Before the season started, Madison Bumgarner not only was the main topic of trade conversation for the Giants, but he was one of the main subjects to discuss in all of baseball.
What would the ROI be for an experienced guy with MadBum’s list of accomplishments? Where would he end up? The questions were endless.
And the thought of him no longer being a Giant was becoming more of a reality as the season trickled by.
During a recent interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez, the three-time World Series champion was asked what it was like to be a Giants up until this point after receiving a heartwarming comment from a fan.
"It means everything," he said. "My career up until this point has been here, and we've done a lot of special things here -- man, it's so many good memories -- and some bad ones too, but you got to take the good with the bad. But this is a special place. Unbelievable fans, and it's really special and means a lot."
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It's no secret how much Bumgarner loves playing for the Giants, and he's kept rather hush-hush on what the future holds for him. Despite knowing he more than likely won't be with the team for much longer, the memories he possesses are something that cannot be duplicated.
Clear your October plans, Giants fans.
The Giants somehow are the hottest team in baseball, winning eight of their last 10 games. And they couldn't have started off their doubleheader against the Rockies at Coors Field any better Monday morning.
Brandon Belt and Buster Posey each singled to start the top of the first inning before Pablo Sandoval surprisingly squared for a sacrifice bunt. The Alex Dickerson train continued with the left fielder scoring Belt on a line drive to right field. But that was just the beginning for the red-hot Giants.
Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski hit back-to-back jacks to give the Giants a 5-0 lead in the first inning over the Rockies. Crawford went opposite field for a 366-foot three-run homer, his seventh dinger of the year. Yaz followed him with a 433-foot shot to right-center field for a solo shot, his sixth homer this season.
The Giants entered Monday only 4.5 games back of the second spot in the NL Wild Card standings. While they still appear to be in sell mode before the July 31 trade deadline, anything could happen once a team catches fire.
DENVER -- Before playing four games at Coors Field, the Giants were forced to make a move with one of their hottest bats.
Third baseman Evan Longoria was placed on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis and right-hander Ray Black returned to the active roster to provide some pitching depth for a doubleheader. Longoria came out of Sunday's game with left foot pain, something he said has bothered him off and on throughout his career.
Longoria was scheduled to get an MRI on Monday.
With six homers in his last nine games, Longoria has been a key part of the July surge. He leads the team with 13 homers, and the injury leaves the Giants with a right-handed hole in their lineup.
Pablo Sandoval will start at third base for the first game of Monday's doubleheader and the Giants do have some depth on their roster. Donovan Solano and Austin Slater both can play third base if needed, although Slater would be miscast as a starter.
At the Triple-A level, Zach Green is an obvious choice. The 25-year-old has 22 homers but has been blocked from a promotion because Longoria and Sandoval are at third and Brandon Belt is at first, Green's other position. Green is not on the 40-man roster, so the Giants would have to make additional moves if they were to take a look at a player they added in the offseason.
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In a separate move, right-hander Sam Coonrod was added as the 26th man for the doubleheader. The Giants will need to make another move Monday afternoon when they activate Dereck Rodriguez to start the second game.
It's been a busy stretch for the front office. Black was optioned on Sunday to clear room for starter Tyler Beede, but he stayed with the team and flew to Denver on Sunday night.