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Giants player has interesting social media post about Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge running

Aug 23, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (99) runs to first base after hitting a single against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

One San Francisco Giants player is liking his team’s chances of pulling off the heist of the offseason.

Giants outfielder Joc Pederson took to his Instagram Story this week to openly recruit free agent slugger Aaron Judge to San Francisco. Pederson posted a Photoshop of Judge in a Giants uniform set to the song “Big Rings” by Drake and Future. The post also had the captions, “I got 99 problems … winning ain’t One,” and, “We’re ready when u are 99” (both references to Judge’s jersey number).

The timing of Pederson’s post is interesting to say the least. Judge, who is a native of nearby Linden, Calif., was just spotted in San Francisco for a free agent meeting with the Giants.

The newly-minted AL MVP Judge is universally seen as the top free agent prize this year. The New York Yankees will try their hardest to retain Judge, but the Giants and other formidable NL ball clubs loom as possible spoilers.

Report: Giants make All-Star pitcher available for trade

Carlos Rodon throwing a pitch

Jul 9, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (16) throws a pitch against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The San Fransisco Giants are currently out of a playoff spot and may be poised to trade a key starter as the MLB trade deadline approaches.

The New York Post’s Jon Heyman reported on Saturday that the Giants are listening to trade proposals for some of their veteran players, including All-Star pitcher Carlos Rodon.

“#SFGiants also now listening on their veterans,” Heyman tweeted. “Carlos Rodon and Joc Pederson are among obvious candidates if they do sell. Rodon has an opt out and Pederson is free after the year.”

In addition to Rodon, Heyman says the Giants are open to trading Joc Pederson. Another team reportedly has interest in Joc.

The Giants’ decision to sell may not come as much of a surprise. Entering Saturday, the team was 49-51 and four games back of the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals for the third and final National League Wild Card spot. San Fransisco has especially struggled in July, winning just nine of their 26 games so far. The Giants began the month with a five-game losing streak, and bested that mark with a seven-game skid from July 21 to July 27.

With Luis Castillo off the board as of Friday, Rodon would likely be one of the more sought-after starters on the trade market. The 29-year-old has a 3.18 ERA with 148 strikeouts to 39 walks in 116 innings. Rodon signed a two-year deal with the Giants this past offseason, but can opt out after this year.

Report: Braves could bring back 2021 playoff hero

Joc Pederson in a batting helmet

May 24, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Joc Pederson (23) watches his two-run home run against the New York Mets during the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves are in the market for outfield help, and a familiar face could be out there to help them out.

Veteran Joc Pederson could be on the Braves’ radar if the San Francisco Giants decide to sell, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The Giants are four games out of the second NL Wild Card spot, but have lost eight of their last nine games.

The Braves would probably welcome Pederson back with open arms. They need extra depth after Adam Duvall’s season-ending injury, and Pederson is very familiar with Atlanta. Based on how he responded to his return there last month, he would probably love it too.

The surging Braves have a comfortable lead in the first NL Wild Card spot and are likely to make the playoffs. Pederson is in the midst of an All-Star season, with 17 home runs in 87 games.

Joc Pederson has major update on controversial fantasy football league

Joc Pederson in a batting helmet

May 24, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Joc Pederson (23) watches his two-run home run against the New York Mets during the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Joc Pederson made a big announcement Saturday about the infamous fantasy football league that resulted in a spat between himself and Tommy Pham.

Pham served a three-game suspension in May for slapping Pederson over accusations that Pederson cheated in the fantasy league (video here). Pederson was accused by Pham of stashing a player on the injured list when that player was listed as out, and then picking up a player in the meantime. The league used ESPN, whose fantasy football rules allowed Pederson to do this. Pham contested that their own league’s rule didn’t allow for that possibility, but it looks like any future fantasy league will be using a different site.

Pederson tweeted that he would be moving his fantasy league to a new platform.

“We take fantasy football seriously around here,” Pederson wrote. “That’s why my friends and I are moving our leagues to @Fantrax.”

That seems like a sponsorship post, but it’s fitting nonetheless.

After the seemingly unending drama surrounding the fantasy league, Pederson likely had plenty of fantasy sports sites as potential suitors to host the league.

Pham ended up dropping out of the league and later placed blame on Mike Trout, the league’s commissioner, for not enforcing league rules. As the commissioner, Trout was responsible for making sure all rules were followed. Despite his suspension, Pham didn’t seem to learn any lessons from the feud.

It will be interesting to see if Trout will stay on as commissioner for the upcoming season, and if the league’s reigning champion will participate. What’s almost a certainty is that Pham will not be joining them.

Braves players reveal how Joc Pederson avoided Tommy Pham in 2021

Joc Pederson in a batting helmet

May 24, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Joc Pederson (23) watches his two-run home run against the New York Mets during the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

At first, it seemed hard to believe that Cincinnati Reds outfielder Tommy Pham had been planning to slap Joc Pederson for over a year over a fantasy football grudge. The more we learn, the more we realize how serious Pham has been about it for quite some time.

The latest evidence comes from Atlanta Braves pitchers Josh Tomlin and Tyler Matzek, both of whom played with Pederson in 2021. Matzek revealed that when the Braves played a series in San Diego against Pham’s Padres in late September, Pederson actually avoided going on the field prior to the games so he would not get slapped.

“This was going on all last year,” Matzek admitted in an episode of “The Chris Rose Rotation.” “We would hear about this in our clubhouse before this ever happened. The biggest one was when we went to San Diego, end of the year, and he literally did not leave the clubhouse. Joc did not leave the clubhouse because he knew Tommy Pham was out there and Tommy Pham wanted to slap him and beat him. So he just stayed inside the clubhouse, didn’t take BP for three days, just hit inside the cage, and then would come out to the game.”

Matzek suggested that Pederson had gone out and encountered Pham this season because he assumed the issue had blown over. Pederson was obviously wrong, especially when you consider how determined Pham was to get his revenge.

The Braves did play in San Diego from Sept. 24-26 lsat season. Just imagine if Pham had gotten his chance then. The whole ordeal could have impacted an actual playoff race.

Reds players respond to Giants’ fantasy football T-shirts

Tommy Pham in batting practice

May 12, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tommy Pham (28) looks on at the batting cage before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tommy Pham’s Cincinnati Reds teammates apparently aren’t letting the fantasy football feud between Pham and San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson go.

Earlier in June, some Giants players wore T-shirts with the message “Stashing players on the IR isn’t cheating” in support of Pederson. Pham had slapped Pederson in May over accusations that Pederson cheated in their fantasy football league (video here).

The Reds visited the Giants for a three-game series beginning on Friday, which is the first time the two teams have faced each other since the incident. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Bobby Nightengale shared a photo prior to Friday’s game via social media that showed Reds players wearing shirts with “Pham!” on them. According to Nightengale, a good number of Reds pitchers were wearing them.

Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area shared a photo of multiple Reds pitchers wearing “Pham!” shirts.

The writing style of the “Pham!” was similar to how “pow!” typically looks in cartoon writing, making it very fitting to describe the slap incident.

One of the crazier stories of the 2022 MLB season so far is not going to die out easily.

Pham accused Pederson of picking up a player after stashing a different player on the injured list when that different player was listed as out. ESPN’s fantasy football rules allowed Pederson to do this, but Pham said that their specific league had a rule against that practice.

Both teams have seemingly not forgotten the May dust up, especially based on recent comments from Pham about Pederson. It will be interesting to see if things escalate between both sides this weekend.

Joc Pederson brings back lucky charm for return trip to Atlanta

Joc Pederson in a batting helmet

May 24, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Joc Pederson (23) watches his two-run home run against the New York Mets during the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Joc Pederson is fully embracing his time with the Atlanta Braves as he returns for the first time Monday since winning the World Series there in 2021.

Pederson was a big catalyst for the Braves as they won the World Series, though he ultimately left as a free agent. Now a member of the San Francisco Giants, Pederson was not shying away from his history as he returned to Atlanta as a visitor.

Most notably, Pederson donned his unique pearl necklace when speaking to the media, a lucky charm he was embraced for during last year’s playoff run.

Pederson originally began wearing the pearls late last season. As the Braves gathered momentum en route to the title, they became so famous that the Braves managed to work a reference to them into their World Series ring.

Pederson was not listed in the Giants’ starting lineup for Monday’s game. If and when he does make an appearance, expect him to get a huge ovation from Braves fans.

Tommy Pham offers concerning comment about his Joc Pederson slap

Tommy Pham in batting practice

May 12, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tommy Pham (28) looks on at the batting cage before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tommy Pham does not seem to have learned many lessons from his fantasy football spat with Joc Pederson.

The Cincinnati Reds outfielder once again addressed his slap of Pederson over a fantasy football league in a new interview. Pham told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he has no regrets about slapping Pederson, and claimed that people have even thanked him for doing it.

“You know what, I’ve got no regrets. None at all,” Pham told Nightengale. “Joc deserved to be slapped.

“There were about 100 people that thanked me after I slapped him. Players, coaches, trainers, reporters. What does that say? I was like, ‘Damn, I didn’t know Joc was this disliked.'”

Obviously, we don’t know that Pham is telling the truth, but we can certainly believe him on the lack of regrets. Pham has even claimed he pledged to slap Pederson at the time of the incident and was just following through on his promise.

The entire Pham-Pederson affair is incredibly bizarre and stems from Pham accusing Pederson of stashing a player on IR against league rules. Whether Pham’s rules complaint was justified or not, it’s hard to argue that actually slapping his rival player was proportional retribution. Pham won’t stop trying, though.

Tommy Pham responds on Twitter to Giants’ fantasy football T-shirts

Tommy Pham in batting practice

May 12, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Tommy Pham (28) looks on at the batting cage before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Tommy Pham can’t seem to let his fantasy football league beef with Joc Pederson go.

Pederson’s team, the San Fransisco Giants, wore T-shirts on Monday with the message “Stashing players on the IR isn’t cheating.” The shirts were worn in support of Pederson, whom Pham slapped in May over accusations that Pederson cheated in their fantasy football league (video here).

ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted a photo of a Giants player wearing the T-shirt on Twitter Tuesday, and Pham responded.

“They really played themselves bcuz now All I have to do is release the IR rules in the league and the text how I told Joc I was gonna pimp slap him for cheating,” Pham wrote.

“They really played themselves bcuz [sic] now All I have to do is release the IR rules in the league and the text how I told Joc I was gonna pimp slap him for cheating,” Pham wrote.

Pederson was accused by Pham of stashing a player on the injured list when the player was listed as out while picking up a player in the meantime. ESPN’s fantasy football rules allow this strategy, but Pham argued that their specific league didn’t.

Pham blamed Mike Trout, the league’s commissioner, for not being able to resolve the dispute. Trout declined to say if Pederson broke any rules.

Trout said on Sunday that he was done talking about the incident, but it seems like Pham is not going to let the issue rest so easily.

Mike Trout responds to Tommy Pham’s fantasy football criticism

Mike Trout looks on

July 30, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) following the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Trout has been pulled into the fantasy football dispute between Tommy Pham and Joc Pederson, but for now he is taking a diplomatic approach to questions raised about his role.

Trout is the commissioner of the fantasy football league that sparked a heated dispute between Pham and Pederson. On Tuesday, Pham threw Trout under the bus, calling the Angels star “the worst commissioner in fantasy sports” for failing to solve Pederson’s alleged cheating.

Naturally, Trout was asked about his role in the fantasy football scandal, but he took a relaxed approach on Wednesday. He would not commit to resigning as commissioner of the league for 2022, and refused to say whether or not Pederson broke any rules.

Pham accused Pederson of cheating by stashing a player who was out for the week on his injured list. Though the practice is allowed by ESPN’s standard rules, Pham argued that their league had separate rules that did not allow the practice. Pederson said that plenty of participants in the league had been using their injured list in that way, including Pham.

As a neutral arbiter, Trout could have really shed some light on what happened. If he is determined to take the high road here, we may never know the whole truth. Perhaps MLB fans can do more detective work instead.