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Joey Bart's ejection shows where Giants' top prospect must improve


Joey Bart's ejection shows where Giants' top prospect must improve

Joey Bart lost the battle between two former Giants first-round draft picks Friday, and then he lost his spot in the lineup.

After taking what was a very questionable called third strike against Brewers pitcher Phil Bickford -- San Francisco's 2015 first-round pick -- in the ninth inning of a tied spring training game Friday, Bart was unable to contain his frustration and let home plate umpire Ryan Blakney hear it. Before Giants manager Gabe Kapler could intervene, Blakney sent Bart to the showers.

It wasn't for a lack of trying on Kapler's part. He just wasn't able to get there in time.

"I just had a conversation with [Blakney] about why not get my attention?” Kapler told reporters after the 5-5 tie. “I was trying to get his attention and have a conversation so that Joey didn’t have to be a part of that."

Alas, Bart's day ended slightly earlier than the rest of his teammates'. Kapler didn't mind the young phenom's passion in expressing his displeasure, but also believes now is the right time for Bart to work on finding the proper balance.

"I think fire is good, I think intensity is good, I think all of those things can and should be channeled,” Kapler said. “In particular, in a spring training game while we’re competing to the best of our ability, it’s a good time to practice both the intensity that you talked about and maybe patience."

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As Bart works to achieve that balance, he doesn't need to change much about his approach. The rookie backstop has been one of the Giants' top hitters thus far in spring training, going 6-for-13 at the plate with a 1.330 OPS.

Unlike Bickford -- who San Francisco traded in a 2016 deadline deal and has never played above High-A -- Bart has the look of being a perennial fixture in the Giants' lineup, and it might not be much longer before that is the case.

Giants vs. Brewers live stream: How to watch MLB game streaming online


Giants vs. Brewers live stream: How to watch MLB game streaming online

Jeff Samardzija takes the hill for the first time this spring when the Giants battle the Brewers on Wednesday at Scottsdale Stadium. 

Buster Posey will be in the squat as Samardzija's battery mate. The veteran catcher also is looking for his first hit of the spring.

Both teams enter Wednesday with a 2-2 record this spring. 

Former Giants pitcher Shawn Estes and San Jose Giants broadcaster Joe Ritzo are on the call. Another former Giant will be making a guest appearance in the booth during the seventh inning. 

Bruce Bochy will grab a mic, and we can only hope for stories of Madison Bumgarner going bear hunting. The legendary Giants manager has been around the club this spring as a special advisor and will continue to have a role with the club.

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Here’s how you can watch the Giants face the Brewers on Wednesday.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 26
Time: 12:05 p.m. PT
Live stream: NBC Sports Bay Area Desktop Stream

A's Mark Canha will never forget the time he autographed a potato

A's Mark Canha will never forget the time he autographed a potato

MESA, Ariz. -- Imagine approaching A's outfielder Mark Canha and asking him to sign ... your potato.

Well, a fan did that on Sunday prior to the A's Cactus League game against the D-backs: 

"You never forget when you sign a potato," Canha told NBC Sports California on Monday. 

Oh ... c'mon, I had to ask him about it.

"The guy was just like 'Hey Mark, will you sign my potato?' and I was like, 'Yeah, I don't have a problem with that.'"

Canha also said it might have been the weirdest thing he's ever signed. He can add that to the collection of autographed cell phones, babies -- well, a baby's bib.

One of the most interesting parts of this potato (wow, I can't believe I just wrote that) was the fact that there are multiple signatures on it and it's stood the test of time. So that's quite impressive. 

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"I've signed some weird stuff," he added. "Some kids want you to sign their arm."

"That [potato] had to be one of the weirdest," Canha said.