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Giants, A's raise the stakes of the Bay Bridge Series with 'The Bridge' trophy

Giants, A's raise the stakes of the Bay Bridge Series with 'The Bridge' trophy

The stakes have been raised for the Bay Bridge Series.

Bragging rights are no longer the only thing on the line.

On Monday, prior to the game between the two teams at AT&T Park, the Giants and A's, in conjunction wtih NBC Sports Bay Area and California and Caltrans, unveiled "The Bridge" trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the regular season series. 

The trophy will be made from steel salvaged from the East Span of old Bay Bridge, will stand approximately 18 inches tall and will weigh 30 pounds.

There are a few rules that come along with the trophy:

  1. The Bridge will be awarded to the team that wins more games in the regular-season Bay Bridge Series. 
  2. If the series finishes tied, the winner of the final game shall win The Bridge.
  3. If one or more games is postponed and the series has not yet been clinched, The Bridge will not be awarded until the postponed game(s) can be made up. If the postponed game(s) can not be made up, the standing of the series at the end of the season shall determine the winner of The Bridge. Whether or not postponed games are made up, if the series ends in a tie, the team that wins the final game will be awarded The Bridge.


Once the Bay Bridge Series is clinched, the trophy will be awarded to the winning team. If the Bridge is won by the home team, the trophy will be awarded on the field right after the game. If the series-winning team is the road team, it will be presented in the clubhouse.

“I can not think of a better symbol of our cross-bay rivalry than a trophy fabricated from the steel of the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The Giants-A's interleague games are always great fun for our fans and we are excited to get this season underway. We look forward to proudly displaying The Bridge at AT&T Park," said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer.

The two teams will play six times during the 2018 season. From July 13-15, they will play at AT&T Park in San Francisco. They won't see each other again until after the All-Star Break when they play July 20-22.

“The Bay Bridge series has always been exciting for our fans. What better way to enhance the friendly rivalry with our cross-town neighbors than with The Bridge trophy uniquely made from steel from the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge? We’re excited to claim bragging rights in the Bay and hoist the trophy up at the Coliseum," said A’s President Dave Kaval.

The design and construction of The Bridge is a collaborative effort by Scientific Art Studio – whose work includes two popular features inside AT&T Park’s Fan Lot, the Giant Glove and Coca-Cola Bottle Slide – and The Crucible, an Oakland-based industrial arts school.  

The Bridge is comprised of four components, several of which are interchangeable: a bronze Oakland Athletics logo, a bronze San Francisco Giants logo and a bronze baseball with an engraved “Bay Bridge Series” logo.  They are attached to a T-base with a horizontal foundation in the form of a Bay Bridge bottom chord (or horizontal support beam) and an upright section, with an NBC Sports logo, derived from a vertical member of the old Bay Bridge truss.  Winners of the Bay Bridge Series will be engraved on a plate attached to the side of the trophy.  Each year, the arrangement of the trophy components depends on the outcome of the Bay Bridge Series.  Should the A’s win the series, the A’s logo will be mounted on top of the trophy.  Should the Giants win the series, the Giants logo will mounted on top of the trophy.  Construction of The Bridge trophy is expected to be completed in June. The trophy will be approximately 18 inches tall and weigh approximately 30 lbs.

“The Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants fans are among the most devoted and passionate fans in Major League Baseball,” said Tom Stathakes, Senior Vice President and General Manager of NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.  “In addition to the spirited bragging rights among the fans, The Bridge will elevate the friendly cross-bay rivalry and raise the stakes during the teams’ annual Bay Bridge Series.”

Giants and A's media services contributed to this report.

Bruce Bochy says Steven Duggar will get look as Giants' leadoff hitter

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Bruce Bochy says Steven Duggar will get look as Giants' leadoff hitter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Another day, another addition.

This time it’s Yangervis Solarte, and the former Padres and Blue Jays infielder has a good shot at making the roster. Here’s my story from this morning on Solarte, who still needs to pass his physical.

Solarte and Bruce Bochy spoke on the phone yesterday and the manager is psyched about the addition. He said Solarte will mostly play second and third, but Bochy liked what he saw of him at short in San Diego and that phone conversation included some discussion of playing left field.

Solarte even told the Giants he would be fine with center, but that ain't happening. 

“We’re excited to have him,” Bochy said. “We saw a lot of him in San Diego. A good player, can play a lot of positions, a switch-hitter. He’s a nice addition.”

Here are some more observations from Day 3: 

New Leadoff Hitter?

Steven Duggar (shoulder) and Ryder Jones (knee) took on-field batting practice for the first time since having surgery. Both looked good and shouldn’t face too many restrictions this spring.

As Bochy watched Duggar, he found himself thinking about the lineup. He said he hopes to have Duggar in one of the top two spots. 

“You look at the top of the order. That’s the first spot you think about,” Bochy said. “How it’s going and how they’re playing will dictate it but I think he’s a good leadoff hitter.”

Jersey Crunch

The Giants have retired so many numbers and have so many players in camp that they’re running out of numbers. So, Trevor Gott, who has big league experience, is currently wearing No. 91. And when the Giants signed a flood of veterans over the past week, some familiar numbers were given away.

Gerardo Parra will wear No. 8, formerly Hunter Pence’s number, and Rene Rivera will wear Matt Cain’s 18 if he’s on the roster. The clubhouse staff did agonize over all this as many fans do, but there was no other way. The only low numbers that remain are 5 and 22.

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Parra wore 8 with the Rockies and Rivera has mostly worn 44, which isn’t an option here obviously. 

Don’t Mess With Bumgarner

That’s the main thing we were reminded of today. Maybe he was imagining Yasiel Puig coming down the line?

Giants continue discussing trade options as they wait for Bryce Harper

Giants continue discussing trade options as they wait for Bryce Harper

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For every move the Giants have made over the past week, the response from an anxious fan base has been the same.

“Uhhh, that dude isn’t Bryce Harper.”

The biggest name on the market remains on the market, but what do the Giants do if Harper chooses the Phillies or Nationals or Padres or some mystery team? Farhan Zaidi is working on Plan B, too, and that could involve remaining free agents or trades. The Giants do still need help in their outfield. 

“We’ve had trade conversations with teams about certain players that started in 2018 that kind of are continuing now,” Zaidi said. “It’s a little bit of a function of the slow market. I think with anything that’s a hypothetical, it’s a good idea to have alternatives and not put all your eggs in any one basket.”

The Giants won’t reach into any other basket until Harper has made a decision. There’s no available player that would match that production, but this offseason started with more humble goals and there are plenty of options on the trade market. If the Giants don’t get Harper, they seem well positioned to quickly pivot. 

In the meantime, Zaidi is padding out the rest of the roster. All offseason, he said he wanted catching depth. Stephen Vogt and Rene Rivera signed in the span of four days. Zaidi wanted a versatile infield piece, too, and Yangervis Solarte is on his way. He wanted a couple of outfielders, and Gerardo Parra fills one hole. 

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Zaidi will always tinker. That’s his nature. But he doesn’t want to add too many more players on non-roster deals because he wants the recent additions and the younger players in-house already to have a real opportunity to compete this spring. That was promised to the players already here, so don’t expect too many more who fit the mold of a Parra or Solarte. 

“We want competition but don’t want this to be a reality show or tryout camp,” Zaidi said. “You try to draw the line between feeling good about the guys you have but also not going overboard.”