Michael Morse discusses how different Giants look from when he played


Michael Morse discusses how different Giants look from when he played

Michael Morse is back with the Giants!

Well, he's with the Giants' Pre and Postgame shows on NBC Sports Bay Area -- sorry if I led you on.

The 13-year MLB veteran is providing his analysis to talk about the Orange and Black's season and this year's team has been full of surprises, but not necessarily the good, "popping out of an over-sized cake" kind.

"The biggest surprise for me has been how the team is transitioning from just the whole 'Giant mentality,'"  Morse told NBC Sports Bay Area. "It's almost like a rebuild and you try not to say the word 'rebuild,' but they're not popping out the wins like they did in the past."

Morse spent a couple of seasons sporting a Giants uniform in between the lines, so he's noticing a drastic difference from those days.

"We had our core guys when I played, and every year we just sprinkled one or two pieces to add on to that core," Morse said. "I compare it to a rollercoaster ride and I felt like the Giants in those earlier years was going up-up-up, and anytime it was going down, they would sprinkle out a piece or two to run the team back up. It seems like the last couple of years, those pieces haven't been there and the core isn't producing together."

There has to be something to watch, right? Someone to follow to give Giants fans hope? 

Morse wasn't too sure.

"You know, that's the problem we're having now -- I don't know. That's a great question because so far, there hasn't been anybody that's actually stood out and I know the GM is trying everything -- he's pulling out all the cards so, I don't know if it's going to be a piece from the outside, or free agency ... "

Morse said it once again, he hasn't seen "that piece." That guy who will solve all of the problems the Giants find themselves being a part of across the roster. 

"I haven't seen it yet," he explained. "The thing is, you need certain type of people to change the game, and you have your core guys -- and if they're not producing, then what do you do?"

"So, to me, it's not just one piece that is going to change the outcome with how the Giants look, there are a lot of moving parts that need to be fixed."

OK -- OK, Morse. Things need to be fixed, but at least you're enjoying your new role, right?

"Yeah -- I get to talk to my friends, I get to talk to a lot of reporters and the people I still know, and I like being around, and I get to be on the other side."

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A question that always arises when former players become a member of the media is -- can they be trusted? Can they have the same relationship with these guys when they go from former teammates to the guy behind the camera?

Morse knows the deal and respects the relationship.

"I tell my buddies that are still playing that 'All I am is an extension of you, so you do something great on the field, I'm just going to magnify it, if you do something bad on the field, everybody saw it, so I'm just going to talk about it.'"

We're sure we can speak for a lot of Giants' fans by saying it's great to have Morse back associated with the team, once again. 

Bruce Bochy named Team France manager for World Baseball Classic

Bruce Bochy named Team France manager for World Baseball Classic

SAN FRANCISCO -- There was a poorly-kept secret as Bruce Bochy marched toward his final game as manager of the Giants: Bochy was going to manage again in 2020. This week, it became official. 

The France Baseball Association announced that Bochy will manage Team France in the World Baseball Classic qualifier taking place in Tucson, Arizona from March 22-27. France will be competing with Germany, Spain and others to get a spot in the 2021 WBC.

Bochy had met with the association during the summer but had to iron out some details after the season. 

Didier Seminet, the president of the French federation, said he was "proud to announce Bruce Bochy" as manager and noted that Bochy, born in Landes de Bussac, has a "special relationship" with the country. 

"We are very honored and excited that he wishes to seize this opportunity to help the development of French baseball," Seminet said in a statement. 

This is something Bochy has been looking forward to, and he recently said that he's excited about making it a family affair. His brother, Joe, will be on the coaching staff.

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Brett Bochy, a former Giants prospect who pitched for his father at the big league level, will be on the pitching staff. When Brett visited Oracle Park for his father's final series as manager, he said he already was working out in preparation for returning to the mound.

Ron Wotus, a third base coach for Gabe Kapler next season, is also expected to be on the staff

Where new Giants prospect Will Wilson ranks in team's farm system

Where new Giants prospect Will Wilson ranks in team's farm system

The Giants essentially bought veteran infielder Zack Cozart's contract from the Angels on Tuesday to add a talented young prospect.

San Francisco acquired Cozart and middle infield prospect Will Wilson from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash. The Giants are taking on all of Cozart's $12.67 million contract for the 2020 season. Cozart will become a free agent in 2021. The 34-year-old, who has hit just .190 with five home runs the last two seasons, was an All-Star when healthy in 2017, but Wilson is the real prize of the deal. 

Wilson was selected No. 15 overall by the Angels in the 2019 MLB Draft. He immediately became a top-10 Giants prospect after the trade. MLB Pipeline ranks him No. 10 overall in the team's farm system, and FanGraphs has him even higher. 

The 21-year-old hit .275 with a .768 OPS and five home runs in 46 games at rookie ball in his debut season. He played 28 games at shortstop and 13 at second base. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Wilson will play both positions in the minor leagues, and the front office believes he will stick as a middle infielder. 

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Wilson was a consensus All-American as a junior at NC State, and was voted ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He hit .352 with nine homers and a 1.089 OPS in his final season for the Wolfpack. 

Prior to being traded to the Giants, Wilson was ranked as the Angels' No. 4 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He comes in lower with San Francisco, showing how much the Giants' farm system is on the rise with top prospects like Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos, Marco Luciano and others.