Giants' Hunter Bishop tests positive for coronavirus, to miss start of camp

Giants' Hunter Bishop tests positive for coronavirus, to miss start of camp

Two days before players and coaches report to Oracle Park, the Giants announced that they have had their first player test positive for COVID-19. 

Outfielder Hunter Bishop, one of the organization’s top prospects and a first-round pick a year ago, tested positive last week and was left off the initial roster released by the Giants on Monday. Bishop is doing well, but he has to quarantine before being eligible to be part of Summer Camp. Bishop initially had been set to join the Giants for this week's first workout.

"He notified us, we've done contact tracing, he was not in contact with any of our players and staff subsequent to when he believes he was infected," president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said. "He had very mild symptoms and from the reports we're getting he's improving."

Bishop has spent most of the last three months in the Phoenix area, but Zaidi said he had not been working at at the team's facility

Bishop was supposed to join fellow top prospects Joey Bart, Marco Luciano and Heliot Ramos in the player pool, coming to Oracle Park this week before spending two months getting reps at the alternate training site in Sacramento. Bishop still is expected to be in consideration for a spot -- the Giants have nine remaining -- once he is cleared, but it may be a couple of weeks. There is no minimum time that he must be quarantined, but the MLB Operations Manual states that a player must test negative twice before being allowed to return. 

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Manager Gabe Kapler said he spoke with Bishop on Sunday to talk about the next steps. 

"He's going to stay there for now and do nothing for the next 14 days," Kapler said. "He's in good spirits and has really mild symptoms, symptoms that are improving. He's in a good space."

Zaidi said the Giants only can inform the media of a player testing positive if the player gives consent. During the season there will be a special COVID-19 injured list for players who need to sit out because of positive tests or symptoms. 

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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.