Angry Mets GM Alderson rips Giants fans


Angry Mets GM Alderson rips Giants fans

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WASHINGTON New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson is tweaked in a major way that the Giants Pablo Sandoval will start at third base for the National League All-Star squad.

Sandoval, along with catcher Buster Posey and outfielder Melky Cabrera, rode a surge of votes from Giants fans to be elected a starter. Sandovals election came as the biggest shock, since he missed 40 games with a broken hand and Mets third baseman David Wright has led the NL in hitting most of the season.

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Alderson took to his Twitter account, which he hadnt used since posting a photo of his dog in April:

Wright vs.Sandoval: A city of 8 million was outvoted by a city of 800,000. Sandy Alderson (@MetsGM) July 2, 2012
Alderson wasnt done there.ASG election of "Kung Fu Panda" shows the value of a cute nickname. Surprised Giants fans didn't elect a "ball dude" to start at 3B. Sandy Alderson (@MetsGM) July 3, 2012
Although almost no one would argue that Sandoval is more worthy of the start than Wright, its another thing for a high-ranking official to vent publicly about it. Alderson was the longtime GM in Oakland, so perhaps hes got some longstanding Giant-related issues that hes working through as well.

The pro-Giant surge in the final week of online voting might have been ridiculous (Freddy Sanchez, who hasnt played all season, finished fourth among second basemen with nearly 3 million votes), but MLB Commissioner Bud Selig didnt see anything wrong with it.

They are sold out there every day and every night," Selig said on a conference call. "They reacted the way they did. ... I think for the most part, the lineups are very, very good.

Selig pointed out that the Giants were helped out by being at home during the final week of voting; with free wireless Internet access in the ballpark, fans could vote up to 25 times on each mobile device per day.

Selig saw no need to change the system based on Sundays results.

"We have built in enough safeguards, which we didn't have in the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s and even the '90s, so I'm comfortable where we are, Selig said.

Selig said the Giants flood of votes did not compare to the results in 1957, when ballot stuffing in Cincinnati led to seven Reds in the NL starting lineup. Commissioner Ford Frick stepped in and substituted Willie Mays and Hank Aaron for Reds players Wally Post and Gus Bell. Fans werent allowed to vote again until 1970.

Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Faced with a crowded depth chart and a need for a roster spot, the Giants shipped right-hander Chris Heston to Seattle on Wednesday night.

The Mariners announced the deal shortly after 7pm PT on Wednesday.

Heston, who made 31 starts and threw a no-hitter for the Giants in 2015, would have been designated for assignment had a deal not gotten done. The Giants will receive a player to be named later. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for closer Mark Melancon, who signed Monday. 

Heston, 28, filled in after injuries to veterans in 2015 and posted a 3.95 ERA and 12 wins, one of which was a no-hitter in New York. He was a first-half savior for an unhealthy staff, going 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA in 18 starts before the All-Star break. The long season caught up to Heston down the stretch, and the Giants filled their rotation that December with free agents Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. 

Heston made just four appearances in 2016 after being moved to the bullpen. It was a transition that didn't quite take, and he ended up back in the minors, making 14 starts for the River Cats as he worked to regain some of the velocity that was lost when he dropped 15 pounds during offseason workouts. An oblique injury led to Heston being put on the 60-day DL in June and ultimately ended his season. 

This represents a needed fresh start for Heston, who was hopelessly blocked in the Giants’ system. The Giants acquired Matt Moore at the deadline and Ty Blach and Matt Cain will compete for the final rotation spot. Veteran Albert Suarez and top pitching prospect Tyler Beede are among the starters who had jumped ahead of Heston. In Seattle, he joins a team in need of starting depth, and he should get a shot to return to a big league rotation.

Kuiper has been told to expect many boring ninth innings from Melancon

Kuiper has been told to expect many boring ninth innings from Melancon

Over the last three seasons, nobody has registered more saves than new Giants closer Mark Melancon.

The three-time All-Star is 131 for 141 in save opportunities over that span.

Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper spoke with Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo about what Melancon brings to the table.

"Mike (Krukow) and I both talked to F.P. and he basically said, 'He's boring. The ninth inning is boring.' And we were like, 'Really? Wow. We haven't seen that in awhile.' So a boring ninth inning would be good for everybody," Kuiper said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. "Our fans, it would certainly be good for our manager and pitching coach because those two guys had to wear it."

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The Giants blew 30 saves in 2016 -- the most in baseball -- and Giants GM Bobby Evans made it very clear from the moment the season ended that adding a closer was the team's top priority.

San Francisco is confident assimilating Melancon won't be an issue.

He looks like one of those guys who will fit into the clubhouse immediately," Kuiper said.