Giants release statement on Huff signing

Giants release statement on Huff signing

Nov. 23, 2010

Editor's Note: In addition to today's news conference, tune in to Chronicle Live tonight at 5pm when Greg Papa is joined by newly-signed Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff!
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have re-signed Aubrey Huff to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2013 season, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.One of San Franciscos most valuable players in his first season with the World Champions in 2010, Huff established himself as a formidable presence in the middle of the batting order, hitting .290 (165-for-569) with 35 doubles, 26 home runs and 86 RBI in 157 games. Huff, who finished seventh in the MVP voting, led the team in nearly every offensive category, including batting average, home runs, RBI, hits, walks (83), on-base pct. (.385) and slugging pct. (.506). He also ranked 10th in the National League in on-base pct. plus slugging (OPS) with an .891 mark, and was fifth in the league with 28 go-ahead RBI, and seventh with 14 game-winning RBI. Were extremely excited to be able to re-sign Aubrey, said Sabean. He was an integral part in the teams success last season, not only with his outstanding play in the field, but also providing a great clubhouse presence.

In his first career postseason in 2010, Huff batted .268 (15-for-56) with one home run and eight RBI in 15 games to help the Giants win their first World Series in San Francisco history and first overall since 1954. Huff provided a key two-out game-tying single in the 9th inning in the Giants 3-2 victory over the Braves at Turner Field in Game 3 of the Division Series, then gave the Giants a 2-0 lead in Game 4 of the World Series at Texas, hitting a two-run home run off Tommy Hunter. Huff had ended the 2010 regular season having played in 1,479 games without reaching the postseason, which at that time was the third-longest postseason drought. Over 11 Major League seasons, Huff has hit .280 or better seven times, while accruing seven 20-homer campaigns, five years with at least 30 doubles and three seasons with over 100 RBI. His 26 home runs in 2010 was the fourth-highest total by a player in his first season with the Giants since the team moved to San Francisco in 1958. Only Barry Bonds (46 in 1993), Jeff Kent (29 in 1997) and J.T. Snow (28 in 1997) had more in their first years with the Giants. Huff, who will turn 34 on December 20, has played multiple positions extensively, logging time at third base (360 games), first base (420 games) and in the outfield (308), mostly in right (271 games). His versatility was an important factor in the Giants success in 2010 as he played errorless defense in both left (24 starts) and right field (33 starts), and committed just three errors all season, all of which came at first base (97 starts). Drafted by Tampa Bay in the fifth round of the 1998 June draft, the Marion, OH native has posted a lifetime .283 average (1,556-for-5,505) with 329 doubles, 229 home runs and 838 RBI in 1,479 Major League games with Tampa Bay (2000-06), Houston (2006), Baltimore (2007-09), Detroit (2009) and San Francisco (2010).
Courtesy San Francisco Giants Media Services

Former Stanford star scores winning goal for USA in Gold Cup victory


Former Stanford star scores winning goal for USA in Gold Cup victory

SANTA CLARA -- As the victorious American players bounced so hard the podium shook, medals round their necks, a beaming Bruce Arena in the back raised his arms to the air right along with them as gold confetti began to fall.

The U.S. resurgence is off to an impressive start since Arena returned late last year. Another CONCACAF Gold Cup crown, and now on to more important business: qualifying for next year's World Cup.

Former Stanford star Jordan Morris scored a tiebreaking goal in the 88th minute, and the United States beat Jamaica 2-1 on Wednesday night for its sixth Gold Cup title and first since 2013.

Jozy Altidore's goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute beat backup goalkeeper Dwayne Miller after Jamaica captain Andre Blake left early with a hand injury.

Je-Vaughn Watson tied the score when he got away from Morris for a 4-yard volley off Kemar Lawrence's 50th-minute corner kick.

Morris, who left nearby Stanford in his junior year, has won the 2015 NCAA title, the 2016 MLS championship with Seattle and now the 2017 Gold Cup. He got the breakthrough goal with a 14-yard right-footed shot after Gyasi Zardes crossed.

"I was nervous. It was my guy that scored on the goal, so I was trying to make up for it any way that I could," Morris said. "Obviously. I take responsibility for that. But luckily I could put one in the back of the net."

Jermaine Taylor tried to clear with a header and the ball was knocked by Clint Dempsey with a leg back to Morris. It was the fifth international goal for the 22-year-old Morris, who tied 16-year-old Canadian Alphonso Davies for the tournament lead with three goals.

"That was like a dagger in the heart," Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said.

The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games (9-0-5) under Arena, who became the first coach to win three Gold Cup titles.

"Bruce brought in a new energy," goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "He just gave us a tremendous lift."

U.S. captain Michael Bradley earned the Golden Ball at the tournament's top player.

The Americans had a chance in the 19th minute when Altidore's swerving 30-yard shot was parried by Blake, who dived left and then beat Kellyn Acosta to the rebound at the 6-yard box. Acosta collided with Blake and appeared to kick the keeper's right hand before Jamaica's Damion Lowe cleared. Blake's hand was wrapped but he couldn't continue and was replaced by Miller four minutes later. As Blake left the field, he acknowledged the cheering fans with a wave of his left hand, then later emerged for the medal ceremony with his hand bandaged after receiving seven stitches. Nothing was broken.

"It was a very unfortunate situation. What to say? Very sad situation," Whitmore said.

Altidore put the U.S. ahead with a curling shot past Miller's outstretched right hand into the upper corner of the net just beneath the crossbar, his 39th goal in 108 appearances.

Lawrence, who scored in a 1-0 semifinal win Sunday against Mexico, took another corner kick in the 75th minute moments after Alvas Powell's shot from close range deflected off Graham Zusi - a sequence that had Howard yelling at the defense.

Using a lineup with about half its regular starters - the rest are in preseason with European clubs - the U.S. reached its record 10th final. The Reggae Boyz were a surprising final opponent after they stunned Mexico in a semifinal Sunday to reach the title match for a second straight time.

With 18 of 22 starters from Major League Soccer, this was a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup semifinal won 2-1 by Jamaica at Atlanta. For the first time since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann in November, Arena kept his lineup unchanged. He inserted the 34-year-old Dempsey in the 55th minute.

Chunks of turf came loose yet again at Levi's Stadium, the $1.2 billion, 3-year-old home of the NFL San Francisco 49ers. The field has been an ongoing issue.

The Americans hope for momentum built during this run as they prepare to resume World Cup qualifying. The U.S faces Costa Rica in a rematch of the Gold Cup semifinal on Sept. 1 at Harrison, New Jersey, and play four days later at Honduras. The hex concludes against Panama on Oct. 6 in Orlando, Florida, and at Trinidad and Tobago four days after.

"We're not worried one bit about World Cup qualifying today. I can promise you that," Bradley said. "This was about a group of guys winning a trophy and that's been the only goal."

Arena already was looking ahead.

"We're a long way from qualifying for a World Cup, and that's the objective, for sure," he said.

Instant Analysis: Casilla blows it in ninth, denies Melvin of 1,000th win

Instant Analysis: Casilla blows it in ninth, denies Melvin of 1,000th win


With two swings, the Blue Jays delivered an absolute gut-punch to the A’s on Wednesday night.

Justin Smoak hit a two-run game-tying homer off Santiago Casilla in the ninth. On the next pitch, Kendrys Morales swatted a walk-off shot to give Toronto a stunning 3-2 victory at the Rogers Center.

That once again denied A’s manager Bob Melvin his 1,000th career victory, which the A’s seemed poised to celebrate. Rookie Paul Blackburn also had a much-deserved victory snatched away from him after he threw seven scoreless innings.

Oakland has dropped three straight north of the border since giving Melvin career win No. 999. A lack of offense doomed them in the first two games of this four-game series, and they got precious little scoring Wedesnday. But Marcus Semien’s two-run homer in the fifth seemed to be all the offense they would need, and the A’s took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Blake Treinen handled the eighth to get the ball to Casilla, who’s had a turbulent ride as the A’s closer after signing a two-year deal to return to Oakland in the offseason. Wednesday’s meltdown accounted for his sixth blown save. He entered the night tied for third for most blown saves in the American League.

The A’s are short on late-inning options after recently trading Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals.