SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ryan Vogelsong isn’t too concerned about what other guys do with their World Series championship rings. He’s wearing his once he gets it.
Given his long journey back to the big leagues from five years of baseball obscurity to world champion last season, the Giants’ right-hander has good reason to flash his bling.
“It’s a long time coming,” Vogelsong said Thursday. “I know what it took me to get that ring and I’m going to enjoy it and wear it for sure.” Read More
An important part of the puzzle for the Giants as they aim at still another World Series championship will be the continued development of their Brandons, Belt and Crawford.Belt’s road has been especially bumpy, starting with the awful nickname given him, “The Baby Giraffe.” Please. Read More
As the last team standing in 2012, the Giants already had a short offseason. Cutting even further into that break is the World Baseball Classic, which nine Giants players will be participating in.
The WBC, which was played for the first time in 2006, then again in 2009, will hold the semifinal and championship games at AT&T Park in March after pool play takes teams all over the world, from Japan to Puerto Rico. Read More
Tim Lincecum endured the worst season of his career last year, posting an NL-worst 5.18 ERA. However, he shined out of the bullpen in the postseason with a 2.55 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 17²/³ innings. All eyes will be on his right arm this spring as he enters a contract season. Read More
If the past truly is prologue, you better have your tickets in hand already if you want to be a part of the Giants’ spring training party.
The last time Scottsdale, Ariz., played host to the defending world champs, way back in 2011, the vibrant little city and its charming stadium were packed throughout camp. Otherwise sane people were paying scalpers upward of $200 for the right to burn the skin off the backs of their thighs on the sun-sizzled metal bleachers down either foul line. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Barry Zito scurried from drill to drill on Day 1 with a smile and a pep that showed he’s a new man heading into the final year of his mega contract.
He even seemed to enjoy the simple process of shadow throwing, with only a towel in hand and no ball, as Giants pitchers and catchers began spring training on a gorgeous, cool day in the desert at Scottsdale Stadium.
Zito suddenly has some nice momentum, not to mention the swagger that carried over from his comeback 2012 season. Read More
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Andres Torres checked out the banner at the main entrance to Scottsdale Stadium blaring “2012 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS” and knew he was back in the right place.
The outgoing outfielder bounced through the clubhouse Tuesday morning, sporting a beanie for the cool desert weather after batting practice and some running. He offered handshakes and hugs as he said hello to all the familiar faces he missed spending one season away with the New York Mets following three in San Francisco. Read More
For years, this was the season frustrated Giants fans had counted down to. The final year of the albatross of a contract Barry Zito signed prior to the 2007 season.
All these years later, it’s still tough to mention Zito in any sentence without also bringing up the hefty $126 million deal he inked.
And as Zito piled up disappointing year after disappointing year, it seemed inevitable his Giants tenure would be over the second the clock struck midnight after this season. Read More
Once again, the Giants find themselves in stark contrast to their archrival in the Los Angeles Dodgers.
L.A. spent big money in an effort to upgrade its team over the past year. The team’s new ownership group has plenty of money, and it has not been shy about spending it in an effort to dethrone the Giants.
San Francisco, on the other hand, has gone with the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Read More
The defending World Series champion Giants agreed to terms on a $9 million, two-year contract Wednesday with reliever Sergio Romo to avoid arbitration.
Romo had filed for salary arbitration at $4.5 million, while the Giants countered at $2.675 million after he earned $1.575 million last season.
Romo was the team’s last possible arbitration case as the Giants head to Arizona to open spring training next week.The deal buys out Romo’s final two years of arbitration eligibility. Read More