Sandoval to participate in home run derby, not games, in Venezuela


Sandoval to participate in home run derby, not games, in Venezuela

Pablo Sandoval sent out a Tweet Wednesday night announcing his decision not to play in any games in Venezuela. However, he will still participate in his home country's home run derby.

The Giants' third baseman sent out the following in Spanish:

"Hola mi gente magallanera y fanatico del beisbol venezolano. La siguiente noticia es para expresar que no voy a poder participar con los Navegantes del Magallanes y en la pelota invernal organizada de Venezuela . Debido a que me encuentro en plena negociacion de mi contrato con los Gigantes de San Francisco . Espero entiendan mi posicion , esto es algo dificil para mi ya que ustedes muy bien saben , que yo quiero jugar en Venezuela y en especial con los Navegantes del Magallanes. Lo que si les garantizo es mi participacion en el Derby de Jonrones. Gracias por el apoyo mi gente ---- Y arriba la Nave Turca"

Translated to English, Sandoval said:

"Hello Magellaners and fans of Venezuelan baseball. The following news is to share that I will not be able to participate with the Magellan Navigators and Venezuelan winter ball due to the fact that I am in the middle of negotiations with the San Francisco Giants. I hope you understand my position, this is something difficult for me as you all know I want to play in Venezuela, especially with the Magellan Navigators. What I will guarantee is my participation in home run derby. Thanks for all the support, my people and lets go team!"

As of Tuesday, Sandoval's plans to play in his home country of Venezuelawere not finalized, according to Giants vice president of baseball operationsBobby Evans.Asked about Sandovals itinerary in the wake of the Wilson Ramos kidnapping,Evans told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that it is unclear how muchthe Giants third baseman will play in Venezuela.Initially, Evans said the plan was for Sandoval toparticipate in the home run derby and play 7-10 games with the Navegantes deMagallanes.
Sandovalsrepresentatives told Evans that the idea of a shortened trip has nothing to do with Ramoskidnapping. Instead, Sandoval wants to stick with his Triple Threat Performanceworkout program in Arizona.

Rael Enteen is a web producer with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @RaelEnteenCSN

Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade


Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

On Monday morning, some important details emerged.

The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish.

Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for Stanton.

The Giants selected Beede, 24, in the first round (14th overall) of the 2014 draft.

The right-handed pitcher went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA over 19 starts in Triple-A last season.

[RELATED: Healthy Tyler Beede shows why he's Giants' top pitching prospect]

The Orange and Black took Shaw, 24, in the first round (31st overall) of the 2015 draft.

In 37 games for Double-A Richmond in 2017, he hit .301 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

He was promoted to Triple-A and hit .289 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 88 games.

Shaw recently played in the Arizona Fall League, but only saw action in five games because of a sore shoulder.

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.