Giants announce minor league coaching staff

Giants announce minor league coaching staff


SAN FRANCISCO, CA The World Champion San Francisco Giants have finalized their minor league coaching staff for the 2011 season.San Francisco's minor league affiliates put together another successful year in 2010 with its farm system producing the fourth best record (409-355, .535) in all of organized baseball. The Giants organization also had three of their seven affiliates make the playoffs, including the California League Champion San Jose Giants who won their second consecutive championship as well as their fourth in the last six seasons. The Dominican Summer League Giants were also crowned champions of their respective league. The Arizona Rookie League Giants advanced to the postseason, but lost in the semi-finals. The Augusta Greenjackets had the best overall record in their league, although missed making the postseason as they did not win their first or second half titles. In addition, the San Francisco Giants were named as Baseball Americas 2010 Organization of the Year for thriving with homegrown players in the minor leagues as well as at the Major League level.There have been minimal changes to the Giants coaching ranks as Steve Decker (triple-A Fresno), Tom Trebelhorn (short-season Salem-Keizer), Mike Goff (rookie-level Arizona) and Jesus Tavarez (Dominican Summer League Giants) will remain at their managerial posts. Dave Machemer, who managed at Class A Augusta last year, will take over the helm at double-A Richmond, while Andy Skeels, who managed that club last season, will be the skipper for Class A Advanced San Jose for the second time in his career. The only new addition to the Giants minor league managerial ranks is Lipso Nava, who will be making his managerial debut at Augusta, after spending the previous three seasons as that teams hitting coach. The only new staff member in 2011 is hitting coach Jose Flores for Augusta.Flores, 37, will be embarking on his second stint within the Giants organization after previously playing for San Francisco in 2006 as a minor leaguer. The New York, NY native had spent the previous four seasons coaching and managing in San Diegos minor league system. The former infielder originally made his coaching debut in the Padres system as the hitting coach for short-season Eugene in 2007. Flores played 13 seasons in the minor leagues with Philadelphia (1994-1999), Seattle (1999-2000), Colorado (2001), Oakland (2002-03), Los Angeles-NL (2004-05), Cleveland (2006) and San Francisco (2006). He appeared in 16 games in the Majors with Oakland and Los Angeles-NL, hitting .143 (1-for-7). The Greenjackets' newest hitting coach was originally selected in the 34th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1994 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Texas.Roving instructors and medical staff for the upcoming season include: Fred Stanley - Director of Player Development; Shane Turner Coordinator of Instruction; Bert Bradley Coordinator of Minor League Pitching; Bob Mariano Coordinator of Minor League Hitting; Joe Amalfitano Special Assistant; Jim Davenport Special Assistant; Lee Smith Roving Pitching Instructor; J.T. Snow - Special Assistant; Jose Alguacil Roving Infield Instructor; Henry Cotto Roving Baserunning and Outfield Instructor; Shawon Dunston - Instructor; Kirt Manwaring Roving Catching Instructor; Jay Williams Coordinator of Minor League Trainers; Tony Reale Organizational Physical Therapist; Geoff Head Coordinator of Minor League Strength and Conditioning.
Courtesy San Francisco Giants media services

Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness


Inactives: Raiders LG Kelechi Osemele a late scratch due to illness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Raiders left guard Kelechi Osemele was questionable to play Thursday night’s game at Kansas City with a knee sprain.

His knee is doing just fine, thank you.

Even still, Osemele wasn’t ready to play. He was a late scratch due to an illness, which sapped him to the point he couldn’t go.

Osemele was listed about the Raiders inactives, announced shortly before kickoff.

That creates a huge void in the offensive line – the Raiders run best between Osemele and left tackle Donald Penn – that will be filled by rookie Vadal Alexander.

Alexander is an aggressive player and a good run blocker, but he isn’t on Osemele’s level. Not having the high-priced player could hinder the Raiders offensive line, which must remain strong for the attack to operate well. The Raiders have allowed a league-low 13 sacks this season. 

Defensive tackle Darius Latham was questionable with an ankle injury, but wasn’t quite ready to play this game. This marks his second contest missed with injury.

Strong safety Karl Joseph was ruled out earlier in the week with a toe injury. Cornerback Antonio Hamilton, Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook and Stacy McGee are also inactive.

Top pick Meier 'real close' to making Sharks debut


Top pick Meier 'real close' to making Sharks debut

SAN JOSE – Struggling to score goals lately with two or fewer in eight of their last 11 games, the Sharks may soon turn to their biggest prospect to try and give the offense a boost.

Timo Meier, the ninth overall pick from the 2015 draft, is tearing up the American Hockey League lately with the Barracuda. He scored four goals (and registered 15 shots) in two games in San Antonio over the weekend, has eight points (5g, 3a) in his last four games, and leads the Barracuda with eight goals.

On Thursday, Pete DeBoer was asked what he’s heard about Meier lately and how close he may be.

“Good things, and real close,” DeBoer said. “I think he would have been even a consideration [Wednesday], but he came down I think with the flu. 

“You feel for him because we’re looking to bring some guys in, and he obviously had a great weekend. He’s one of quite a few guys down there that we feel real comfortable can come in here and are going to help us before the year ends, for sure.”

It’s the second time an illness has affected Meier’s status, as he came down with mononucleosis early in training camp and missed a month of action. He did, however, return to Barracuda practice this week.

One month ago, Barracuda coach Roy Sommer told CSN that Meier had to make some adjustments coming out of juniors. 

“He’s just has to simplify his game,” Sommer said on Nov. 9. “I think he’s just trying to do too much. He’s got to be north-south, and [forget] this circling and trying to put pucks through people. … It’s not going to work.”

Apparently, Meier has figured it out. On Tuesday, Sommer told The Gackle Report: “He’s getting better every game. At the start, I was going, oh man, he’s all over the map, circling and not using his teammates. But shoot, now he just keeps producing.”

“We’ve spent a lot of time with him on video and he picks stuff up.”

The 2015 draft has already produced several players that are regular contributors for their respective clubs, led by Connor McDavid (Edmonton), Jack Eichel (Buffalo), Mitch Marner (Toronto) and Zach Werenski (Columbus). 

Meier is the only player among the top 11 picks that year that has yet to play an NHL game, while 17 of 30 of the players overall chosen in the first round have played at least one NHL game.