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Friday BP: Giants explored loan opportunities for Darin Ruf

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It couldn’t work, but it’s a cool idea.

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Hello and happy Friday to you all.

It’s hard not to feel bad for Darin Ruf. After struggling to try and carve out a role in the Majors, the outfielder and first baseman headed to the KBO in 2017, where he was stellar for three years.

That earned him a minor league contract and a non-roster invitation to Spring Training with the San Francisco Giants. He certainly made the most of the opportunity, hitting 12-28 with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, and 3 walks.

And then the coronavirus suspended the MLB season for more than three months.

It left Ruf in a tough position. He hadn’t earned an MLB roster spot yet, but because the league had a transaction freeze, he also couldn’t return to an overseas league where baseball was starting up again.

According to Ruf, the Giants tried to help him out, and even explored the idea of a loan. Ultimately and unfortunately, it wasn’t possible.

An MLB/NPB loan sure would be cool though.


Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

He did!

July 10, 2003: Against the Colorado Rockies, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of Darren Oliver. It cut the Giants deficit to 4-1, and they would lose 11-3. It was his 3rd straight game with a homer, and his 28th of the year.

And it was this day in 2007 when the Giants hosted the All-Star Game, and Bonds received quite an ovation:


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Have a great Friday everybody!