The Giants and Marlins have been throwing a lot of baseballs at each other over the past week, and Bruce Bochy thinks Miami took things too far in the latest installment of the hit by pitch war.
Two members of the Marlins were ejected on Tuesday night for seemingly trying to get even after Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez plunked Lewis Brinson to load the bases in the top of the second inning. Brinson had a big hit off Hunter Strickland the night before, and the Giants reliever was so upset about blowing the game that he punched a door and injured his hand.
Both teams were issued warnings, but that didn’t stop Marlins pitcher Dan Straily from plunking Buster Posey after he gave up two runs in the bottom of the second. Straily and Marlins manager Don Mattingly were immediately ejected, and Bochy indicated after the game that he felt they deserved to be tossed.
“I don’t know what happened there when (Mattingly) came out,” Bochy said. “He was upset about the warning and said something about, ‘Not tonight, tomorrow.’ I guess they thought they had to do something. There’s a little fuzzy math going on when I have my third baseman on the DL for eight weeks and a guy got hit in the back last night.”
Bochy was referring to a game between the Marlins and Giants last week, when Evan Longoria was drilled in the hand by — you guessed it — Straily. Longoria had to undergo surgery and will miss up to two months, and the sound of the ball hitting his hand was cringeworthy.
The two teams will wrap up their latest series on Wednesday afternoon, and you can bet the umpiring crew won’t allow much leeway if balls start hitting or coming close to hitting batters.
The San Francisco Giants are giving a Major League debut to the son of iconic MLB catcher Ivan Rodriguez.
Dereck Rodriguez, an outfielder-turned-pitcher, is being called up by the Giants, according to his Instagram.
Pitching for Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League, Rodriguez posted a 3.40 ERA in nine starts. He will be used out of the bullpen in San Francisco.
Rodriguez was drafted as an outfielder, but the 25-year-old has only been pitching since 2013. That’s a remarkably quick rise, and now he’ll have a chance to break out of his father’s shadow and form his own big league career.
The San Francisco Giants have dealt with some significant injuries in their starting rotation this season, and they could have interest in taking a chance on Matt Harvey in the wake of the latest blow they were dealt.
According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Giants have had some internal discussions about bringing in Harvey.
The report comes on the heels of the news that Johnny Cueto, who is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA this season, could miss up to two months with an elbow strain. San Francisco has also been without Madison Bumgarner, though the latest news about the left-hander sounds positive.
Of course, there’s no guarantee Harvey will be able to pitch at a high enough level to hold a spot in the Giants’ rotation or any other team’s. The Mets sent him to the bullpen after he got knocked around early in the year, and Harvey has not been the same pitcher since his elbow surgery.
The Oakland Athletics have a bit of a rivalry with the San Francisco Giants — so much so, in fact, that they’re introducing a special pricing plan aimed at Giants fans.
The A’s announced Saturday that Giants fans will have to pay $50 to park at the stadium — $20 more than it will cost your average Oakland fan.
There’s a catch, though — if you’re a Giants fan willing to yell “go A’s,” you get the base price.
Assuming it’s serious — and there’s no reason to doubt it is — this is pretty silly. The Giants have their own history of pettiness, but not quite on this level. Anything for some publicity, it seems.
With the start of Major League Baseball’s regular season less than a week away, many are looking hard at predictions and projections to see who will be good and who won’t be this season. Expectations are low for a lot of teams, while others are expecting, at worst, a playoff run.
Some teams may be a bit off in those projections, though. Some young rebuilding teams are being written off too easily, while some teams being looked at as contenders may fall short of those expectations. Here are six teams that could surprise in 2018 — either for the right or wrong reasons.
1) Chicago White Sox
Little is expected of the rebuilding White Sox in 2018, but the team has enough young talent to make them worth watching out for. Sure, a lot of this is based on the notion of their top prospects delivering, but players with the ability of Yoan Moncada are certainly capable of taking a step forward this season. Jose Abreu is still around, and Matt Davidson is a 20-home run hitter.
The pitching staff will really determine what Chicago’s season ends up looking like. Can Carson Fulmer and Lucas Giolito live up to their reputation as top prospects? Will we see Michael Kopech? If these players can hold their own, Chicago might surprise. Remember, the Tigers and Royals should be non-factors this year — a third-place minimum is plenty reasonable.
The MLB season may still be a couple of weeks away, but the Oakland Athletics are already getting in some shots at their crosstown rivals.
The meme du jour that has been lighting Twitter on fire this week has been (another) “SpongeBob SquarePants”-themed one. The basic meme template features a logo or likeness Photoshopped onto an image of the Krusty Krab, the town’s most popular restaurant in the TV show. A competing one is also Photoshopped onto an image of The Chum Bucket, a restaurant across the street that nobody in the town ever eats at. The meme is essentially meant to indicate the superiority of one brand to another. Here are a few examples:
Come Friday, the A’s decided to get in on the fun by trolling fellow Bay Area club, the San Francisco Giants, and you can guess where they went with it.
Granted, a bit of fact-checking might quell Oakland’s Twitter fingers — though the A’s finished with a better record than the Giants in 2017, they still went a mere 75-87. They also haven’t won a World Series since 1989, as opposed to three World Series wins for San Francisco in just the last decade alone. But you can probably excuse Oakland’s little bout of topical fun since they have proven to have perhaps the best team Twitter account in the MLB.
Tim Lincecum is still looking for a way back into Major League Baseball, and his former team could be willing to give him that route.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the San Francisco Giants have been eyeing Lincecum and will attend his scheduled showcase for teams on Thursday.
While numerous teams are expected to attend the showcase, the Giants may have the inside track. According to Heyman, Lincecum still maintains excellent relations with the organization, and they may be able to offer him a bullpen role.
Lincecum won two Cy Young awards and three World Series titles in San Francisco before his career flamed out, with his most recent big league stint coming in a brutal spell with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. The 33-year-old has been working out with the aim of finding a job for 2018.
Barry Bonds may never make it into the Hall of Fame because of his link to performance-enhancing drugs, but that won’t stop the San Francisco Giants from honoring him as a franchise icon.
The Giants announced on Tuesday that they will retire Bonds’ No. 25 jersey during a ceremony on Aug. 11.
Bonds released a statement thanking the team.
There’s no denying that Bonds is one of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history — with or without steroids. Even if some of today’s superstars are unwilling to recognize Bonds’ single-season record of 73 home runs, he’ll always have a special place among Giants fans.
The San Francisco Giants have been one of baseball’s more aggressive teams this offseason, but this may only serve as a prelude to an even bigger splash a year from now.
A source told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Giants are expected to be a part of the Harper sweepstakes if and when he hits the open market next winter. The Dodgers, Yankees, Phillies, and his current team, the Washington Nationals, are also expected to be factors.
Giants GM Bobby Evans wouldn’t be drawn into such speculation, saying it was “too early to tell” and “hard to speculate.”
A move out west could appeal to Harper, who was born in and still resides in Las Vegas.
The Giants tried and came close to grabbing Giancarlo Stanton via trade this winter, but the outfielder didn’t want to move to San Francisco and blocked the deal. Perhaps they’d have better luck with Harper, though he’d be even more expensive financially than Stanton would have been.
The San Francisco Giants have made their big move for a veteran outfielder.
Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reported Monday that the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates are in agreement for a trade that would send outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the Bay Area.
The Pirates later announced the trade:
Rosenthal also reports that the Pirates are paying $2.5 million of McCutchen’s salary.
The two sides had been talking about a deal for some time. The 31-year-old is coming off a renaissance season in which he hit .279 with 28 home runs, and is entering the final year of his contract.