8:09 PM EST, Sun November 23, 2014

Sandoval watch: Big week ahead

The Red Sox should soon learn if they will land their primary offensive target of the offseason, third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is sifting through offers from three teams -- the Sox, the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres. Michael Sandoval, Pablo’s brother who serves as the player’s agent with Gustavo Vasquez, said Sandoval will make a decision this week. All three teams are believed to have offered the 28-year-old Sandoval five-year deals in excess of $90 million, but it remains to be seen, of course, if one or all of the bidders tack on a sixth year, which is what Vasquez...
San Diego Union-Tribune 20 hours ago

Sandoval to make decision next week

Free agent will choose between Red Sox, Giants and Padres.

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OFFSEASON NOTES: Giants add four right-handers to 40-man roster, Gutierrez DFA’d

A brief break from Panda Watch for some actual roster moves. To protect them from the Rule 5 draft held at the Winter Meetings, the Giants added Derek Law, Ray Black, Cody Hall and Joan Gregorio to the 40-man roster.… Continue Reading → 
San Jose Mercury News Nov 20, 2014

Giants' Evans expects Sandoval's decision by Thanksgiving

During an appearance on KNBR on Thursday, San Francisco Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said he thinks Pablo Sandoval will decide by Thanksgiving whether to re-sign with the Giants or go to another team, possibly the Boston Red Sox.

SF Giants feel they are ‘right in the middle’ of Sandoval talks

I just got off the phone with Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans, who said the club still feels confident that Pablo Sandoval will give San Francisco every chance of re-signing him. San Francisco Giants v Chicago White Sox(Sarah Glenn/) Evans spoke to Sandoval’s agent this morning. Contrary to the notion that Sandoval has no interest in returning to San Francisco, put forth in a report by KPIX on Wednesday, Evans said, “We’ve got every indication that we’re right in the middle of it.” Now, let’s be clear. Even if Sandoval has decided to move on, his agents would still be...
San Jose Mercury News Nov 19, 2014

Purdy: Giants have no excuse not to sign Sandoval

The San Francisco Giants have plenty of money, and if they allow Pablo Sandoval to leave, they should be ashamed of themselves.

Report: Pablo Sandoval leaves Boston without an offer

Gordon Edes of ESPN.com, who covers the Red Sox, just tweeted that Pablo Sandoval’s meet-and-greet in Boston ended today without the Panda getting an offer. He quoted Sandoval’s brother and co-agent, Michael. Sandoval’s principal agent, Gustavo Vazquez, was expected to chat with the Giants today amid one report that Sandoval has already made up his mind to leave. Channel 5 news director Dennis O’Donnell reported on the KPIX website, based on sources, that Sandoval never really intended to re-sign with the Giants and that it was 90 percent certain he will go to Boston. The other 10...

SF Giants release spring training schedule, and here it is

The Giants will play 33 games in Arizona, starting Tuesday March 3 at the A’s new digs at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. Single-game tickets go on sale at 10 p.m. Jan. 13. Here is the schedule. All times are local in Arizona. (ss) signifies a split squad. Home games at Scottsdale Stadium in bold: Tuesday March 3 at Athletics, Mesa, 1:05 p.m. Wednesday March 4 vs. Athletics, Scottsdale, 1:05 p.m. Thursday March 5 vs. Cubs (ss), Scottsdale, 1:05 p.m. Friday March 6 at Rangers, Surprise, 1:05 p.m. Saturday March 7 vs Padres, Scottsdale, 1:05 p.m. Sunday March 8 (ss) at Diamondbacks, North Scottsdale,...

SF Giants test out their Madison Bumgarner impersonations

It’s well established that Madison Bumgarner is a down-home, country sort of guy. And that distinctive personality makes for some very funny impressions. Fox Sports recently asked the San Francisco Giants to try out their best MadBum impersonations — they vary in quality (unsurprisingly, Hunter Pence gives full commitment) but one anecdote stands out. Bumgarner’s

Touted SF Giants pitching prospect suspended under drug program

Adelberto Mejia, a left-hander who started 21 games for the Giants’ Double-A team in Richmond, Va., last season, was caught using a banned stimulant and will be suspended for the first 50 games of the 2015 season, Major League Baseball just announced. Mejia tested positive for Sibutramine. Mejia went into 2014 as a very promising prospect. He struggled at Richmond, with a 4.67 ERA and a 1.389 WHIP, but he is only 21 and considered one of the organization’s best starting prospects. Mejia was one of several starters at Richmond who did not progress as well as the organization had hoped in...
Baltimore Sun Nov 13, 2014

Former A's, Giants manager Alvin Dark dies; played two seasons for Cubs

Alvin Dark, who was the 1948 rookie of the year and a three-time All-Star as a player and led both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's into the World Series as a manager, has died at age 92.
San Jose Mercury News Nov 13, 2014

No joking around when Rob Schneider talks about the San Francisco Giants

Among the 35,561 spectators at Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium (aka "The K") during the final two games of the 2014 World Series, almost anonymously lost among a roaring crowd, sat one-time "Saturday Night Live" writer-comedian Rob Schneider, also star of the Deuce Bigelow films.

Two-team race for SF Giants’ Pablo Sandoval? Don’t bet on it

Recruiting pitch?When the Red Sox’s David Ortiz hugged Pablo Sandoval at the World Series, he might have been channeling Dave Loggins and singing, “Please Come to Boston.” The big problem with Hot Stove “rumors” is that some teams just don’t play the game. By “the game,” I mean using the media to disseminate information. Some teams actually keep their desires close to the vest. This is why “mystery team” wins out on so many free agents and trades. I bring this up because of a feeling that the Red Sox and Giants are in a two-team bidding war for Pablo Sandoval. I don’t...
San Jose Mercury News Nov 12, 2014

Kawakami: Five reasons Pablo Sandoval stays with the Giants

Gut feeling is that free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval will wind up staying with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Bruce Bochy finishes third in Manager of the Year voting

This was one of my favorite Bruce Bochy Moments in three years of covering him. Michael Morse had just homered to tie Game 5 of the NLCS, AT&T Park was going crazy, the dugout was going crazy, Morse was going… Continue Reading → 

Matt Williams wins NL Manager of the Year, plus where Bruce Bochy finished

Matt Williams, the former Giants third baseman and rookie skipper for the Washington Nationals, was just named 2014 National League Manager of the Year. Clint Hurdle of the Pirates was second. The Giants’ Bruce Bochy finished third, just as he did in 2010 and 2012 after the first two World Series championships. Williams earned 18 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Hurdle got eight first-place votes and Bochy three. The 30th vote went to Mike Redmond of the Florida Marlins. The award is selected in each league by two writers in each city who...

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