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Giants nominate Cain for Clemente award

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Giants nominate Cain for Clemente award

The San Francisco Giants sent out the following press release announcing the nomination of Matt Cain for the Roberto Clemente Award:

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that Matt Cain was named the San Francisco Giants 2012 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Today marks the eleventh annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clementes legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Cain is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clementes achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The Award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Years Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Cains passion for his work, both on and off the field, translates into direct action and involvement in each organization he supports. He has extended his commitment this season to working with youth by donating his time and inspiration to young children with life threatening diseases at the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. Cain lends his voice and image to several organizations hoping to use his platform as a professional athlete to reach out and encourage others in his community. Cains Community Work:Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area
Project Open Hand
Until Theres A Cure
No H8 Campaign
Junior Giants Program
PAWS in San Francisco
The Giants will honor Cain before tonights game during a pre-game homeplate ceremony. On behalf of Chevrolet and Major League Baseball, Cain will be making a 7,500 donation to Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. Representatives from the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area will be present to receive the donation.We are obviously so proud of all that Matt has achieved on the field, but even prouder of what he does off the field to support our community. The Roberto Clemente Award nomination highlights his passion and commitment to our Bay Area community, and we congratulate him on this prestigious nomination said Giants President & Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer.I am humbled for being nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award. It is truly an honor to be mentioned among the many great players who have won this award in the past, and those who were also nominated by their teams this season, for their dedication and service to the community. I am proud to represent the Giants as the clubs nominee. Thank you to my teammates and to the fans for all of their support, said Matt Cain. Beginning today, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting MLB.comClementeAward to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 14th, and the winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by a selection panel.All Clubs playing at home today will recognize their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while each visiting Club will honor their nominees before another September home game. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and the official dugout lineup cards.
Courtesy San Francisco Giants media services

Dave Righetti is the face of the Giants' rebuild so far

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Dave Righetti is the face of the Giants' rebuild so far

There was something almost disturbingly surreptitious about the Giants’ decision to announce Dave Righetti’s removal as pitching coach (for a front office job) Saturday. Saturday, after all, is the day you typically bury sports news that isn’t football, or related to football in some way.

But that could just be us being needlessly conspiratorial. We’re willing to bestow, if not the benefit of the doubt, at least the lack of doubt.

Still, Righetti’s reassignment, and those of bullpen coach Mark Gardner and assistant hitting coach Steve Decker, makes it clear that however the Giants want to avoid the use of the word “rebuilding,” they are indeed rebuilding – just not in the traditional new-players-for-old way.

General manager Bobby Evans made it clear without saying the words that Righetti’s messaging had lost its efficacy with the younger pitchers, who for the most part had not been part of the franchise’s most glorious times. And since the only pitchers still on the 40-man roster who had been with the club for its last World Series parade are Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Strickland, Evans clearly concluded that the message to the new staff needed to come from elsewhere.

Now this assumes that the problem with the Giants’ pitching was not the talent level or the execution, of course. Typically, it takes a lot for a manager or coach to screw up his job so profoundly that he needs to be replaced – mostly it’s considered an environmental matter that a new voice saying the old stuff is sufficient. It’s really more alchemy than science, and alchemy is fairly hit-or-miss.

But it is change where the Giants feel they can change; their four starters (Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore) and closer (Mark Melancon) are in for $70.8 million this coming year, so a full-on demolition is not cost effective, and the young’uns (Chris Stratton, Strickland, Cory Gearrin, Derek Law, et. al.) remain in that tenuous middle ground between dependable and disposable. In other words, there aren’t a lot of options for dramatic player change, and the Giants don’t look to be aggressive buyers in the off-season, crackpot Giancarlo Stanton rumors notwithstanding.

So this is the face of the Giants’ rebuild so far – Dave Righetti, Mark Gardner and Steve Decker. Make of the act and the circumstances of the release of the information what you will, but as it is neither the manager (Bruce Bochy is golden) or the players (who with only a few exceptions are decidedly meh, with a side of feh), it will have to do as the first answer to the question, “What do they intend to do about 64-98?"

I mean other than keeping a low profile about it.

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

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Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.