Corky Black wins CSN's All-Star Teacher Award


Corky Black wins CSN's All-Star Teacher Award

June 11, 2011

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES WINNEROF 2011 ALL-STAR TEACHER AWARD Robert Corky Black of Oak Grove High School, San Jose, CA Named 2011 All-Star Teacher,20,000 Check for His School Presented in His HonorEachAll-Star Teacher Award Runner-Up to Receive 2,000 for HisHer School SAN FRANCISCO, CA Comcast SportsNet, the home of Authentic Bay Area Sports,announced today that Robert Corky Black of Oak Grove High School in San Jose is the winner of the2011 All-Star Teacher Award and has been presented a 20,000 check for his school.This year,Comcast SportsNet teamed with Provident Credit Union to increase the grand prize for the winning teachers school, up from 10,000 in past years. EachAll-Star Teacher Award runner-up will receive 2,000 for hisher school.Ted Griggs, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; Heidi Parks, Provident Credit Union Vice President of Marketing; Rachelle Chong, Comcast California Regional Vice President of Government Affairs; and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt presented Black the 20,000 check during an on-field ceremony prior to this evenings San Francisco GiantsCincinnati Reds game at AT&T Park. Comcast SportsNet and Provident Credit Union are honored to name Robert Black the 2011 All-Star Teacherand to present him a 20,000 check for Oak Grove High School, said Ted Griggs, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Mr. Black has demonstrated tireless dedication and loyalty to his school and community, and thanks to his commitment he has been able to help shape the lives of his young students. We would also like to recognize and thank the other finalists and all the award nominees for their invaluable contributions to their students and communities.Heidi Parks, Vice President of Marketing, Provident Credit Union, stated, Provident Credit Union is honored to take part in such an amazing award that recognizes the tireless efforts of teachers within our community. All of the finalists demonstrated such a high level of dedication to their students' education, and they are all to be commended. On behalf of all Provident members, we congratulate Mr. Black on his achievement. TheAll-Star Teacher Award was created to recognize middle and high school teachers in Northern California who go above and beyond to inspire their students and community. An esteemed panel of community leaders selected five finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment, Excellence in Teaching, Rapport with Students, and Level of Distinction. This years five finalists were Robert Corky Black of Oak Grove High School (San Jose, CA);Stefanie Blanco of James Lick High School (San Jose, CA); Victor Doan of San Leandro High School (San Leandro, CA); Ken Klieman of Bowditch Middle School (Foster City, CA); and Tony Manno of Alameda High School (Alameda, CA).Members of the public voted for the All-Star Teacher finalists from April 18 to June 5 by voting online at and 2007, Michael Meneses of Presidio Middle School in San Francisco, CA was the inauguralAll-Star Teacher Award recipient. Allen Nakamura of Alameda High School in Alameda, CA was named the2008 All-Star Teacher, and Jessica Schelegle of Sacred Heart School in Saratoga, CA was the2009 All-Star Teacher winner. Last years 2010All-Star Teacher was Zachary Swan of Jefferson High School in Daly City, CA.About Provident Credit Union:
Provident Credit Union is a 1.6 billion financial institution with over 96,000 members and 18 community branches in the Bay Area. The Redwood Shores-based credit union has proudly served the Bay Area since 1950. The full-service credit union offers everything from checking and savings accounts through mortgages, auto loans, mutual funds and home and auto insurance. Provident began as the California Teachers Association Credit Union and expanded over the years to include those who live and work in the surrounding counties of the Bay Area and beyond. More information is available at About Comcast Sports Group:
Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Groups sports networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. Mountain West Sports Network, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest. Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see

Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


Samardzija dials up seven strong innings as Giants take series from Pirates


SAN FRANCISCO -- Brandon Belt doubled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning in support of starter Jeff Samardzija, who threw seven strong innings in the San Francisco Giants' 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

Pinch-hitter Miguel Gomez doubled to lead off the seventh for the Giants, who won their second straight and third of five. Denard Span sacrificed him to third and Belt drove a ball to left field that Starling Marte seemed to have trouble finding. It fell in front of him, allowing Gomez to score.

Adam Frazier drove in a run for the Pirates, who lost their fourth in five following a six-game winning streak.

Samardzija (5-11) allowed a run and four hits, striking out eight and walking two in winning for the first time since July 2. He had allowed 12 runs in his previous 10 1/3 innings.

Pirates starter Trevor Williams pitched well, allowing a run and five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out two.

Tony Watson (5-3) pitched the seventh and took the loss.

Hunter Strickland pitched a spotless eighth and Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Each pitcher worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the early going. Samardzija struck out Josh Bell to open the second and then allowed four consecutive baserunners, including Frazier's double. He helped himself with a bare-handed grab of high hopper to record an out at the plate.

The Giants loaded the bases with one out in the first, with Brandon Crawford driving in a run on a groundout.

Pirates: OF Gregory Polanco (hamstring) is resuming baseball activities. He is hitting and playing catch and riding on a stationary bike. ... Austin Meadows, the Pirates' top prospect, has been hitting and throwing and is scheduled to resume playing games next week.

Giants: OF Carlos Moncrief had his contract purchased from Sacramento and will be used as a pinch-hitter and spot starter. ... RHP Johnny Cueto (blister) threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session before the game. He's scheduled to throw again Friday and if all goes well, will likely return to action. ... RHP Mark Melancon (right pronater strain) threw 30 pitches before the game and will throw again in Los Angeles either another bullpen or to hitters. He could start a rehab assignment soon after.

Pirates: Chad Kuhl (3-7, 4.92 ERA) gets the call in Friday's series opener at San Diego. He's won his only start against the Padres.

Giants: LHP Matt Moore (3-10, 5.82 ERA) starts the series opener at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. He's 2-2 in four career starts at Dodger Stadium.

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez thanks Giants after trade: 'I will be forever grateful'

Eduardo Nuñez's stint with the San Francisco Giants lasted just under a year.

After the Giants acquired the infielder from the Twins on July 28, 2016, they shipped him off to Boston for two minor league pitchers on July 25, 2017.

On Wednesday, the day after Nuñez was traded mid-game, he went to Instagram to thank the Giants' organization and the fans for his year in San Francisco. 

Between the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017, Nuñez slashed .293./331/.417 and swiped 31 bags. 

The Giants and his teammates also took to social media to thank Nuñez for his time.