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Highlights of 2017 Giants FanFest: Melancon wins over the crowd

Highlights of 2017 Giants FanFest: Melancon wins over the crowd

SAN FRANCISCO -- The highlights of FanFest always come at the question and answer stage, but the quotes usually don't escape the room. Brandon Belt was an exception a couple years ago when he said the Dodgers can't buy chemistry, so he was quick to the microphone on Saturday when a fan asked him about Sergio Romo's new team.

"I don't know if you know my history with saying something about the Dodgers," he said, smiling. "I'm going to stay out of this one."

The Dodgers came up often during four Q&A sessions with players and management. Mark Melancon showed he knows how to win over a crowd when he talked about getting drafted by Los Angeles out of high school and choosing not to sign. 

As always, it was a light scene at AT&T Park. Here are some highlights from the Q&A sessions ... 

--- Belt on the teammate he would want to be stuck on an island with: "I would say Bumgarner but he's probably going to try to fight me at some point."

--- The second question of the day was "Do you think you're going to make the playoffs this year?" Luckily a young man (and future Giants Insider) got it back on course by asking Brandon Crawford, "How long does it take to do your hair in the morning?"

--- Belt, Crawford and Joe Panik were asked about their favorite non-World Series games. Crawford picked the 2014 Wild Card Game, of course, and Panik chose the Ishikawa game. Belt picked Game 2 of the 2014 NLDS. "I like to go as long as you can, maybe 18 innings," he said. 

--- Welcome to life as one of the youngest Giants, Derek Law. Hunter Pence made him show off some dance moves in front of a big crowd. (Law will rule FanFest for years to come by the way, nobody had more fun than he did). 

--- Belt on his offseason: "I just try to get swole. That's it." 

--- Nick Hundley is wearing No. 5, Jose Alguacil has No. 17 and Phil Nevin has No. 16.

--- Bobby Evans said one of his best baseball moments came at the end of his internship with the Red Sox when he was 20 years old. He took an aluminum bat and some balls to Fenway, stood in the third-base box, and tried to hit a homer over the Green Monster. The fourth swing went out and he said he still has the ball as a souvenir. 

--- Asked about players who would be good managers, Bruce Bochy said Marco Scutaro could do it. Shoutout #MarcoMonday! 

--- Josh Osich came up a lot when coaches were asked about the bullpen in various sessions. He had a rough 2016 but the Giants certainly have not forgotten what he showed as a rookie. 

--- Jeff Samardzija said he has long hair as a response to his dad making him rock a flat top until he was in sixth grade. 

--- Buster Posey said the pitcher he most hates facing is former Dodger Ronald Belisario. "I would look up and he would have like a five-something ERA but I (had trouble)," he said. He was 2-for-13 against Belisario with eight strikeouts. 

--- Cory Gearrin said he thought a lot about if he would have to dive during his one-batter stint in left field last season, but said he realized "If I lay out and it goes poorly, I'm going to have to come in (as a pitcher) and get out of a jam."

--- Evans was asked if he'll check in on Brian Wilson's comeback and he dropped the sly line of the day: "I just want to make sure he gets his ring."

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

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Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

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Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”