Giants News & Notes
The San Francisco Giants have announced their World Series trophy tour dates and just like two years ago, there will be a stop at Municipal Stadium. Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 7 as both the 2010 and 2012 World Series trophies will be on display here at the ballpark.
“Fans can view the trophies in person at each stop during a specified, two-hour period on a first-come, first-served basis. The viewings are free to the public with a suggested donation of $2 per person to the Junior Giants League hosting the event.”
More details to come on this event at Municipal Stadium.
For a full list of San Francisco Giants Trophy Tour stops, click here.
MINOR LEAGUE FREE AGENT UPDATES
A handful of former San Jose Giants became free agents this offseason and have elected to sign with other organizations. Most notably, Emmanuel Burriss, a San Jose Giant during the 2007 championship season, has signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds. Burriss played in 60 games with San Francisco last season, but hit just .213 with one extra-base hit over 136 at-bats. He enjoyed far more success with Triple-A Fresno where he batted .274 in 29 games. Burriss was a supplemental first round draft pick of the Giants in 2006 and has spent parts of the last five seasons in the big leagues.
Pitchers Hector Correa and Wilmin Rodriguez have also left the organization this offseason with both hurlers signing minor league deals with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Correa spent time with San Jose during the 2011 and 2012 seasons combining for a 4-3 record with a 3.60 ERA and three saves in 28 appearances (three starts). Correa was on the San Francisco 40-man roster last year, but suffered through an injury-plagued season that limited the right-hander to only 18 innings for the entire campaign.
Rodriguez spent all of last year with Fresno and compiled a 5-5 record with a 5.92 ERA in 37 games (three starts). The left-hander made 67 relief appearances with the Giants during the 2008 and 2009 seasons and also pitched for San Jose in the 2010 playoffs.
SPRING TRAINING REPORT DATES
The start of major league spring training is less than a month away as San Francisco Giants pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Tuesday, February 12. All position players must report by Thursday, February 15. Big league camp will consist of all players on the 40-man roster in addition to those extended non-roster invitations. The organization generally makes their non-roster invites public in mid-to-late January.
For everyone else in the organization, Giants Minor League camp is set to begin on Wednesday, February 27 in Scottsdale with all players scheduled to report by Friday, March 1. A full San Jose Giants spring training game schedule is coming soon.
WINTER LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Former San Jose Giants still participating in winter league ball include Johnny Monell in Puerto Rico. Through 10 postseason games, Monell is batting .286 (10-35) with two doubles, a home run and five RBI’s. Round-robin play concludes this week with the league championship series starting on Friday.
Monell, a San Jose Giant in 2009 and 2010, hit .257 with a team-high tying 11 home runs for Double-A Richmond last season.
Pablo Sandoval’s long season of baseball is also continuing in the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs. Through 10 postseason games, Sandoval has clubbed three home runs to go with 14 RBI’s and a .263 batting average (10-38). Round-robin action continues through January 21.