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Giants release Cactus League schedule

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Giants release Cactus League schedule

SAN FRANCISCO -- You can start the official clock. It's at 71 days and counting.Giants pitchers and catchers will report to Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 12 and the club will open the 2013 exhibition schedule Feb. 23 with a home game against a Los Angeles Angels split squad -- the earliest they've ever started up Cactus League play.The Giants are reporting earlier than usual because of the World Baseball Classic; third baseman Pablo Sandoval confirmed that he will participate for Venezuela, and he's about to start playing for Magallanes in the Venezuelan winter league.The Giants will play 34 Cactus League exhibitions, including 17 at Scottsdale Stadium, where they've trained since 1982.The Giants break camp March 27 and play three games against the Oakland A's in the Bay Area: March 28-29 in San Francisco and March 30 in Oakland. They'll begin defense of their World Series title on Tuesday, April 2 at Dodger Stadium and raise the banner on Friday, April 5 for the home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.Strangely, the Cardinals also were their opponent in 2011, when they raised the banner and received their rings following their 2010 World Series victory.Season ticket packages for home games at Scottsdale Stadium will be available December 17 via Giants Ticket Office at (415) 972-2209 or by visiting sfgiants.com. Group tickets and Suites will also be available through the Giants Ticket Office beginning December 17 at 10 a.m. Here's the full spring schedule:
DATEOPPONENTLOCAL TIMEFeb. 23vs Angels1:05 PMFeb. 24at Cubs
Feb. 25vs White Sox1:05 PMFeb. 26at Dodgers
Feb. 27at Angels
Feb. 28vs Mariners1:05 PMMar. 1at A's
Mar. 2vs Cubs1:05 PMMar. 3vs D'Backs1:05 PMMar. 4at White Sox
Mar. 5vs Indians1:05 PMMar. 6OFF
Mar. 7at Indians
Mar. 8vs Dodgers1:05 PMMar. 9vs Royals1:05 PMMar. 10at Brewers
Mar. 11at Rangers
Mar. 12vs Padres7:05 PMMar. 13at Reds
Mar. 14vs WBC1:05 PMMar. 15vs Rangers1:05 PMMar. 16vs Reds (SS)1:05 PMMar. 16at Indians (SS)
Mar. 17vs Rockies3:15 PMMar. 18OFF
Mar. 19at Mariners
Mar. 20vs Brewers (SS)1:05 PMMar. 20at Padres (SS)
Mar. 21vs Rockies7:05 PMMar. 22at Rockies
Mar. 23vs A's1:05 PMMar. 24at Angels
Mar. 25at Cubs
Mar. 26vs Padres1:05 PMMar. 27at D'Backs
IN BAY AREA

Mar. 28vs A's7:15 PMMar. 29vs A's7:15 PMMar. 30at A's1:05 PMMar. 31OFF

Projection system loves Giancarlo Stanton at AT&T Park

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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. 

Former A's slugger Gomes offers Ohtani scouting report: 'Big fan of the dude'

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Former A's slugger Gomes offers Ohtani scouting report: 'Big fan of the dude'

Former A's left fielder/DH and Bay Area native, Jonny Gomes, last played Major League Baseball in 2015. The next year, Gomes looked to continue his career in Japan with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. 

Gomes struggled in Japan, batting just .169 in 18 games. While in Japan though, Gomes saw firsthand the two-way talent of Shohei Ohtani. 

"The dude throws 100 miles per hour consistently," Gomes said Tuesday to MLB Network Radio. "That plays."

With MLB, the Players Association, and the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization agreeing to a new posting system, Ohtani should soon be available as a free agent to MLB teams. Gomes was adamant that Ohtani will live up to the hype. 

"If you have the arm speed to throw 100 miles per hour, guess what your slider's gonna do -- yikes. And he also has a split, which is yikes with that arm speed. And he also has a changeup, and he also has a curveball. You're talking about five plus, plus, plus pitches.

"If he was in the draft, I think it would be a no-brainer right now that he'd be No. 1 overall," Gomes said. 

Since turning pro as an 18-year-old, Ohtani has been a dominant force on the mound. The 6-foot-3 right-hander owns a 42-15 career record with a 2.52 ERA and 1.076 WHIP. 

What makes Ohtani, 23, so intriguing is that he's not only the best pitcher in Japan, he may be the best hitter too. In 2017, Ohtani hit .332 with eight home runs in 65 games. The left fielder/DH owns a .286/.358/.500 career slash line with 48 home runs. 

"Now hitting wise, is it gonna transfer, is it not? I've seen the dude hit a fly ball that hit the roof of the Tokyo Dome," Gomes remembers. "So, what does that tell you? That bat speed's there, that power's there, that he's generating a lot out front.

"To be able to hit the roof of the Tokyo Dome is way more impressive than hitting any other roof in the states. It would be like hitting the roof in Seattle when it was closed, it's way up there."

Everyone knows about Ohtani off-the-charts talent. The stats are there. What we don't know as much about is his personality. Gomes does and he believes his leadership will make him be a star in the states. 

"I'm a big fan of the dude," Gomes says. "I saw his work ethic, I saw how players treated him, I saw how respectful he was. Over there it's all about seniority. Granted he was the biggest star on the field at any given moment, but still gave the utmost respect to seniority guys on his ball club."