Frost: Keep Off the Field

Frost: Keep Off the Field

Feb. 23, 2010GIANTS PAGE
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SCOTTSDALE,Ariz. Tuesday marked the first full-squad workout for the Giants, and the dayfeatured a few other firsts, too.Greeting playerswalking up the steps from the clubhouse to the field early in the morning was asign that read, FROST: KEEP OFF THE FIELD.Thats right,frost. The recent rain left the outfield soaked, and the very cold night frozeit over. Also, the standing water on the tarp froze overnight, creating theunique-to-baseball sight of mounds of ice ringing the infield after the tarpwas removed.So practice wasdelayed by 30 minutes or so, and as far as anyone can remember its the Giantsfirst-ever frost delay.The sun isfinally back, though, and to the delight of about 45 fans, who showed up on thefirst day of spring for which the gates at Scottsdale Stadium were open to thepublic, the workout went off as planned.Theres not awhole lot to see, quite frankly. Drills, drills and more drills mostly. Butthat monotony is nothing to the die-hards here compared to the monotony of along winter without baseball. The lifers who showed up Tuesday were here moreto hear the sweet sounds of the game and get a first look at their boys thanthey were interested in the state of Alex Hinshaws breaking ball.Hinshaw, by theway, is quickly becoming one of my favorite Giants. Kevin Frandsen, too. Likeso many of their teammates, theyve got personality galore, and nicer, moreaccessible players youll have a hard time finding.Did a ton ofinterviews for various TV packages youll be seeing over the next couple ofweeks, and the best interview of the day might have been our long chat with newhitting coach Hensley Muelens.Bam Bam isunder the microscope as the man charged with transforming the offense, but hesure is comfortable with the role. Eloquent -- in five languages -- andengaging, he seems like a nice fit for a team that features a blend ofestablished veterans and youngsters on the rise.The other firsttoday was manager Bruce Bochys first team-wide address, delivered before theworkout, behind closed doors. I havent heard how it went as I write this post,but Im sure Ill have something on it later today in one of my flip-cam homevideos. --MychaelUrbanWhat's your take? Email Mychael and let him know. He may use it in his weekly Mailbag.

49ers freeze ticket prices for 2017, 2018 seasons

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49ers freeze ticket prices for 2017, 2018 seasons

The 49ers on Tuesday informed season ticket holders that ticket prices will not increase for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. 

"We are announcing that 49ers season ticket pricing will be frozen through the 2018 season," the team wrote in an email to its season ticket holder. "Invoices for your 2017 season tickets will be made available to view and pay online in the coming weeks, including the option to enroll in a multi-month payment plan."

"Thank you for your valued and continued support as a 49ers Season Ticket Member. We look forward to serving you this season!"

The 49ers will enter the 2017 season with a new general manager and head coach after firing both Trent Baalke and Chip Kelly following their 2-14 2016 season.

Sharks trade Tommy Wingels to Senators

Sharks trade Tommy Wingels to Senators

Tommy Wingels has been traded to the Ottawa Senators for a pair of depth forwards and a seventh round draft pick in 2017, the Sharks announced on Tuesday.

Buddy Robinson and Zack Stortini, both right wings, will be assigned to the AHL Barracuda.

Robinson, 25, has 12 points (7g, 5a) in 33 AHL games with Binghamton. In seven career NHL games with Ottawa, the six-foot-six, 230-pound New Jersey native has one goal and one assist.

Stortini, 31, has three points (2g, 1a) in 22 games for Binghamton this season. The six-foot-two, 220-pound Ontario native has appeared in 257 career NHL games with Edmonton and Nashville, posting 41 points (14g, 27a) and 718 penalty minutes.

The move clears the way for the Sharks to activate injured forward Tomas Hertl, who is day-to-day with a right knee injury that required surgery in mid-November.

According to a source, there is a very good chance Hertl returns to the Sharks on Thursday against the Oilers.

San Jose will retain 30 percent of Wingels’ $2.475 million salary, according to the Senators, which comes out to $742,500.

Wingels, 28, posted 122 points (51g, 71a) and 197 penalty minutes in 337 career games with San Jose over parts of seven seasons. He was originally drafted by the Sharks in the sixth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

He is the second player that has essentially been pushed off of the Sharks’ roster as they incorporate younger players like Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier into the fold. Matt Nieto was waived in early January, and claimed by the Avalanche on Jan. 5.

"Tommy has been a valuable member of our franchise for many years, a phenomenal teammate and a true role model on and off the ice for our organization and the NHL," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "As a team evolves and younger players push for roster spots, unfortunately tough decisions have to be made. We wish Tommy and his wife, Molly, nothing but success in the future.

"We also want to welcome Buddy and Zach to our organization. They add size and depth to our reserve list and we look forward to having them in San Jose.”