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Giants Diamond Girls: Donna Flannery

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Giants Diamond Girls: Donna Flannery

Amy: Another edition of Diamond Girls and we have Tim Flannerys wife joining us, Donna Flannery and you have been definitely a fan favorite. I mean you never get tired of watching him wave runners in. Im guessing as his wife you sometimes get tired of Tim.

Donna: I have to say he is a little bit of an entertainer. Yeah -- on the baseball field, in the music world and even at home he can be pretty entertaining.

A: How long have you guys been together and how did you meet?

DF: We met in high school -- rival high schools in Anaheim. Gosh, dated on and off for seven years. He went to Chatham College. I went to UCLA and finally got engaged in '80 and married in '81. No. Yes -- married in '81. So, '82 he made the big club for the first time, out of spring training. So, my timing was great.

A: Yeah, you didnt have to do too many visits to the minor leagues. So youve been kind of through this roller coaster of baseball with Tim -- playing, coaching, retiring from coaching, broadcasting, going back to coaching. Youve mentioned some of the women you have been with through this career of his and whats the best advice you were given throughout those times?

DF: Going back, not having to spend any time in the minor leagues, the first go around with Tim, since I was the girlfriend. It was going back in either '93, '94 or '95 was to get yellow pages and the local newspaper to find whats in the area and whats new. We didnt have Google and the Internet and cell phones. Tim and I laughed about it the other day -- when he would be on the road, you would call the hotel. So we just made it a deal, as the young wife, worried, that he would always call me. You could leave messages but it wasnt the instant gratification that the cell phone now gives you.

A: You see the wives now coming in, and youve been there and its a lot. Its a lot to handle.

DF: Im glad there wasnt Twitter and blogging and I think some of the young players today get a little too caught up in it and they need to focus away from that and more on enjoying what theyre doing right now.

A: Do you find yourself ever in a position of adviser or giving some advice to some of the young wives coming in?

DF: Id like to think that I can. When Tim broke in, Dick Williams -- who was a very tough manager -- Tim had a rough game the day before and he came in and Dick Williams told him, Youre in the line up tomorrow but as were talking right now, Im looking for another second baseman. Its a team sport and what a great career you can have as being the guy off the bench and Tim became a very good pinch hitter. He played shortstop in high school but he taught himself how to play third base so he could be that go-to guy. I have to say I love the National League. I love the strategy behind it. I love second guessing the manager and Ill go, Well, why did he do this? and Tim will say, Well, you didnt know that so and so was on the bench and who he had in the bullpen. Tim really taught me the game when we went back to the minor leagues. He didnt really want to talk about it that much as a player. Going through it, he had the clubhouse, he had his friends, but when we went back to the minor leagues and he didnt have that clubhouse, he would come home and I was like, You mean there are plays? So, it was a really great learning curve and I have to say I love where we are at now. I have three beautiful kids that are all grown and kind of on their own. Two of them live at home but I need them to. I need them to so I can be up here with Tim and they can take care of the dog and the cat and the house. Im just in a great spot and I love San Francisco -- love San Francisco.

A: San Francisco loves the Flannery family, thats for sure and they love Lunatic Fringe, which is Tims band. And its been really nice to see more of Tim and the band in the forefront and doing so many good things for the Stow family. So, just give us a little background of what the music life is like with him and what its like for you to watch him perform.

DF: Tims music came about -- his uncle had asked him, You need to record some of those songs. And it was shortly after that his Uncle George was killed in a head-on car crash. So, Tim did start recording and very simple at first, drum track, and I have to say he was a little more pop and then he met Matt Manning from Ireland and then he went back to Kentucky and started filling his blue grass roots, and his music just really transformed into the more blue grass, California -- what does he call it? -- California country. So, its really been fun and he surrounds himself with just excellent, beautiful backup girl singers and fiddlers.

A: Its been exciting to watch. Are you excited for him for Wednesday, when he sings the anthem?

DF: I am. I almost missed it last year when he did it, getting caught in traffic and I always tend to be a little late these days but I really am looking forward to it.

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.