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Brewers reliever Josh Hader reacts to being booed by Giants fans

Brewers reliever Josh Hader reacts to being booed by Giants fans

SAN FRANCISCO — It’s rare that a reliever enters in the middle innings and gets booed, but some Giants fans certainly made their feelings known when Josh Hader came on with two down in the sixth inning Thursday night. 

Hader was making his first road appearance since his racist and homophobic tweets were discovered during the All-Star Game. He heard light boos as he entered and several Giants fans in the lower deck stood and yelled at him as he warmed up. Hader was booed again as he jogged off the mound at the end of the inning. 

"Like I said before, I can't control what they're going to say to me," Hader told reporters after the game, a 7-5 Brewers win. "I've made mistakes in my earlier years. I've just got to go out and focus on what I've got to do and that's to get outs and help this team win ... Obviously I don't like what I said back then and I obviously regret what came out, but we live and we learn as human beings. We're not perfect. It's how you learn from what you do and just become a better person from it."

Hader is having one of the best seasons by a reliever in recent memory. With 1 1/3 scoreless innings, he lowered his ERA to 1.39 and WHIP to 0.77. He has 96 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings. The dominance earned Hader an All-Star appearance, and during the game some Twitter users dug up tweets Hader sent out when he was 17 years old. Hader apologized to teammates upon returning from the break in what was described as an emotional meeting.

The Brewers opened the second half at home against the Dodgers and Hader, now 24 years old, received a standing ovation from the home fans when he made his first appearance following the discovery of his tweets. 

The Giants, like most teams, try to be thorough when it comes to social media. Draft picks go through social media training while visiting AT&T Park for workouts in November and minor leaguers get a presentation every spring in Scottsdale. Per a team official, the Giants did reach out to minor leaguers after the Hader incident to remind them of the standards set in previous training sessions. 

Before the game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he had not thought one bit about the kind of reception Hader might get. 

“To be honest, that’s the last thing I’m thinking about the last couple of days,” Bochy said. “My thoughts are we need to get rolling and get ourselves on a nice run.”

Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire

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Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire

Players getting angry towards an umpire is synonymous with baseball. And during the Arizona Fall League, it's no different ... even if you're arguing with technology.

During a Tuesday fall league game, Giants outfield prospect Jacob Heyward, the younger brother of Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, was ejected after striking out on a call made by a robot umpire:

Looks low and inside, right?

But if you scroll to the next photo of the Instagram post, the pitch tracker shows it was, indeed, a strike. 

So who (or what) was Heyward yelling at if he was unsatisfied with the call? Heyward appears to claim his displeasure wasn't with the home plate umpire -- who simply was relaying the call from a computer system -- but he was ejected nevertheless.

This year, the automated ball-strike system (ABS) has been implemented to use at all games being played at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The independent Atlantic League first tested the technology, which includes a real-life umpire still manning duties behind the plate. The ump receives communications via an earpiece that's connected to an iPhone, and then relays the call from the TrackMan computer system.

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Yes, it's complicated.

Despite Heyward's reaction, the data shows the pitch was a strike. And even if this is the case from now on (MLB will sometimes adopt these "experiments" down the line) the human element of emotions still will always come into play. 

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

The carousel continues to turn for the Giants manager job.

Former Giants catcher Mike Matheny has drawn interest from San Francisco for its managerial position, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Matheny played his final two MLB seasons with the Giants and retired from baseball in 2007. The four-time Gold Glove winner managed the Cardinals from 2012-18, finishing with 591 wins and 474 losses, good for a .555 winning percentage. 

He has spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals as a special advisor for player development. 

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It is important to note the Giants have not been reported to have reached out to Matheny or brought him in for an interview.

As the process continues, Matheny is not likely to be the last name we hear associated with interviewing to take over for Bruce Bochy in San Francisco.