Giants' release statement on Sabean and Bochy

Giants' release statement on Sabean and Bochy


SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants Managing General Partner and CEO Bill Neukom today announced that the team has exercised its options for Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean and Field Manager Bruce Bochy for the 2012 campaign. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.Brian and Bruces proven leadership and strategic moves throughout the course of their baseball careers, culminating in last years World Series Championship, distinguishes them as two of the best minds in all of baseball. This decision reflects our confidence in their abilities to build upon last years success and to steer us toward being perennial contenders, said Managing General Partner and CEO William Neukom.Sabean, 54, is currently in his 15th year at the helm of the Giants and is the longest-tenured General Manager in Major League Baseball. During his 14 years as GM, he has guided the club to five post-season berths, including last years World Series Championship.A 26-year veteran of professional baseball, Sabeans distinguished baseball pedigree has transformed San Francisco into the National Leagues third-winningest team over the past 14 seasons behind only Atlanta and St. Louis. Since Sabean assumed the GM reins at the end of the 1996 season, the Giants have won two National League pennants (2002, 2010), four NL West Division flags (1997, 2000 and 2003, 2010), been a Wild Card entry (2002) and forced a Wild Card tie-breaker game with Chicago in 1998. On two other occasions, the club was eliminated from post-season contention on the last day of the season.Honored as the 2010 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA, the New Hampshire native assembled the teams first world championship since 1954 last season by building a team around a homegrown pitching staff and a veteran roster. With a renewed commitment to building through player development, an improved farm system and one of the most effective runs of drafting, the Giants were named the 2010 Baseball America Organization of the Year.Sabeans 14 years as the Giants architect is the longest run by a general manager in the clubs history, surpassing Spec Richardson (seven seasons, 1975-81), Al Rosen (seven seasons, 1986-92) and Tom Haller (five seasons, 1981-85). He also owns the longest tenure with the same club among active general managers.Before coming to San Francisco, Sabean served in the Yankees organization as director of scouting from 1986-90 and as vice president of player developmentscouting from 1990-92. During that time, the Yankees farm system became one of baseballs finest, featuring such players as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera. From 1993 to 1994, Sabean served as Giants senior vice president of player personnel. From 1994 to 1996, he served as the Giants assistant to the general manager and vice president of scoutingplayer personnel.Bochy, 55, completed his fourth season as the manager of the Giants and guided the 2010 club to their first-ever World Series title in San Francisco history and first championship since 1954. He became the sixth manager to guide at least two different National League franchises to World Series appearances and he became the fourth skipper to win a title at the helm of the Giants, joining John McGraw (1905, 1921-22), Bill Terry (1933) and Leo Durocher (1954).One of baseballs most qualified and experienced managers, Bochy recently completed his 16th-consecutive year as a big league manager, the second-longest stint by an active manager behind Tony LaRussa (32 years). In his 16 years he has compiled a 1,274-1,300 (.495) career ledger. He is currently fourth among active big league skippers for wins and is 33rd on the all-time list. During his four-year tenure with the Giants, the team has posted a 323-325 (.498) record.The winningest manager in San Diego history, Bochy spent 12 years at the helm of the Padres, compiling a 951-975 (.494) career mark while leading his club to the post season four times and five winning campaigns.He was named the National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in 1996 and was honored as the leagues top skipper by The Sporting News in both 1996 and 1998. He guided the Padres to the National League West title in 1996, 98, 2005 and 06, while leading the 1998 charge to a club-record 98 victories, a National League pennant and a berth in the World Series against the Yankees.Bochy also served as San Diegos third base coach in 1993 and 1994, before matriculating to the managers chair on October 21, 1994. The Poway, CA resident was the only uniformed person to be a part of all five of the Padres post-season appearances, including as a player in 1984 and as the manager in 1996, 98, 2005 and 06.The Florida State University product spent parts of nine seasons in the majors as a catcher with the Astros, Mets and Padres. He hit .239 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI in 358 games. Bochy was a post-season participant twice as a player, appearing with the 1980 Astros and 1984 Padres.

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NBA expands use of Replay Center for 2016-17 season

NBA expands use of Replay Center for 2016-17 season

NEW YORK – The NBA announced Friday that it will expand use of the Replay Center beginning with the 2016-17 regular season.

This season, active referees in the NBA Replay Center will be responsible for determining the outcome of all replay situations except for player altercations and flagrant fouls, which will continue to be decided by on-court referees.  Examples of replays that will now be determined by the NBA Replay Center are foul calls coinciding with shot-clock violations as well as clear-path and end-of-quarter fouls.   

Last season, the second year for the state-of-the-art NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J., current referees were added to the Replay Center for all games to make decisions on certain replay situations and facilitate the on-court review of others.  The Replay Center ruled on 72 percent of all replays and the average review time for all replays was 31.9 seconds, a reduction of nearly 25 percent from the 2014-15 season (42.0 seconds).

For the 2016-17 season, on-court referees will continue to trigger all replay reviews.  Replays determined by referees in the Replay Center will continue to be communicated to an on-court referee for administration of the call.  The current standard for overturning a call made on the floor (“clear and convincing evidence”) will remain for all replay reviews.  

The expanded use of the NBA Replay Center was unanimously approved by the Board of Governors.  Measures to extend both the coaching box and the players’ substitution box were also approved.

In July, the Board of Governors approved rules changes for the 2016-17 season pertaining to deliberate away-from-the-play fouls. 

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No Indians first pitch for 'Wild Thing' in World Series


No Indians first pitch for 'Wild Thing' in World Series

CLEVELAND -- Wild Thing will have to stay in the bullpen during the World Series.

While actor Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the movie "Major League" offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games, Major League Baseball said the choices have already been made.

A spokesman told the AP on Friday that MLB has worked with the Indians to identify "former franchise greats" to throw out the first pitch for the games in Cleveland. An announcement is expected early next week.

The Indians host Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. If necessary, Cleveland will host Games 6 and 7 on Nov. 1-2.

There had been a movement by fans on social media for Sheen to throw the first pitch and be part of the pregame festivities.

Sheen got wind of the buzz and responded on Twitter, posting a photo of himself as Vaughn in his Indians uniform and wrote, "Major League continues to be the gift that keeps on giving! if called upon, I'd be honored."

Sheen made an appearance during the playoffs at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs beat Los Angeles in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Released in 1989, "Major League" is a fictional account of the Indians finishing in first place with an unconventional group of players including Vaughn, who struggled to find the strike zone and warmed up to "Wild Thing," a No. 1 hit song in 1966 by The Troggs.

The real Cleveland Indians, who overcame injuries to win the AL Central, before knocking off Boston and Toronto in the playoffs, took a page from "Major League" this season.

Slugger Mike Napoli and second baseman Jason Kipnis constructed a shrine in an empty clubhouse stall between their lockers like one in the movie. In the film, character Pedro Cerrano practices Voodoo and prays to an idol named, "Jobu" to help him hit curveballs.

Like Cerrano, Napoli and Kipnis have their own "Jobu" and have left gifts, including small bottles of rum and cigars, to keep them out of hitting slumps.