Joey Bart not expected to make Giants debut in 2019, Bruce Bochy says

Joey Bart not expected to make Giants debut in 2019, Bruce Bochy says

Joey Bart was on the fast track to the big leagues. After fracturing his left hand Monday night in a San Jose Giants game, it appears his road to San Francisco will have to wait until 2020. 

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday morning he doesn't expect Bart to be in the majors at any point this season. 

"I would not expect him to be up this year," Bochy said on the Murph & Mac Show. "... It's (the injury) bad news for us and him. He was playing so well. What we have to be careful of is we don't rush this kid back after breaking his hand. He'll be in a cast for a couple of weeks, and then we have to make sure he's ready.

"Don't rush him back. Let him take his time. We can't put him on too fast of a pace to get him up here."

Bart was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning against the Stockton Ports on a night where wet weather delayed the start of the game by an hour. He tried to stay in the game, but after being looked at by the team trainer it was deemed he needed to come out. The Giants' top prospect will now miss the next four-to-six weeks with a fractured second metacarpal. 

“He was playing well,” Bochy said to reporters on Tuesday. “He’ll be back. You hate to see it, though. He’s going to miss some time and it’s a minor setback. You just hate to see it for the kid. He had a great spring and was off to a great start.”

Bart, the No. 2 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, spent spring training in big league camp and showed he belonged with major leaguers. The catcher hit .350 with one home run, seven RBI and a .981 OPS over 15 spring games. He also won the Barney Nugent Award, which is given annually to the player who performs best in his first big league camp.

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His offense followed him to San Jose, the Giants' High-A affiliate, before the injury. Through 10 games, Bart was batting .270 with two home runs, eight RBI and an .882 OPS. Bochy took notice to Bart's hot start, but now everyone will have to take a step back. 

“There’s a lot of baseball left,” Bochy said on Tuesday. “He’ll have a lot of baseball left to be played.”

Why Giants' Hunter Pence feels such 'deep connection' to organization

Why Giants' Hunter Pence feels such 'deep connection' to organization

Hunter Pence was a part of two World Series-winning teams with the Giants in 2012 and 2014. He rejoined the Giants roster in February after an impressive comeback season in 2019 that included All-Star honors with the Texas Rangers.

The 37-year-old outfielder joined 95.7 The Game on Friday and explained why he decided to return to San Francisco.

“Obviously I feel a deep connection with the Giants organization,” Pence said. “The city, and these years, you never know which one is gonna be your last. I think everyone thought two years ago was my last year, and I’ve been fortunate that I made some adjustments.

“I want to be apart of passing on a lot of the things that I’ve learned to the young people, and I wanna come and transition back into the winning ways.”

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Pence also noted that he’s appreciated getting a chance to work with the organization’s new leadership.

“It’s been really exciting to learn from Farhan, and the new metrics and I learned a lot of that with the Rangers. So I’m excited to share, I wanna pass all that on, I feel right at home, I’m in love with the city and the organization, and in love with everything with the Giants. It feels like home, it feels like family and it means a lot to be a Giant.”

Pence hopefully will be able to once again take the field in a Giants uniform soon.

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Travis Ishikawa didn't expect Giants call-up before 2014 MLB playoffs

Travis Ishikawa didn't expect Giants call-up before 2014 MLB playoffs

Travis Ishikawa provided one of the most memorable postseason moments in Giants history, blasting a three-run walk-off homer in Game 5 of the NLCS to advance San Francisco to the 2014 World Series.

It was Ishikawa’s second stint with the organization after making his MLB debut with the Giants back in 2006. In a recent appearance on 95.7 The Game, the now-retired first baseman said he wasn’t even sure he’d get a chance to play in the majors during that 2014 season.

“At that moment, I felt like there was no possible way I was getting called up,” Ishikawa said Friday. “I was struggling, [and] at one point, I was actually benched. I was a backup for about two weeks in Fresno, wasn’t even getting starts. Being a defensive replacement for somebody else at first base.

“They’ve got other guys that kind of do what I do, they don’t need me. I mean, there’s no way I see myself getting called up.”

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Ishikawa ended up being called up to the Giants on July 29, and the rest, as they say, is history. The Giants' Triple-A team at the time was the Fresno Grizzlies, and the organization switched over to the Sacramento River Cats in 2015.

Ishikawa ended up winning two World Series titles in San Francisco (he also was on the 2010 Giants roster), but there likely isn’t a more thrilling moment in his baseball career than that fateful night in McCovey Cove.

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