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Brandon Crawford: Giants should change right-center field wall

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Brandon Crawford: Giants should change right-center field wall

Since the moment it opened, AT&T Park has been a pitcher's park.

Last Friday, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford answered questions from kids at a youth baseball camp.

How big are Major League fields?

“They vary in size. Ours is one of the bigger ones, 421 feet to right-center, which should be changed," Crawford said.

Baseball fans are well aware that flyballs to deep right-center field in San Francisco -- home runs in the majority of ballparks -- are routinely caught or result in triples.

This season, there have been 69 home runs hit at AT&T Park -- by far the lowest in baseball.

Fenway Park in Boston (82) and PETCO Park in San Diego (89) are next.

Crawford has eight home runs this year -- six on the road and two at home.

Last year, he hit 12 home runs -- eight on the road and four at home.

In 2015, he hit a career-high 21 home runs -- 13 on the road and eight at home.

Might the Giants somehow move the fences in?

"It ain't gonna happen ... that's just not gonna happen," Mike Krukow said on KNBR 680 on Monday morning.

2019 MLB predictions: American, National League Cy Young Award winners

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2019 MLB predictions: American, National League Cy Young Award winners

The MLB season is here, and we're turning our eyes towards the players that could dominate the season. MLB reporters from across NBC Sports came together to make their predictions for the 2019 AL and NL Cy Young awards.

Could Madison Bumgarner make a contract-year Cy Young push for the Giants? Will the A's have a surprise candidate from their touch-and-go rotation?

Before we get into their predictions, let's meet the panel.

NBC Sports Bay Area - Alex Pavlovic (Giants)
NBC Sports California - Ben Ross (A's)
NBC Sports Boston - Lou Merloni (Red Sox)
NBC Sports Chicago - Tony Andracki (Cubs)
NBC Sports Chicago - Vinnie Duber (White Sox)
NBC Sports Philadelphia - Corey Seidman (Phillies)
NBC Sports Washington - Todd Dybas (Nationals)

Be sure to tune in to Wednesday's season preview show at 11:00 a.m. PT streaming on the MyTeams app.

VIEW THE PREDICTIONS HERE

MLB rumors: Giants acquire Tom Murphy for even more catching depth

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MLB rumors: Giants acquire Tom Murphy for even more catching depth

SAN FRANCISCO -- If you're a catcher who is on the edge of an MLB roster, find some orange cleats. There's a decent chance you'll be a Giant by the end of the week.

For the third consecutive day, the Giants made a roster move involving a catcher. This time they claimed former Rockies backstop Tom Murphy, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

This comes two days after they released Rene Rivera, who looked headed for an Opening Day job, and one day after they traded for Erik Kratz, who was named the backup catcher by manager Bruce Bochy on Sunday evening. 

It's unclear how it will all be sorted out by Thursday morning, although at this point there seems a very real possibility that Aramis Garcia is being shopped for outfield help. 

Murphy, 27, has a .219/.271/.439 slash line in parts of four major league seasons with the Rockies. He had a .637 OPS last season with 44 strikeouts and just three walks in 96 plate appearances, which makes him the opposite of what the Giants have been looking for.

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He would seem a good candidate to provide depth at Triple-A, except he's out of options, so the Giants would have to sneak him through waivers, something the Rockies weren't able to do. The Giants have had success, though, in doing that with other additions this offseason.