Kuiper: 'Kind of warms your heart' thinking of Giants with Hamilton or Bradley Jr.


Kuiper: 'Kind of warms your heart' thinking of Giants with Hamilton or Bradley Jr.

The Giants have been linked to trade rumors for two speedy center fielders already in the offseason -- Billy Hamilton of the Reds and Jackie Bradley Jr. of the Red Sox.

Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper is giddy over the thought of either one sporting the Orange and Black. 

"Anytime you mention guys like Hamilton or Bradley it kind of warms your heart to see those type of talented people roaming around in center field at AT&T Park because it's such a big outfield," Kuiper said Wednesday on the Murph & Mac Show.

This isn't the first time Hamilton has been linked to the Giants. His name has popped up plenty of times to Kuiper and for that, he sees Hamilton in San Francisco before Bradley Jr. 

"I'd heard Billy Hamilton's name for the last two years. I'd never heard Jackie Bradley's name ever brought up. I think of those two, Hamilton's probably got a better shot at that happening than the other," said Kuiper. 

Hamilton and Bradley Jr. are both known more for their defense and athleticism than their bat. The Giants have made it clear they value a high-caliber glove in center field and need someone to cover more ground. 

"If you get some offense, then you can have a guy like Hamilton play, because he's not gonna create a lot of offense," Kuiper explained. "He's gonna create havoc when he gets on base, but he's gonna have to get on base."

And that's the problem right there. Hamilton has all the speed in the world, but reaching base to use his wheels has been a big issue. in 2017, Hamilton stole 59 bases yet only recorded a .299 on-base percentage. For his career, Hamilton, 27, has swiped 243 bags while posting a lowly .298 on-base percentage. 

If there's one place Hamilton likes hitting in though, it's AT&T Park. Over 24 games played in San Francisco, Hamilton has slashed .337/.374/.511 with seven doubles, three triples and 11 stolen bases. 

"You can live with a defensive outfielder if you create other offense. That's what they're probably trying to do," Kuiper concluded.

Willie Mays says farewell to his friend Ed Lee


Willie Mays says farewell to his friend Ed Lee

San Francisco Mayor Lee died on Tuesday, to the surprise of many. 

In a letter to his friend, San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays, wrote the following, via The San Francisco Chronicle

I can't believe that Ed Lee is gone. I am as shocked as I am saddened. Mayor Lee was just always there. I'd meet him on the street outside of the ballpark, or he'd be at home plate joining me in a ceremony like the one we had for Tony Bennett. When my wife passed, he immediately came up with the idea for the Mae Mays Softball Tournament for Foster Youth, honoring her work with the City and giving the City departments a way to have fun. He was there at the World Series parades leading us in cheers. He gave me a cable car for my 85th birthday and made sure that it was number 24. Just always there.

And, Ed Lee was a really, really good guy. Mayor Ed Lee was, too. He went about the business of running this city with a positive force. He always had a smile and an upbeat attitude. I never saw him downhearted. He really was a mayor who got things done.

I once told another mayor of San Francisco, Dianne Feinstein, that I didn't know how politicians survive in their world. They have to try to make everyone happy. I couldn't do it, I know that. If I had wanted to make everyone happy, I wouldn't have been a ballplayer, I'd have sold hot dogs!

Ed Lee wasn't your normal politician. He didn't have anything to sell. He just worked hard for the City and the people he loved. And, we are lucky to have had him.

To his family, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences. There is little I can say to offer you comfort, except that I will miss him, too.

So long my friend,

Willie Mays

Mayor Lee was 65 years old. 

Could another Marlins outfielder be a better fit for Giants?


Could another Marlins outfielder be a better fit for Giants?

ORLANDO — The Giants had a trade in place for Giancarlo Stanton a couple weeks ago, so clearly the Marlins have found players in their system that they would like to deal for. But that doesn’t seem to be helping the front office now that Marcell Ozuna seems readily available. 

Ozuna is one of several outfielders the Giants have checked on in recent weeks in a bid to add athleticism and power to their lineup, but they don’t have high hopes. General manager Bobby Evans said the bigger field for Ozuna’s services “really negates anything” the Giants agreed to during the Stanton talks, and added that proposals went back to “square one.”

Per sources familiar with the earlier discussions, the Marlins — looking to offload about $250 million of Stanton’s deal — agreed to take back two prospects and a big league player with a salary the Giants needed to move to stay under or near the luxury tax line. It’s believed that big leaguer was Denard Span, and the prospects were not in the top five on the Giants’ list. 

But Ozuna would cost the Giants prospects that are much higher on their list, and if this deal comes down to prospects, the Giants will be outgunned. For that reason, the St. Louis Cardinals were the lobby favorites to land Ozuna at the winter meetings. 

Ozuna hit 37 homers and won a Gold Glove last season, so he fills every outfield need the Giants have. Christian Yelich would fill those needs too, but he’s not known to be available. It’s also unclear if Billy Hamilton truly is. The Giants checked in on Hamilton this week but there’s little traction in talks with the Reds, who would have to be overwhelmed to trade a popular player. The Giants have also spoken to the Brewers about their young outfielders, and there might be a better chance with that NL Central club, but nothing was imminent as of Tuesday. 

As for players who are already on the roster, Evans said the staff is confident that Austin Slater’s 2017 debut was no fluke. Slater will enter camp with a shot to win a fourth/fifth outfielder job, and perhaps more. The Giants believe he can handle all three outfield spots, but he seems ticketed for mostly right field work.