Krukow 'stunned, overwhelmed' as Ford C. Frick Award finalist

Krukow 'stunned, overwhelmed' as Ford C. Frick Award finalist

Giants color commentator Mike Krukow was named one of eight finalists for the 2017 Ford C. Frick Award on Monday.

The Baseball Hall of Fame recognizes the award as someone who symbolizes "commitment to excellence, quality of broadcasting abilities, reverence within the game, popularity with fans, and recognition by peers." Krukow was in awe Monday of the honor as he paid homage to his Giants partners.

"I’m kind of stunned,” Krukow told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m the fourth-best guy on our broadcast team and here I am getting nominated for the Hall of Fame. It’s kind of unbelievable, honestly.”

This is not Krukow's first year on the ballot. He was nominated for the award in 2013, along with television partner Duane Kuiper. Neither had seen their names on the list since, until Krukow on Monday. 

“I’m overwhelmed,” Krukow said. “I thought when Kuip was nominated the last time, I thought it would be a progression and he would be nominated again and again."

Another one of Krukow's partners, Jon Miller, won the award in 2010. Giants broadcasters Russ Hodges (1980) and Lon Simmons (2004) were also honored with the award.

The 64-year-old Krukow has spent 26 years as a Giants broadcaster. His 14-year career as a major league pitcher ended with the Giants after the 1989 season. Krukow spent seven seasons with the Giants, and was named and All-Star with the team in 1986. 

The other seven finalists for the award are Bill King, Gary Cohen, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Ned Martin and Dewayne Staats. The winner will be crowned on Dec. 7 during the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Chris Stratton traded by Giants to Angels for reliever Williams Jerez

Chris Stratton traded by Giants to Angels for reliever Williams Jerez

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants finished their exhibition game well after 11 p.m. on Monday night. They weren't done for the day. 

One minute before midnight, the Giants announced that they traded right-hander Chris Stratton to the Angels in exchange for left-handed reliever Williams Jerez. In a related move, lefty Andrew Suarez was optioned to Triple-A, all but setting the rotation.

Asked after the game if he had an order of starting pitchers, manager Bruce Bochy was coy.

"You'll see why here soon," Bochy said.

A few minutes later the Giants announced they have parted ways with a former first-round pick who seemed headed for the long reliever role. 

Stratton, taken 20th overall in 2012, lived up to that promise at times, delivering a couple of strong stretches in the rotation. But he was inconsistent, posting a 4.63 ERA overall in 48 big league appearances. He entered the spring without a hold on a job, and it seemed his only chance at sticking was to be the last man in the bullpen. Stratton was out of options. 

Jerez, 26, made his debut last season and had a 6.00 ERA in 17 relief appearances for the Angels. He struck out exactly a batter per inning. Jerez averaged 9.4 strikeouts per nine in the minors, although walks have been an issue. A second-rounder in 2011, he has a 3.55 ERA in 171 minor league relief appearances.

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Suarez had a strong rookie season but was on the outside looking in all spring. He'll be the next man up, with the rotation seemingly going with Madison Bumgarner, Derek Holland, Dereck Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz and Jeff Samardzija in that order. 

Of course, that could change Tuesday. You never quite know these days.

Giants' Derek Holland vows that Dodgers won't win NL West in 2019


Giants' Derek Holland vows that Dodgers won't win NL West in 2019

The 2019 season hasn't yet started (for 28 teams, at least), and the Dodgers have already wrapped up their seventh straight NL West crown.

At least that's how pundits see things shaking out this year.

Fangraphs projects that the Dodgers will win 93 games and win the division by 12 games over the Rockies. CBS Sports asked five of their writers to predict the NL West standings and all five have the Dodgers on top.

Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland doesn't want to hear it.

"That's the thing people need to understand, it's awesome to see how we're the underdog and we're taking advantage of that," Holland told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy G during the Giants-A's broadcast on Monday night. "Nobody is picking us to do anything, they've already crowned the Dodgers, they voted that they're going to be the champs. Yeah, that's not happening. We're definitely going to make some noise."

Holland told Amy G that the players in the Giants clubhouse have a lot of confidence in themselves.

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We appreciate Holland's belief in his squad. In order to back up his words, the Giants are going to have to overcome low expectations. Fangraphs projects them to finish in last place, and all those same five CBS Sports writers have the Giants in the cellar.

Hey, if the Giants do shock people and dethrone the Dodgers, it will be one hell of a story.