency plan for their outfield is materializing, albeit slowly. “With the kind of investment and duration in a guy like Harper, the Plan B really takes place over 12 years, not just a couple of..." March 08

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • Bryce Harper will save tens of millions in taxes by spurning the Dodgers and Giants

    Los Angeles Times "For Major League Baseball players, three teams are at the bottom of the standings on state taxes: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. That’s because California is in a league of its own on personal income taxes. We’ve got by far the highest..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Cameron Maybin Was Crying and Apologetic During DUI Arrest, Video Shows

    TMZ "TMZ Sports has obtained police footage of Cameron Maybin's DUI arrest -- which shows the Giants outfielder getting extremely emotional once he realizes he's being arrested.  The San Francisco Giants player was pulled over around 2:25 AM on Friday morning in..." March 07

  • Where Giants players who are out of options stand in spring training

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Giants had the day off Tuesday, which gave the staff a chance to step back and evaluate what's been seen so far. Roster decisions won't purely be made based on performance, though. As always this time of year, it's important to pay attention to the options game. The..." March 06

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • Farhan Zaidi will now report directly to ownership

    McCovey Chronicles "Earlier today, we were given a sense of the Giants’ front office shuffle in the wake of the weekend’s big news involving Larry Baer. An executive team involving three vice presidents and President of Baseball Operations will be reporting directly to ownership while overseeing..." March 05

  • Giants’ Cameron Maybin arrested on DUI charge

    San Francisco Chronicle "Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin was arrested on a DUI charge in Scottsdale on Friday, according to the Scottsdale Police Department. “I can confirm that Mr. Maybin was arrested for driving under the influence on 3/1/19,” officer Kevin Watts said in an email to The..." March 05

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Bruce Bochy, Giants anticipating strong bullpen arms coming from minors

    NBC Sports Bay Area "In August of 2017, Sam Wolff had surgery to anchor his flexor tendon back to the bone. He would miss 10 months, so it came as a bit of a surprise when he was sent to the Giants that December in a deal that landed Matt Moore in Arlington. "It was weird, because you think..." March 04

  • Larry Baer to ‘take personal time away’ from Giants

    Hardball Talk "On Friday, Larry Baer, the CEO of the San Francisco Giants, was caught on tape having a loud, public argument with his wife. In the video he tried to rip a cell phone out of her hands, which caused her to tumble off of her chair and to the ground as she screamed “help..." March 04

  • Giants CEO Larry Baer takes leave of absence as MLB looks into physical incident with wife

    USA Today "San Francisco Giants chief executive officer Larry Baer is taking a leave of absence from the team as of Monday after video surfaced of a physical incident with his wife last week. In a statement posted on social media by the Giants, the team's board of directors..." March 04

  • What should Major League Baseball do to Larry Baer?

    Hardball Talk "Earlier today Larry Baer, CEO of the San Francisco Giants, was caught on video in an altercation with his wife, Pam Baer. In the video he was seen attempting to grab a phone out of her right hand. She held on to the phone, her chair tipped over and she was sent to toppling to the ground. She..." March 02

  • Posey disappointed Harper signed with Phillies

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Buster Posey made it clear last month that he would like to play with Bryce Harper. A day before Posey made his spring debut, Harper chose to spend the rest of his career elsewhere.  “Sure there’s a little bit of disappointment,” Posey said Friday night...." March 02

  • Giants Claim Merandy Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team release, the Giants have claimed righty Merandy Gonzalez off outright waivers from Miami. Gonzalez, 23, flashed electric stuff as a fast-rising arm in the Mets system before being shipped to Miami in a 2017 deadline deal for A.J. Ramos. The righty has worked primarily as a..." March 02

  • MLB launches investigation into Larry Baer video

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball will look into a video of San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer engaged in a physical altercation with his wife. In a statement, MLB said they are aware of the incident and are in fact-gathering mode, and refused to offer any further comment.   " March 02

  • Giants CEO Larry Baer In Physical Altercation with Wife

    TMZ "San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer was involved in a physical altercation with his wife at a public park Friday ... with his wife screaming as he knocks her to the ground -- and it was all captured on video.  Multiple people witnessed Baer and his wife Pam in a loud verbal..." March 01

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Report: Harper turned down 12-year, $310M offer from Giants

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants were unable to land Bryce Harper, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. Harper turned down a 12-year, $310-million offer from the Giants, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. The agreement would have carried a..." March 01

  • Here’s how Yangervis Solarte can be the big free agent signing of the offseason

    McCovey Chronicles "On the surface, the Yangervis Solarte non-roster signing appears to be little more than a low risk, high reward signing intended to provide depth on the infield; but, that’s not exactly the ceiling. Sure, Solarte has never been an All-Star player, but in the first three seasons..." March 01

  • Why Giants fans should be thankful Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies

    San Jose Mercury News "In addition to being the most marketable star in baseball, Bryce Harper is also an excellent player, too. Twenty six years old and having recently posted one of the greatest offensive seasons in the history of the sport, there’s no doubt Harper would have helped the Giants win..." February 28

  • Giants believe they have legitimate shot at signing Bryce Harper?

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco Giants are one of the teams that remain involved in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, and there’s a growing sense that they have a real chance to sign the star outfielder. Harper reportedly met with Giants executives for the second time this month on Tuesday. While..." February 27

  • Sources: Bryce Harper, Giants have discussed 10-year contract

    NBC Sports Bay Area "All along, the Giants have been viewed as a short-term solution for Bryce Harper. That’s not actually the case.  The Giants and Harper’s team have discussed a 10-year contract, NBC Sports Bay Area has learned. That would match the deal the Padres gave..." February 27

  • Giants Held 2nd Meeting Yesterday With Bryce Harper

    San Jose Mercury News "The San Francisco Giants stepped up their pursuit of free agent outfielder Bryce Harper with another meeting in Las Vegas Tuesday, according to multiple sources. Giants CEO Larry Baer and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi were in Las Vegas, Harper’s hometown, to meet..." February 27

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Giants prospect Melvin Adon 'on a fast pace' to bigs after bullpen move

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The talent was always there for Melvin Adon. The 100 mph fastball, the filthy offspeed -- he has that. But sometimes change is needed.  Some players need a change of scenery. Some players need a role change. For Adon, it was the latter.  Adon, ranked as..." February 26

  • How the Giants can exceed expectations

    McCovey Chronicles "The projections don’t see the Giants as being very good, but the projections aren’t hard and fast; they’re the mean. Players exceed their projections all the time. Generally, Giants players don’t. They have a tendency to underperform, but two years of..." February 26

  • Smash Mouth has exclusive and angry Bryce Harper report

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Somehow, the Bryce Harper saga has reached the stage where Smash Mouth has an opinion.  That's right, Smash Mouth.  The band hailing from San Jose clearly thinks it would be quite a concept for the Giants to sign the six-time All-Star. But their sources (what?)..." February 26

  • Bruce Bochy ‘enjoyed’ meeting with Bryce Harper, ‘he’s a baseball rat’

    Sportsnaut "Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper could end up signing with the San Francisco Giants. If he does he’ll have a fan in manager Bruce Bochy. Speaking on the “Murph and Mac” show on KNBR in San Francisco, Bochy made it known that his visit with Harper went..." February 25

  • Blach's new slider paying immediate dividends

    MLB.com "Giants left-hander Ty Blach spent the offseason working to develop a new slider, and he finally got the chance to debut his refined weapon in his first outing of the spring on Saturday. The initial results were promising, as the new pitch helped Blach breeze through two scoreless..." February 24