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 The former infielder originally made his coaching debut in the Padres system as the hitting coach for short-season Eugene in 2007.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

LeBron doesn't care about long Finals odds: 'I only play blackjack in Vegas'

LeBron doesn't care about long Finals odds: 'I only play blackjack in Vegas'

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James says the challenge of facing the Golden State Warriors in the Finals is “up there” with any of his career.

Appearing in his seventh straight Finals, James knows the Cleveland Cavaliers are underdogs as they prepare to the play the Western Conference champions for the third straight year. This version of the Warriors is even scarier than previous ones as Kevin Durant is now playing with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

James was in a similar situation in Miami when he went up against San Antonio and a roster of future Hall of Famers.

The three-time champion said playing Golden State is “going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise.”

Reminded that Las Vegas oddsmakers had made him an underdog in six of his eight Finals, James quipped, “I only play blackjack in Vegas anyway, so it doesn’t matter.”


Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

Shanahan delegates offensive duties to 49ers staff

SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan will retain the role he held the past nine seasons in his first year as head coach of the 49ers.

Shanahan eschewed the formality of naming an offensive coordinator because he will keep those duties for himself. Still, Shanahan made it clear that he alone will not be able to fix the 49ers’ offense.

Shanahan has assembled a supporting cast that he said makes him comfortable to delegate responsibilities whenever his attention has to be focused on something other than the team’s offense.

“I mix it up,” said Shanahan, who previously held offensive coordinator roles with Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta. “Different guys have different attributes.”

Mike McDaniel and Mike LaFleur joined Shanahan after time together on the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive staff. McDaniel is the run-game specialist, while LaFleur, the wide receivers coach, is the pass-game specialist.

Tight ends coach Jon Embree, formerly the head coach at Colorado, is Shanahan’s assistant head coach. Shanahan said Embree has a vocal role on his staff.

Moreover, long-time NFL running backs coach Bobby Turner is a trusted assistant after spending 14 seasons in Denver and four more in Washington with Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s father. Turner coached under Kyle Shanahan the past two seasons with the Falcons.

”Bobby Turner’s been an assistant head coach for our teams we’ve had in the past and anytime that I need him to take over, he does,” Shanahan said. “So it depends what period it is, depends what we’re talking about.”

The 49ers opened organized team activities last week. It was the first time the 49ers’ rookies and veterans were together on the field for offense vs. defense practices. Shanahan said it takes some adjustment for him to figure out how to best budget his time during the workouts.

“I’m used to knowing exactly where to go and what to do and I always did that from an offensive coordinator standpoint which I still do a lot of those responsibilities,” Shanahan said. “So, at times, I feel most comfortable when I go to do that because that’s something to do. But, when I pass it over to some other guys and let them do it, I find myself walking around a lot and I’m not used to that.

“It feels awkward, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I think I should walk around and watch everyone and see it. I always see it on the tape, but that’s later at night. You want players to know you’re there and paying attention to everything and I usually try to cover that in meetings the next day also.”