Giants extend Freddy Sanchez's contract


Giants extend Freddy Sanchez's contract


SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The San Francisco Giants and infielder Freddy Sanchez have reached an extension on a one-year contract for the 2012 season, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.

The 33-year-old Sanchez is in his 10th Major League season, his third with San Francisco. The three-time All-Star batted .292 (126-for-431) with 22 doubles, seven home runs and 47 RBI in his first full season with the Giants last year. He was particularly impressive with the glove, posting a .991 fielding pct. (4 errors, 458tc), which was third-best among National League second basemen, behind David Eckstein (1.000) and Brandon Phillips (.996).

In his first career postseason last year, he batted .254 (16-for-63) with four doubles and three RBI in 15 games to help the Giants win their first World Series title in San Francisco history. His four hits in Game 1 of the World Series vs. Texas, tied a franchise record and he became the first player in Major League history with three doubles in his first three World Series at-bats.

Sanchez, who won the 2006 NL batting title, is a lifetime .298 hitter in 845 games with Boston (2002-03), Pittsburgh (2004-09) and San Francisco (2009-2011).

Courtesy San Francisco Giants media services.

Raiders select OL David Sharpe in fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Raiders select OL David Sharpe in fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Offensive tackle
College: Florida
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 343 pounds
Selection: Fourth round, No. 129 overall

ALAMEDA – Donald Penn’s career is winding down. Their right tackle position is unset long-term, meaning the Raiders must look toward the future when it comes to the position.

Florida’s David Sharpe will get a chance to earn a starting tackle spot in time. He’s a massive individual, something offensive line coach Mike Tice prefers in his players. His long arms help keep rushers at bay, and he can block well on the move in the run game.

Analysts says he isn’t flexible or as agile as other lineman, and is better on his own off the edge than working on combination blocks.

The Raiders have great insight on Sharpe, considering head coach Jack Del Rio’s son Luke is Florida’s quarterback.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said Sharpe is legally blind in his right eye, a claim Sharpe disputed leading up to the NFL Draft. He called it an unfounded rumor at Florida’s pro day, saying that his vision is fine.

Sharpe won’t be counted on to start this season, with Pro Bowler Donald Penn anchoring the left side and a trio of Marshall Newhouse, Austin Howard and Vadal Alexander compete to start at right tackle.

The Raiders have one of the best offensive lines in football, status they’d like to retain by bringing in young blood to fill vacancies when they come.

49ers trade up, pick RB Joe Williams in fourth round of 2017 NFL Draft

49ers trade up, pick RB Joe Williams in fourth round of 2017 NFL Draft

Position: Running back
College: Utah
Height: 5-11
Weight: 210
Selection: Fourth round, No. 121 overall

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers traded up in the fourth round to select Utah running back Joe Williams.

The 49ers traded up to No. 121 overall in general manager John Lynch’s sixth trade of the draft. Just minutes earlier, the 49ers acquired Kapri Bibbs in a trade with the Denver Broncos.

The 49ers traded up in the fourth round with Indianapolis to select Williams. The 49ers dealt No. 143 in the fourth round and No. 161 of the fifth round to the Colts to complete the trade.

Williams, who ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, rushed for 1,407 yards and 10 touchdowns on 210 rushing attempts in nine games. He also caught nine passes for 107 yards.

Williams walked away from the team two weeks into last season but was welcomed back. He was welcomed back to the team and rushed for 332 yards against UCLA.

Former 49ers head coach Dennis Erickson, who was Utah’s running backs coach, later explained Williams’ brief “retirement.”

"I knew he was down a little bit at the beginning of the year," Erickson said. "He fumbled a couple of times. Mentally, he was drained a little bit. Physically, he was not feeling very good."

Williams had 278 all-purpose yards to be named MVP of the Foster Farms Bowl against Indiana at Levi’s Stadium.

On a conferene call with Bay Area reporters, Williams explained his personal struggle of the past 10 years that led to him stepping away from the game:

"I had to lay it out on the line (to teams) that football is what I drink and breathe. It's what I wake up for in the morning and it's how I want to provide for my family. They knew at first they wanted to understand how I could walk away from football, but after I tell them how it came to be, I felt they were empathetic about it and they understand that sometimes you have to put things on hold to do what's right.

"My sister (Kylee, 7 years old) had passed away in 2006. She died in my hands. She died on Sunday, June 19th. She'd been in and out of the hospital that Friday and Saturday. She had fell unconscious and . . . just the guilt and shame I always put upon myself because I didn't act quickly enough with my parents or call 911, I thought it was my fault. Going through high school and college, I was getting counseling.

"Coming into this season, a lot of the emotions were coming to the forefront, and I was trying to deal them the best way I could. As the season started, and I knew my mental health wasn't where it needed to be, I knew the best option for me was to sit down in front of my wife and my coaches and just tell them where I was at. It came to the decision that stepping back at that time would be for my best interest -- not only for football but for life after football.

"I did a lot of soul-searching. I got my sister's tattoo on my left arm. I was doing everything necessary to finally come to peace with her death. . .  I finally forgave myself."