Giants firming up plans to move bullpens to outfield at Oracle Park

Giants firming up plans to move bullpens to outfield at Oracle Park

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants waited less than 48 hours to start digging up their bullpens. It's a process they go through after every season, preparing Oracle Park for non-baseball sporting events, concerts and holiday parties. 

There was a twist this time, though. Those mounds won't be coming back in the spring. 

In his season-ending press conference, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the bullpens likely will be moved to the outfield. The Giants haven't finalized plans, but they're committed to removing the hazard for corner outfielders. 

"We've made a lot of progress on designs that would have (the bullpens) move out to the outfield and potentially alter some of the dimensions out there," Zaidi said. "I think we'll have more detail on those in the coming days and there are still some administrative and logistical hurdles to go through as far as that's concerned. 

"The primary objective there, as we talked about over this year, is safety and moving those bullpens out of play. But that will certainly, at least to some degree, kind of change the offensive environment that we have in this park."

The conversations about the bullpens picked up steam this year as the Giants became seriously concerned with players falling while chasing fly balls (ironically, the last out of the 2019 season was a fly ball hit to the home bullpen). The organization spent the season examining the issue, while also getting a reminder from the current roster that the dimensions are a major problem for some hitters. 

The Giants were a distant last in the NL with 271 runs at home. They scored 407 on the road, ranking sixth in the league. 

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"Inevitably, if you're going to put bullpens out there, you're going to have to move the fences to accommodate them," Zaidi said. "But I would say, as we've gone through this, at least from a baseball standpoint and as an organization, our thought is that we know this is going to alter the baseball that's played here but let's do this and improve obviously the safety from a player standpoint while kind of minimizing the chance that we get a really distortionary effect on how baseball is played here.

"I would still view the dimensions and the plans that we've looked at as maintaining the spirit of this park. It's still going to be largely a pitchers park."

Giants' Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper tell hilarious Will Clark sushi story

Giants' Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper tell hilarious Will Clark sushi story

Not everyone has a taste for sushi, especially Will Clark.

The Giants legend is the guy who simply orders a steak at dinner -- he’s simple and to the point.

Giants broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper told a funny story in a recent interview with Giants reporter Amy Gutierrez from a night out at dinner with "The Thrill."

Clark glanced at the menu at the sushi restaurant and was nice about it of course, but it wasn’t his cup of tea. Where Clark is from in Louisiana, they refer to that type of food as “bait.”

That's fair. 

The Giants announced they will retire Clark’s No. 22 jersey this season -- and rightfully so.

His sweet swing and swagger made him one of the organization’s most well-known players to ever wear orange and black.

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Clark is a six-time All-Star selection, a Gold Glove Award winner and two-time Silver Slugger Award recipient across his 15-year career, eight of them with the Giants.

A great career, just perhaps no salmon for him in the future? 

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Why Giants' Alex Dickerson finally can play MLB The Show once again

Why Giants' Alex Dickerson finally can play MLB The Show once again

While baseball continues to be on hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic and MLB comes up with wild, "Looney Tunes" hypotheticals to start the season, players all across the majors are testing out their thumbs. 

This might be the most professional baseball players ever have played the video game, MLB The Show. Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson is among the many players getting on the sticks in the latest iteration, MLB The Show 20. 

"That's always kind of been my go-to ever since I was a kid," Dickerson said Wednesday on KNBR's "Murph & Mac Show."

This is an odd time for Dickerson for many reasons. Somehow his video game habits have even gone haywire. 

Yes, he always has been a big fan of gaming. But, he usually has to stay away from MLB The Show. 

"The one of thing I've always avoided is MLB The Show, because the game has gotten too realistic, that if I play it in-season and I'm struggling to pick up curveball down or something, I go home and just re-live the experience of not being able to pick it up," Dickerson said. "So that just frustrates me." 

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That's a totally understandable reason to stay away from the game. Luckily for Dickerson, he put up video game-like numbers in late June and July last season after joining the Giants in a trade from the San Diego Padres.

From June 21 through July 30, Dickerson hit .386 with six homers and a 1.222 OPS over 19 games. With baseball on break, he's back to playing the game and certainly could be once again in the future if he has another hot streak like last season. 

"I've actually been playing it because I miss baseball so much," Dickerson said. "But yeah, I tend to cut that game out as soon as I'm actually playing."

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Players aren't the only ones firing the game up, too. Even Giants manager Gabe Kapler is finding ways to learn through MLB The Show. Dickerson isn't surprised, either.

"I can definitely see how he can use it to his advantage," Dickerson said.