Mike Krukow: 'The other thing about Billy Hamilton that I love is...'


Mike Krukow: 'The other thing about Billy Hamilton that I love is...'

In search of a young, defensive-minded center fielder, the Giants have reportedly been linked to Boston's Jackie Bradley Jr. and Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton.

Hamilton ranked as the third-best defensive center fielder in baseball during the 2017 season per FanGraphs. Bradley came in at seventh. Both measured in at nine Defensive Runs Saved, tied for third among all qualifying center fielders.

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Both are 27 years old and still arbitration-eligible.

On Tuesday, Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow was asked for his thoughts on the two center fielders.

"I haven't seen a lot of Jackie Bradley. I hear he can play center field, I haven't really watched him play center field. I know what you get with Billy Hamilton. He's got exceptional range. He's got a good arm. And I don't think he's even close to being what he's going to be. We always talk about the one position that takes the longest to learn and the longest tot apply is the leadoff position. I only think he's going to get better. You can only imagine if he can get an OBP up around .340, what his numbers would be. He'd be an All-Star just because of what he can do on the basepaths," Krukow said on KNBR 680 on Tuesday morning.

The Giants ranked 20th in baseball with 76 stolen bases in 2017. Hamilton had 59 by himself for the Reds. Hamilton's ability on the basepaths is something that Krukow appreciates.

"The other thing about Billy Hamilton that I love is that he messes with pitchers. He becomes a distraction. He's a guy you have to pay attention to, he's a guy that will alter your rhythm, that will take your concentration away from the hitter. And I think that is a plus. So I love both of those guys, even though I haven't seen a lot of Jackie Bradley. Billy Hamilton is huge. I'm an old pitcher, so I have no problem if you can give up offense to get defense. And not just in our yard, but our division is just a big-yard division, you need a center field. That just absolutely slaps you in the face when you start losing balls to gaps that should be caught. So I like both of those guys because of their range," Krukow said.

Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

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Duffy family cat, Skeeter, passes away at 15

We have some sad news to report.

Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.

Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.

"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.

Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.

When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.

Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'


Evans on Stanton trade talk: 'If they didn't think there was a good chance...'

The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.

San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.

"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."

While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for. 

"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says. 

Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said. 

The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.