Urban: Neukom was face of Giants, not owner


Urban: Neukom was face of Giants, not owner

Sept. 14, 2011


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Mychael Urban

It feels and sounds like a huge deal: DEFENDING CHAMPS CAN OWN BOSS!And hey, it is a big deal. Bill Neukom, aka "Bow-tie Billy," reportedly is out less than a year after the team he represents reached the top of baseball's mountain.On the sexy scale, this is Brooklyn Decker to the hopeless wild-card chase's Roseanne Barr.But is it really that big of a deal?From here, it feels like a big, fat, "no."RELATED: Giants release statement on Neukom's 'retirement'
What it feels like, truth be told, is the final verdict of a spirited game of laser tag between members of the ownership group.
Look, Neukom was the face of Giants ownership. NOT the owner. The owners, if you want to get all technical, are the Burns family, which holds a controlling interest. But there are many other fingers in the pie. Now Neukom is not the face of Giants ownership. Just like Peter Magowan before him. And just as Magowan, despite public appearances, didn't make every call regarding whom to sign or not, Neukom didn't either. The group made those decisions together.And the group, it appears, didn't like that the managing general partner seemed to revel in the appearances. Perhaps it was his increasing visibility in the wake of the title. The frequent references to "The Giants Way," which he loved to espouse. The hanging out behind the cage during batting practice.Can't you just hear the other partners?Who does this guy think he is? Why is he getting all the credit? Why is he front and center?Makes you wonder if this would have happened were the Giants merrily rolling to another playoff appearance. Losing tends to make folks edgy, Petty, even.That's not to suggest the Giants' ownership group was being petty here. But if they felt as though Neukom was getting too big for his britches, the bow tie bows out.Now there's a new face. Larry Baer. Wait, hasn't he kind of been the face of this thing all along?

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.