Krukow: Giants have been patient with Kyle Crick, 'he just hasn't responded'

Krukow: Giants have been patient with Kyle Crick, 'he just hasn't responded'

The Giants selected Kyle Crick in the first round (49th overall) of the 2011 draft.

Over 23 starts at Double-A Richmond last year, Crick went 4-11 with a 5.94 ERA

"He has push in his delivery, and push and shove in delivery is inconsistency of release point," Mike Krukow explained on KNBR 680. "And that's gonna cause you to struggle in the strike zone. When he misses, he usually misses up because of the shove. And he's got to fix that. He's gotta get a better set of mechanics that allows him to crack the whip when you get to that release point and not push when you get to that release point.

"And the other thing, too, about a guy who shoves or pushes, is he shows you the ball early. So even if he's throwing hard, you're gonna see it. They're trying to be patient with him and he just hasn't responded."

Crick was recently optioned to minor league camp.

He put up solid numbers during Cactus League games -- one earned run over seven innings, six hits, three walks and six strikeouts.

But according to Krukow: "He's not ready for the big leagues; he cannot find the strike zone. And if you cannot find the strike zone, you cannot be apart of a big league bullpen or a starting rotation. You can't. You have to have command.

"So he's got some work to do... he's taken a long time to find it and at this point, I don't know if he can."

Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role


Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role

SAN FRANCISCO -- A familiar face is returning to the Giants organization to serve a key front office role.

The Giants announced Friday that David Bell, their former third baseman, has been hired as Vice President of Player Development. General manager Bobby Evans said Bell will oversee all aspects of player development, including hitting, pitching, strength and conditioning and the operations of the minor league affiliates. 

"He was the perfect fit," Evans said. "His experience is so strong and encompasses so many aspects of the game. He’s got a really strong base of experience and background and understanding of the game, and he has a passion for the game and working with young players. He really showed a desire to pursue this opportunity." 

Bell, 45, played 12 major league seasons and spent 2002 with the Giants. He hit 20 homers that year as the starting third baseman and scored the winning run in the final game of the NLCS. Since retiring, Bell has served as a minor league manager for the Reds and a big league coach for the Cubs and Cardinals. He spent last season as the bench coach in St. Louis. 

Shane Turner had previously served as farm director, but at the end of the minor league season he was asked to take a role as a special assistant in baseball operations. While Evans did not announce any other changes Friday, there are expected to be other moves within the organization's depth chart. At least one member of the coaching staff is still in the running for a managerial opening. 

Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered


Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

Firing a manager is easy, and there are lots of ways to do it.

Dusty Baker, for example. He worked this year on the last year of a contract, which usually means there won’t be another one, and he relied on his players to deliver the goods.

Which, as we remember from our reading, they didn’t do. Again.

But Baker was marked for the chop unless those players did deliver, and when they didn’t, general manager Mike Rizzo did the expedient thing.

He fired one person rather than several. And changed exactly nothing.

Baker’s managerial career is probably over now, as most teams don’t look at 68-year-olds to fix their teams. He will never manage a  World Series champion, something he ached for, and he was always be caricatured in part as the guy who didn’t speak metric, and who believed in players as men whenever in doubt.

And the Nats didn’t betray him, either. They were always not as good in the big moments because someone else was, and they became part of Washington’s new fetish – Why Can’t We Win One? It’s as if having a cringeworthy President isn’t good enough for them.

So the time came, and he will be replaced by someone who will either win and get credit for work that was largely his, or he won’t win and the town can continue to wallow in its tedious We’re-The-New-Cubs pity. It is the circle of life.

At least it is for groups of people. For individuals, the circle of life is actually nothing more than a straight line that ends abruptly. For Dusty Baker, as it did for Tony La Russa in Phoenix two days earlier, that day came today. He deserves to be remembered as a very good manager who won a lot more than he lost, made more friends than enemies, and was honest from Day One until the end.

Which, as we also know, doesn’t matter a whole lot on days like this.