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CSN to air 'Giants Classic Games' from World Series run

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CSN to air 'Giants Classic Games' from World Series run

COMCAST SPORTSNET BAY AREA TO AIR “GIANTS CLASSIC GAMES,”

FEATURING SEVEN GAMES FROM 2012 CHAMPIONSHIP RUN

 

Beginning Tuesday, December 11, Network to Present “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition”

Leading Off with Giants Winning NL West

 

Schedule Includes Giants/Reds NLDS Game 5, Giants/Cardinals NLCS Game 7

and All Giants/Tigers World Series Games

 

Postseason Telecasts to Feature Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon Miller

and Dave Flemming's KNBR Radio Calls

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 6, 2012) – Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the home of “Authentic Bay Area Sports,” relives and celebrates the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 championship season this month with “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition” – an encore presentation of seven historic games from the team’s storybook season.  As an added bonus, each postseason telecast will include the KNBR radio call from the best broadcasting team in baseball – Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon Miller and Dave Flemming.

 Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will televise the first of seven “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition” on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m. with the Giants clinching the NL West against San Diego.  “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition” also includes the Giants beating Cincinnati in the NLDS; capturing the NL pennant against St. Louis; and sweeping Detroit in four games to win the team’s second World Series in three years.

 Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s “Giants Classic Games – Championship Edition” schedule is below:

Tuesday, December 11 (Giants win NL West) 7 p.m.  
September 22, 2012: Giants vs. San Diego Padres (Giants 8, Padres 4)

Madison Bumgarner pitched the Giants to their second NL West title in two years, and Marco Scutaro had three hits and three RBIs in San Francisco’s 8-4 win over the Padres.

 Monday, December 24 (Giants win NL Division Series) 7 p.m.  

October 11, 2012: Giants at Cincinnati Reds, Game 5 (Giants 6, Reds 4)

The Giants rally to win the NLDS by defeating Cincinnati in five games after losing the first two games at home.  San Francisco’s dramatic comeback was capped off by Buster Posey’s second career grand slam off Mat Latos.

 Tuesday, December 25 (Giants win NL Championship Series) 10 a.m.                 
October 22, 2012: Giants vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Game 7 (Giants 9, Cardinals 0)

The Giants come back from a 3-1 series deficit in the NLCS to beat the reigning 2011 World Champion Cardinals in seven games.  Marco Scutaro capped his series MVP performance with three hits; adding to his NLCS record 28 hits in the series.

Tuesday, December 25 (Giants win World Series Game 1) 7:30 p.m.              
October 24, 2012: Giants vs. Detroit Tigers, Game 1 (Giants 8, Tigers 3)

Pablo Sandoval hits three home runs and drives in four runs in an 8-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1.  Barry Zito outduels reigning AL Cy Young winner and MVP Justin Verlander to get the win.

Thursday, December 27 (Giants win World Series Game 2) 8 p.m.                    
October 25, 2012: Giants vs. Detroit Tigers, Game 2 (Giants 2, Tigers 0)

Madison Bumgarner tosses seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over the Tigers, and San Francisco takes a 2-0 edge in the World Series.

 Sunday, December 30 (Giants win World Series Game 3) 7:30 p.m.              
October 27, 2012: Giants at Detroit Tigers, Game 3 (Giants 2, Tigers 0)

Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo combine for a five-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers.  The Giants take a commanding 3-0 lead as they become the first team in World Series history to record back-to-back shutouts since 1966.

Monday, December 31 (Giants win World Series) 8 p.m.                    
October 28, 2012: Giants at Detroit Tigers, Game 4 (Giants 4, Tigers 3; 10 innings)

The Giants top the Tigers in the tenth inning for the World Series sweep and their second championship in three years.  Marco Scutaro’s RBI single in the top of the tenth, driving in Ryan Theriot, was the difference in the Giants' 4–3 victory.  Pablo Sandoval was named series MVP, hitting .500 with three home runs, a double and four RBIs in 16 at-bats.

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With new posting system reportedly agreed to, Giants can soon chase Ohtani

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With new posting system reportedly agreed to, Giants can soon chase Ohtani

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the Giants continue to wait for a resolution to the Giancarlo Stanton chase, they may soon find themselves bidding on another superstar talent they have long coveted. 

According to multiple reports, Major League Baseball, the Players Association, and the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization agreed to a new posting system that should allow Shohei Ohtani to be made available in about 10 days. Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported that MLB owners must ratify the agreement next Friday and Ohtani would then be posted that day or the following day. 

The Giants have made no secret of their desire to jump feet-first into that process, and general manager Bobby Evans and assistant GM Jeremy Shelley visited Japan in September to scout Ohtani, a potential two-way star. Ohtani wants to be a starter and a hitter in the big leagues, as he was in Japan, and after watching tape of the 23-year-old, Bruce Bochy said he would be on board. 

"He's good," Bochy said after a game at Dodger Stadium late in the season. "I absolutely would play him every day."

There has been little clarity over the past two months as MLB teams have waited for the negotiations to play out. Per Sherman, there will be new posting rules in future years but Ohtani will operate under the old system. That limits the Giants to a $300,000 bonus because they went over their spending limit in 2015, but club officials don't believe that will disqualify them. Very little is known about Ohtani's preferences, but by coming to the United States in 2017, he is potentially forfeiting a $200 million deal as a free agent. That alone is enough to validate the fact that the Giants can safely chase Ohtani, knowing that the signing bonus won't be a deal breaker.

MLB crushes Braves with sanctions for international signing infractions

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MLB crushes Braves with sanctions for international signing infractions

ATLANTA -- The Braves lost 13 prospects and former general manager John Coppolella was banned for life by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for circumventing international signing rules from 2015-17.

Former Atlanta special assistant Gordon Blakeley, who was the team's international scouting chief, was suspended from baseball for one year by Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Sanctions imposed by Manfred will leave the Braves unable to bargain at full strength for a top Latin American prospect until 2021.

Manfred said MLB's investigation determined the Braves moved international signing bonus pool money from one player to boost another player's contract.

Most notable among the players the Braves will lose is Kevin Maitan, an infielder from Venezuela who signed for $4.25 million in 2016.

Other "high-value" players the Braves will lose include Juan Contreras, Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez, Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Pena, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto and Guillermo Zuniga.

Three more international signees - Brandol Mezquita, Angel Rojas and Antonio Sucre - were declared free agents. The team's contract with prospect Ji-Hwan Bae, which was not yet final, was disapproved. Finally, the Braves were banned from signing prospect Robert Puason in the 2019-20 signing period.

The 13 players will be free to negotiate as free agents with other teams.

Also, the Braves will forfeit their third-round selection in the 2018 draft as punishment for offering "impermissible benefits" to an unnamed draft pick in an effort to convince him to sign for a lower bonus.

The investigation showed the players signed by the Braves in 2016-17 would have been unavailable if the team had not circumvented the rules by moving bonus pool money.

Manfred said stripping the Braves of the 13 players was not sufficient punishment. He said "additional sanctions are warranted to penalize the club for the violations committed by its employees."

Therefore, the Braves will be prohibited from signing any international player for more than $10,000 during the 2019-20 signing period. Also, the team's international signing bonus pool for the 2020-21 signing period will be reduced by 50 percent.

The Braves already cannot give an international signing bonus of more than $300,000 for 2017-18 and 2018-19 as penalties for exceeding their signing bonus pools under baseball's previous labor contract.

And there is still more discipline to be handed down.

Manfred said he intends "to discipline other Braves international baseball operations employees who participated in the misconduct."

Coppolella was forced to resign after the season. Former team president John Hart was moved to a senior adviser role when a new general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, was hired on Nov. 13. Hart left the team on Friday.

"The senior baseball operations officials responsible for the misconduct are no longer employed by the Braves," Manfred said. He also said the Braves "cooperated throughout the investigation."

Coppolella did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.

The Braves braced fans for the sanctions when team chairman Terry McGuirk apologized to fans "on behalf of the entire Braves family" for the rules violations at the news conference to introduce Anthopoulos.

The Braves said in a statement released Tuesday they "understand and accept the decision regarding the penalties that have been handed down.

"As we expressed last week, our organization has not lived up to the standard our fans expect from us and that we expect from ourselves. For that, we apologize. We are instituting the changes necessary to prevent this from ever happening again and remain excited about the future of Braves baseball."

Manfred said he is confident the Braves management team led by McGuirk, Anthopoulos and vice chairman John Schuerholz "have and will put in place procedures to ensure that this type of conduct never occurs again and which will allow the club to emerge from this difficult period as the strong and respected franchise that it has always been."

The Braves are not the first team to be found guilty of violating rules in signing international players.

In 2016, the Boston Red Sox lost five players and were banned from signing international amateur free agents for one year as punishment for rules violations on signing bonuses.