AT&T Park — The San Francisco Giants honored three recent World Series contributors at their 2018 “Wall of Fame” ceremony on Saturday, inducting former pitchers Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Brian Wilson into a group that includes many of the franchise’s greatest players, from Willie Mays to Barry Bonds.
Manager Bruce Bochy said having such recent players made the Saturday event more special, as still-active teammates who played with the trio were able to attend.
“That’s what really made it a fun day for everybody,” Bochy said.
Cain, Vogelsong and Wilson each provided updates on what they’re up to these days. Predictably, Wilson is living the most eclectic post-retirement life. Donning a colorful, tropical island-inspired hat and a suit, Wilson dished on topics from his favorite TV show to the right way to fill out crosswords.
On his viewing habits: “Watching a lot of MTV: The Challenge. Great show, I mean MTV might be the greatest TV network.”
On the crosswords: “Always with a pen.”
Wilson has been spending a lot of time in Southern California as a real estate developer, though he’s taking time to try a little bit of everything. He said the softball team he’s playing for right now has an 0-10 record and just moved him to shortstop. Even so, he’s been in talks with the Giants to become involved with the team as a spring training consultant or with occasional broadcast booth appearances.
Cain and Vogelsong, meanwhile, are mostly spending time with family and playing golf. Vogelsong has also worked part-time with the Giants as a minor league instructor, recently finishing a 12-day trip at three of the team’s affiliates.
San Francisco announced it would alter its “Wall of Fame” entry requirements to include three-time World Series champions, a decision that pleased Cain, who played with now-eligible relief pitchers Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez.
“It’s well deserved,” Cain said. “Those guys were the reason we had the success that we did, and to be able to honor those guys is awesome because it’s hard to get to some of that criteria as a reliever because there are so many opportunities and you bounce around a lot and you don’t get stuck with a team.”
Cain was recently inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
Bochy shifted his lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers to try and get a struggling offense back on track. Right fielder Andrew McCutchen will hit leadoff, and center fielder Steven Duggar will bat second.
He’s hopeful McCutchen can translate the highest line drive rate of his career into a late-season hot streak.
“He’s been swinging the bat pretty good, but … he’s made a lot of hard outs,” Bochy said. “So yeah, that’s [hot streak] is always there with him. Good hitters, they get in a zone and they get hot.”
Second baseman Joe Panik (left groin strain) is expected to play nine innings Saturday in a rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento. He could be reinstated from the disabled list sometime this week.
Brandon Belt (knee) has not yet restarted baseball activities. Bochy said the first baseman might not need a rehab assignment before he rejoins the Giants.