Giants miss out on two-way Japanese star Ohtani

Giants miss out on two-way Japanese star Ohtani

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants began this week dreaming of locking up the offseason's two biggest prizes. Now it appears they've struck out twice. 

A few hours after it was reported that Giancarlo Stanton does not want to be traded to San Francisco, Shohei Ohtani finally made his decision. The Japanese superstar will sign with the Los Angeles Angels. 

The Giants met with Ohtani on Monday in Los Angeles and felt the meeting went well. Ohtani was said to have hit it off with Buster Posey, who attended the meeting alongside team executives, and the Giants presented a plan in which Ohtani could be a top-of-the-rotation starter and also get 300 to 400 at-bats in the outfield. The American League was always more likely, though, because Ohtani can be the designated hitter when he is not pitching. 

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In a statement, Ohtani's agents at CAA said he was "humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism."

"In the end, he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball," wrote Nez Balelo, Ohtani's agent. 

The Giants were hot on Ohtani as soon as it became clear he would forego hundreds of millions to come over two years early. Bobby Evans and assistant GM Jeremy Shelley visited Japan in September to scout Ohtani in person. 

Giants' 60-game 2020 schedule not shown by MLB Network during reveal

Giants' 60-game 2020 schedule not shown by MLB Network during reveal

According to MLB Network, the National League West is a four-team division.

During the network's hour-long 2020 schedule release show Monday, the 60-game slates for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres were shown.

The Giants' schedule was not shown.

The Giants aren't expected to contend for an MLB playoff spot this season, but they don't deserve this kind of shade. Put some respect on the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series champions.

Without the help of MLB Network, the Giants released their complete schedule shortly after 4 p.m. PT on Monday. Gabe Kapler's first regular-season game as manager of the Giants comes against his former employer, the Dodgers, on Thursday, July 23 in Los Angeles.

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The Giants players have more important things to worry about right now, but if any of them were watching MLB Network's show in the clubhouse at Oracle Park, maybe they'll use the slight as motivation during the 2020 season.

As Mr. Pavlovic pointed out, it is an Even Year.

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Giants 2020 MLB schedule release: Dates, times for 60-game season

Giants 2020 MLB schedule release: Dates, times for 60-game season

The Giants hope to be under-the-radar contenders in a shortened season. They'll get a chance right away to prove they'll be right in the mix in the National League West. 

The Giants will open the 60-game season with a four-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, including a July 23 game that will be one of two on the national schedule as MLB returns four months after spring training was shut down. The Nationals and Yankees kick off the season earlier that day.

The Giants will then come home for a six-game homestand against the Padres and Rangers. The home opener, which will be played without fans, will be Tuesday, July 28.

Here is the full 60-game schedule:

Buster Posey and the rest of the team will have to wait until August 21 to get their first look at longtime ace Madison Bumgarner. That's when the Diamondbacks come into town for the first time, and the Giants also face them the next weekend and once more in September at Oracle Park. 

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To limit travel, the Giants will play the American League West in interleague play and face the A's six times. They visit the Astros, host the Rangers, and play home-and-home series against the Angels and Mariners. On August 17-18 they will play two games against the Angels in Anaheim, and then the teams will come up the coast to play two more in San Francisco. That's one of the quirks of a 60-game season that is being played regionally.

If the Giants can stay in the race, they have a soft finishing run. They close the season with seven games at home against the Rockies and Padres. 

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