Giants release statement on Huff signing

Giants release statement on Huff signing

Nov. 23, 2010

Editor's Note: In addition to today's news conference, tune in to Chronicle Live tonight at 5pm when Greg Papa is joined by newly-signed Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff!
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have re-signed Aubrey Huff to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2013 season, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.One of San Franciscos most valuable players in his first season with the World Champions in 2010, Huff established himself as a formidable presence in the middle of the batting order, hitting .290 (165-for-569) with 35 doubles, 26 home runs and 86 RBI in 157 games. Huff, who finished seventh in the MVP voting, led the team in nearly every offensive category, including batting average, home runs, RBI, hits, walks (83), on-base pct. (.385) and slugging pct. (.506). He also ranked 10th in the National League in on-base pct. plus slugging (OPS) with an .891 mark, and was fifth in the league with 28 go-ahead RBI, and seventh with 14 game-winning RBI. Were extremely excited to be able to re-sign Aubrey, said Sabean. He was an integral part in the teams success last season, not only with his outstanding play in the field, but also providing a great clubhouse presence.

In his first career postseason in 2010, Huff batted .268 (15-for-56) with one home run and eight RBI in 15 games to help the Giants win their first World Series in San Francisco history and first overall since 1954. Huff provided a key two-out game-tying single in the 9th inning in the Giants 3-2 victory over the Braves at Turner Field in Game 3 of the Division Series, then gave the Giants a 2-0 lead in Game 4 of the World Series at Texas, hitting a two-run home run off Tommy Hunter. Huff had ended the 2010 regular season having played in 1,479 games without reaching the postseason, which at that time was the third-longest postseason drought. Over 11 Major League seasons, Huff has hit .280 or better seven times, while accruing seven 20-homer campaigns, five years with at least 30 doubles and three seasons with over 100 RBI. His 26 home runs in 2010 was the fourth-highest total by a player in his first season with the Giants since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. Only Barry Bonds (46 in 1993), Jeff Kent (29 in 1997) and J.T. Snow (28 in 1997) had more in their first years with the Giants. Huff, who will turn 34 on December 20, has played multiple positions extensively, logging time at third base (360 games), first base (420 games) and in the outfield (308), mostly in right (271 games). His versatility was an important factor in the Giants success in 2010 as he played errorless defense in both left (24 starts) and right field (33 starts), and committed just three errors all season, all of which came at first base (97 starts). Drafted by Tampa Bay in the fifth round of the 1998 June draft, the Marion, OH native has posted a lifetime .283 average (1,556-for-5,505) with 329 doubles, 229 home runs and 838 RBI in 1,479 Major League games with Tampa Bay (2000-06), Houston (2006), Baltimore (2007-09), Detroit (2009) and San Francisco (2010).
Courtesy San Francisco Giants Media Services

LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs


LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday captured their first repeat of the season. For the second consecutive year, they’re sending four players to the All-Star Game.

Forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson were announced as reserves for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They join Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who were voted in as starters.

It’s the ninth time four players from one team were selected, but the first time it has happened in consecutive seasons.

The same four players made the team last season, when the Warriors went on to win the NBA Finals, but the format was strictly Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference.

Though reserves are still determined by a vote among coaches, the roster format has been altered this season. The top voting leaders in each conference -- Curry in the West, LeBron James in the East -- choose from the pool of available players, irrespective of conference affiliation. Those voted starters are first off the board.

With so many talented forwards migrating to the West -- including newcomers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony moving to Oklahoma City -- Green on Tuesday morning voiced some trepidation about being selected as reserve.

“It’s something that you want,” he said after shootaround. “It’s something I’d be excited about. But I do know it’s a tough pool.

“I want to be an All Star, one of the top guys in the league. But I’m here to win championships.”

Green is fourth on the Warriors in scoring, averaging 11.3 points, but leads them in rebounds (7.9) and assists (7.6). Despite missing seven of the team’s 47 games, he is making his third consecutive appearance in the All-Star game.

Thompson, who has played in all but one game this season, is making his fourth consecutive appearance in All-Star game. Third on the Warriors in scoring, at 20.6 points per game, he is having his most efficient season, shooting 48.6 percent from the field, including a league-leading 45.3 percent from deep.

Here is the full list of All-Stars:

Starters: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins
Reserves: Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard

Starters: Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid
Reserves: Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, Bradley Beal, John Wall, Al Horford, Victor Oladipo