Krukow: Morse 'definitely in the argument' to make Giants roster

Krukow: Morse 'definitely in the argument' to make Giants roster

Michael Morse seemed like a long-shot to make the Giants' roster when he was signed to a minor league contract on Christmas Eve, but the 2014 postseason hero is making a strong case to stick around.

The 34-year-old is hitting .304 (7-for-23) with a .364 on-base percentage and a .655 slugging percentage through 11 Cactus League games. He has two home runs, six RBI, five runs, four walks, and five strikeouts. 

The veteran's impact isn't lost on Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow.

"Yeah, it is (getting real)," Krukow said on KNBR Thursday morning. "It absolutely is.

"He knew he had to come in here, he knew he had to perform, and he's doing that."

In his lone season with San Francsico, Morse played 83 games in left field and 42 games at first base. Three years seasons later, Krukow doesn't expect the Giants to throw him out in left field if he makes the team. 

"If they throw him out in the outfield, he's not going to have a lot of whole lot of range. He will basically catch what he gets to," Krukow said. "But I don't think you're gonna see him in that role very often. If it's defensive, it's going to be at first base."

Morse's bat proved big in the Giants' 2014 title run. He hit a pinch-hit, game-tying home run in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cardinals, setting up Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run that sent the Giants to the World Series. And he delivered the game-winning RBI in Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City.

"He represents a guy that can play first base, hit right handed, have some power, come off the bench late, and turn the game around with one swing."

The Giants would have to clear space on the 40-man in order to keep Morse. San Francisco currently has eight infielders on the 40-man (Brandon Belt, Orlando Calixte, Brandon Crawford, Conor Gillaspie, Miguel Gomez, Edurado Nunez, Joe Panik and Kelby Tomlinson) and five outfielders (Gorkys Hernandez, Jarrett Parker, Hunter Pence, Denard Span and Mac Williamson). 

Reports: Giants dismiss Dave Righetti as pitching coach, reassign others


Reports: Giants dismiss Dave Righetti as pitching coach, reassign others

In a shocking move, the Giants appear to be moving on from longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti and other coaches.

According to FanRag Sports, the Giants will reassign Righetti within the organization, likely to a front office position. Righetti has been with the team since 2000 and has served as Bruce Bochy's right-hand man since he took over as manager in 2007.

Bench coach Ron Wotus and hitting coach Hensley Meulens will also be reassigned, according to FanRag Sports.

Bullpen coach Mark Gardner will also be reassigned within the organization, according to USA Today.

The coaching staff shake-up comes on the heels of the Giants finishing in last place in the NL West with a 64-98 record.

On Thursday, The Mercury News reported that the Giants interviewed current Red Sox hitting coach.

More to come...

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.