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The lessons we learned from this year’s Giants photo day

The lessons we learned from this year’s Giants photo day

Brandon Crawford is photogenic, and we never even saw it coming It’s that time of year, when players stop what they’re doing and take promotional pictures in front of a blank screen! You might not think this is exciting. And, okay, fine, you’re probably right. But it’s exciting to me, dang it. I really get into this stuff. The Giants gave us a fine crop this year. The pictures are often engaging and amusing, sure. But they also teach us lessons. About baseball. About the individual players. About life, man. And with that, I would like to share with you the lessons I’ve learned...

Giants welcome Alameda’s Jimmy Rollins to camp

Insulated San Franciscans have little idea how deeply some East Bay folk detest the Giants, and it started long before anyone heard the term, "San Jose territorial rights." After 17 big-league seasons, at 38, Rollins finally accepts that his days as an everyday shortstop are over. A decade after winning National League MVP, he is ready to spell Brandon Crawford at shortstop and play some third and second base -- if he can win a job after an eight-month hiatus. The Giants wanted Rollins for the same role last year, but he was not ready and accepted an invite from the White Sox because they...

Giants fans anticipate 2017 season without forgetting 2016

The Giants staged their annual FanFest to promote the new season, but the ending of the old season remained on the minds of some fans at Saturday’s event. In one of the question-and-answer sessions, a woman asked shortstop Brandon Crawford about the difficulty of getting over the Game 4 loss to the Cubs in the Division Series, adding she thought the Giants would have won a clinching Game 5 in Chicago. Weeks after coughing up a three-run, ninth-inning lead in Game 4, the Giants signed closer Mark Melancon for $62 million over four years to prevent such nightmares. Five relievers were used...

Three key Giants headed to World Baseball Classic

Every four years, Major League Baseball throws an odd wrench into spring training by holding the World Baseball Classic. Part way through the spring, dozens of players pack their gear and bid farewell to their teammates for as long as 16 days to play for their countries. The three who will plucked for the tournament - Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Johnny Cueto - are critical to the Giants' hopes of winning another World Series. Crawford played through shoulder pain, with Bochy often lamenting how much he had to push the shortstop. Last spring training, the Giants introduced him...
CSN Bay Area Feb 10, 2017

Giants not concerned about stars playing in WBC

SAN FRANCISCO Before he officially committed to playing for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Brandon Crawford received a text from Colorado Rockies star Nolan Arenado.Come on, man. I really want to play with you. I want to play on the left side with you, wrote Arenado, who shares an agent with Crawford.

Giants notes: Pence’s minor injury, Cain vs. Blach, Bonds and more

The Giants will open spring training Monday with no serious injuries, team officials said, but Hunter Pence will be brought along slowly after he a minor side injury during his winter workouts. Pence said he “should be ready to go” for the first position-player workout, though maybe not for the Feb. 24 Cactus League opener. Bochy said Matt Cain is fully healthy and will compete with Ty Blach and perhaps Tyler Beede for the fifth spot in the rotation, but general manager Bobby Evans said, “We have to give Matt a nod relative who what he’s accomplished.” Brandon Crawford said he...
Outside Pitch Feb 3, 2017

Infield offensive expectations for the 2017 San Francisco Giants

A forgotten element in the making of an elite pitching staff is the defense behind it, especially the infield. The San Francisco Giants fall into that category, with three Gold Glove winners, Buster Posey, Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford, from last season leading the way. Award winning fielding isn’t the only thing the Giants’ infield […] The post Infield offensive expectations for the 2017 San Francisco Giants appeared first on OutsidePitchMLB.

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