Hello and happy Tuesday.
This time last year, the San Francisco Giants season was on indefinite hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, which was just getting underway. The pandemic, unfortunately, continues to march on, but there are some lights at the end of the tunnel.
For the Giants, those lights are a return to a semi-normal baseball season, and some vaccinations.
The Giants Spring Training has been taking place in Arizona, where everyone 16 years or older is now eligible to receive a vaccination. And some Giants have done exactly that.
Speaking on Monday as the team wrapped up their Cactus League games, manager Gabe Kapler said that he was one of a group of Giants to receive a vaccination. He added that the team will consider adjusting playing time around vaccination schedules in case players have side effects.
Kapler says several players/staff have received the coronavirus vaccine; others are scheduled. Days off something they'll consider for recovery.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 29, 2021
Kapler has received his first shot.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) March 29, 2021
It’s not clear how many Giants — or which specific players — have received their vaccination, but we do know that left-handed pitcher Caleb Baragar is one of them.
*me after getting my vaccine this morning* pic.twitter.com/yAa98NNRLZ— Caleb Baragar (@caleb_baragar) March 29, 2021
Here’s wishing all of you luck on getting your vaccine, having tolerable side effects, and having your loved ones get vaccinated.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Buster Olney’s positional rankings remind us why the Giants are pretending they’re not bad (Jan. 10, 2018 — Grant Brisbee)
- Roger Munter takes a look at the LHP reliever depth chart in the Minors (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on why the Giants picked a good season to have this pitching staff (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Susan Slusser’s observations from the final day of camp include Mike Yastrzemski’s negative x-rays (SF Chronicle)
- Maria Guardado on how the Giants hope to exceed expectations in the NL West (MLB)
- Kerry Crowley on how the Giants previewed their Opening Day lineup on the final day of spring (Mercury News)
- Alex Pavlovic on how Alyssa Nakken liked the energy that Heliot Ramos and Hunter Bishop brought to camp (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- John Shea on Carlos Alfonso joining the Giants Spanish broadcast (SF Chronicle)
- Justice delos Santos on Heliot Ramos winning the Barney Nugent Award (MLB)
- Andrew Baggarly on what you might have missed from the final week of camp (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Alex Pavlovic on why Buster Posey’s 2013 contract was a win for both sides (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Paul Sporer on the starting pitcher rankings for every team (Fangraphs)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are two days until Opening Day. Where I come from, two is a small number.
Have a wonderful Tuesday.