Cal AD: Five teams to know fate within 10 days


Cal AD: Five teams to know fate within 10 days

Feb. 1, 2011COLLEGE PAGE staff

The five sports targeted for elimination at Cal due to budget limitations will know their status within 10 days, according to a letter from athletic director Sandy Barbour to the university's donor community.

In September the university moved to eliminate baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics, and lacrosse to reduce the athletic department's budget by 4 million and keep Cal in compliance with Title IX gender equity requirements.

Monday was reportedly the university's deadline for a final decision on those sports but a source close to the situation told there will be a "few days reprieve" amidst hopes that the effort could be met by a positive report from the UC Berkeley Chancellor.

The Save Cal Sports group reportedly has raised 16 million in an effort to save the five teams -- baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area was provided a copy of email from the Save the Cal Baseball committee, as well as an email from Barbour (full text below) to donors.

According to Save Cal Sports' Web site, the University and the Chancellor's office "have stated that the number for reinstatement of all five programs is 25 million."

The following is correspondence from Barbour to Cal Bear Backers:

Dear Cal Bear Backers,With the end of January now upon us, we have reached the point when we need to provide clarity for the future of the teams directly impacted by our program cuts. As you know, several months ago we established Jan. 31 as the deadline to determine whether new philanthropic efforts could generate the money necessary to reinstate them past the end of their 2011 seasons.We are now in the process of taking a careful look at the results of the fundraising work in order to fully understand the level and extent of the commitments, giving them as much due diligence as possible. The deep devotion you - our donors - have for this University has been made only more obvious by the sincere attempt to address the challenges facing our department during these difficult economic times.Our criteria, though, have remained the same since our announcement last September: to have a viable plan that attends to the long-term economic issues of Cal Athletics - not just for a few years, but in perpetuity - and will build an endowment capable of addressing the department's financial needs without creating an undue burden on its operating budget or undermining our goal to support excellence on the field and in the classroom.We are focused on doing the right thing for those most impacted - our student-athletes and coaches - and every day that passes only limits the options they can consider as far as next year is concerned. We owe it to everyone involved not to let the situation linger and expect to have a final decision within the next 10 days.Thank you again for the work and energy you have put into this effort. We will be in touch again very soon.Sandy BarbourDirector of Athletics

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates

Giants hammer Taillon, return favor with 11-3 win over Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner saw no reason to make a big deal over his first win of the year, even if it came far deeper into the season than anyone expected.

In a season that long ago spun out of control for both San Francisco and its ace, Bumgarner was happier seeing the struggling Giants have one of their best games of the year.

Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

"It was nice to be on the board now individually," Bumgarner said. "But that's not what it's about. It's about us winning games, and we played really good tonight."

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco as he was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. The veteran infielder was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Josh Harrison singled twice for the Pirates, who fell behind 9-0 and couldn't recover. Pittsburgh stranded seven runners in the first five innings, including four in scoring position.

Making his third start since coming off the disabled list after nearly three months following a dirt bike accident in Colorado on April 20, Bumgarner (1-4) was mostly sharp while quieting a potent Pittsburgh lineup and ending the Pirates' seven-game winning streak at AT&T Park.

Three years after pitching a complete game to beat Pittsburgh in the NL wild card on his way to winning the 2014 World Series MVP, Bumgarner pitched out of a pair of early jams, allowed six hits and had four strikeouts.

"He did a nice job," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm sure he's glad to get that (first win) taken care of. Once he went five that was enough."

It's the first win by a Giants starting pitcher since July 5.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

"I didn't make good pitches once they got runners on," Taillon said. "They didn't waste any time. They had a merry-go-round going."

Posey lined a single that hit second base umpire Ed Hickox in the foot and knocked him down in the fifth inning. Hickox slowly got to his feet and was attended to by a member of the Giants medical staff but remained in the game.

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto may need to make a rehab start before rejoining the rotation. Cueto has been hindered by blisters on multiple fingers of his pitching hand, an issue that has lingered for much of the past month. The right-hander played catch from 105 feet before the game. Pablo Sandoval moved from Single-A San Jose to Triple-A Sacramento as he continues to try to work his way back into the big leagues. RHP Chris Stratton was recalled from Sacramento and IF Orlando Calixte was optioned down.

RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-11, 5.05 ERA) pitches the finale for the Giants seeking to beat Pittsburgh for the second time this season while RHP Trevor Williams (4-4, 4.74 ERA) takes the mound for the Pirates looking for his fourth win in the last five road starts.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox.

The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night.

Fox Sports was the first to report the news.

The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.

Anderson, Boston's third-round pick out of Florida in 2016, has a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings between Low-A Greenville and High-A Salem this season.

Santos, a 17-year-old right-handed pitcher, was signed by Boston out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. Pitching in the Dominican Summer League this season, Santos has allowed just three earned runs in 30 innings pitched.

Nunez was lifted for pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and was seen hugging teammates as he left the dugout.

In 75 games with the Giants this season, Nunez hit .308/.334/.417 with 21 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and 17 stolen bases.

Nunez was acquired from the Twins last summer for two prospects.