Giants

Baggarly does it again, advances to third Jeopardy! appearance

824803.jpg

Baggarly does it again, advances to third Jeopardy! appearance

CSNBayArea.com Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly returned to Jeopardy on Monday night, this time as champion after an eleventh-hour come from behind victory on Friday.

Baggarly really flashed his miscellaneous knowledge on Monday, jumping out to an early lead and really taking command of the contest. And for the second time, Baggs left Sony Pictures Studios at the end of the night as reigning Jeopardy! champion.

Below is every question that Baggarly attempted to answer, both the correct responses and the incorrect ones...

Trebek: Despite being told to watch out, this swinging title guy
always smashed into a tree.
Baggarly: Who is George of the Jungle?

Trebek: Guy Montag, Fire Captain Beatty.
Baggarly: What is Farenheit 451?

Trebek: Walter Lantz wife voiced this cartoon character that was inspired by a real bird.
Baggarly: Who is Woody Woodpecker

Trebek: The theme of this cartoon says Youre not fooling me cause I can see the way you shake and shiver.
Baggarly: What is Scooby Doo?

Trebek: A silencer on an English automobile is one of these to us Yanks.
Baggarly: What is a muffler?

Trebek: To put something into the boot in Britain isnt to put it into your shoe, but into this part of your car.
Baggarly: What is the trunk?
Trebek: You might get a lift in Liverpool if you know a lift is one of these.
Baggarly: What is an elevator?

Trebek: If your British sweetie says you need braces, she doesnt mean items for your teeth, but these for your pants.
Baggarly: What are suspenders?

Trebek: Macadamias originated in the rainforests of whats now Queensland in this country.
Baggarly: What is Australia?

At the first commercial break, Andy had a commanding lead with 5400, followed by Kate with 1200 and Liz with 600.

REWIND: Baggarly wins, advances to next round of Jeopardy!

COMMERCIAL

Trebek: Andy Baggarly is a writer, but he and I have something in common. We have both appeared on the television game show Card Sharks. Now when did you appear on it?

Baggarly: Well, Bill Rafferty was the host when I was on. I was 11-years-old and it was 25 years ago. It was young peoples week and I had to play the entire game in sudden death. And I wont be afraid to say I got hosed, so Im here to make up for that.

Back to the questions

Trebek: Macadamia trees produce nuts year round, so theyre considered everbearing as well as this ever term.
Baggarly: What is evergreen?

Trebek: We hope youre not in one of these, a thick cloud close to the ground that can precede bank or light.
Baggarly: What is fog?
Trebek: To get toxins out, soak Macadamias in water; its this process that sounds like a medieval barber might do it.
Baggarly: What is leech?

Trebek: Sometimes I go into one of these hypnotic states seeming induced by a magical incantation.
Baggarly: What is a trance?

Trebek: Called The Hairy One, Xilonen was the goddess of this grain, and her festival was celebrated with tortillas.
Baggarly: What is corn?

Trebek: For the Chinese, Xi Wang-Mu is the personification of this fundamental feminine force.
Baggarly: What is chi? (incorrect)

At the break, Andy maintained the lead with 7200, followed by Kate with 4400 and Liz with 4200.

COMMERCIAL

Trebek: This general was the subject of the biography The White Tecumseh.
Baggarly: Who is Sherman?

Trebek: He spent four years training to play Irish Mickey Ward in The Fighter.
Baggarly: Who is Wahlberg?

Trebek: Raging Bull was based on a book by this boxer, the subject of the film.
Baggarly: Who is Lamotta?

Trebek: Delivering 99 rectangular blocks of baked clay when you should have had 100
Baggarly: What is being one brick short of a full load?

Trebek: The name of this Warner Bros. cartoon series that preceded Merrie Melodies has come to mean crazy.
Baggarly: What is Looney Tunes?
Trebek: The best known Myronic work is a statue of a man performing this Olympic event, completing a backswing.
Baggarly: What is the discus?

DAILY DOUBLE

Trebek: In 2011 the scales went missing from a statue representing this in front of a Louisvilles metro hall.
Baggarly: What is justice?

Trebek: In 943, After 43 years as king, Constantine II retired to the monastery of this; the golf course was yet to be built.
Baggarly: What is St. Andrews?

Going into Final Jeopardy Andy still had the lead with 18,000 followed by Liz with 12,000 and Kate with 9,200.

COMMERCIAL

And now on to Final Jeopardy

Final Jeopardy: Political Literature

Trebek: The key message to this title figure in an Italian work is It is far safer to be feared than loved.

- Kate answered incorrectly with Casanova."
- Liz answered correctly with The Prince to take the lead with 20,200.
- Andy answered correctly with The Prince to regain the lead and remain Jeopardy! champion.

In the end, Baggarly finished with 24,401, for a two-night total of 40,000. Liz came in second with 20, 200 and Kate lost everything finishing with 0.

As reigning champion, Baggarly will advance to the next round, which will air Tuesday night.

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

gillaspie-moncrief-usatsi.jpg
USATSI

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.

Giants reassign pitching coach Dave Righetti, two other coaches

righetti-dugout-usatsi.jpg
USATSI

Giants reassign pitching coach Dave Righetti, two other coaches

SAN FRANCISCO — Late in a 98-loss season, general manager Bobby Evans met with members of the coaching staff to discuss new roles. The shakeup of the staff ended up being a stunning one. 

Pitching coach Dave Righetti was one of three coaches to be reassigned Saturday morning. After 18 seasons as pitching coach, Righetti will now serve as special assistant to the general manager. Bullpen coach Mark Gardner was given a “special assignment role to assist in pitching evaluations.” Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker will be a special assistant for baseball operations. 

The moves cap a 13-month run in which the coaching staff has taken much of the blame for a $200 million roster that was poorly constructed in places and played embarrassing baseball for long stretches of the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Third base coach Roberto Kelly was let go after the 2016 season and first base coach Billy Hayes was reassigned. More changes appear on the way. 

“It does raise the level of attention to change when you struggle as much as we have, but you’re always contemplating making changes to try to help keep pushing your guys and make sure you continue to have different perspectives and new voices and reflections on how to get the most out of them,” Evans said on a conference call. 

Throughout September, multiple coaches expressed concern about their future roles, but the Giants held off several weeks before announcing changes. At least two members of the staff were involved in managerial searches elsewhere, and third base coach Phil Nevin is reportedly still a candidate for the open job in Philadelphia. 

Evans confirmed that he has interviewed outside candidates for a hitting coach role, but he would not go so far as to say Hensley Meulens will be reassigned as well. He also would not speak to the future of Ron Wotus, although the longtime bench coach is expected to be mixed up in future changes as well. Evans indicated he would announce further moves after all the open managerial vacancies are filled.

For now, the Giants are in the process of trying to find a new pitching coach. They are focused on experienced outside candidates, and they have plenty of options, as several other teams have made changes this month. Evans hinted that he wants the next pitching coach to have a more analytical approach. 

Righetti's replacement will have massive shoes to fill. His run was the longest for a pitching coach in franchise history. The Giants, usually so reliant on pitching, finished 16th in the Majors with a 4.50 ERA, but it’s hard to see how Righetti takes the blame for that. Madison Bumgarner missed a chunk of the season after a dirt bike accident, Johnny Cueto had a brutal injury-plagued year, Matt Moore battled himself and had the worst ERA in the National League, and the bullpen struggled, with closer Mark Melancon pitching through an injury that required season-ending surgery. 

Righetti was credited with helping to develop a rotation and bullpen that won three titles, and the bond he shared with pitchers was on display during the final weekend of the year, when Matt Cain talked repeatedly about their close relationship and went straight for Righetti after he came off the field for the final time. While it’s often hard to figure out where to give credit, even in a down year for the staff, Righetti played a role in Sam Dyson’s resurgence, and he helped Ty Blach and Chris Stratton break in as big league regulars. 

“Ultimately a change for us in the clubhouse is really an opportunity just to put a new voice with our pitching staff and try to keep pushing to the heights that we aspire as an organization and a club,” Evans said. “Changes sometimes are needed as much for the sake of that new voice as anything, and I think that was really the priority here.”

Righetti will help Evans in a front office role. Evans admitted that Righetti’s “heartbeat is in uniform as a coach,” but said he was willing to take on a new role for an organization he loves. 

Gardner, a former Giants pitcher, had been on staff since 2003. He will now help to evaluate pitchers inside and outside the organization, and Evans said Gardner could serve an important role in evaluating trade options. Decker joined the big league staff in 2015 after a long run working in the minor leagues. The 2017 season was his 23rd with the organization. He will have a “blank canvas,” Evans said, working in different roles inside the organization. Decker will also help with draft preparation.