EXTRA BAGGS: Schierholtz denies making formal trade request, etc.


EXTRA BAGGS: Schierholtz denies making formal trade request, etc.

SAN FRANCISCO Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz denied aCBS Sports report that he has formally requested a trade.

I havent said one thing about anything other than baseballin two weeks, said Schierholtz, who told the San Francisco Chronicle earlierthis month that he would be open to a change of scenery that would give him theopportunity to play every day.

Nothing has changed at all," Schierholtz said. "My agent knows if anybody isgoing to say anything (to the Giants), its me. I expressed how I felt a coupleweeks ago, and that was the end of it.

Schierholtz stressed that he is not a malcontent, he lovesplaying in San Francisco and he hasnt received a harsh reception in theclubhouse following his published comments. But yes, he wants an opportunity toplay on an everyday basis and at the time the Chronicle story came out, hewas on pace for 100 fewer at-bats than the previous year, when he was in apart-time role.

Considering how Schierholtz played in Philadelphia barely morethan a week ago, its not a stretch to envision him being part of a package forHunter Pence, should the Giants be able to swing a deal.

Great to see Andres Torres back at AT&T Park, and it brought back fond memories when he shook my hand three times in a five-minute span.

He saidhis documentary, Gigante, had a rough-cut premiere at NYU on May 31 and thefinal version should be done in two months or so. The movie tells the story ofhow he overcame long odds, a lengthy minor league career and ADHD.

Its beautiful, Torres said. It touched my heart. Ididnt think I would, but I cried when I saw it. You laugh, its emotional its got a little of everything.

Torres said he hopes to screen the final version in SanFrancisco at some point this offseason.

What a striking juxtaposition between two 2010 World Seriesheroes.

Torres received a standing, sustained ovation when he wasannounced for the first time. He stepped out of the box and doffed his helmet.

And Aubrey Huff hurt himself again when the Mets bungledwhat should have been a double-play grounder.

One guy was welcomed back. The other guy cant leave soonenough.

Oh, and there was Ramon Ramirez, whose entrance in reliefdrew almost no reaction. Did everyone forget his 0.67 ERA for the 2010 Giants?

The 2010 reunion tour will continue Friday night at CoorsField, when the Giants begin their next road trip. Theyre scheduled to facenone other than Jonathan Sanchez. The Giants will send Ryan Vogelsong to opposehim.

Sanchez is 0-2 with an 11.88 ERA in two starts for theRockies, who acquired him after the Kansas City Royals designated him forassingment.

Brandon Belt took an aggressive swing and might have hit awalk-off, three-run home run in the 10th inning if it were a daygame.

Instead, his ball only made it to the warning track, andinto the center fielders glove to end an 8-7, 10-inning loss to the Mets.

I hit that ball too good, Belt said. I thought that ballwas gone for sure. It gets late at night here and the air gets heavy. It knocksdown balls for sure. You cant do anything about it.

Unless youre Scott Hairston, apparently.

Interesting that the Mets pitched to Belt in the 10th.Clay Hensley was on deck and the Giants were out of position players. Metsmanager Terry Collins said he didnt want to walk Belt to load the bases andput his pitcher in a position where hed have no margin for error to throwstrikes.

This leads me to believe that Terry Collins has watched a lot of bad relief pitching this season.

I have absolutely no issue at all with Bochy pinch-runningEli Whiteside for Buster Posey in the ninth. Thats the tying run and theGiants absolutely cannot win if it doesnt score. You try to tie it up, thenworry about the rest later.

But it brings up an interesting question: With PabloSandoval on the DL and Manny Burriss in DFA land, who is the Giantsthird-string catcher?

When it slows down a little around here, Ill ask.

Want to know what Josh Willingham, Jason Kubel and CurtisGranderson have in common?

Theyve all hit more home runs in their home park (17) thanthe Giants have hit all season on the shores of McCovey Cove (16).

Thats right. The Giants have 16 home runs in 52 home games.

Once more: The Giants have 16 home runs in 52 home games.

Oh, and it's rude to walk around with your mouth hanging open.

Offseason can be tense on other side of Giancarlo Stanton rumors


Offseason can be tense on other side of Giancarlo Stanton rumors

SAN FRANCISCO — Just around dinner time on Monday, Tyler Beede got a call he had been waiting for. General manager Bobby Evans informed Beede, the Giants’ top pitching prospect, that he was being added to the 40-man roster, a significant step toward making his big league debut. Earlier that day, however, Beede’s phone brought him some unwanted news. 

Like most Giants fans, Beede woke up to a report out of South Florida that he was one of several names the Giants and Marlins had discussed in Giancarlo Stanton trade talks. For fans or team employees, it would be painful to give up a Beede or a Chris Shaw or a Joe Panik, but images of Stanton taking aim at the Coke bottle at AT&T Park would soon wash away most concerns. 

For players, the reality this time of year is much different. The Giants are the only organization that all of the rumored pieces have ever known. Panik is a New Yorker, but he and his wife have grown to love San Francisco. Beede and Shaw have spent years dreaming of debuting at AT&T Park and playing in front of sellout crowds. That makes the Hot Stove Season a particularly tense time of year. 

“I try to be a guy who doesn’t look those kinds of things up too frequently, but obviously I’m a normal guy, so I tend to dig into it a little bit more and see what’s going on and see what people are saying,” Beede said on this week’s Giants Insider Podcast. “It’s funny. I don't really know how to handle it. It’s my third year going through the trade deadline and trade talk. I’ve just go to keep telling myself it’s a realistic possibility and not to be shocked if anything were to come out or a trade were to be made.”

The rumor mill is nothing new for these players. Panik acknowledged several times during the season that he could be the odd man out. Shaw actually already once thought he got traded to Florida. For a few minutes at the 2016 deadline, Twitter had him as a key piece in the Matt Moore deal. The outfielder came out of a hotel bathroom right after the deadline to see two teammates staring at him in disbelief as Twitter rumors flew. 

Five minutes later, he got a call from Bobby Evans. “You’re still a Giant,” Evans told him. “Don’t take your jersey off.”

“It’s a little tense for sure,” Shaw said earlier this year. “It’s not something you can try to predict. You can have a feeling but that means nothing.”

Evans has always communicated to players and their agents that they can reach out any time they have a question or concern about what they might be hearing, but when it comes to getting on the phone himself, he treats the trade deadline and offseason differently. There’s more urgency to clear the air in July when players might have to take at-bats or throw pitches with rumors weighing on their minds. In the offseason, Evans will wait to reach out until deals are closer to being agreed upon. He tries not to worry as much about “hot stove banter,” he said. 

“In the offseason I think it’s a little less of an issue because a lot of things get thrown out there that don’t have validity,” he said. “We certainly don’t try to respond to every single rumor with an update because there are new rumors every hour, so it’s hard to keep up. A lot more names are mentioned this time of year.”

Players try to find different ways to get away from it all. Every year, several Giants prospects talk of playing golf during the trade deadline to stay away from MLB Network and their phones. For veterans, it’s often easiest to just take offseason vacations, and Panik planned to visit Europe with his wife. 

Beede has a somewhat unique distraction as rumors trickle out. He’s getting married on Saturday, which along with the holiday, has kept him busy all week. Still, he knows the rumors will be out there. 

“After a couple of days I start to just understand that (my) name is going to be in rumors or there may be things that people say or speculate,” he said. “(If) Bobby tells me something, or my agent says something, then I can start to maybe engage in it a little bit more. But as of right now, I’m just trying to go about my preparation and I’ll continue to enjoy being a San Francisco Giant.”

Projection system loves Giancarlo Stanton at AT&T Park


Projection system loves Giancarlo Stanton at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants have made a habit in recent winters of “kicking the tires,” so to speak, on as many free agents as possible. General manager Bobby Evans is committed to being thorough, but at times there is probably no need. 

Hitters have made no secret of the fact that they prefer friendlier confines, and if you’re a power hitter, you’re going to ask Evans for a significantly larger check to play 81 of your games at the harshest power park in the majors. That’s what makes Giancarlo Stanton, readily available via trade, so intriguing. But would Stanton be fully immune to the realities of AT&T Park?

The numbers, at least in a small sample, suggest he would. Stanton has played 27 games in San Francisco and taken 108 at-bats. He has nine homers, 11 doubles and a triple. His .676 slugging percentage at AT&T Park isn’t far off his mark at Coors Field (.714), and his 1.048 OPS is higher than his OPS during the 2017 season, when he hit 59 homers. 

The damage has been done in limited time, but the Giants clearly believe it’s fully sustainable, and a recent study done by ESPN’s Dan Szymborski backs that up. Szymborski ran his ZiPS projection system to estimate Stanton’s stats over the next 10 years for a variety of suitors. The numbers in orange and black are overwhelming. 

The projections have Stanton at 46.2 WAR over the next 10 seasons, including 7.1 in 2018 and 6.8 in 2019, the two seasons the organization should be focused on given Madison Bumgarner’s contract situation. ZiPS projects Stanton at 46 homers next season if he plays for the Giants, followed by 43, 42, 39, 35 over the following four years. For comparison’s sake, Brandon Belt led the Giants in homers each of the last two seasons and he has 35 total during that span. 

Any sort of projection system needs to be taken with a huge grain of salt, especially with a player who has had injury issues in the past. But ZiPS believes Stanton -- who plays in a huge park already -- is a rarity, the kind of power hitter who can keep crushing well into his 30’s and put up huge numbers even if he is limited by the realities of getting older and getting hurt. Szymborski’s projections have Stanton playing just 102 games in 2025, but he’s still projected to hit 23 homers, 20 doubles and post an OPS+ of 121. Even in the 10th year of the projections, ZiPS has Stanton down for 16 homers. 

There are no sure things in this game, but as Evans continues to chase a blockbuster deal, he can be confident that Stanton is one player who should be able to provide power for years to come, no matter what AT&T Park does to hold hitters down.