April 16th, 2012

The Coaching Staff

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Coaching Staff, Ron Wotus, Tim Flannery, Dave Righetti, Bill Hayes, Roberto Kelly, BamBam Meulens, Mark Gardner, Joe Lefebvre

The current Giants coaching staff has been together since 2010. Under their guidance the Giants have posted the 4th best winning percentage in the National League.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, 2012, Photo, Bruce Bochy

BRUCE BOCHY...Guided 2010 Giants to 1st-ever World Series title in San Francisco history and 1st World Championship since 1954...became 6th manager in history to guide at least two different NL franchises to World Series appearance... became 4th skipper to win World Series Championship at helm of Giants, joining John McGraw (1905, 21-22), Bill Terry (1933), and Leo Durocher (1954).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Ron Wotus

RON WOTUS... Has spent past 24 years in Giants organization, with 22 seasons in coaching ranks and last 14 campaigns on Major League staff.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Dave Righetti

DAVE RIGHETTI... Is now longest tenured pitching coach in big leagues with Cardinals’ Dave Duncan taking leave of absence.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Mark Gardner

MARK GARDNER... His bullpen charges have ranked among NL relief corps leaders for saves (1st - 400) and wins (4th - 244).

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Bill Hayes

BILL HAYES... Will mark 10th-straight year serving as SF’s bullpen catcher...has also assisted pitching coach Dave Righetti and bullpen coach Mark Gardner with pitching aspects.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Roberto Kelly

ROBERTO KELLY... Has guided SF’s baserunners to swipe 67.5% of bags in 1st 4 seasons.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Tim Flannery

TIM FLANNERY... 2012 campaign will mark 16th year of coaching, and 13th on big league level.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Hensley Meulens

HENSLEY MEULENS... Was triple-A hitting coach for 2009 Fresno Grizzlies, guid- ing team to 6th-highest batting average in Pacific Coast League with .275 mark.

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, 2012, Joe Lefebvre

JOE LEFEBVRE... Lefebvre will begin his 18th campaign overall in Giants’ organization...in 2012 he will serve as senior advisor pro scouting and Major League hitting coach.

Quick Hits for Monday, April 16, 2012 (Game #10)

TONIGHT’S GAME…The San Francisco Giants host the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st game of this 3-game series…Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91) will face Phillies’ right-hander Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60).

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2012, Tim Lincecum

LINCECUM VS. HALLADAY...RHP Tim Lincecum will face RHP Roy Halladay tonight,
marking the 1st time these two aces will face one another in a regular season game...
they last faced one another twice in the 2010 NLCS with Lincecum and Halladay both
earning 1 win and 1 loss...in his 2 starts against Halladay, Lincecum has fashioned a 3.21
ERA (5er, 14.0ip) with 15 strikeouts.

Please click here for today’s complete game notes, which contain more stats than Madison has whiskers.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2012, Brandon Belt

BRANDON BELT... Went 1-for-3 with a walk, 2B and a stolen base yesterday in what was his 1st start since Sunday, April 8 vs. Arizona (span of 6 games)...also snapped a 9 at-bat hitless streak in his 2nd at-bat with a double to shallow RF.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 1960, Sam Jones

April 16, 1960 -- Sad Sam Jones retired
17 straight batters and had a no-hitter
until pinch hitter Walt Moryn homered
with two outs in the 8th...Jones settled for a
one-hitter and a 6-1 victory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2012, Clay Hensley

CLAY HENSLEY... Has 2.1-scoreless innings over 2 relief outings. The 32-year-old was originally drafed by the Giants in 2002, spending 2 years in SF’s minor league system...rejoined organization this past off season, signing as a free agent.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2012, AT&T Park

SELLOUT STREAKING... Dating back to 2010, the Giants have sold out their last 87 regular season home games.

Madison Bumgarner

San Francisco Giants,S.F. giants, photo, 2012, Madison Bumgarner

           The San Francisco Giants have signed left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner to a five-year extension through 2017 with a club/vesting option for 2018 and a club option for 2019, Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. The five-year extension covers Bumgarner through his arbitration years and his first year of free agency.

“Preserving our core pitching for the long term remains a top priority for the Giants and today’s extension certainly helps further that goal,” said Sabean. “Madison has already proven that he is one of the best left handed pitchers in the game today and we are confident that he will continue to succeed for many years to come.”

Bumgarner, who is currently the second youngest player on the Giants’ 25-man roster at just 22 years old, has been a vital piece to the Giants’ starting rotation since being called up to the big leagues in 2009. Since then, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound left-hander has posted a 21-20 record with a 3.12 ERA (117er, 337.0ip) in 57 games (54 starts) over parts of four seasons in a Giants uniform.

Last season the North Carolina native finished 11th in the National League with a 3.21 ERA and he reached the 200.0 inning plateau for the first time in his professional career. His 8.40 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 2011 was the third-best ratio among all NL left-handed pitchers behind Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw (9.57) and Philadelphia’s Cliff Lee (9.21).

Since 2010, Bumgarner has posted the second-best strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.71), third-lowest ERA (3.17), fifth-highest strikeouts per 9.0 innings ratio (7.76).

At 20 years and 38 days old, Bumgarner became the franchise’s youngest pitcher to start a game in his Major league debut since the Giants moved West in 1958. A year later he became the fifth-youngest pitcher to start a World Series game and fourth-youngest to win a World Series contest at just 21 years and 91 days old.

Drafted by the Giants in the first round (10th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player draft, Bumgarner has gone 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA in his first two starts this season. He’s scheduled to pitch tomorrow night against Phillies’ right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton.
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San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2012, Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner talks to Lon Simmons during the 1962 Team Reunion on April 13, 2012.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2012, Madison Bumgarner

Bruce Bochy shakes hands with Madison Bumgarner after the Giants beat the Padres on September 5, 2011.

San Francisco Giants, S.F. Giants, photo, 2012, Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner pitched 5.1 hitless innings during his last start.

Happy Birthday – Bruce Bochy

S.F. Giants, San Francisco Giants, Photo, Bruce Bochy

Here are some Giants Gems for Bruce Bochy’s birthday from the 2012 Giants Media Guide – Happy Birthday Bruce!

  • Born in Landes de Bussac, France, where his father in the U.S. Army, was stationed at that time.  Is one of just 8 Major Leaguers to be born in France.
  • Has two sons, eight years apart. His younger son Brett played baseball at Kansas University. Brett is now playing in the Giants’ farm system.
  • Brother Joe was a catcher in Twins organization from 1969-72, and has served as scout for Padres.
  • Was behind plate on Sept. 11, 1985, when Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds collected his record-breaking 4,192nd Major League hit off Padres pitcher Eric Show.
  • A devoted wine aficionado, Bochy usually will go to Napa Valley whenever he has a free night or day off in the Bay Area.

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