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Down on the Farm: How Giants prospects performed in minor league All-Star Games

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Down on the Farm: How Giants prospects performed in minor league All-Star Games

Somehow, someway, there are still All-Star Games going on in the minors all the way into August. And they’re still not done with the New York-Penn League All-Star Game set to take place on Aug. 15. 

But, the Giants’ minor league affiliates' time in the apparent full-summer classics ended with the Northwest vs Pioneer League All-Star Game Tuesday night. 

Now that the All-Star season is over for Giants prospects, let’s look back at how each player performed in their respective showcase.

Triple-A All-Star Game 

— Tyler Rodgers, RHP, Sacramento River Cats

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (Hold)
  • Replaced Jean Machi to start the sixth inning 
  • 15 pitches: 9 strikes, 6 balls

Futures Games 

— Bryan Reynolds, OF, San Jose Giants 

  • 0-for-0, 1 BB
  • Six-pitch walk 
  • Replaced Kyle Tucker in right field in the sixth inning 

Eastern League All-Star Game 

— Slade Heathcott, OF, Richmond Flying Squirrels 

  • 1-for-4, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Started in center field and batted leadoff

— C.J. Hinojosa, SS, Richmond Flying Squirrels

  • 0-for-1
  • Grounded out to third base on first pitch he saw in the seventh inning 
  • Replaced Yu-Cheng Chang at shortstop in the bottom of the fifth inning

Tyler Cyr, RHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K (Hold)
  • Entered in the fourth inning 
  • 16 pitches: 10 strikes, 6 balls 

Cal League All-Star Game 

— Bryan Reynolds, OF, San Jose Giants 

  • 1-for-3, RBI, 1 K
  • Batted third and started in center field

— Aramis Garcia, C, San Jose Giants 

  • 1-for-3, 1 R
  • Batted fifth as the starting catcher 

— Ryan Howard, SS, San Jose Giants 

  • 0-for-2
  • Replaced Sergio Alcantara at shortstop in the sixth inning, batted ninth

— Mike Connolly, RHP, San Jose Giants 

  • 1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER
  • Replaced Conner Menez in the fourth inning 
  • 14 pitches: 9 strikes, 5 balls

South Atlantic League All-Star Game

— Kelvin Beltre, 3B, Augusta GreenJackets 

  • 0-for-1, 1 K
  • Replaced Angel Aguilar in the sixth inning at third base and batted eighth

— Domenic Mazza, RHP, Augusta GreenJackets 

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K
  • Replaced Logan Boyd in the third inning 
  • Struck out the first two batters he faced 
  • 13 pitches: 9 strikes, 4 balls 

Northwest vs Pioneer League All-Star Game 

— Malique Ziegler, OF, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

  • 0-for-2
  • Led off and stated in center field

— Manuel Geraldo, INF, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 

  • 1-for-3, 1 SB, 1 K
  • Batted second, played third base and shortstop 

— Stetson Woods, RHP, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K
  • Started on the hill for the Northwest 
  • Struck out the first and last batter he faced 
  • 17 pitches: 10 strikes, 7 balls 

Around The Horn 

— Giants top catching prospect Aramis Garcia has been promoted to Double-A Richmomd. He hit .272/.314/.497 with 17 home runs in 81 games for the San Jose Giants this season.

— Andrew Suarez thre another gem for the River Cats last night. His last two starts have gone like this: 14 IP, 9 H, 4 BB, 15 K, 1 ER

— Ryder Jones is crushing the ball for the River Cats and seeing time in right field. In his last 10 games, Jones is batting .395 with three home runs and 11 RBI. 

Source: Giants interested in Cubs' Will Venable for managerial opening

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Source: Giants interested in Cubs' Will Venable for managerial opening

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy spent 25 consecutive years as a big league manager, but it appears the Giants are looking to go the opposite route as they search for Bochy's replacement.

Two weeks in, there's a consistent theme with the known names in the managerial search. They mostly are younger and without much, if any, managerial experience, although they are well thought of within the industry.

The Giants started the process by interviewing current coaches Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, and a source told NBC Sports Bay Area that A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay interviewed last Monday. Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol interviewed Thursday, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler will sit down with Farhan Zaidi, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Per league sources, the Giants also have interest in Will Venable, who currently is the first base coach for the Chicago Cubs. Venable, 36, spent eight years as a Padres outfielder and finished his career with the Dodgers in 2016, when Zaidi was the general manager there.

A product of Princeton, Venable joined the Cubs as a special assistant in 2017 and was elevated to Joe Maddon's staff a year later. He also is in consideration for the Cubs' managerial opening.

Zaidi has said he expects to interview six to eight external candidates, but it's possible that some of the names connected to the Giants won't necessarily be in a position to be the new manager. This is an opportunity for Zaidi to spend time with some of the brightest young minds on other big league staffs, and some of the candidates may end up in consideration to join the Giants in other roles.

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The coaching staff is expected to undergo significant changes under new leadership, and all of Bochy's coaches had contracts that expired at the end of the 2019 season. Zaidi also needs to hire a new general manager and has said that department heads are still deciding what to do with some longtime front office employees.

MLB rumors: Giants grant Phillies permission to interview Dusty Baker

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MLB rumors: Giants grant Phillies permission to interview Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker could reunite with Bryce Harper, and it's all thanks to the ... Giants? 

The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reported Sunday that the Giants gave the Phillies permission to interview Baker to be their next manager. The 70-year-old currently is a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer in San Francisco. 

Baker last managed in the major leagues when he led Harper and the Nationals to 97 wins in 2017. But Washington lost to the Cubs in the first round of the playoffs that season, despite winning the NL East. 

The Nationals won the NL East both years that Baker managed in Washington DC -- 2016 and 2017 -- and averaged 96 wins in his two seasons. They also failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs both times. 

Baker began his managerial career in 1993 when he won 103 games with the Giants. He served as San Francisco's manager from 1993 to 2002 and compiled an 840-715 regular-season record, though his teams went just 11-13 in the playoffs, including losing the 2002 World Series to the Angels in seven games.

Over his 22-year managerial career, Baker has 1,863 wins to 1,636 losses, but is 23-32 in the playoffs. 

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The Phillies seem to be looking for veteran leadership from their new manager. Along with Baker, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Sunday that Philadelphia also will consider Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi and Mike Scioscia as candidates.

Gabe Kapler was fired by the Phillies after the regular season as the team disappointed in Harper's first year on his new team. Heyman reported Saturday that the Giants will interview Kapler for their vacant manager position.