Giants announce long-term extension for Brandon Belt


Giants announce long-term extension for Brandon Belt

SAN FRANCISCO -– The San Francisco Giants and first baseman Brandon Belt have reached an agreement on a six-year contract through 2021, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced today. The deal covers his two remaining years of arbitration and four years of free agency. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Belt has gone 5-for-18 (.278) with three doubles and four walks in his first five games this season. Last year he was a Gold Glove finalist (finished second) and ranked first among NL first basemen in fielding percentage (.997). He hit .280 with a career-best 18 home runs in 137 games and among team leaders was tied for first in doubles (33), tied for first in slugging percentage (.478), second in extra base hits (56) and second in OPS (.834).

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Belt has had an on-base percentage of .356 or better in three of his last four seasons (not including 2016). Since 2012, the only first basemen with a better on-base percentage over that span than Belt’s .355 figure has been Joey Votto (.443), Paul Goldschmidt (.402), Prince Fielder (.390), Freddie Freeman (.373), Edwin Encarnacion (.363) and Anthony Rizzo (.362).

The Nacogdoches, Texas native has spent his first six seasons in a Giants uniform and has batted .271 with 116 doubles, 16 triples, 63 home runs and 237 RBI in 561 games. 

He’s won two World Series rings in 2012 and 2014 and his 32 career postseason games as a first baseman are the most in Giants franchise history. Belt had one of the most dramatic home runs in Giants postseason history with his solo home run in the 18th inning in Game Two of the 2014 National League Division Series at Washington to give the Giants a 2-1 victory. 

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Barry Bonds closer comparison to Michael Jordan than Madison Bumgarner

Barry Bonds closer comparison to Michael Jordan than Madison Bumgarner

Michael Jordan and his exploits have dominated the internet for months since ESPN’s “The Last Dance” premiered. Comparisons and retrospectives have become a constant across social media. 

In that spirit, Bleacher Report tried to analyze who most closely resembles MJ’s legacy in MLB and identified two former Giants who possess Jordan-esque qualities: Madison Bumgarner and Barry Bonds.

For MadBum, his postseason dominance draws the closest parallels to Jordan. In over 100 innings of playoff pitching, Bumgarner has just a 2.11 ERA. That includes a dominant World Series in 2014 where MadBum closed out Game 7 with five scoreless relief innings, earning World Series MVP in the process. Bumgarner was critical to each of the Giants' three World Series titles over the past decade.

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Bonds, on the other hand, simply struck fear into the hearts of opponents in a way few athletes ever have. Teams were willing to walk players in with the bases loaded just to avoid giving up a grand slam to Bonds. His eye-popping seven NL MVP awards surpass Jordan’s five NBA MVPs, and the slugger owns all sorts of other league records. Bonds’ lack of a World Series makes this a tough comparison, but baseball is a completely different sport, and one player absolutely isn’t enough to win a championship. Bonds hit four home runs in the one World Series he ever appeared in, but the Los Angeles Angels managed to overtake the Giants in seven games.

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While neither player is a perfect correlation to Jordan, Bonds clearly is the closer comparison here. MadBum is phenomenal, but he’s never been considered the greatest player or even the greatest pitcher in MLB. Bonds was at the top of the sport for several years and is the greatest slugger the league ever has seen. 

As B/R's Jacob Schafer closes his article with, baseball doesn't have a person who perfectly matches up with Jordan's skillset, personality and impact on the sport.

One thing is for sure: both Bumgarner and Bonds could hit a baseball a heck of a lot better than Jordan ever did.

Nationals honor Gerardo Parra with 'Baby Shark' in World Series ring

Nationals honor Gerardo Parra with 'Baby Shark' in World Series ring

The Washington Nationals unveiled their 2019 World Series ring Sunday, and it has the usual bells and whistles.

Each custom ring features 55 genuine red rubies, 32 sapphires, 170 round diamonds and 23.2 carats of genuine gemstones.

Oh, and one Baby Shark.


That's right. In honor #ForeverGiant Gerardo Parra, who started last season with the Giants before finishing it with the Nationals, the team engraved the "Baby Shark" on the inside of the ring.

Why "Baby Shark?" Because it was Parra's walk-up song for a part of the 2019 season in Washington, and it became the Nationals' rally call.

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According to NBC Sports Washington, Parra was going through a slump and wanted to change his song. He initially didn't want "Baby Shark," but it kept coming up on his phone because his 2-year-old daughter was continually listening to it.

“So, every time I pick, want to move the song -- every time move it -- the “Baby Shark” coming,” Parra told  NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas. “I said, no, I don’t want “Baby Shark.” I do it like three times like that. Baby Shark coming, “Baby Shark” coming. I said, hey, do “Baby Shark,” my song for my kids, my babies.”

Parra signed a minor league contract with the Giants last February, but he played in just 30 games before being released. Little did Parra know that his next stop would result in him winning a World Series ring.

And Parra probably never could have imagined that the "Baby Shark" song he never wanted would be immortalized on the 2019 World Series ring.

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In case you want a glimpse of the Nats' ring, here it is:

That's a nice piece of hardware.

While you wait for the global coronavirus pandemic to end, go ahead and sing "Doo doo doo doo doo doo, Baby Shark" to yourself.