Emotional World Series MVP Renteria throws out first pitch


Emotional World Series MVP Renteria throws out first pitch

SAN FRANCISCO -- Crazy game, this baseball.

Two years ago, Edgar Renteria became the first World Series MVP in San Francisco Giants history. Last year, he hit a walk-off single for the Cincinnati Reds that began the Giants' steady descent in the standings.

This year, with the Giants and Reds meeting in an NL Division Series, Renteria was a surprise guest to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at AT&T Park.

"I'm very touched," Renteria told pool reporter Janie McCauley, as he fought back tears from his field level seat. "Its great, great. It was so nice for me when they told me. The fans, they remember and appreciate everything. Im never going to forget this time. They still remember what we did in 2010. Its unbelievable. Im so happy theyre playing in the playoffs again."

Renteria's passionate speech in the cramped batting cage beneath the Wrigley Field bleachers is remembered as one of the emotional touchstones in the Giants' unexpected romp to the franchise's first world championship in 52 seasons since moving from New York's Polo Grounds.

Renteria became perhaps the most surprising World Series MVP in history, as the aging shortstop put aside a regular season that included three trips to the disabled list, worked his way into the starting lineup because of Pablo Sandoval's defensive struggles and hit the three-run home run off Cliff Lee in Game 5 that sent the Giants to a clinching victory.

He spoke with former teammates in a clubhouse visit prior to Game 2.

"I saw everybody in the clubhouse," Renteria said. "You know, you go back and the feeling doesnt go away. Its still here. It was very exciting to play in the World Series. Always. Always.

I like the city. A lot of memories are coming back."

Renteria, who traveled from Miami, said he hadn't stepped foot in AT&T Park since he played a series here for the Reds last season and received his ring in an emotional ceremony on the field.

Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft


Beede, Garcia among Giants protected from Rule 5 draft

SAN FRANCISCO — A top pitching prospect highlighted the list of Giants added to the 40-man roster before Monday’s deadline. 

The Giants put right-hander Tyler Beede on their 40-man roster, along with Aramis Garcia, Tyler Herb and D.J. Snelten. The four players were protected from the Rule 5 draft, held in December on the final day of the annual Winter Meetings. To clear roster spots, the Giants designated Orlando Calixte and Micah Johnson for assignment and outrighted Dan Slania to Triple-A. 

Beede, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, likely would have ended up on the roster earlier if not for a groin injury that ended his Triple-A season early. The Giants anticipated him making a September debut, but he ended up needing time in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost innings. Beede was sharp in the AFL once he knocked the rust off, allowing three runs over 10 innings in his final two starts. He is expected to compete for a rotation spot at some point next year, although he also stands as one of the organization’s best offseason trade chips. 

Garcia, 24, has struggled with injuries at times in the minors, but he hit 17 homers in just 402 at-bats in 2017 and earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. Garcia is currently one of just two catchers on the 40-man roster. 

Herb was essentially the player to be named later in the Chris Heston deal. The 25-year-old had a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Richmond last season. Snelten is a lefty reliever who had a 2.20 ERA across two levels last season and could break into the big leagues as a bullpen weapon next year. 

The roster now stands at 40 after the churn, which included a couple of players picked up as flyers because the Giants are at the front of the waiver process. Johnson was added in October and infielder Engelb Vielma, added during the season, was claimed by the Phillies on a  waiver claim. Slania, who made his big league debut during the season, cleared waivers and joins Triple-A Sacramento’s offseason roster. 

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade


Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

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The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.