NYC fans endure winter weather to visit WS trophy

Giants embrace franchise's roots with celebratory trip to Big Apple

NYC fans endure winter weather to visit WS trophy

Giants president and CEO Larry Baer made an appearance on Saturday afternoon at Finnerty's sports bar in New York City, for what he joked is becoming a "biennial party."

While Baer met with fans and posed for pictures, the true guest of honor -- for the third time in the past five years -- was the World Series trophy.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heart in SF: Vogelsong re-signs with Giants

Heart in SF: Vogelsong re-signs with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong officially returned to the Giants on Friday, as the right-hander signed a one-year deal to remain with the team that first drafted him and to which he returned in 2011.

Vogelsong, whose contract is reportedly worth $4 million, provides the Giants depth, as well as much-needed stability.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Vogelsong-Giants a logical pairing

Veteran returning to team makes sense as rotation insurance

Vogelsong-Giants a logical pairing

Well, sure, they flirted around a bit, surveyed the singles scene. Ryan Vogelsong spent a few precious hours getting to know the Astros, and the Giants gave Jon Lester the ol' adoring eye for a minute there. But in the end, these two crazy kids just can't seem to quit each other.

And the truth is, Vogelsong and the Giants still make sense as a package deal, which is why the club re-signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year contract.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Posey poised to join all-time greats behind the plate

Giants star may one day join Campanella, Yogi, Bench, Fisk, Carter in Cooperstown

Posey poised to join all-time greats behind the plate

With his third World Series championship in five seasons and a 2012 National League Most Valuable Player Award accompanied by a batting title, the Giants' Buster Posey is charting a compelling course to join an exclusive club of legendary catchers in the Hall of Fame.

Since Major League Baseball became all-inclusive in 1947, Roy Campanella, Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Gary Carter are receivers who have achieved induction in Cooperstown, N.Y., by virtue of mastering their highly challenging position while also managing to deliver handsomely with the bat.

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Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants designate Scutaro for assignment

Giants designate Scutaro for assignment

The Giants have designated second baseman Marco Scutaro for assignment.

Scutaro is still owed $6.66 million in 2015, which is the final year of a $20 million, three-year contract he signed after helping lead the Giants to the 2012 World Series title. The move came after the team signed outfielder Nori Aoki to a one-year deal this week.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Joel to play AT&T Park show in September

The legendary Billy Joel will return to San Francisco for the first time in four decades for a concert at AT&T Park later this year.

The Sept. 5 show will be the six-time Grammy winner's lone appearance in California in 2015.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aoki 'excited' to join defending-champion Giants

Aoki 'excited' to join defending-champion Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- An outfield market void of power led the Giants on a path to the next-best find: a bundle of energy in Nori Aoki, who was officially welcomed to town Tuesday with a news conference at AT&T Park.

"Aoki gives us speed," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, "and speed is the best way, I think, to replace power."

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Touring Flannery thankful for experience with Giants

Former third-base coach to play four shows with band in Northern California

Touring Flannery thankful for experience with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Flannery wants to give fans more than a great show when he performs at four Northern California venues later this week. He wants to give them his gratitude.

Flannery yielded his responsibilities as third-base coach for the Giants -- a job he held since 2007 -- when he retired from baseball in late November.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Blanco reportedly inks two-year deal with Giants

Club would avoid arbitration with outfielder, who is slated for backup role in 2015

Blanco reportedly inks two-year deal with Giants

The Giants and outfielder Gregor Blanco have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract to avoid arbitration, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, which cited Venezuelan outlet Lider en Deportes.

The club did not confirm the deal.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants in no rush to finish complementing roster

Recent history shows quiet GM Sabean can find help after mid-January

Giants in no rush to finish complementing roster

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have appeared to be passive onlookers as numerous other clubs, including each of their National League West rivals, remodel their rosters in an effort to capture the World Series title that San Francisco secured in three of the previous five seasons.

Bear in mind that appearances are deceiving.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hall among Giants shining in Venezuela

Quirarte, Sanchez, Dominguez also playing in winter league

Hall among Giants shining in Venezuela

SAN FRANCISCO -- Cody Hall is proving why the Giants added him to the 40-man roster this offseason.

Hall has excelled in the Venezuelan Winter League, accumulating 12 saves while recording a 0.00 ERA in his first 17 outings for Caribes de Anzoategui.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How will Giants ring in this title commemoration?

Designers keeping quiet on what 2014 World Series jewelry will look like

How will Giants ring in this title commemoration?

SAN FRANCISCO -- Convincing the creators of "Mad Men" to reveal storylines for the popular television show's final season would be easier than coaxing anybody in the Giants' front office to divulge the slightest detail about the 2014 World Series rings.

Those prized jewelry items will generate increasing curiosity in the days and weeks leading up to the ring ceremony preceding the April 18 game against Arizona at AT&T Park.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fans flock to get close to Giants' World Series trophy

Fans flock to get close to Giants' World Series trophy

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Soon enough, Logan Markus was snoozing quietly in the warmth of his Giants T-shirt and blanket, safely snuggled up in one of the dozens of strollers decorated in orange and black that could be found at the Finley Community Center on Saturday afternoon. But when the big moment came a few minutes earlier, Logan had his eyes wide open and struck the perfect pose for a portrait with mom, dad -- and the 2014 World Series trophy.

Hundreds of Giants fans lined up around the building for that same opportunity, a chance to have their picture taken with the 2014 trophy flanked by the 2010 and 2012 versions won by the club. It's part of a 38-stop trophy tour that began earlier this week, and fans came out in force at this stop in the Sonoma County city located about an hour's drive north of AT&T Park.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants' new Double-A skipper credits mentors

Alguacil absorbed knowledge from Robinson, Alou, Bochy, Amalfitano

Giants' new Double-A skipper credits mentors

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' assignment of Jose Alguacil to manage their Double-A Richmond affiliate demonstrated their lofty opinion of him.

Double-A typically is the primary incubator for an organization's top talent. Triple-A isn't a true proving ground, since rosters tend to include too many "4-A" players whose adequate skills are offset by potential that has passed the sell-by date.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bochy-Flannery friendship focus of MLBN show

Bochy-Flannery friendship focus of MLBN show

SAN FRANCISCO -- Relationships, not championships, forge many of baseball's best stories.

Even without their three World Series triumphs in the last five seasons, the Giants would give observers something to remember, in the form of the kinship between manager Bruce Bochy and former third-base coach Tim Flannery.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pence dances his heart out to One Direction

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Pence dances his heart out to One Direction

Generally, if you want to see a professional athlete show off some moves, you have to turn to Dancing With the Stars or MC Hammer music videos.

Thankfully, Hunter Pence has provided another option. If you want to see the Giants outfielder rock out to One Direction, just check out his Twitch channel, where he sometimes streams himself playing a popular Wii dance video game. It's better than Netflix, we promise. Just check out this Instagram teaser. 

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Hudson has ankle surgery, out two months

Team confident right-hander will be ready for Opening Day

Hudson has ankle surgery, out two months

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Tim Hudson underwent surgery last Friday to remove bone spurs from on his right ankle, the club announced Tuesday. But manager Bruce Bochy downplayed the severity of the procedure, and the Giants insisted that Hudson will be fit to begin the season on time.

Hudson is expected to need eight weeks to recover from the operation performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. According to the Giants, Hudson began experiencing discomfort as he increased the intensity of his offseason workouts.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon.

Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big Unit made impact on Giants in final year

Veteran took pride in mentoring San Francisco's young pitchers

Big Unit made impact on Giants in final year

SAN FRANCISCO -- Unlike Randy Johnson's 303 career victories and 4,875 strikeouts, none of his 448 lifetime assists is particularly memorable. However, the newest Hall of Fame left-hander recorded an intangible 449th assist that shaped baseball history and the Giants' fortunes.

It could be suggested that without Johnson's presence on the Giants' roster in 2009, his final Major League season, they might not have won the World Series in 2010 -- which launched their streak of three Fall Classic triumphs in five years.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bonds' wait for Hall of Fame continues

All-time home run leader sees small uptick in third year of eligibility

Bonds' wait for Hall of Fame continues

NEW YORK -- For Barry Bonds, this was his third year on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, and although he was optimistic going in about his chances of eventually being elected, it didn't happen this year for the Class of 2015.

"I love Major League Baseball. I always have and I loved playing the game," said Bonds, the former Giants slugger. "I don't have any doubts that I'll get there in time. I'm bothered about it, but I don't sit here going, 'I'm not going to make it.' I don't see how it stays the way it's going. In my mind, in my head, I'm a lot more positive about it than I am negative. I think eventually they'll do the right thing."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kent's Hall support holds steady from '14 debut

Kent's Hall support holds steady from '14 debut

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Kent has insisted that he won't dwell on his fate in Hall of Fame balloting, since it's not only out of his control but also is basically inconsequential to him.

Likely, then, Kent figuratively or literally shrugged his shoulders when the Baseball Writers' Association of America voting results were announced on Tuesday and showed his totals were virtually unchanged from last year, his first on the ballot.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former Giants, Orioles pitcher Miller dies

Hurler famously charged with balk during windy 1961 All-Star Game

Former Giants, Orioles pitcher Miller dies

SAN FRANCISCO -- Stu Miller, who will be remembered more for committing history's most famous balk than for his formidable pitching, died Sunday at his home in Cameron Park, Calif. He was 87.

The Giants and Orioles, the teams with whom Miller distinguished himself the most during his 16-year Major League career, announced his death Monday.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In appreciation of Vogelsong's run with Giants

Veteran right-hander pivotal to 2012 championship, expected to sign elsewhere

In appreciation of Vogelsong's run with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong is more than a pitcher. He is a Giant through and through.

Vogelsong, a free agent, isn't yet officially an ex-Giant. But the two-year contract that Jake Peavy received gave the Giants a full complement of starting pitchers and likely will squeeze out Vogelsong -- who, according to those who know him closely, maintained hopes of spending the rest of his career with the club. Obviously, such sentiments cannot be allowed to determine personnel moves. If Brian Sabean believed the Giants are better off without Vogelsong, it's difficult to argue with the general manager who engineered three World Series triumphs in five seasons.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Title defenders: 10 questions facing Giants in 2015

Title defenders: 10 questions facing Giants in 2015

SAN FRANCISCO -- Aside from Madison Bumgarner's excellence, Bruce Bochy's managerial acumen and the team's pure, 100 percent uncut competitiveness, the most significant aspect of the Giants' 2014 championship season was one that's easily overlooked: They didn't play a single game with their projected Opening Day lineup.

That helps explain San Francisco's relative lack of personnel moves during the offseason. They won the World Series with relatively few contributions from first baseman Brandon Belt, right-hander Matt Cain and center fielder Angel Pagan, who spent considerable time on the disabled list. If they can stay healthy, the Giants figure, the ballclub should improve automatically.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MadBum named AP Male Athlete of Year

MadBum named AP Male Athlete of Year

Madison Bumgarner continues to rack up the accolades for his performance during the postseason this past October. The latest came on Tuesday, when he was named The Associated Press 2014 Male Athlete of the Year.

Clayton Kershaw, the National League Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player, finished second while retiring Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter finished tied for third with golfer Rory McIlroy.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants' latest title fueled by proven bunch

Bumgarner's heroics clinch championship set up by roster's perfect blend

Giants' latest title fueled by proven bunch

SAN FRANCISCO -- Many observers have maintained that Madison Bumgarner won the 2014 World Series for the Giants single-handedly. After all, he won Games 1 and 5 before saving Game 7 with five stunning scoreless innings of relief that capped a remarkable postseason.

But other Giants also had a hand in the club's excellence.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giants re-sign reliever Gutierrez to Minors contract

Giants re-sign reliever Gutierrez to Minors contract

About a month after the Giants designated right-handed reliever Juan Gutierrez for assignment, they re-signed him to a Minor League contract, according to Baseball America.

The Giants attempted to send him to the Minors by designating him on Nov. 20, but Gutierrez elected free agency.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Scouting profile: Steven Okert

Giants' No. 10 prospect has maturity, poise to be bullpen piece in big leagues

Scouting profile: Steven Okert

San Francisco Giants prospect Steven Okert is a name to remember. I got my first looks at the lefty during the recently completed Arizona Fall League. I really liked what I saw. Okert was among the best relief pitchers in the league. More about that later.

Okert went to Rowlett (Texas) High School and then on to Grayson County College in Texas. Following his first season in 2010, the Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the First-Year Player Draft. He declined to sign a contract and returned to Grayson. Once again, the Brewers drafted Okert following his 2011 season when he posted a 9-1 record and an ERA of 1.91.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.