Urban: Neukom was face of Giants, not owner


Urban: Neukom was face of Giants, not owner

Sept. 14, 2011


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Mychael Urban

It feels and sounds like a huge deal: DEFENDING CHAMPS CAN OWN BOSS!And hey, it is a big deal. Bill Neukom, aka "Bow-tie Billy," reportedly is out less than a year after the team he represents reached the top of baseball's mountain.On the sexy scale, this is Brooklyn Decker to the hopeless wild-card chase's Roseanne Barr.But is it really that big of a deal?From here, it feels like a big, fat, "no."RELATED: Giants release statement on Neukom's 'retirement'
What it feels like, truth be told, is the final verdict of a spirited game of laser tag between members of the ownership group.
Look, Neukom was the face of Giants ownership. NOT the owner. The owners, if you want to get all technical, are the Burns family, which holds a controlling interest. But there are many other fingers in the pie. Now Neukom is not the face of Giants ownership. Just like Peter Magowan before him. And just as Magowan, despite public appearances, didn't make every call regarding whom to sign or not, Neukom didn't either. The group made those decisions together.And the group, it appears, didn't like that the managing general partner seemed to revel in the appearances. Perhaps it was his increasing visibility in the wake of the title. The frequent references to "The Giants Way," which he loved to espouse. The hanging out behind the cage during batting practice.Can't you just hear the other partners?Who does this guy think he is? Why is he getting all the credit? Why is he front and center?Makes you wonder if this would have happened were the Giants merrily rolling to another playoff appearance. Losing tends to make folks edgy, Petty, even.That's not to suggest the Giants' ownership group was being petty here. But if they felt as though Neukom was getting too big for his britches, the bow tie bows out.Now there's a new face. Larry Baer. Wait, hasn't he kind of been the face of this thing all along?

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Dodgers trade former Giants reliever to Rays

Sergio Romo is headed to the American League.

After being designated for assignment on Thursday, the veteran reliever was traded by the Dodgers along with cash considerations to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday evening.

The Dodgers will receive cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Romo's first season with the team he grew up rooting for didn't go as planned. In 30 games, Romo posted a 6.12 ERA.

The Brawley-native was drafted by the Giants in 2005 and spent nine seasons pitching for San Francisco.


Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4

Pablo Sandoval singles in first at-bat with San Jose Giants, finishes 1-for-4


In his first at-bat with the Giants organization in nearly three years, Pablo Sandoval singled to left field against Rancho Cucamonga.

Serving as the designated hitter, Sandoval batted right-handed against Rancho Cucamonga left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson.

Sandoval's single followed singles by prospects Steven Duggar and Bryan Reynolds.

First baseman Aramis Garcia followed with an RBI single, moving Sandoval to second base. But the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit a line drive to Quakes second baseman Drew Jackson, who stepped on second base to double off Sandoval.

In second at-bat, Sandoval flied out to deep left field for the final out of the bottom of the second inning.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 4th, Sandoval grounded a ball deep into the hole at shortstop. Omar Estevez made the throw across the diamond for the out, but Sandoval picked up an RBI.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sandoval grounded out to third base for the second out of the inning.

Sandoval got one final at-bat in the bottom of the ninth. After Reynolds drove in Duggar to cut the Quakes' lead to 5-4, Sandoval had a chance to play hero, but he worked a walk. He was lifted for a pinch-runner.

He finished the night 1-for-4 with a single, walk and RBI.

San Jose went on to lose 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga.

Sandoval signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Saturday. He will stay with Single-A San Jose until Triple-A Sacramento returns home from Tacoma.