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Giants firming up plans to move bullpens to outfield at Oracle Park

Giants firming up plans to move bullpens to outfield at Oracle Park

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants waited less than 48 hours to start digging up their bullpens. It's a process they go through after every season, preparing Oracle Park for non-baseball sporting events, concerts and holiday parties. 

There was a twist this time, though. Those mounds won't be coming back in the spring. 

In his season-ending press conference, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the bullpens likely will be moved to the outfield. The Giants haven't finalized plans, but they're committed to removing the hazard for corner outfielders. 

"We've made a lot of progress on designs that would have (the bullpens) move out to the outfield and potentially alter some of the dimensions out there," Zaidi said. "I think we'll have more detail on those in the coming days and there are still some administrative and logistical hurdles to go through as far as that's concerned. 

"The primary objective there, as we talked about over this year, is safety and moving those bullpens out of play. But that will certainly, at least to some degree, kind of change the offensive environment that we have in this park."

The conversations about the bullpens picked up steam this year as the Giants became seriously concerned with players falling while chasing fly balls (ironically, the last out of the 2019 season was a fly ball hit to the home bullpen). The organization spent the season examining the issue, while also getting a reminder from the current roster that the dimensions are a major problem for some hitters. 

The Giants were a distant last in the NL with 271 runs at home. They scored 407 on the road, ranking sixth in the league. 

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"Inevitably, if you're going to put bullpens out there, you're going to have to move the fences to accommodate them," Zaidi said. "But I would say, as we've gone through this, at least from a baseball standpoint and as an organization, our thought is that we know this is going to alter the baseball that's played here but let's do this and improve obviously the safety from a player standpoint while kind of minimizing the chance that we get a really distortionary effect on how baseball is played here.

"I would still view the dimensions and the plans that we've looked at as maintaining the spirit of this park. It's still going to be largely a pitchers park."

Check out DJ Brandon Crawford's funny changes to Giants' walk-up songs


Check out DJ Brandon Crawford's funny changes to Giants' walk-up songs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sure, Sunday's game was about saying goodbye to Bruce Bochy, possibly saying goodbye to Madison Bumgarner, and welcoming dozens of former Giants back to Oracle Park. But it was also about keeping a fun tradition going. 

For the fourth time, shortstop Brandon Crawford went into "DJ BC Raw" mode and changed the walk-up and warm-up songs for all of his teammates. Crawford is all about the details, and he's also all about taking good-natured shots at the end of a long season. Exhibit A: Queuing up "Wake Me Up When September Ends" for good friend Brandon Belt, who entered the final day batting .237 with one homer this month.

Some of the choices, like with Stephen Vogt and Kevin Pillar, are obvious. Some are subtle. See if you can figure out why rookie Jaylin Davis was given "In The Name of Love." 

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It added a little fun to a day that won't be forgotten at the ballpark. Here's the full list: 

Belt: “Wake Me Up When September Ends” -- Green Day; “Right Round” -- Flo Rida ft Kesha
Vogt: “Believe” -- Eminem; “Believe Me” -- Lil Wayne ft Drake
Posey: “Bust It Baby, Pt 2” -- Plies ft Ne-Yo; “Catch” -- Brett Young
Pillar: “Superman (It’s not Easy)” -- Five for Fighting; “Lean and Dabb” -- iLoveMemphis
Longoria: “Look at my Dab” -- Migos; “Classic Man” -- Jidenna
Dubon: “Swing Latino” -- Banda Blanca; “I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)” -- Kevin Rudolf
Slater: “Lemon DRAKE REMIX” -- N.E.R.D. ft Drake & Rihanna; “Saved by the Bell” -- Coded Channel
Dickerson: “Save That Money” -- Lil Dicky; “7empest” -- Tool; “Pipeline” -- Dick Dale; “Hard” -- Rihanna; “Billy Creek” -- Charlie Shafter
Rickard: “Super Freak” -- Rick James; “Children’s Story” -- Slick Rick
Yastrzemski: “Sweet Caroline” -- Neil Diamond; “More Than a Feeling” -- Boston
Gerber: “Baby” -- Justin Bieber
Jaylin Davis: “In the Name of Love” -- Martin Garrix & Bebe Rehxa; “Call Out My Name” -- The Weeknd
Shaw: “Boston” -- Augustana; “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” -- Dropkick Murphys
Garcia: “Cum On Feel the Noize” -- Quiet Riot; “Quiet Storm” -- Mobb Deep
Adames: “The Adams Family Theme Song”
Solano: “Tu Estas Aqui” -- Jesus Adrian Romero & Marcela Gandara
Bumgarner: “Look What You Made Me Do” -- Taylor Swift
Samardzija: “Baby Shark” -- Pinkfong
Cueto: “Baby, I’m Back” -- Baby Bash
Rodriguez: “Stuntin Like My Daddy” -- Lil Wayne & Birdman
Suarez: “Miami” -- Will Smith
Beede: “One Life” Young Beedah & Sam James
Webb: “Spiderwebs” -- No Doubt
Anderson: “Blessings” -- Big Sean
Will Smith: “Wild Wild West” -- Will Smith
Gustave: “When It Rains It Pours” -- Luke Combs
Coonrod: “Stronger” -- Britney Spears
Rogers: “Sideways” -- Dierks Bentley
Selman: “Slide” -- Goo Goo Dolls
Burch Smith: “Birch Tree” -- Foals
Barraclough: “Homecoming” -- Kanye West
Abad: “Bad and Boujee” -- Migos
Franco: “Acelera” -- Franco
Menez: “Red” -- Taylor Swift
Peralta: “It Wasn’t Me” -- Shaggy
Watson: “Flicka da Wrist” -- Chedda Da Connect
Sandoval: “Panda” -- Desiigner
Gott: “I Gotta Feeling” -- Black Eyed Peas
Duggar: “Six Degrees of Separation” -- The Script

If you want a trip down memory lane, here are the playlists for 2015, 2017 and 2018 -- there were no changed songs in 2016 because the Giants were competing for a playoff spot. 

Tim Lincecum attends Bruce Bochy's final Giants game at Oracle Park


Tim Lincecum attends Bruce Bochy's final Giants game at Oracle Park

Tim Lincecum came home. 

After a week of speculation, Giants fans' hopes came true Sunday when the two-time Cy Young Award winner and three-time World Series champion returned to Oracle Park for Bruce Bochy's final game as San Francisco's manager. 

Lincecum has not pitched in San Francisco since June 27, 2015. He became a free agent the following offseason and signed with the Los Angeles Angels, but the 35-year-old has not played in the big leagues since then. Lincecum largely has kept to himself since ending his comeback attempt with the Texas Rangers in 2018, but Bochy long has held a soft spot for his former ace.

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"He's somebody who's dear to all of our hearts,” Bochy told reporters last June when the Rangers released Lincecum. " ... I would always have a spot for Timmy somewhere, [though] we don't have a spot here. ... But as far as ever needing anything, he's someone pretty special.”

Bochy's final game always was going to have star power, but Lincecum's presence almost certainly takes the cake.