Willie McCovey opens up on Giants' disappointing 2017 season

Willie McCovey opens up on Giants' disappointing 2017 season

At this point in the season, it's fair to say the Giants have been a disappointment far beyond anyone's imagination. 

Add Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey to the list of people baffled by the disaplay of baseball the Giants have put on the field in 2017. McCovey appeared on KNBR's Murph & Mac Show Friday morning to talk about what's gone wrong this season. 

"It's tough and it's really hard to put your finger on why it's going bad because it's basically the same team," McCovey said. "It's just a lot of guys are not having good years."

One player McCovey is especially surprised by is shortstop Brandon Crawford. 

"This was the one year I thought Crawford was going to break out and have a super year," McCovey said. "It started out that year the way he looked in the World Baseball Classic, but it just hasn't panned out and that's true with a bunch of guys.

"You know in order to win, you gotta have two or three guys having career years and we don't have that this year." 

Last season, Crawford posted career highs in batting average (.275) and on-base percentage (.342) while leading the league in triples with 11 and hitting 12 home runs. Through 70 games this year, Crawford is slashing just .223/.263/.362 with seven home runs. 

Crawford isn't the only Giant failing to meet expectations this year. Much of their core players who have been big parts of their World Series teams have fallen flat this year. So, with the Giants 24 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West, should the front office look at starting over for a rebuild?

Not exactly in McCovey's opinion. "I think it's okay to have a bad year, that's part of baseball," he explains. "You can't have great years every year. Some of these same guys will probably bounce back next year and have great years."

The Giants are 34-53 throuh July 6, which puts them as the second-worst team in the majors. 

Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's


Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman.

Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast over his wrist Tuesday morning and was scheduled to see a hand specialist for an estimate of the time he could miss.

"We know that it's not a surgery thing, it's just essentially time," Roberts said. "That's the initial thought. That could change but that's what I've heard."

Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last year and was a first-time All-Star. He had 14 RBIs against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series and was voted MVP.

The Dodgers appear poised to move Logan Forsythe from second base to third in Turner's absence and have Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley share time at second.

"It obviously makes a lot of sense to have Logan over there a lot more at third, and to kind of put together some guys at second base, and leave Chris (Taylor) in center field," Roberts said.

Backup catcher Austin Barnes also could see time at second base.

Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts


Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants moved closer to setting their opening day roster on Monday when they made a significant round of cuts to their spring training roster. 

A total of 15 players were reassigned or optioned, bringing the total to 31 players remaining in camp. Many of the players cut Monday entered the spring competing for jobs. 

In the outfield, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater were optioned to Triple-A and Chris Shaw was reassigned to minor league camp. Williamson had a huge spring and was the likeliest of the trio to push for an opening day spot, but he'll start his year in the minors. Steven Duggar was not among the cuts, and he remains an option to make the team, with the Giants also looking at Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker for backup spots. Hernandez and Parker are out of minor league options. 

Tyler Beede was optioned and Andrew Suarez was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving three players vying for the final two rotation spots. Ty Blach and Chris Stratton have been the favorites all along, although both struggled the last time out and Derek Holland has had a strong spring. 

Both backup catchers -- Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez -- were reassigned, along with Orlando Calixte, who saw time in the big leagues last year. Joan Gregorio, Jose Valdez, Justin O'Conner and Kyle Jensen were also reassigned. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared to be making a strong push, was on the list, too, leaving Josh Rutledge as the only competition for Kelby Tomlinson for the final infield spot. 

Finally, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez were optioned to Triple-A. Josh Osich remains and appears the frontrunner for a bullpen job. Julian Fernandez, the Rule 5 pick, also remains in camp. 

The Giants break camp on Friday.