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Will Clark on NLCS MVP Scutaro: 'I had flashbacks'

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Will Clark on NLCS MVP Scutaro: 'I had flashbacks'

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SAN FRANCISCO There wasnt a soaked soul in a Giantsuniform who didnt appreciate what NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro did in leading thempast the St. Louis Cardinals and into the World Series.

But some understood it better than others.

To see him hit the ball on the screws every time up there,I had flashbacks, said Will Clark, who so memorably obliterated the ChicagoCubs in the 1989 NLCS. Getting that hot, barreling up every ball it was greatto see somebody get locked in and stay locked in. He hit line drive after linedrive. Thats a true professional doing his craft and from my perspective, itsrefreshing to see.

Clark hit .650 against the Cubs, and to this day, pitcherstalk into their gloves on the mound because of the grand slam the thrill hitoff Greg Maddux after reading the pitchers lips. Clark had 13 hits in thatpostseason series.

Scutaro had 14 against the Cardinals, who knocked him downbut never out.

Ive been there before, Clark said. Youre in the middleof the tightest place in the world, in front of the brightest lights, andyoure putting great swings on the ball. Its great to see.

After rapping out three more hits in the Giants 9-0,pennant-clinching Game 7 victory Monday night, Scutaro became the first playerin LCS history to post six multi-hit games in one series. And 12 of his hitscame after Matt Hollidays controversial takeout slide left him hobbling towardthe X-ray room.

How you like me now? said Scutaro, who couldnt help onemore jab.

The Giants paid back Holliday in every way. With the Giantsup 7-0 in the sixth, Matt Cain drilled him with an 0-2 pitch that had theCardinals, especially pitcher Chris Carpenter, screaming at him from thevisiting dugout.

There was one more bit of retribution to end the game.Holliday popped up in the rain to Scutaro, who squeezed the Cardinals lastlife between his fingers.

The Giants celebrated more than their second trip to theWorld Series in three years, or their first Game 7 victory in franchisehistory. They celebrated the invitation for Scutaro, a 36-year-old professionalhitter, to show his skills on the most important stage.

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I couldnt be happier for him, right fielder Hunter Pencesaid. Hes been an anchor for us. What an incredible performance. Hes verydeserving of the MVP.

Scutaro, who ended the season with a 20-game hitting streak,now has hit safely in 10 consecutive during the playoffs.

Scutaro received his trophy in one of the strangestpresentations in memory amid a driving rainstorm. Afterwards, he did notsound like an impending free agent eager to test the waters.

All those guys in there, I love every single one, Scutarosaid. I think to win a championship, it takes more than 25 guys. It takes thefront office all the way to the bat boy, and you have to have that chemistrygoing.

When I got traded here, in the beginning, I was thinkingstuff like, Where am I going to live? And family, and packing, all thatstuff. But a couple days later I was kind of happy just because of the kind ofteam we had. And now here we are in the World Series.

Report: Giants make trade offer for Giancarlo Stanton

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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

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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.