Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Park is yours

Nice story a few days ago by the SF Chronicle that says the team has totally paid off the debt on AT&T Park. 

Doing so gives the team some more financial muscle to sign players. There's already plenty of speculation that they want to give Bumgarner a big deal.

Here's the top of John Shea's story --


The Giants made no announcement. Threw no party. Orchestrated no conga line through Willie Mays Plaza.
On Dec. 15, six days after their news conference to introduce Mark Melancon as their $62 million closer, the Giants made the final payment on AT&T Park.
The 20-year mortgage on the $170 million loan that helped fund construction of the waterfront park at Third and King was quietly paid off without fanfare or a news release.
“We had people suggesting we have a loan document burning party, a controlled burn on Mount Tam,” CEO Larry Baer quipped in an interview with The Chronicle. “We decided against that for lots of reasons.”
In the 25th year of the Giants’ ownership group — which bought the team from Bob Lurie in December 1992 — the organization is healthy financially and anticipating another run to the playoffs. The team opens its exhibition season against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Romo and Casilla gone

The bullpen stalwarts became the gascanners last season. Here's a game to remind you from Sept. 17 -- Giants up 2-1 in the 9th. Romo gives up a single and Casilla blows the save.

It happened nine times last year, where the Giants had a lead in the 9th and lost the game. That's not including the final playoff game.

The bottom line -- wahtever edge these two once had is gone.

So here's hoping for more gascanning with the Dodgers for Romo and with Oakland with Casilla.

Aaron Hill in the Orange and Black

The Giants are giving him a minor-league deal. 

 By Chris Haft / | | February 17th, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Continuing to chant their mantra of depth and experience, the Giants signed free-agent infielder Aaron Hill to a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league spring camp, the club announced Friday.
The Giants' Spring Training infield contingent includes Jimmy Rollins, 38; Hill, 34; Gordon Beckham, 30; and Michael Morse, 34, who'll be tested at first base as well as left field. Each has spent at least eight years in the Majors.
The foursome will compete with returnees Kelby Tomlinson and Conor Gillaspie for backup spots.
"Each of these guys brings something different to the table," Giants general manager Bobby Evans said. "Each of them has a different level of experience or a different strength. Ultimately, we have to determine who the best fit is for the spots we have. Each guy has the potential to help us off the bench in different ways."
Hill, a 12-year veteran who has spent most of his career with Toronto and Arizona, felt wary of being caught on the outside looking in.
"I didn't want to sit around and wait for an injury," he said before participating in the Giants' initial full-squad workout Friday. "I wanted to go play and everything will take care of itself."
Hill will receive a $2 million base salary if he makes the Opening Day roster, an industry source confirmed. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported Hill can earn up to an additional $1.425 million in incentives and performance bonuses.
Like the other veterans the Giants have signed, Hill has an opt-out clause in his contract that will enable him to become a free agent late in Spring Training if he's not projected to make the Opening Day roster.
Hill played 125 games for the Brewers and Red Sox in 2016, recording a slash line of .262/.336/.378, with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs. Hill made the Red Sox's postseason roster but struck out in his only at-bat in their American League Division Series loss to the Indians. The right-handed batter owns a .267 career batting average with 161 home runs.
• Right fielder Hunter Pence participated in the entirety of Friday's initial full-squad workout but, due to a mild muscle pull in his right side, did not take batting practice against coaches as a precaution. Pence said he "soon" will be able to take regular batting practice.

David Hernandez in the Orange and Black

The big four are all gone -- Romo's a Dodger, Casilla is back in Oakland and Affeldt and Lopez retired.

David Hernandez is 31 and has been in the bigs for 7 seasons. Hope he has something left in the tank.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Adios, Javier Lopez

What a great Giant he was.

Traded for John Bowker and Joe Martinez in 2010. Maybe one of Brian Sabean's best deals. 

Here's the top of the story on the Giants web site --

SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Javier Lopez, an integral part of the Giants' three World Series triumphs, announced his retirement on Wednesday.
Lopez, 39, was available in free agency but apparently did not prompt the same interest that led the Giants to offer him multiyear contracts -- twice -- to keep him in their bullpen. Lopez's ERA and WHIP rose from 1.60 and 0.890, respectively, in 2015 to 4.05 and 1.463 last season.
Lopez also had expressed interest in spending more time with his family. He and his wife, Renee, have a son and a daughter.
MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal was the first to report Lopez's retirement, which was confirmed by sources close to the pitcher.
Lopez lent respectability to the term "LOOGY," an acronym for "left-handed one-out guy." Typically summoned to face formidable left-handed batters, Lopez thrived by relying on a low release point, deception and late movement on his pitches. Left-handed batters mustered a .202 average against him during his career.

Lopez particularly excelled after joining the Giants in a 2010 Trade Deadline deal. He recorded a 2.47 ERA during his tenure with San Francisco, compared with 4.37 for the other four teams that employed him during a Major League career that spanned 14 years. Lopez pitched for four World Series winners, bolstering San Francisco's championship bullpens in 2010, 2012 and 2014 after participating with Boston's victorious 2007 squad.
Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong heaped praise upon his former teammate.
"He was always a team guy," said Vogelsong, who recently signed with Minnesota. "Everything about our team and his ability to help everybody else and try to make everyone else better seemed like it trumped what he was doing. Everybody wants to do their thing and be good -- I know he did, too -- but you would have never known by the way he interacted with and rooted for his teammates and tried to make people better.
"The reason the teams won that he was on was because that's what they were all about. And I think he's probably one of the best factors of why those teams took on those characteristics."
A graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in psychology, Lopez logged 839 appearances, tied with Arthur Rhodes for 11th all-time among left-handed relievers.
He averaged 68 appearances per year in his six Giants seasons, receiving frequent calls from manager Bruce Bochy, and the results explain Bochy's trust. Here's a sampling of how top left-handed batters fared against Lopez:
Carlos Gonzalez, .160 (4-for-25) Chase Utley, .043 (1-for-23)
Bobby Abreu, .095 (2-for-21)
Jay Bruce, .100 (2-for-20) Adrian Gonzalez, .211 (4-for-19) Ryan Howard, .167 (3-for-18) Joey Votto, .154 (2-for-13) Robinson Cano, .100 (1-for-10)
Todd Helton, .100 (1-for-10)

Said Vogelsong: "Every time I turned around, he was facing Adrian Gonzalez or Carlos Gonzalez -- the best left-handed hitter in [the opponent's] lineup when we're winning the ballgame, sometimes three nights in a row. That's his only guy. Some people say, well, that's the easiest job in the world, because he had to get only one guy out. But nine times out of 10, the guy he had to get out was the best left-handed hitter in their lineup and the game was on the line. So it wasn't the easiest job. The success-to-failure rate was probably the slimmest and hardest one of any job you could have of any pitcher in the big leagues. And he nailed it for a long, long time."

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Adios, Sergio Romo

Romo signed a $3 mil deal with the dodgers.

Here's hoping he like Brian Wilson was in 2014 (he SUCKED and then retired).