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Parkland Shooting -

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Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

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The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

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Friday, February 16, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

World Champs look to defend World Series title

San Francisco Giants’ General Manager Brian Sabean sat in his office at team headquarters, the morning after the championship winning parade. Although Sabean, and other Giants’ personnel were ecstatic about the 2010 season with a fairy tale ending, it was time to look towards 2011, and The difficult task of repeating as champions was already in high gear.      Although the Giants’ off-season was not as eventful as some other teams in pro baseball, the importance cannot be under looked. The front office entered the off-season with the intention of keeping the championship-winning team in tact, and adding a few minor pieces to improve the team. Unfortunately, the off-season hit a speed bump right away when Shortstop Juan Uribe left the Bay Area for a three-year contract in Los Angeles to play for the rival Dodgers.  But Sabean reacted quickly, and signed former American League MVP Miguel Tejada to fill the void at Shortstop. “This is the year you’re not going to see me in the house in October. I’m going to be in San Francisco,” said Tejada to the SF Chronicle, who is excited to be on a potential playoff team.

Aside from the addition of Tejada, San Francisco also had the task of resigning many players from the World Series-winning team. The list included First Basemen Aubrey Huff, and playoff hero, outfielder Cody Ross. Sabean and company proved to be successful in this task, as nearly everyone is back. World Series MVP Edgar Renteria is one exception, as he turned down the Giants offer, and decided to head east and play for the Cincinnati Reds. Also, third basemen/ outfielder Mark DeRosa is back and healthy, after being out all last year with an injured wrist. He will provide great depth this year, as he can play pretty much anywhere on the field.

With the off-season over and done, the Giants reported to Spring Training in February, in Scottsdale, Arizona. As players began to report, eyes were on third basemen Pablo Sandoval, who was called out by Giants personnel to lose weight and get in shape after a disappointing 2010 season. Sandoval did not disappoint, as he reported to camp 38 pounds lighter and in great shape. Most of the starting lineup was penciled in prior to Spring Training, except for the wide-open battle for left field. The likely candidates are Pat Burrell who started down the stretch last year, and DeRosa. It is very likely that the two could end up in a platoon, unless top prospect Brandon Belt makes the squad out of camp. Belt, 22, a fifth round pick out of Texas in 2009, dominated minor league pitching last year, and may be ready for the big show. But some more seasoning in AAA is likely, but we should see Belt in San Francisco by the time the weather heats up.

As for the prospects of this season, the San Francisco Giants are a legitimate threat to repeat as World Champions. With the young pitching staff improving everyday, and a full year of up and coming star Buster Posey behind the dish, good times are ahead for baseball fans in San Francisco in the near, and far future. Winning the National League West will tough as usual, with the Colorado Rockies looking to be their toughest competition. But all teams in the division have a good shot. I believe the Giants will capture the NL West Crown, and then it will all come down to a fierce battle between the Philadelphia Phillies, (who have a talented pitching staff of their own) to reach the World Series once again. If they reach the World Series, I believe they will repeat as Champions. But the road to the Series will prove to be tough, but all fans are ready for the fun ride.

As of March 23, the San Francisco Giants’ Spring Training record is 18 and 8, and they stand atop the Cactus League Standings. The Giants open up the regular season on March 31, in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Their home opener is April 8, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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