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Let’s chat over some minor league ball!

Minor League Baseball: Eastern League All Star Game Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, yes, I know we got to use this same Peanuts cartoon last week, but today is Opening Day for MINOR LEAGUE baseball — the start of our hoped for future splendor! For two years in a row we’ve endured waves upon waves of losses, last place teams, and struggling performances. But 2019 is the year that things are going to turn around, and golden glow will shine down upon us.

And since the soft rebuild Giants have us thinking about that future, I thought maybe I’d set up a place for people to hang out and chat about all things prospect-y and minor leagues today.

Just as a reminder, you can watch a LOT of minor league ball by purchasing MiLBTV at the low low rate of just $50 for the season (or $12.99 per month). That gives you unlimited ability to watch hundreds of different minor league games, including for the FIRST TIME EVER, feeds from all four of the Giants’ full season affiliates. Yes, the big news for today is that it looks like Augusta will have a MiLBtv video feed for their games, so you can watch your Gregory Santos and Sean Hjelle starts to your heart’s content throughout the summer (you can watch your Juan De Paula starts too, just not on Augusta’s feed).

You can also scoreboard watch all the Giants’ affiliates games here.

I’m going to be back to update this post with things like starting lineups, MILBtv links and other things that catch my attention and once the games start I’ll be here to do some live chatting.

Today’s schedule for the Giants’ affiliates:

3:35 PDT
Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies) at Richmond Flying Squirrels
TBD vs. Logan Webb
TV: MLBTV Radio: TuneIN

LINEUP:
CF Fargas
2b Miller
SS Howard
1b Stassi
RF Quinn
LF Heyward
C Marte
3b Arenado
P Webb

4:05 PDT
Augusta Greenjackets at Asheville Tourists (Rockies)
Sean Hjelle vs. Ryan Feltner
Radio: TuneIN

LINEUP:
CF Jose Layer
RF Aaron Bond
LF Diego Rincones
1b Frankie Tostado
3b Jacob Gonzalez
2b Shane Matheny
C Andres Angulo
DH Ismael Munguia
SS Nico Giarratano

7:00 PDT
San Jose Giants vs. Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks)
Jose Marte vs. TBD

LINEUP:
RF Bryce Johnson
SS Manuel Geraldo
CF Heliot Ramos
C Joey Bart
1b Ryan Kirby
3b David Villar
DH Jean Angomas
2b Kyle McPherson
LF Logan Baldwin

7:05 PDT
Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) vs. Sacramento RiverCats
Erik Swanson vs. Andrew Suarez

UPDATE — Opening Day Lineup:

If you can’t wait for minor league ball, Bo Bichette and his Buffalo teammates start the year off at 11:05 am. Casey Mize will get his full season debut going at 3:30 in Lakeland, FL. And if any of our readers are Fresno residents, check out Carter Kieboom’s AAA debut as Fresno begins life as a Nationals’ affiliate.

While you’re waiting for all of that to start, enjoy this MiLB Opening Day Primer:

See you soon!