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Giants reporter addresses now infamous Pablo Sandoval photo

Pablo Sandoval went viral on Sunday after an unflattering photo showed him looking very overweight, and the reporter who shared the image was disgusted by the reaction to it.

Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic tweeted a photo of Sandoval taking grounders at third base during Giants camp, and many were stunned at how big the 33-year-old looked. That led to a number of fans and outlets mocking Sandoval, which bothered Baggarly. In a series of tweets, Baggarly explained why he shared the photo and ripped those who taunted Sandoval over it.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler was also disappointed by the reaction to the photo, saying he “wouldn’t wish it on anybody” and that Sandoval looks “healthy.”

Major League Baseball has implemented a universal DH for the shortened 2020 season, so Sandoval will likely be used mostly as a hitter anyway. As long as his weight doesn’t impact his hitting, Kapler probably is not concerned.

Sandoval was listed at 268 pounds at one point, and one of his former trainers once detailed the extent of Sandoval’s eating problem. Despite that, the former World Series MVP hit .268 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs in 108 games for San Francisco last season.

Giants launch ‘Fan Cutout Program’ for season ticketholders

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The San Francisco Giants are taking a unique approach to filling their seats in 2020.

The Giants confirmed in a letter to season ticketholders on Thursday that games at Oracle Park will be played without fans this season, according to ESPN. However, they’re granting fans an opportunity to attend in spirit — by sending in an image to be printed onto a cardboard cutout and placed in the stands.

The plan, which the team is calling the “Giants Fan Cutout Program,” will see the cutouts placed as close to the individual’s season ticket as possible. Fans who do not have season tickets will also be allowed to participate in the program for a $99 fee.

Prepare to see a lot of teams get creative with ideas like this. We’ve seen it overseas, and it’s only a matter of time before we see it here as well.

While the Giants have already ruled out the possibility, some teams are already eyeing up ways they could play with at least some fans in attendance in 2020.

Report: Giants commit to paying minor leaguers through rest of season

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The San Francisco Giants are making a financial commitment to their minor league players.

The Giants committed to paying their minor league players through the end of the minor-league season, Robert Murray reported Wednesday.

The minor-league season is not going to be played, which marks a significant lost opportunity for player development. Some teams have even planned to cut pay for their minor league players until changing their minds.

MLB originally announced in March that minor leaguers would be paid $400 a week through May 31 since they would not be able to play due to the coronavirus shutdown. The Giants will continue to pay their organizational minor league players through Sept. 7. They have about 270 players in the United States and Dominican Republic who will continue to be paid, costing the organization an estimated $1 million.

Report: Giants interested in Yasiel Puig

San Francisco Giants fans used to hate Yasiel Puig while he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it sounds like there’s at least a chance the outfielder could be playing for his former rivals in 2020.

According to baseball writer Robert Murray, the Giants have interest in Puig, who remains a free agent with spring training looming.

We haven’t heard much about Puig in a while. He’s still in search of a job a year after hitting .267 with 24 home runs with the Reds and Indians. He and the Giants have not gotten along over the years, but with Madison Bumgarner departing the team, he may receive a warmer welcome if both sides make this happen.

The Giants brought back Hunter Pence on Friday. It’s not clear if this will dissuade the team from making any pursuit of Puig, but the Cuban outfielder’s free agency is still worth following either way.

Gabe Kapler linked to Giants manager job after being fired by Phillies

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Gabe Kapler was fired by the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday after just two seasons with the team, and some think he should have been given a better shot after compiling a .500 record over that span. However, it seems like there is a good chance the 44-year-old will not be unemployed for long.

Several teams are looking for new managers this offseason, and Kapler is hoping to score one of those jobs. The San Francisco Giants may make the most sense, as Kapler has a strong relationship with president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

While the Phillies fell short of expectations by missing the playoffs this season after spending a ton of money, Kapler’s time with the team was far from a disaster. He had some miscommunications with players and made his fair share of mistakes, but ultimately guys like Bryce Harper did not earn their paychecks. Philly also dealt with some key injuries early on, most notably when star outfielder Andrew McCutchen tore his ACL in June and was ruled out for the remainder of the year.

Even Kapler’s own boss gave him a huge vote of confidence less than four months ago, so it would not be a surprise to see him get another shot as a manager immediately.

Giants to retire Will Clark’s No. 22 in 2020

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The San Francisco Giants are making what many fans will think is a long-overdue step to recognize one of the franchise’s finest hitters.

During a reunion of the 1989 NL Champion Giants, the team announced Sunday that they would retire Will Clark’s No. 22 in a ceremony in 2020.

Will the Thrill was the star attraction on the Giants teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s. In eight years with the organization, he hit .299 with power, making five All-Star appearances and finishing in the top five of NL MVP voting on four different occasions. He was also a Gold Glove winner at first base in 1991.

One has to wonder if it will be the only Giants’ jersey retirement in the near term, with a beloved figure currently finishing out his last year with the organization.

Report: Giants ‘still listening’ on Madison Bumgarner

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The San Francisco Giants are taking the Madison Bumgarner sweepstakes down to the wire.

According to Jayson Stark of MLB Network, teams in contact with the Giants say they are still talking about big trades, and are listening on Bumgarner with roughly an hour and a half to go until the trade deadline.

To say that the Giants have sent mixed signals on Bumgarner would be an understatement. They’re in a tough spot, sitting just 2.5 games out of the second wild card in the NL, and Bumgarner is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. They seem inclined to keep him for one last run, but have discussed Bumgarner deals with contenders. The odds seem to favor him staying, but it’s anyone’s guess at this point.

Report: Giants, Astros discussing Madison Bumgarner trade

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The San Francisco Giants entered Tuesday just 2.5 games back in the NL wild card hunt following their surge in the month of July, but they are still entertaining the idea of trading away their best pitcher.

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Giants are discussing a potential Madison Bumgarner trade with the Houston Astros.

The Astros already have one of the best rotations in baseball, and adding Bumgarner would position them incredibly well to make a World Series run. The left-hander has a no-trade clause in his contract that includes the Astros, so he would have to approve a deal if the two teams agreed to one.

Bumgarner has made it clear he does not want to be traded, so his no-trade list could actually complicate things if the Giants decide to move him. It would also be a tough sell for the fans with the team still in the playoff hunt, but Bumgarner is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. If the Giants don’t think they have enough to win a title this year, this may be their best chance to get maximum value in return for the former World Series MVP.

Rival executive: ‘No way’ Giants trade Madison Bumgarner now

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Madison Bumgarner has been arguably the biggest name to watch leading up to the MLB trade deadline, but the way the San Francisco Giants have come alive recently has most people thinking the left-hander is no longer for sale.

The Giants have won 16 of their last 19 games and now have a very real shot at making the playoffs. One rival executive told Jon Heyman of Fancred that there is “no way” they will trade Bumgarner amid their impressive streak.

With their comeback win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night, the Giants improved to 51-50 and are above .500 for the first time all season. While they have almost no chance of catching the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, they’re suddenly just two games out in the wild card race. Trading their best pitcher at a time like this would be a bad message to send to the fans and players in the clubhouse.

Even if the Giants did want to trade Bumgarner, it sounds like he is going to do everything he can to prevent that from happening. The 2014 World Series MVP is 5-7 on the season with a 3.65 ERA, and he has allowed just five total earned runs in his last six starts.

Stephen Vogt, Giants’ T sign on bases explained

If you have watched the San Francisco Giants during their hot streak over the past few weeks, you may have noticed players making an unusual sign on the base paths after coming up with a big hit. Now we know the origin.

With the Chicago Cubs leading 3-1 over San Francisco in the fifth inning, Mike Yastrzemski singled and drove in a run to cut the lead to 3-2. He then made a “T” sign with his two index fingers toward his team’s dugout.

Catcher Stephen Vogt made the same gesture after one of his big hits, and it turns out he is the reason it started. According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, the “T” sign is a reference to Vogt’s popular basketball referee routine.

Vogt does a great impersonation of an enthusiastic basketball official. He went through the routine on MLB Network a few years back, and you can see his technical foul call at the beginning of the video below:

That explains that. The Giants came back to beat the Cubs 5-4, improving their record to above .500 for the first time all season. They have also won 16 of their last 19 games, so whatever they’re doing seems to be working.