Giants announce minor league coaching staff

Giants announce minor league coaching staff


SAN FRANCISCO, CA The World Champion San Francisco Giants have finalized their minor league coaching staff for the 2011 season.San Francisco's minor league affiliates put together another successful year in 2010 with its farm system producing the fourth best record (409-355, .535) in all of organized baseball. The Giants organization also had three of their seven affiliates make the playoffs, including the California League Champion San Jose Giants who won their second consecutive championship as well as their fourth in the last six seasons. The Dominican Summer League Giants were also crowned champions of their respective league. The Arizona Rookie League Giants advanced to the postseason, but lost in the semi-finals. The Augusta Greenjackets had the best overall record in their league, although missed making the postseason as they did not win their first or second half titles. In addition, the San Francisco Giants were named as Baseball Americas 2010 Organization of the Year for thriving with homegrown players in the minor leagues as well as at the Major League level.There have been minimal changes to the Giants coaching ranks as Steve Decker (triple-A Fresno), Tom Trebelhorn (short-season Salem-Keizer), Mike Goff (rookie-level Arizona) and Jesus Tavarez (Dominican Summer League Giants) will remain at their managerial posts. Dave Machemer, who managed at Class A Augusta last year, will take over the helm at double-A Richmond, while Andy Skeels, who managed that club last season, will be the skipper for Class A Advanced San Jose for the second time in his career. The only new addition to the Giants minor league managerial ranks is Lipso Nava, who will be making his managerial debut at Augusta, after spending the previous three seasons as that teams hitting coach. The only new staff member in 2011 is hitting coach Jose Flores for Augusta.Flores, 37, will be embarking on his second stint within the Giants organization after previously playing for San Francisco in 2006 as a minor leaguer. The New York, NY native had spent the previous four seasons coaching and managing in San Diegos minor league system. The former infielder originally made his coaching debut in the Padres system as the hitting coach for short-season Eugene in 2007. Flores played 13 seasons in the minor leagues with Philadelphia (1994-1999), Seattle (1999-2000), Colorado (2001), Oakland (2002-03), Los Angeles-NL (2004-05), Cleveland (2006) and San Francisco (2006). He appeared in 16 games in the Majors with Oakland and Los Angeles-NL, hitting .143 (1-for-7). The Greenjackets' newest hitting coach was originally selected in the 34th round by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1994 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Texas.Roving instructors and medical staff for the upcoming season include: Fred Stanley - Director of Player Development; Shane Turner Coordinator of Instruction; Bert Bradley Coordinator of Minor League Pitching; Bob Mariano Coordinator of Minor League Hitting; Joe Amalfitano Special Assistant; Jim Davenport Special Assistant; Lee Smith Roving Pitching Instructor; J.T. Snow - Special Assistant; Jose Alguacil Roving Infield Instructor; Henry Cotto Roving Baserunning and Outfield Instructor; Shawon Dunston - Instructor; Kirt Manwaring Roving Catching Instructor; Jay Williams Coordinator of Minor League Trainers; Tony Reale Organizational Physical Therapist; Geoff Head Coordinator of Minor League Strength and Conditioning.
Courtesy San Francisco Giants media services

Casspi thanks Kings after trade to Pelicans: 'Definitely isn't easy'


Casspi thanks Kings after trade to Pelicans: 'Definitely isn't easy'

The Kings traded Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, prompting the forward to post a heartfelt message on his Instagram account.

I want to thank the Sacramento Kings organization for the opportunity to play basketball in front of the great fans of Sacramento. My wife and I felt in Sacramento like being home and this is something we both will cherish for ever. This definitely isn't easy for me and my family to leave, and you all know how much I love our city, organization and fans but the time has come. I want to wish nothing but success to my Kings. I will definitely will follow and cheer from afar. 
Always a big part of my heart, 
Omri #18

Casspi, 28, averaged 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 18 minutes per game for the Kings this year.

A's spring training Day 7: Rosales readies himself everywhere

A's spring training Day 7: Rosales readies himself everywhere

MESA, Ariz. — Adam Rosales has a real simple plan for which infield position he chooses to try to get work at.

“Wherever there’s less guys, I go over there,” he explained with a smile.

The sun came out and the A’s finally got on the field for their first full-squad workout Monday after being rained out Sunday. That meant Rosales, back for his second go-round as an Athletic, got his first chance to prepare for what figures to be a super-utility role, which is how he’s carved out a nine-year major league career.

All indications are that he’ll be the primary backup infielder, capable of spelling Jed Lowrie at second base, Marcus Semien at shortstop, Trevor Plouffe at third and even fill in at first base or left field in a pinch.

Though Rosales, who spent 2010-12 with Oakland and re-signed in January on a one-year $1.25 million deal, is well-versed in preparing himself all over the diamond, one position in particular is one that he says is most difficult to master in limited time.

“Shortstop,” he offered without hesitation. “There’s a lot more going on there, a lot less room for error. At shortstop, especially with a guy like Mike Trout running, you’ve got to be in good rhythm, good timing, get rid of the ball and make an accurate throw.”

Depending on how the A’s prioritize their 25-man roster, Rosales could very well be the only backup infielder. That means fellow infielders Joey Wendle and Chad Pinder would start in the minors if the A’s were to keep a fifth outfielder or third catcher. But because the A’s have some players who can fill in at multiple spots, there’s numerous ways they can choose to configure the roster when it comes time to pare it down.

Rosales, 33, said walking back into the A’s clubhouse for the first time made him “feel like I’m back home.” So much of the support staff — equipment guys, clubhouse guys — are the same as when he was here before. He was also happy to see former infield mate Mark Ellis walk through the door Sunday. He says Ellis, a teammate from 2010-11, instilled in him the importance of being a great defender. Ellis is working as a part-time spring instructor.

“He told me, the No. 1 reason he was in the big leagues was because of this,” Rosales said, holding up his glove. “I was such a young player then. I’d always work with him, how to turn double plays. Just to have him around is awesome.”

NOTEWORTHY: Sonny Gray and Kendall Graveman were among the pitchers who faced hitters for the first time this season. Bruce Maxwell caught Gray, his first time behind the plate with Gray other than the one inning Gray threw in an abbreviated start at Anaheim toward the end of last season. Maxwell said Gray’s changeup in particular looked good.

Manager Bob Melvin has been very impressed early on with Graveman’s command. Graveman said he’s trying to improve his changeup, in an effort to induce weak contact from righties and get them on the their front foot, which could then make him more effective on the inside corner.

CAMP BATTLE: There could be a good fight for the seventh and final spot in the bullpen, and it would seem being left-handed could give someone an edge. Sean Doolittle is the only lefty currently projected among the A’s top six relievers. Melvin had good things to say about Daniel Coulombe, a lefty who made 35 appearances in relief last year and also saw a bit of time with Oakland in 2015. Coulombe posted a 4.53 ERA last season but struck out 54 in 47 2/3 innings.