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Wednesday BP: Virtual practices

The Giants are still working.

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San Francisco Giants Workout Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The San Francisco Giants have two things:

  1. The largest coaching staff in baseball.
  2. The inability to use that staff on the baseball field, as they, like all 30 MLB teams, are on hiatus due to the coronavirus.

But they’re still working. I’m not gonna waste anytime trying to explain this, just check out this tweet from Gabe Kapler:

Virtual strategy practice. OK, that’s ... pretty cool.

Beat reporter Alex Pavlovic looked into it a little further and tried to find the Easter egg:

Elsewhere on social media, Hunter Pence is not comfortable with a knife in his hand, and Evan Longoria wants to help out:

As long as we’re looking at social media, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that the 2020 MLB Draft is still scheduled for June 10. Previous reports had suggested the league was planning on pushing the draft back to July.

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

A few, in fact.

April 29, 1993: Against the New York Mets, Bonds hit 2 home runs off of Bret Saberhagen. A solo home run in the 1st inning gave the Giants a 4-0 lead. A 2-run home run in the 6th inning scored Matt Williams and gave the Giants a 6-1 lead. The Giants would win 10-5. They were Bonds’ 6th and 7th home runs of the year.

April 29, 1994: Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 5th inning off of Ben Rivera, scoring Matt Williams. It gave the Giants a 2-1 lead, but they would lose 6-3. It was his 6th home run of the year.

April 29, 2000: Against the Montreal Expos, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 8th inning off of Anthony Telford. It gave the Giants a 2-1 lead, which was the final score. It was his 9th home run of the year.

April 29, 2001: Against the Chicago Cubs, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Manny Aybar. It tied the game 1-1, but the Giants would lose 11-2. It was his 11th home run of the year.

April 29, 2004: Against the Florida Marlins, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 6th inning off of Brad Penny. It pulled the Giants to within 2-1, but they would lose 4-3. It was his 10th home run of the year.

Giants links

Andrew Baggarly on whether or not the Giants should sign Yasiel Puig (The Athletic, subscription required)

Podcast: Alex Pavlovic and Kelli Johnson talk with Tyler Rogers (NBC Sports Bay Area)

Henry Schulman with the latest on ticket refunds for canceled games (SF Chronicle)

Ken Rosenthal on the possibilities and risks of restarting the season (The Athletic, subscription required)

David Schoenfield with a wild stat for all 30 teams (ESPN)

I hope your Wednesday is wonderful.