I have been a baseball writer since 1976, a National Baseball Hall of Fame voter since 1992, and a current contributing columnist for Forbes. My national reports and columns appeared on MLB.com from 2002-18.
The Giants have canceled their annual Bay Bridge Series exhibition game against the Oakland A’s at Oracle Park in San Francisco, scheduled for March 24, because of local health restrictions amid the spread of the coronavirus.
The Giants public relations staff was attentive to everyone’s plight, bringing out requested players for individual interviews and a pair – Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford – for group consumption. Buster Posey, we were told, was not available.
Although he allowed 30 homers for San Francisco last year, the D-backs signed the left-hander to a five-year, $85 million free-agent contract that’s back-loaded and includes $5 million in interest-free deferred money the first three seasons.
Coming off right hip surgery near the end of the 2018 season, the right-handed hitter had lost his power. Last year, he hit seven homers, drove in 38 runs, had an .688 OPS and 84 OPS-plus. The latter was most alarming considering the Major League average is 100.