Giants' release statement on Sabean and Bochy

Giants' release statement on Sabean and Bochy


SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants Managing General Partner and CEO Bill Neukom today announced that the team has exercised its options for Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean and Field Manager Bruce Bochy for the 2012 campaign. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.Brian and Bruces proven leadership and strategic moves throughout the course of their baseball careers, culminating in last years World Series Championship, distinguishes them as two of the best minds in all of baseball. This decision reflects our confidence in their abilities to build upon last years success and to steer us toward being perennial contenders, said Managing General Partner and CEO William Neukom.Sabean, 54, is currently in his 15th year at the helm of the Giants and is the longest-tenured General Manager in Major League Baseball. During his 14 years as GM, he has guided the club to five post-season berths, including last years World Series Championship.A 26-year veteran of professional baseball, Sabeans distinguished baseball pedigree has transformed San Francisco into the National Leagues third-winningest team over the past 14 seasons behind only Atlanta and St. Louis. Since Sabean assumed the GM reins at the end of the 1996 season, the Giants have won two National League pennants (2002, 2010), four NL West Division flags (1997, 2000 and 2003, 2010), been a Wild Card entry (2002) and forced a Wild Card tie-breaker game with Chicago in 1998. On two other occasions, the club was eliminated from post-season contention on the last day of the season.Honored as the 2010 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA, the New Hampshire native assembled the teams first world championship since 1954 last season by building a team around a homegrown pitching staff and a veteran roster. With a renewed commitment to building through player development, an improved farm system and one of the most effective runs of drafting, the Giants were named the 2010 Baseball America Organization of the Year.Sabeans 14 years as the Giants architect is the longest run by a general manager in the clubs history, surpassing Spec Richardson (seven seasons, 1975-81), Al Rosen (seven seasons, 1986-92) and Tom Haller (five seasons, 1981-85). He also owns the longest tenure with the same club among active general managers.Before coming to San Francisco, Sabean served in the Yankees organization as director of scouting from 1986-90 and as vice president of player developmentscouting from 1990-92. During that time, the Yankees farm system became one of baseballs finest, featuring such players as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera. From 1993 to 1994, Sabean served as Giants senior vice president of player personnel. From 1994 to 1996, he served as the Giants assistant to the general manager and vice president of scoutingplayer personnel.Bochy, 55, completed his fourth season as the manager of the Giants and guided the 2010 club to their first-ever World Series title in San Francisco history and first championship since 1954. He became the sixth manager to guide at least two different National League franchises to World Series appearances and he became the fourth skipper to win a title at the helm of the Giants, joining John McGraw (1905, 1921-22), Bill Terry (1933) and Leo Durocher (1954).One of baseballs most qualified and experienced managers, Bochy recently completed his 16th-consecutive year as a big league manager, the second-longest stint by an active manager behind Tony LaRussa (32 years). In his 16 years he has compiled a 1,274-1,300 (.495) career ledger. He is currently fourth among active big league skippers for wins and is 33rd on the all-time list. During his four-year tenure with the Giants, the team has posted a 323-325 (.498) record.The winningest manager in San Diego history, Bochy spent 12 years at the helm of the Padres, compiling a 951-975 (.494) career mark while leading his club to the post season four times and five winning campaigns.He was named the National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in 1996 and was honored as the leagues top skipper by The Sporting News in both 1996 and 1998. He guided the Padres to the National League West title in 1996, 98, 2005 and 06, while leading the 1998 charge to a club-record 98 victories, a National League pennant and a berth in the World Series against the Yankees.Bochy also served as San Diegos third base coach in 1993 and 1994, before matriculating to the managers chair on October 21, 1994. The Poway, CA resident was the only uniformed person to be a part of all five of the Padres post-season appearances, including as a player in 1984 and as the manager in 1996, 98, 2005 and 06.The Florida State University product spent parts of nine seasons in the majors as a catcher with the Astros, Mets and Padres. He hit .239 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI in 358 games. Bochy was a post-season participant twice as a player, appearing with the 1980 Astros and 1984 Padres.

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There's a new Kings' No. 15 in town; Sacramento settles on uniform numbers

There's a new Kings' No. 15 in town; Sacramento settles on uniform numbers

The change from Adidas to Nike isn’t the only switch going on with the Sacramento Kings uniforms this season. Plenty of new faces have joined the roster and the influx of veteran talent has forced some players to make a change in number.

Vince Carter has sported the No. 15 dating back to his time at North Carolina. He’s also worn the number in stops in Toronto, New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix and Memphis, with the only exception coming during his time Dallas, where he had to wear 25 because the Mavericks had retired Brad Davis’ No. 15.

Carter will wear No. 15 in Sacramento, displacing rookie Frank Mason III. Counting Mason, Carter is the 27th Kings player to wear 15, including DeMarcus Cousins, who wore the number from 2011-2017.

Mason will swap to No. 10, bringing back memories of former point guard Mike Bibby. It’s the 26th time the No. 10 has been worn by a Kings player, including legends Jack Twyman and Nate “Tiny” Archibald. Ty Lawson wore No. 10 last season in Sacramento.

George Hill will wear No. 3 this season with Sacramento, like he has in his previous stops in San Antonio, Indiana and Utah. The addition of Hill forces a change for second-year big man Skal Labissiere, who swapped to No. 7 for the upcoming season.

Hill becomes the 21st player in franchise history to wear the No. 3, joining the likes of Randy Brown, Vernon Maxwell, Gerald Wallace and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Labissiere is the 15th Kings player to don the No. 7, including Danny Ainge, Bobby Hurley, Jimmer Fredette and Darren Collison from last season.

Bogdan Bogdanovic has worn both 7 and 13 in his time in Europe. But with Labissiere swapping to 7 and Georgios Papagiannis wearing the No. 13, he’ll give No. 8 a shot in Sacramento. Only eight past Kings have chosen No. 8, including Eddie Johnson and more recently Rudy Gay.

Malachi Richardson chose to wear No. 5 last season, but with the departure of Ben McLemore, he was able to snare No. 23 for the upcoming season. Richardson is the 17th player to ask and receive permission to wear 23. The number holds a special place in Kings’ fans hearts from the five year stretch the power forward Wayman Tisdale wore it. Kevin Martin made No. 23 look good from 2005-2010, as well.

Lastly, veteran big man Zach Randolph will wear his standard No. 50. It’s the same number he’s worn in stops in Portland, New York, Los Angeles (Clipper) and Memphis over his 16 year NBA career. He’s only the seventh player to sport 50 in Kings history, including Ralph Sampson and Eddie House.

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Trade talks for Kyrie Irving have reached a new high. 

Acccording to ESPN, six teams have made offers to the Cavaliers for the point guard. 

Those teams are: The LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New  York Knicks and Miami Heat. 

According to the same report, as many as 20 teams have inquired about Irving's availability. 

The report comes a day after The Athletic reported the Cavaliers have tried to communicate with Irving but he isn't speaking to anyone in the organization. 

On July 7, Irving requested a trade. 

The point guard -- who won an NBA title with the Cavs two seasons ago -- is under contract for two more seasons -- $18,868,625 in 2017-18 and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- plus a $21,329,750 player option in 2019-20.