Pill receives advice from Giants icon

Pill receives advice from Giants icon
August 25, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Brett Pill is hitting .254 with 2 HRs and a .286 OBP in 63 plate appearances this season. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO – Brett Pill likes tapping into all the resources he can to become a better player.

On Saturday night, one of those resources actually sought him out after one of Pill’s at-bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cameras caught former Giants first baseman Will Clark, in the dugout on one of his occasional visits to the team, talking with Pill extensively throughout the game.

“It’s awesome having him around,” Pill said Sunday morning. “He called me over and was talking to me about the at-bat I just had –- what the pitcher would try to do to me and how to combat that.”

Pill, who figures to get substantial playing time down the stretch as the Giants evaluate players with an eye toward 2014, gleans what he can from the many stars of Giants past who spend time at AT&T Park.

As a first baseman, he’s got a natural bond with Clark, a five-time All-Star during a Giants career that began in 1986.

“Will, J.T. (Snow), there’s some good ones here,” Pill said. “Shawon Duston is always around. And they don’t just hang around and joke.”

The Giants are curious to see just how versatile the 28-year-old Pill can be. He drew a start in left field Saturday, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he wants to see Pill in the outfield more.

“It will be a little tougher to put him out there in Colorado with that big outfield (at Coors Field),” Bochy said. “But I’d like to see more of him to be honest. We’ve talked about (Brandon) Belt going out there too, just to give us a look, an option maybe next year with having those two guys playing some left field.”

 

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