Category Archives: spring training

JUST A LITTLE TRIM PLEASE

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS after yesterday’s game gave the roster a little trim.

They cut six guys after Sunday’s game. Pitchers Clayton Blackburn, Joan Gregorio and Chris Stratton were optioned, and first baseman Kyle Blanks and pitchers Samuel Coonrod and Matt Reynolds were re-assigned. Blanks actually hit a home-run Sunday giving the Giants 12 home runs in six games.

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Kyle Blanks

Jake Peavy is in town for a few days, hosting a private musical gig for wounded Marines from San Diego through his foundation. The Marines were introduced on the field before Sunday’s game.
“Word from the Peavy camp is he still wants to pitch and could try joining an organization during the summer” From SFGATE

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MORSE goes deep twice in Sundays hit fest!

“It felt good. It felt really good,” said Morse, who has said he will retire if he doesn’t make the team out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. “I hit it hard. It was only a matter of time before I started connecting. I feel like my swing is pretty good. I like where it’s at.”

 

Quote of the day

“It’s part of baseball. It’s part of why you love it. I think that’s why it feels so good when you do win, because you spend so much time on other end.”

Matt Moore on losing.

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ADRIANZA STEPS ASIDE & THE RETURN OF THE MOOSE

Some  San Francisco Giants recent happenings:

Signing of NICK HUNDLEY free agent CATCHER 1 year 2 million dollars.

Trevor Brown will start in Triple A but will have a chance to show his stuff during Spring Training. The franchise felt there was a need for another catcher even though Buster Posey started 122 games last season.

EHIRE ADRIANZA will step aside to make room on the 40 man roster for the 33 year old Hundley. Personally I have seen Adrianza get some huge hits when it counted so Hundley has that to live up to.

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Hundley, it is said, has hit “more effectively” than most Rockies on the road so let’s hope he can hit well as a Giant. Hundley has been a member of two of our rival teams, the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies. I’m simply going to have a much harder time loving him because of that. But…Welcome Nick! 🙂

“Every season, the more we can keep Buster behind the plate and healthy, the stronger the team is,” General Manager Bobby Evans said.

Who won’t be playing in the WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC?

MARK MELENCON who signed with the Giants in December and most likely wants to go spend some of that $62 million he will be paid over 4 years.

I don’t know…? Did we really need another over paid over rated pitcher?  Yes we did. Do! In my teenie tiny little opinion- relievers were our weakest point last season. Fingers crossed!

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OUTFIELD

BYE BYE TO THE WHITE SHARK 😦

GREGOR BLANCO Now with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a Minor League contract! Crazy! Oh but it came with “an invitation to big league camp”.

Gregor Blanco, besides being one of the most pleasant people on and off the field, was a huge part of the “Magic” of 2012 and 2014.  And then there was that supernatural catch June 13 2012 that saved Matt Cain‘s perfect game.

Gregor has always been one of my favorite SFG boys.  I will miss him as a Giant but if the D-Backs have half a brain I should be seeing him at Chase Field soon.

“I would say Gregor will always be remembered as a ‘Forever Giant,'” said left-hander Javier Lopez in a recent text message, citing the label that the franchise frequently attaches to its favorite sons.

“There’s no doubt that he and I will always be connected in our baseball careers because of that amazing catch,” Cain said via text.

LEFT FIELD

JARRET PARKER and MAC WILLIAMSON
Only one will get the job even though ones a left and ones a righty
Leaving themselves open in case someone magical emerges from the Non invitees

RIGHT AND CENTER FIELDS

SPOKEN FOR BY SPAN AND PENCE

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HAPPY DAYS WE’VE GOT  THE MOOSE BACK -I missed MICHAEL MORSE and look forward to viewing his…talents in Scottsdale next month.

No formal invitation yet but I think he will be there.  We do have our first baseman BRANDON (peaches) BELT but Morse has been “inked” to our Minor League.
MORSE AND FREE AGENT JUSTIN RUGIANO will try to bring some hitting from a side of the plate that hasn’t seen much action lately.

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THIRD BASE

JAE-GYUN HWANG

Giants’ have an agreement with free-agent third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang on a one-year Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League camp.

“We’re very fortunate he chose us,” Evans said of Hwang, who will earn $1.5 million if he makes the big league club. Evans didn’t address Hwang’s anticipated role, though he did say that the Korean has the potential to help the team “at some point this year.”

Courtesy of Chris Haft

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Welcome! 🙂

Another Day in Paradise

Today was wonderful! I enjoyed my first day of workouts with the most awesome guys ever! The San Francisco Giants almost entirely intact and looking spectacular! Even though I did better than last year my pictures and videos pale in comparison to this blog. I intend to compose a blog but thought this was worth re-blogging. No fair comparing though, after all I’m just a blonde. sigh 🙂

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It was Day 2 of the #SFGiants Full Squad workouts here in Scottsdale, AZ.  Not much to report, but some of the highlights include

The arrival of Brandon Belt

Live pitching from Matt Cain and Javier Lopez

Green Screen fun with Brandon Belt

Sit down interview with Hunter Pence

Some great Live BP sessions

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SCOTTSDALE IS THE PLACE TO BE THIS SPRING

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CARON with BRANDON BELT 2/24/2013
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I am SO excited!! Baseball is back in two (count them) TWO days!!

Spring is about to be “sprung” when the only baseball team that matters reports to Scottsdale AZ for spring training workouts.  A preview of what is going to be an epic season for the San Francisco Giants!

Pitchers and catchers arrive on Valentines Day February 14th with the rest of the squad joining them on the 18th.

There is nothing better than kickin’ it with the team in the beautiful Arizona sunshine at Scottsdale Stadium.  It is a relaxed and happy atmosphere with big smiles and goofing by our beloved team members who get playful just being with the each other again.  Hope to see you there.

I always enjoy being with my boys again as well as welcoming the new comers and hopefuls that are lucky enough to get a chance to play with the big boys! And it looks like we have some exciting fresh blood to look forward to reviewing.

Giants get 14 of the top prospects in top-14 list of Giants prospects

http://www.chatsports.com/san-francisco-giants/a/Giants-get-14-of-the-top-prospects-in-top14-list-of-Giants-prospects-2-9312531

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ANGEL PAGAN very happy in Scottsdale
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PAGAN AND BLANCO HAPPY TO BE TOGETHER AGAIN
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The always pleasant HUNTER PENCE
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Some of the guys goofin’ in the Scottsdale sun
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ANDRES TORRES
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ZITO 2/2013 Will be missed

SOME MEMORIES FROM FEBRUARY 2013