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Baggarly's Jeopardy! run ends on day four

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Baggarly's Jeopardy! run ends on day four

CSNBayArea.com Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly returned to Jeopardy on Wednesday night as the three-time defending-champion after his second impressive comeback on Tuesday.

Baggarly held a slim lead throughout most of the competition, but dropped into second heading in to Final Jeopardy. Still, he had a chance to win with a correct answer.

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

Trebek: During prohibition this Budweiser maker brewed non-alcoholic beer and also made "Bevo," a non-alcoholic cereal beverage.
Baggarly: What is Anheuser-Busch?

Trebek: "La cerveza mas fina" is written on this Mexican brand's "Extra" bottles.
Baggarly: What is Corona?

Trebek: In 1784 this Irish brewery was granted water rights to its nearby channel for 8,975 years; is that a record?
Baggarly: What is Guinness?

Trebek: In the '60s: Brian Wilson and Dennis Wilson.
Baggarly: What are the Beach Boys?

Trebek: On October 2, 1871 this Mormon leader was arrested for practicing Polygamy.
Baggarly: Who is Brigham Young?

At the first break, Baggarly had a narrow lead with 2,200 to Doug's 2,000. Sue was in third place with 800.

Trebek: Andy Baggarly is our champion. He is a journalist. After the San Francisco Giants won the World Series in 2010, you wrote a book about them.
Baggarly: I did. I locked myself in a room--I was Eugene, OR at the time and I pumped out about 100,000 words in three weeks. There were one-million people, the biggest civic event in San Francisco history, for the victory parade. So I see an audience for material when it's in front of me.
Trebek: And how did the book sell?
Baggarly: Very well. Giants fans are still over the moon about that World Series. But they want to get back.

Trebek: Whelks are these animals whose name is from the Greek for "Stomach foot."
Baggarly: What are gastropods?

Trebek: Shelly's "Ode to the West Wind" asks, "If winter comes, can" this "be far behind?"
Baggarly: What is spring?

Trebek: Featuring pricing guides and reviews of the latest cars and trucks: MT.
Baggarly: What is Motor Trend?

Trebek: Hey, y'all, for food, home and travel from Texas to Florida and the states in between: SL.
Baggarly: What is Southern Living?

Trebek: Eat, drink and be merry: F&W.
Baggarly: What is Food and Wine?

Trebek: This Lord Protector's "Return from Ireland" occasioned an ode by Andrew Marvell.
Baggarly: Who is Cromwell?

After round one, Baggarly retained a slim 400 lead on Doug, 5,800 to 5,200. Sue was trailing with 3,400.

BAGGARLY'S JEOPARDY! TRANSCRIPTS: Day One -- Day Two -- Day Three

Trebek: In football it's the boundary between the teams prior to the snap of the ball.
Baggarly: What's the line of scrimmage?

Video question: Mangroves are widely used in costal recaimation, with their tolerance of saltwater, and arching roots that trap soil, they're idea for helping shoreline resist this process, for Latin for "to gnaw."
Baggarly: What is erosion?

Trebek: This name of a 22,500-acre lake near Nashville is also Andrew Jackson's nickname.
Baggarly: What is "Old Hickory?"

Video question: Because the majestic sare tree connected the Earth and the Heavens in the mythology of this Central-American people, the Sabre is still sacred to their descendants.
Baggarly: What are the Mayans?

Trebek: Derived from the Arabic Sawahil, meaning "of the coasts," it's a language on the African continent.
Baggarly: What is Swahili?

Trebek: This "maternal" term comes from the Arabic for "resin" and might be heard when talking about King Tut.
Baggarly: What is Mummy?

Trebek: We've hit bottom with this five-letter word from the Arabic for "opposite the Zenith."
Baggarly: What is Nadir?

DAILY BOUBLE: At this point, Baggarly was hanging on to a slim lead as the competition had tightened up. Andy was out front with 11,800, Doug was close behind with 11,200, and Sue was closing fast with 8,600.

Baggarly wagered 1,200.

Trebek: Hertha Pauli's 1942 biography of this man was subtitled "Dynamite King, Architect of Peace."
Baggarly: Who is (Alfred) Nobel?

Trebek: Similes, metaphors and personification, for example.
Baggarly: What are figures of speach?

Trebek: As seen on a map, this island lies between England and Ireland, and about 20 miles south of Scotland.
Baggarly: What is the Isle of White? (incorrect)

Had Baggarly answered that question correctly, he would have taken the lead heading into Final Jeopardy. Instead, he stayed in second place with 12,200, just 200 ahead of Doug with 12,000. Sue had surged into the lead with 15,200.

FINAL JEOPARY CATEGORY: New Olympic sports.

Trebek: This sport introduced in summer 2000 plays out over a raised area 16.5 feet long and 9.5 feet wide.

- Doug wagered 10,000 and correctly answered "What is trampoline?" to finish with 22,000.
- A visibly upset Andy Baggarly wagered 11,801 but incorrectly answered "What is sumo wrestling?" to drop to 399.
- Sue had wagered 9,201, but also gave and incorrect answer: "What is fencing?" to drop to 5,999.

So the Jeopardy! saga ended for Andy Baggarly. Three wins, 61 correct answers, 60,402 total winnings. The newsroom was cheering for you. Congratulations!

Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role

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Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role

SAN FRANCISCO -- A familiar face is returning to the Giants organization to serve a key front office role.

The Giants announced Friday that David Bell, their former third baseman, has been hired as Vice President of Player Development. General manager Bobby Evans said Bell will oversee all aspects of player development, including hitting, pitching, strength and conditioning and the operations of the minor league affiliates. 

"He was the perfect fit," Evans said. "His experience is so strong and encompasses so many aspects of the game. He’s got a really strong base of experience and background and understanding of the game, and he has a passion for the game and working with young players. He really showed a desire to pursue this opportunity." 

Bell, 45, played 12 major league seasons and spent 2002 with the Giants. He hit 20 homers that year as the starting third baseman and scored the winning run in the final game of the NLCS. Since retiring, Bell has served as a minor league manager for the Reds and a big league coach for the Cubs and Cardinals. He spent last season as the bench coach in St. Louis. 

Shane Turner had previously served as farm director, but at the end of the minor league season he was asked to take a role as a special assistant in baseball operations. While Evans did not announce any other changes Friday, there are expected to be other moves within the organization's depth chart. At least one member of the coaching staff is still in the running for a managerial opening. 

Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

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Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

Firing a manager is easy, and there are lots of ways to do it.

Dusty Baker, for example. He worked this year on the last year of a contract, which usually means there won’t be another one, and he relied on his players to deliver the goods.

Which, as we remember from our reading, they didn’t do. Again.

But Baker was marked for the chop unless those players did deliver, and when they didn’t, general manager Mike Rizzo did the expedient thing.

He fired one person rather than several. And changed exactly nothing.

Baker’s managerial career is probably over now, as most teams don’t look at 68-year-olds to fix their teams. He will never manage a  World Series champion, something he ached for, and he was always be caricatured in part as the guy who didn’t speak metric, and who believed in players as men whenever in doubt.

And the Nats didn’t betray him, either. They were always not as good in the big moments because someone else was, and they became part of Washington’s new fetish – Why Can’t We Win One? It’s as if having a cringeworthy President isn’t good enough for them.

So the time came, and he will be replaced by someone who will either win and get credit for work that was largely his, or he won’t win and the town can continue to wallow in its tedious We’re-The-New-Cubs pity. It is the circle of life.

At least it is for groups of people. For individuals, the circle of life is actually nothing more than a straight line that ends abruptly. For Dusty Baker, as it did for Tony La Russa in Phoenix two days earlier, that day came today. He deserves to be remembered as a very good manager who won a lot more than he lost, made more friends than enemies, and was honest from Day One until the end.

Which, as we also know, doesn’t matter a whole lot on days like this.