Lincecum absent from celebration, scratched Sunday

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Lincecum absent from celebration, scratched Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO Two years ago, Tim Lincecum was a holyterror to anyone with a hot microphone in a champagne-soaked clubhouse. He snuckenough four-letter words on the air to make the FCC blush.

But Saturday night, as the Giants celebrated another NL Westtitle, Lincecum was nowhere to be found.

The Giants sent him home early so he could rest up to startSundays day game, manager Bruce Bochy said. Following the clinching victory,the club scratched Lincecum and will replace him with right-hander YusmeiroPetit against the San Diego Padres.

Bochy said Lincecum was contacted and invited to join thecelebration, but the congestion around the ballpark wouldve made it difficult.

Prior to Saturdaysgame, Lincecum was at the park on time; members of the Baseball Writers Association of America presented him withthe annual good guy award for his professionalism in dealing with reportersafter all of his starts, many of which have not gone his way this season.

Even with a much improved second half, Lincecums 4.91 ERAranks 46th out of 47 NL starting pitchers who qualify for the ERAtitle.

Bochy said he would confer with pitching coach Dave Righettito form a plan for the rest of the rotation over the final 10 games.

MLB announces 2016 postseason shares: Giants get close to $2.5 million

MLB announces 2016 postseason shares: Giants get close to $2.5 million

A full Postseason share for the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs was worth $368,871.59, while a full share for the American League Champion Cleveland Indians totaled $261,804.65, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

Last year’s share amounts were $370,069.03 for the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals and $300,757.78 for the 2015 National League Champion New York Mets.

The players’ pool is formed from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series.  The players’ pool was divided among the 10 Postseason Clubs: the two World Series participants, the two League Championship Series runners-up, the four Division Series runners-up and the two runners-up in the Wild Card Games.  The 2016 players’ pool was a record total of $76,627,827.09, eclipsing last year’s $69,882,149.26.

World Series Champions

Chicago Cubs (Share of Players’ Pool: $27,586,017.75; value of each of full share: $368,871.59) – The Cubs issued 66 full shares, a total of 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards.

American League Champions

Cleveland Indians (Share of Players’ Pool: $18,390,678.50; value of each of full share: $261,804.65) – The Indians issued 60 full shares, a total of 8.75 partial shares and 16 cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up

Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,741.24) – The Dodgers issued 65 full shares, a total of 8.285 partial shares and 20 cash awards.

Toronto Blue Jays (Share of Players’ Pool: $9,195,339.25; value of each of full share: $123,045.09) – The Blue Jays issued 66 full shares, a total of 7.75 partial shares and 15 cash awards.

Division Series Runners-Up

Boston Red Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $33,761.22) – The Red Sox issued 61 full shares, a total of 10.686 partial shares and 14 cash awards.

San Francisco Giants (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $36,443.03) – The Giants issued 57 full shares, a total of 10.5 partial shares and nine cash awards.

Texas Rangers (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $38,422.69) – The Rangers issued 54 full shares, a total of 10.19 partial shares and seven cash awards.

Washington Nationals (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,490,404.38; value of each of full share: $35,442.68) – The Nationals issued 60 full shares, a total of 10.209 partial shares and one cash award.

Wild Card Game Runners-Up

Baltimore Orioles (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $18,351.02) – The Orioles issued 52 full shares, a total of 8.36 partial shares and 30 cash awards.

New York Mets (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,149,417.41; value of each of full share: $17,951.65) – The Mets issued 51 full shares, a total of 12.75 partial shares and five cash awards.

MLB media services
 

Vogelsong, current Giants stars helped recruit Melancon

Vogelsong, current Giants stars helped recruit Melancon

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — When Ryan Vogelsong was let go after the 2015 season, many Giants officials insisted that the breakup would be a short one. It’s believed that Vogelsong, a fan favorite and contributor to two title teams, will eventually return in some respect, as a coach or team employee or possibly a member of the broadcast team. 

It turns out Vogelsong, who is currently a free agent, has already been playing a role for the Giants. He was a secret recruiter for Mark Melancon. 

On a conference call to discuss his four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants, Melancon said Vogelsong consistently had good things to say about the Giants when the two played together in Pittsburgh. The veterans were teammates for barely half a season, but Vogelsong, without being asked, often would sing the praises of the place that would become Melancon’s new home. 

“He was very open about how much he liked the Giants organization, and he never had a bad thing to say,” Melancon said. “And that was without prying, because I had no idea this opportunity would come up, and that speaks volumes and that kind of initiated my excitement (about the Giants). My visit to San Francisco (in November) basically proved Ryan’s point, and I saw what a great front office that we have and the ability they have to go out and get guys when they want to. I saw the reason that they’re such a good organization and why they want to win so much and the effort that they put into winning.”

In recent weeks, current Giants joined the effort. Melancon talked to George Kontos, who was a member of the same 2006 Yankees draft class, and Hunter Pence, a former Astros teammate and yoga partner. He listed Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford among the players who reached out.

The process is not a coincidental one. The Giants have focused on building a family atmosphere, and they have benefited from players serving as recruiters. Posey has attended meetings with marquee free agents in previous years, and other players talk quietly during the season about stars who have relayed that they would like to join the organization in the future. 

The list of recruiters has a common thread. Vogelsong has a son who was always around during his Giants tenure. Crawford has three children, Posey has two, and Belt has one. 

Melancon has two daughters, ages five and one, and a two-year-old son. He said the Giants made a big deal about the family-friendly atmosphere in their organization. 

“I’m a huge proponent of making sure that my family is taken care of, and I’m excited about that and all the guys I’ve spoken to on the team have backed that up,” he said. “My wife is extremely excited, and as you know, happy wife, happy life. My kids are already talking about San Francisco and they don’t even know what it is. They know about the Golden Gate Bridge and they’re excited. They’re five, two, and one, and they’re going to bleed black and orange.”

The Melancons will also bring their dog, Lou Holtz, to San Francisco.

The Giants hope the comfort factor leads to Melancon continuing the run that has made him a three-time All-Star. Over the past three seasons, Melancon has an MLB-leading 131 saves, but he has never been part of a team that has won a postseason series. As Melancon narrowed the field, the Giants’ tradition of winning stood out. Had those recruiters all gathered in one room, Melancon would have been looking at 13 World Series rings. 

“It was obvious that this organization knows how to win and that’s their top priority,” he said. “They’re set up with the Gold Glovers up the middle, Buster Posey, Crawford and (Joe) Panik. And being a ground ball guy, that’s a huge priority. Being on the other side, you can tell how much character is in that other clubhouse, so to be able to join it and join the group of guys that are veterans and winning, it was the total package in my opinion.”