Giants mourn passing of 3B Jim Ray Hart


Giants mourn passing of 3B Jim Ray Hart

The San Francisco Giants learned today that longtime Giants third baseman Jim Ray Hart passed away yesterday at the age of 74 in Acampo, California after a long illness.

“Everyone in the Giants organization is deeply saddened by the news of Jim’s passing,” said Giants President & Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer. “Our condolences go out to the Hart family for their tremendous loss and we extend our thoughts to Jim’s teammates, his friends, and to all those touched by his passing.”

Hart spent 11 seasons in a Giants uniform from 1963 to 1973 and during that span he hit .282 with 488 runs scored, 135 doubles, 27 triples, 157 home runs and 526 RBI in 1,001 games. He had one of his best seasons in 1966 when he was named to the N.L. All-Star team while batting .285 with a career-best 33 home runs and 93 RBI in 156 games. He finished within the top 20 of MVP voting in 1964, 1965 and 1967 and placed second in Rookie of the Year voting in 1964, a season in which he hit 31 home runs while driving in 81 RBI in 153 games. He played his final two seasons with the New York Yankees.

There will be a moment of silence prior to tonight’s Giants-Cubs game in honor of Mr. Hart.

Hart is survived by his former wife Janet Hart-Ayala, his four children Justin, Ryan, Schineese and Heather, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services are pending.

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Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

The Giants' Triple-A affiliate is located in Sacramento, but their rookie dress-up day had a Reno theme.

For the team's flight from Boston to Atlanta on Thursday evening, the veterans made the youngsters don "Reno 911" cop uniforms, complete with the short shorts.

Luckily for us, most of the players embraced the outfit and posted photos on their Instagram Stories.

We'll let the images speak for themselves:

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Based on the image, 12 Giants rookies got in on the fun, and they even used a real cop car as a prop at the airport in Boston.

With 12 "cops" on the flight to Atlanta, you know no shenanigans will happen.

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

Giants' Madison Bumgarner's road struggles continue ahead of free agency

The Giants' three-game series at Fenway Park was filled with so much history. 

Between a Yastrzemski reunion and San Francisco skipper Bruce Bochy's 2,000th career managerial win, there was much to be celebrated. That was until Thursday, when Madison Bumgarner took the mound.

Across five frames in the Boston Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Giants, MadBum gave up five runs and nine hits with two walks. He struck out seven, but struggled in the second frame as he approached 200 innings on the season. 

The balls that were hit off of Bumgarner's in his ninth loss of the season weren't hit all that hard. Boston beat him by putting the bat on the ball with singles from Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, to name a few.

"This has probably been his worst year as far as luck," Bochy told reporters after the game. "I thought he threw better than what the numbers are going to show."

A pattern developed this year for Bumgarner on the road, and it wasn't a pretty one.

Away from Oracle Park this season, the four-time All-Star has a career-high 5.06 ERA with an opposing batting average of .280.

Call it tough luck, but as much as this sounds like a broken record, Bumgarner will be one of the top names in free agency this offseason, and it's no secret home/road splits are taken into account. 

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Bum talked about his outing after the loss, and couldn't explain some of the hits Boston got off him.

"Things don't always go your way," he said. "It's frustrating, you know. I feel really good about the way I threw."