Brandon Crawford takes over as AT&T Park DJ for season's final game


Brandon Crawford takes over as AT&T Park DJ for season's final game

SAN FRANCISCO — When he first did it in 2015, Brandon Crawford hoped to make his Game 162 DJ duties a yearly tradition. It didn’t seem appropriate last year, though, with the Giants fighting for a playoff spot at the end of a rough second half. 

This season, Crawford has had months to prepare for the final game. The Giants were eliminated a while ago, but Crawford brought some levity to the final game by again picking the walk-up songs for all his teammates. The Giants regularly take batting practice to playlists made by Crawford, and it immediately became clear to the fans on Sunday that Crawford had taken over for the entire game. As shimmying Johnny Cueto came out to warm up, “Milkshake” by Kelis started blasting through the yard. Here are the rest of the choices. See if you can spot the inside jokes … 

Johnny Cueto: “Milkshake” — Kelis 
Hunter Pence: “The Magic In Me” — B.o.B.; “Just Dance” — Jamiroquai 
Joe Panik: “New York, New York” — Frank Sinatra; “Hips Don’t Lie” — Shakira 
Denard Span: “Push It” — Salt-N-Pepa
Buster Posey: “Hero” — Enrique Iglesias; “All-Star” — Smash Mouth
Pablo Sandoval: “Sorry” — Justin Bieber; “Panda” — Desiigner 
Nick Hundley: “I Got 5 on It” — Luniz; I’ll Be Back” — The Beatles 
Gorkys Hernandez: The Spider-Man theme song 
Jarrett Parker: “Jack Sparrow” — The Lonely Island
Kelby Tomlinson: Theme song from Dexter; “Boyz-n-the-hood” — NWA
Ryder Jones: “Stacy’s Mom” — Fountains of Wayne
Mac Williamson: “The Mack” — Nevada
Tim Federowicz: “Raise Up” — Petey Pablo
Orlando Calixte: “Purple Rain” — Prince  
Hunter Strickland: “Cash Me Outside” — DJ Suede 
Josh Osich: “Moustache” — AinTunez
Cory Gearrin: “Stay” — Zedd & Alessia Cara 
Sam Dyson: “Don’t Cha” — Pussycat Dolls
Kyle Crick: “Comfortable” — Lil Wayne
Reyes Moronta: “Panda” — Desiigner 
Derek Law: “Laying Down the Law” — The Law
Steven Okert: Spongebob theme song
Albert Suarez: “Vamonos” — Audio Push
Roberto Gomez: “Turn My Swag On” — Soulja Boy
Ty Blach: “Happy” — Pharrell
Matt Cain: “Like It’s The Last Time” — Thomas Rhett
Madison Bumgarner: “Crash and Burn” — Savage Garden
Chris Stratton: “Make It Rain” — Fat Joe
Jeff Samardzija: Notre Dame’s fight song
Matt Moore: “Throw Sum Mo” Rae Stremmurd
Brandon Belt: “I Need A Doctor” — Dr. Dre & Eminem
Mark Melancon: “Where’d You Go” — Fort Minor
Austin Slater: The Saved by the Bell theme song

Reports: Giants dismiss Dave Righetti as pitching coach, reassign others


Reports: Giants dismiss Dave Righetti as pitching coach, reassign others

In a shocking move, the Giants appear to be moving on from longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti and other coaches.

According to FanRag Sports, the Giants will reassign Righetti within the organization, likely to a front office position. Righetti has been with the team since 2000 and has served as Bruce Bochy's right-hand man since he took over as manager in 2007.

Bench coach Ron Wotus and hitting coach Hensley Meulens will also be reassigned, according to FanRag Sports.

Bullpen coach Mark Gardner will also be reassigned within the organization, according to USA Today.

The coaching staff shake-up comes on the heels of the Giants finishing in last place in the NL West with a 64-98 record.

On Thursday, The Mercury News reported that the Giants interviewed current Red Sox hitting coach.

Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role


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.