Hello and happy Saturday. Here’s hoping your day is better than the San Francisco Giants game was last night.
But it’s not all bad news for the Giants. On Friday morning they welcomed back a friendly face: Reyes Moronta. The right-handed pitcher tore a labrum in his throwing shoulder on Aug. 31, and underwent surgery in September. He’s still a little ways away from returning to the roster, but the Giants added him to the player pool so that he could continue to rehab at the Alternate Training Site in Sacramento.
There’s some hope that he’ll be back on the mound during this season, which would be a joy to watch.
ROSTER MOVES:— SFGiants (@SFGiants) August 7, 2020
• RHP Reyes Moronta has reported to the Alternate Training Site where he will continue his rehab from right shoulder surgery.
• OF Hunter Bishop has been added to the Player Pool and has reported to the Alternate Training Site.#SFGiants
Moronta was impressive in 2019, with a 2.86 ERA and 3.57 FIP. In 56.2 innings, he had 70 strikeouts and 33 walks.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
He certainly did.
August 8, 1995: Against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning off of Denny Neagle, scoring Robby Thompson. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, but they would lose 9-5. It was his 23rd homer of the year.
August 8, 2003: Against the Philadelphia Phillies, Bonds hit a 3-run home run in the 7th inning off of Jose Mesa, scoring Neifi Perez and Marquis Grissom. It gave the Giants a 7-1 lead, and they would win 9-1. It was his 35th homer of the year.
August 8, 2007: Against the Washington Nationals, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning off of Tim Redding, scoring Randy Winn. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, and they would win 5-0. It was his 23rd homer of the year, and number 757 in his career.
Old, random MCC article to read
In case you missed it, I’m adding a new feature to these morning threads: A link to an old McCovey Chronicles article that shows up on my traffic dashboard because, for one reason or another, someone clicked on it today.
Today I’m opting for three fanposts that got shown love by some strangers on the internet, and are all centered on the 2014 World Series:
- Thank you Brian Sabean (Oct. 20, 2014 — obsessivegiantscompulsive)
- “If I Have Seen Further, It Is Because I Stood On the Shoulders of Travis Ishikawa”: The Nation’s Newspapers (Oct. 17, 2014 — TheLetter2)
- A heretical thought... (Oct. 19, 2014 — senorvegas)
- Roger Munter on the Giants defensive woes (There R Giants)
- Podcast: Grant Brisbee and Andrew Baggarly discuss the dreadful series in Denver (The Athletic, free)
- Kerry Crowley on the three things on the Giants radar (Mercury News)
- Alex Pavlovic on how Mike Yastrzemski has turned into a star after nearly getting cut (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Andrew Baggarly recaps the series at Coors Field (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Jay Jaffe on the reduced workloads for starting pitchers (Fangraphs)
- Bruce Jenkins on Giants ballpark traditions that need an overhaul (SF Chronicle)
- John Schrock on Tiger Woods explaining the Giants-Dodgers rivalry to Rory McIlroy (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Dieter Kurtenbach on why it’s time to defund baseball’s fun police (Mercury News)
- Steve Berman remembers Ralph Barbieri (The Athletic, subscription required)
Have a great Tuesday, friends.