Sandoval sees nothing wrong in passing Wright


Sandoval sees nothing wrong in passing Wright

SAN FRANCISCO Pablo Sandoval strode through the clubhousewith a huge smile, a loud whistle and no apologies.

He had just learned he was elected the NLs starting third baseman for the NLAll-Star team, sacking the Mets David Wright as Giants fans stuffed the ballotbox with an unrelenting deluge of votes in the final week.

Wright ranks second in the NL with a 1.013 OPS and a .355batting average. Meanwhile, Sandoval has posted productive numbers but missed40 games with a fractured left hand.

Nobody in a Giants uniform could come out and say that Sandovaldeserves to start over Wright. But they couldnt claim the opposite, either.

These fans of ours, they love their players, Giantsmanager Bruce Bochy said. Theyre passionate and they came out in full force.You look at what David Wright has done hes having an incredible year andPablos missed some time. But hes got some good numbers, too.

No doubt, its all because of these fans. They came out innumbers and got it done.

Entering the final week of online voting, Wright had nearly2.7 million votes and held an edge over Sandoval that exceeded 400,000. Butwhen the final totals were announced Sunday, Sandoval powered his way to a 1.6million vote landslide victory. He finished with 5,743,542 to Wrights4,133,380.

A bit awkward? Yes. But it didnt diminish Sandovals gleeupon winning.

The Kung Fu Panda acknowledged Wrights remarkable season.

Hes having a great year, said Sandoval, who is batting.316 with six home runs and 25 RBIs. Im surprised I made it because I thinkhes had a great year. But the fans give you great support. They give you apush.

I just say thank you to the fans. I focus on playing mygame and you see what happens. When youre having fun, then your dreams cancome true.

Its the second time that Sandoval made the All-Star teamdespite missing more than a month with a hamate fracture. Last year, he was alate selection to the NL team by Bochy as an injury replacement.

Last year I was a backup guy, Sandoval said. This yearits going to be different.

Sandoval said he had no idea until he arrived at theballpark and received the news.

I just keep praying and my fingers crossed, he said. Imhappy I made it. Every moment, Im excited with this organization. They gave methe opportunity to be here.

Its been a trying first half for Sandoval, who dealt withthe frustration of fracturing the hamate in his left hand one year after havingthe same surgery to remove the bone in his right hand.

Club officials continue to keep on him about his wellpublicized weight issues, although he has responded by slimming down in recentweeks.

Sandoval also remains the subject of a sexual assaultinvestigation by the Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Department, which is in thefinal stages of completion. Sandovals attorney, Eric Geffon, said he andSandoval continue to cooperate with detectives but that his client committed nocriminal acts.

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton


Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

The hot stove is heating up. 

Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name swirling in trade rumors and the Giants are reportedly pushing forward in their attempt to acquire the slugger. San Francisco's front office has proposed a trade to Miami for Stanton, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Details of what the Giants offered have not been reported yet. 

Stanton, who recently turned 28, is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. 

On Thursday, Stanton was named the National League MVP after hitting .281 with a league-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI. The last MVP to be traded in the offseason after winning the award was Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees before the 2004 season. 

How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League


How seven Giants prospects performed in the 2017 Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League came to an end for seven Giants prospects on Thursday as the Scottsdale Scorpions (12-17-1) came up short from playing in Saturday's championship game. 

Let's take a look at how these seven names fared against some of the top young talent in all of baseball. 

The Hitters

As the Giants are linked to trade targets in center field like Billy Hamilton and Jackie Bradley Jr., a young in-house option only helped his case in the desert.

Steven Duggar likely would have seen the AT&T outfield this season, but his season was hindered by injuries, keeping him to only 44 games between three levels. With the Scorpions, Duggar took advantage of his opportunity with more at-bats. 

Duggar left Arizona with a .263/.367/.421 slash line over 20 games. The speedy lefty also stole nine bases and hit three home runs. Even if the Giants go for an experienced glove in center field this offseason and keep Duggar, the 24-year-old has also played 135 games in right field during his minor league career. 

For the second straight year, the Giants sent catcher Aramis Garcia to the AFL. And he's sure to be coming home much happier this go around with an up-and-down campaign.

Splitting time behind the plate with three other catchers, Garcia appeared in 13 games and slashed .259/.293/.333 and hit one home run. Garcia struggled to get one base with only one walk to 10 strikeouts, but showed his natural ability to drive runs in with 10 RBI. 

Rounding out the Giants' trio of bats they sent to Arizona is arguably their top prospect, but his time in the AFL was cut short. Chris Shaw only played in five games and hit .158. He dealt with a sore shoulder.

The Pitchers

The Giants sent two starting pitchers (Tyler Beede and Joan Gregorio) and two relievers (Tyler Cyr and D.J. Snelten) to the AFL. 

Pitching for the first time in nearly three months, Beede showed exactly why he's the Giants' top pitching prospect. Beede went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts, but his final three show the potential he's full of -- 14 innings pitched, three earned runs, a 1.93 ERA, 10 strikeouts and only one walk. 

Gregorio, who was suspended this season for Performance Enhancing Drugs, pitched in eight games (three starts) for Scottsdale. He left with a 1-0 record and 5.87 ERA. In Triple-A, Gregorio went 4-4 with a 3.04 ERA this year over 13 starts. The 25-year-old presents an interesting arm that can help sooner than later in the bullpen. 

Cyr's stats don't look pretty (0-1, 5.63 ERA, 8 IP), but he's catching some attention. The right-hander was named to the Fall Stars Game and is most likely to start 2018 in Triple-A after converting 18 saves at Double-A in 2017. 

Snelten, a 6-foot-7 lefty, impressed in eight appearances out of the bullpen. He didn't allow an earned run until his final outing of the fall, bringing his ERA from a perfect 0.00 to 2.25 in 12 innings pitched.

After combining for a 2.20 ERA to go with an 8-1 record between Double-A and Triple-A in 2017, Snelten is a name to know as the Giants look to find more lefties for their bullpen.