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Urban: Bochy Bolsters Panda's Confidence

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Urban: Bochy Bolsters Panda's Confidence

June 29, 2010

URBAN ARCHIVEGIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOChat withMychael from thestart of the 4th inning through the end of the 6th inning of Tuesday'sGiants-Dodgers game!Mychael Urban
CSNBayArea.comA great many Giants fans likely looked at Bruce Bochys lineup for Tuesdays tilt against the Dodgers, saw Pablo Sandoval in the No. 3 spot and slapped their foreheads. A few WTF?!? Tweets or texts to friends might have immediately followed.Given the Kung Fu Pandas quasi-cartoonish struggles of late, thats an understandable reaction. But take a step back from it all and youll see that this isnt a head-slapper at all.Its a stroke of managerial genius by Bruce Bochy.
Look, we all know that Sandoval hasnt been hitting like a true No. 3 hitter since April. And most agree that a sense of urgency -- the playing of hot hands -- should carry the day for Bochy right about now.But we also know, or should, that managing or coaching any professional sport at the highest level is as much about managing egos and personalities as it is about talent, lineups and strategy.Sandoval batting third, a night after (a) taking Giants out of an almost-sure run with the worst baserunning mistake seen in these parts since Ruben Rivera, and (b) being lifted for a pinch hitter with the game in the balance in the bottom of the ninth, was Bochy smartly acknowledging the baby-sitting aspect of the job.This is a 23-year-old dealing with failure for the first time in his baseball life, remember, and Monday night was pretty much rock bottom. Sitting him on the bench Tuesday or batting him in the bottom half of the order again would have been the absolute worst thing to do for the kids waning confidence.Whether it pays off on the field or not -- Sandoval actually had a hell of an at-bat to get on base before his brain cramp and had a solid night at the plate in general -- it will pay off in the clubhouse, in the dugout and in the managers office whenever Sandoval might next be summoned.The message Tuesday, from Bochy to Sandoval, was this: We still believe in you. I still believe in you. We need you. We trust you. We love you.It might sound a little sappy for some, but its part of the failure-based game of big-league ball. Sometimes, as the leader of highly paid men, you have take care of someones head even if your heart is saying something else.

Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

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Report: Two Giants hitters elect free agency

With free agency set to begin five days after the World Series ends, two hitters that played for the Giants during the 2017 season have put their names on the open market.

Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor league outfielder Carlos Moncrief have both elected for free agency, according to Baseball America.

The 30-year-old Gillaspie appeared in 44 games for the Giants this past season. He hit just .168/.218/.288 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He was designated for assignment on August 3 and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on August 5. With the River Cats, Gillaspie hit .375 with four doubles in 15 games in August.

Prior to the 2017 season, Gillaspie signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Giants.

As for Moncrief, the soon-to-be 29-year-old finally got his first call-up the majors this past season after eight and a half seasons in the minors. He debuted for the Giants on July 29. In 28 games, he hit .211/.256/.237 with one double and five RBI. While he didn't do much with the bat, Moncrief showed off a cannon for an arm when he patrolled right field.

NBA fines Pelicans C DeMarcus Cousins for incident with fan

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NBA fines Pelicans C DeMarcus Cousins for incident with fan

Former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is in trouble with the league office again.

The NBA fined the Pelicans big man $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language towards a fan" during the final minutes of the team's season opener on Wednesday night against the Grizzlies.

The referee's heard the exchange between Cousins and the fan, and assessed a technical foul to Cousins. That technical foul was rescinded as part of the league's announcement Saturday.

After Wednesday's game, Cousins offered this explanation of the incident:

"That was pretty bogus, man. The ref, he sat there and heard (the fan) speaking to me in a very nasty way. I shouldn't have responded to it, but I'm a human being and I'm also a grown man. I'm not going to let another person just disrespect me. I felt (the ref) should have handled it, he decided not to, but he handled my end of it. I look forward to speaking to the league," Cousins told reporters, according to USA Today.

Cousins makes his first trip back to Sacramento since being traded by the Kings on Thursday, Oct. 26.