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23 Feb 19
Daily Crossword Puzzle Solver

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23 Feb 19
Life Hacks

I have three characters, who are supposed to be good friends. Athos, Aramis, and Porthos, if you wish. Instead, I have two characters who share a strong Frodo-Sam relationship, and the third guy, who is almost a “third wheel”. It’s not that my “Porthos” is less developed than the other two. But he is less […]

23 Feb 19
Redwood Times
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
23 Feb 19
The Reporter
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
23 Feb 19
The Mercury News
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
23 Feb 19
Daily Democrat
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
23 Feb 19
Oroville Mercury-Register
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
23 Feb 19
Chico Enterprise-Record
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
23 Feb 19
Red Bluff Daily News
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
23 Feb 19
Paradise Post
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
23 Feb 19
Times-Standard
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
23 Feb 19
East Bay Times
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Baseball is finally back. As the San Francisco Giants prepare to open Cactus League play Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, we’re taking a closer look at 10 players with a lot at stake this spring. From a star catcher recovering from hip surgery to a pair of well-compensated pitchers looking to seize important roles, the Giants’ spring slate promises plenty of intrigue. Of the nearly 70 players in big league camp, we chose 10 who you should keep your eyes on right up to Opening Day. 1. Buster Posey: Everything starts with the Giants catcher, who continues to progress after undergoing August hip surgery. Posey won’t begin catching in games until around March 1, but if he can’t handle a full workload at the beginning of the year, the Giants’ depth will be tested quickly. Posey’s ability to drive the ball and hit for power will be worth monitoring throughout March. 2. Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija insists he’s completely healthy after shoulder issues wrecked his 2018 season. The right-hander has earned good reviews from manager Bruce Bochy, who is eager to pencil Samardzija into the starting rotation. Samardzija said he’s cleared three hurdles –two bullpens and a live batting practice– and now must jump over five more –five Cactus League starts– before he’s all the way back. 3. Steven Duggar: Duggar could be the starting center fielder and an everyday fixture in the outfield, but he’ll need to prove he’s healthy after undergoing shoulder surgery last August. Like Posey, Duggar won’t play in games until March 1, but the Giants are hopeful the top defensive outfielder on their club is ready for Opening Day and able to handle hitting in the leadoff spot. 4. Dereck Rodríguez: After a marvelous debut season, Rodríguez is locked into a competition for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He has four pitches, understands sequencing and oozes confidence, but he also has minor league options available. If he sputters at all this spring, the Giants may send Rodríguez to Triple-A until they have a need for more rotation depth. 5. Pablo Sandoval: The signings of Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin made the Giants a deeper club, but they also made it more difficult for Sandoval to earn a roster spot this spring. It’s difficult to see the Giants parting ways with a versatile, team-first player set to make the major league minimum, but Solarte and Alen Hanson could make it harder for Sandoval to find playing time. 6. Chris Stratton: The former first round draft pick is out of minor league options and must earn his way onto the roster with his performance this spring. Stratton can be brilliant at his best, but maddening and inconsistent at his worst. Finding the right mechanics has always been a key for Stratton, who will challenge for one of the final spots in the Giants’ starting rotation. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] 7. Mac Williamson: Williamson’s power is prolific, but he has yet to deliver the breakthrough season he and the Giants believe is long overdue. If not for a concussion that wiped him out for much of last year, Williamson may have asserted himself as the odds-on favorite to start in one of the outfield corners. Because he’s out of options, Williamson needs an impressive spring to guarantee himself an opportunity. 8. Aramis Garcia: President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi admitted he didn’t know much about Garcia before he arrived in San Francisco, but the young catcher has impressed the team’s new executive in several ways. If Posey’s workload must be limited, the Giants may turn to Garcia to handle much of the catching duties at the beginning of the year. 9. Drew Ferguson: A Rule 5 draft choice coming off an outstanding season in the Pacific Coast League, Ferguson has never played a major league game yet could have a huge role in this year’s Giants outfield. Bochy plans to test Ferguson at all three outfield spots this spring and the Giants are eager to see if his mastery of the strike zone carries over from Triple-A to the majors. 10. Mark Melancon: Melancon hasn’t been healthy since his tenure in San Francisco began, but he says his arm trouble is behind him and he’s hungry to take over the closer job. The right-hander enters an open competition with a real chance of pitching in the ninth inning this year, but he’s now in a situation where he must prove himself to earn Bochy’s trust.
21 Feb 19
More Splash Hits

One of the greatest mysteries of major league baseball, at least to many fans, is the rule surrounding minor league options. It’s a topic that comes up every spring as teams’ roster decision often include whether or not a player can be optioned back to the minors, or placed on waivers if the player doesn’t […]

21 Feb 19
Liberi et Litterae

I recently rewatched on of my favourite TV shows, and that is the BBC show The Musketeers. As the name suggests, it is based on Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers, although it doesn’t follow the plot very closely. In this show, which consists of three seasons, we follow D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino), Athos (Tom Burke), […]

21 Feb 19
Market Research Insight

19 February 2019: Sports Good Market was million US$ in 2018 and is expected to million US$ by the end of 2024, growing at a CAGR of between 2019 and 2024.This report studies the Sports Good market size (value and volume) by players, regions, product types and end industries, history data 2014-2018 and forecast data […]

20 Feb 19
Redwood Times
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–A player’s ability to mash 60-mile per hour fastballs is hardly a predictor of success, but when games are still a few days away, batting practice home runs are still a hot topic at spring training. One group of Giants hitters is off to a particularly impressive start. Outfielders Austin Slater, Cameron Maybin and Mac Williamson formed a quartet with catcher Aramis Garcia during Wednesday’s workout and peppered the left field berm at Scottsdale Stadium with home runs. The distances players reach during batting practice isn’t particularly important, but the quality of the swings they produce is something coaches watch closely. And thus far, all four have stood out for different reasons. Slater has overhauled his swing and is launching the ball higher and further, a critical development for a player who struggled to drive pitches last season. Manager Bruce Bochy said Slater is trying to avoid “smothering the ball” and the early changes he’s made to his swing should give him a better opportunity to hit for power. During a live session Wednesday, Slater crushed an offering from right-hander Trevor Gott over the left center field fence. It was the first and remains the only live batting practice home run in two days of camp. Maybin also reworked his swing this offseason, spending three-to-four days per month in California with private hitting instructor Craig Wallenbrock. After the well-traveled outfielder signed a minor league deal with a non-roster invite to spring training with the Giants, Maybin said he wasn’t focused on lifting the ball in the air but rather determined to make more solid contact. Over the past few days, Maybin has driven several balls into outfield gaps but also appears to be getting under a number of pitches as he refines his new approach. Williamson stands out for the sheer power he brings to the plate, but also because he’s out of minor league options. If Williamson doesn’t make the 25-man roster out of camp, the Giants must designate him for assignment. The outfielder has said he’s completely recovered from a concussion that cost him much of last season and he’s helped prove that by making plenty of hard contact during batting practices. Williamson is still using the same swing mechanics he brought to spring training last year after working with private hitting instructor Doug Latta. The final member of the quartet, Garcia, earned rave reviews from president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi who admitted he didn’t know much about the catcher before Zaidi arrived in San Francisco in November. Though the Giants have signed veterans Steven Vogt, Cameron Rupp and Rene Rivera to compete for playing time behind Buster Posey, Garcia is in the best shape of the group and has impressed everyone around camp with his first swings of the spring. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Posey waiting to catch Bochy said Wednesday that Posey continues to progress well as he recovers from August hip surgery. Though the Giants catcher hasn’t experienced any setbacks while practicing this spring, the team will take a cautious approach and likely won’t have Posey catch in a Cactus League game until around March 1. Posey could play first base or serve as a designated hitter before the end of February, but don’t expect him in the lineup much during the first week of games. Giants set rotation for first week Right-hander Chris Stratton will take the ball in Saturday’s Cactus League opener against the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Bochy said left-hander Ty Blach will back up Stratton as the first reliever. The rest of the rotation for the first week is as follows: Sunday vs. Cubs : Madison Bumgarner Monday vs. White Sox : Derek Holland followed by Drew Pomeranz Tuesday @ Reds : Dereck Rodríguez Wednesday vs. Royals : Jeff Samardzija followed by Andrew Suárez Pitchers ‘letting it go’ Samardzija faced hitters Tuesday for the first time since he made a rehab start for Double-A Richmond in Bowie, Maryland last August. Samardzija said he felt pain-free and was no longer attempting to compensate for pain in his shoulder by adjusting his mechanics. Johnny Cueto played catch for the first time Monday, hitting a key milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Cueto was happy to be back on the field and still hopes to rejoin the Giants sometime before the end of the regular season. One Giants coach said former top prospect Tyler Beede has added a new timing mechanism to his delivery that has helped him regain command and confidence. It’s uncertain whether the Giants will train Beede as a starter or reliever this spring, but he transitioned from the rotation to the bullpen last summer. Bochy said right-handed relievers Ray Black and Melvin Adon have both touched 100-miles per hour with their fastballs and added that Adon could be on the fast-track to the big leagues if he builds off an impressive Arizona Fall League season. Day off for Sandoval Pablo Sandoval tweaked an oblique during an impressive batting practice session on Tuesday and had the day off Wednesday. The injury isn’t considered serious and Sandoval could be back on the field as soon as Thursday.
20 Feb 19
Times-Standard
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–A player’s ability to mash 60-mile per hour fastballs is hardly a predictor of success, but when games are still a few days away, batting practice home runs are still a hot topic at spring training. One group of Giants hitters is off to a particularly impressive start. Outfielders Austin Slater, Cameron Maybin and Mac Williamson formed a quartet with catcher Aramis Garcia during Wednesday’s workout and peppered the left field berm at Scottsdale Stadium with home runs. The distances players reach during batting practice isn’t particularly important, but the quality of the swings they produce is something coaches watch closely. And thus far, all four have stood out for different reasons. Slater has overhauled his swing and is launching the ball higher and further, a critical development for a player who struggled to drive pitches last season. Manager Bruce Bochy said Slater is trying to avoid “smothering the ball” and the early changes he’s made to his swing should give him a better opportunity to hit for power. During a live session Wednesday, Slater crushed an offering from right-hander Trevor Gott over the left center field fence. It was the first and remains the only live batting practice home run in two days of camp. Maybin also reworked his swing this offseason, spending three-to-four days per month in California with private hitting instructor Craig Wallenbrock. After the well-traveled outfielder signed a minor league deal with a non-roster invite to spring training with the Giants, Maybin said he wasn’t focused on lifting the ball in the air but rather determined to make more solid contact. Over the past few days, Maybin has driven several balls into outfield gaps but also appears to be getting under a number of pitches as he refines his new approach. Williamson stands out for the sheer power he brings to the plate, but also because he’s out of minor league options. If Williamson doesn’t make the 25-man roster out of camp, the Giants must designate him for assignment. The outfielder has said he’s completely recovered from a concussion that cost him much of last season and he’s helped prove that by making plenty of hard contact during batting practices. Williamson is still using the same swing mechanics he brought to spring training last year after working with private hitting instructor Doug Latta. The final member of the quartet, Garcia, earned rave reviews from president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi who admitted he didn’t know much about the catcher before Zaidi arrived in San Francisco in November. Though the Giants have signed veterans Steven Vogt, Cameron Rupp and Rene Rivera to compete for playing time behind Buster Posey, Garcia is in the best shape of the group and has impressed everyone around camp with his first swings of the spring. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Posey waiting to catch Bochy said Wednesday that Posey continues to progress well as he recovers from August hip surgery. Though the Giants catcher hasn’t experienced any setbacks while practicing this spring, the team will take a cautious approach and likely won’t have Posey catch in a Cactus League game until around March 1. Posey could play first base or serve as a designated hitter before the end of February, but don’t expect him in the lineup much during the first week of games. Giants set rotation for first week Right-hander Chris Stratton will take the ball in Saturday’s Cactus League opener against the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Bochy said left-hander Ty Blach will back up Stratton as the first reliever. The rest of the rotation for the first week is as follows: Sunday vs. Cubs : Madison Bumgarner Monday vs. White Sox : Derek Holland followed by Drew Pomeranz Tuesday @ Reds : Dereck Rodríguez Wednesday vs. Royals : Jeff Samardzija followed by Andrew Suárez Pitchers ‘letting it go’ Samardzija faced hitters Tuesday for the first time since he made a rehab start for Double-A Richmond in Bowie, Maryland last August. Samardzija said he felt pain-free and was no longer attempting to compensate for pain in his shoulder by adjusting his mechanics. Johnny Cueto played catch for the first time Monday, hitting a key milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Cueto was happy to be back on the field and still hopes to rejoin the Giants sometime before the end of the regular season. One Giants coach said former top prospect Tyler Beede has added a new timing mechanism to his delivery that has helped him regain command and confidence. It’s uncertain whether the Giants will train Beede as a starter or reliever this spring, but he transitioned from the rotation to the bullpen last summer. Bochy said right-handed relievers Ray Black and Melvin Adon have both touched 100-miles per hour with their fastballs and added that Adon could be on the fast-track to the big leagues if he builds off an impressive Arizona Fall League season. Day off for Sandoval Pablo Sandoval tweaked an oblique during an impressive batting practice session on Tuesday and had the day off Wednesday. The injury isn’t considered serious and Sandoval could be back on the field as soon as Thursday.