Gerrit Cole to Giants in MLB free agency? Mike Krukow is all for it


Gerrit Cole to Giants in MLB free agency? Mike Krukow is all for it

Gerrit Cole likely will be the most valued free-agent pitcher Major League Baseball has ever seen.

Just about every team with the budget to do so will be breaking out the checkbook in pursuit of the 29-year-old.

One team that has been linked to Cole for several reasons is the Giants, and San Francisco broadcaster Mike Krukow is exuberant about the potential of seeing Cole in Orange and Black.

“Oh, hell yes, who doesn’t want Gerrit Cole?” Krukow said on “The TK Show” with The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami.

The Giants have a unique, familial connection to Cole, as shortstop Brandon Crawford famously is the brother-in-law of the former Astros ace. Cole and Crawford also were college teammates at UCLA.

“I’m thinking, ‘OK Craw, here’s the sales pitch of the year,’” Krukow said. “‘You gotta convince him that it’s just the place to be.’”

There have been reports that Cole, a Newport Beach native, would like to return to the West Coast.

Krukow also expressed an interest in Anthony Rendon, who just helped lead the Washington Nationals to a World Series victory over Cole’s Astros.

While the Giants would be incredibly lucky to land either of these superstar players, both are going to command contracts well north of $200 million.

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It remains to be seen whether Farhan Zaidi will make the necessary financial commitment to land one of these players.

We'll all find out this winter just how good of a recruiter Crawford really is.

Watch McCovey Cove Dave lose two baseballs during Giants-Rangers game

Watch McCovey Cove Dave lose two baseballs during Giants-Rangers game

Global pandemic or not, some Giants fans refuse to give up one of the organization's most unique traditions.

A group of fans has continued taking kayaks out into McCovey Cove, just over the right-field wall at Oracle Park, hoping to snag one of the elusive splash hits off the bat of a Giants slugger.

However, even if the home run comes off the bat of an opponent like Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, fans will go to great lengths to secure the ball.

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You can see one of the Giants' more prominent fans, McCovey Cove Dave, jump (or more accurately slide) out of his kayak in an effort to secure Choo's two-run home run. Not only does he not get the home run ball from Choo, but another ball that slips out of Dave's kayak ended up in the hands of a female fan.

As you can see from Dave's Twitter account Sunday, social distancing did not seem to be a priority for those who flocked to McCovey Cove for the final time before a 10-game road trip.

Nevertheless, it's good to see Giants fans trying to make the most of the 2020 season, one in which no fans will be admitted to any MLB games as the league tries to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

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Chadwick Tromp got text from Aruba Prime Minister after Giants call-up

Chadwick Tromp got text from Aruba Prime Minister after Giants call-up

Chadwick Tromp has had a whirlwind week. The Giants rookie made his MLB debut on Wednesday, got the first two hits of his MLB career on Friday and hammered his first big-league home run on Sunday. Tromp also made history in the process, as he became just the ninth player from the tiny island nation of Aruba to play in MLB.

The young catcher helped the Giants win an important home series against the Texas Rangers at Oracle Park. Following Sunday's loss in the series finale, Tromp discussed the reaction to his promotion to the Giants' active roster in Aruba.

"So when I got called up," Tromp told reporters via Zoom Sunday. "The Prime Minister of Aruba texted me, and also our Minister of Sports also texted me and congratulated me. That was nice, it makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing and moving in the right direction."

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Tromp's first MLB home run was an absolute rocket and came at a critical moment in the game, tying the game up in the bottom of the sixth inning.

He's been in the minor leagues since 2013, beginning his professional career within the Cincinnati Reds organization. Playing just 26 games in Triple-A last season with the Sacramento River Cats, Tromp impressed the Giants' staff enough in Summer Camp to earn a spot on the 2020 active roster once his sore hamstring healed up.

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Tromp discussed more of how the people back home in Aruba celebrated his MLB debut following Friday night's game.

"The community back home, they're going nuts, I'm going to be honest with you," Tromp said. "It's crazy, people are celebrating, the whole island is basically celebrating. I love it. We're such a small island and this is very important to them because it puts us on a bigger scale and shows the world that a small island can also do big things in life."

Aruba's population is just over 100,000 total. Along with fellow native and Boston Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts, Tromp is representing the island nation with pride in this bizarre 2020 season.