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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Giants’ Samardzija celebrates 10 years in majors with call for service-time reforms

CHICAGO - The Giants held a private celebration for pitcher Jeff Samardzija on Sunday for reaching 10 years of major-league service time, a milestone that guarantees a full big-league pension and stands as a symbol of endurance.

“I got a shark cake, a lot of butt slaps and a lot of attaboys, but when half your team already has 10 years it’s not really that special,” he joked.

Samardzija got serious, too, when asked if he appreciated the union’s role in getting those pensions and other rights, such as a player’s ability to veto any trade once he reaches 10 years, plus five with the same club.

The 34-year-old, who faces his original club at Wrigley Field on Thursday, turned the conversation toward teams using minor-league options and delays in promoting top prospects to limit service time, hold salaries down and delay free agency.

Something to keep in the files, in case there is labor unrest the next time the CBA expires….

 

QLE Posted: August 22, 2019 at 06:22 AM | 39 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Giants’ Jeff Samardzija has ‘evolved’ in midst of dominant stretch

Jeff Samardzija has been on a roll ever since the calendar flipped from June to July, and the Giants right-hander kept that momentum going in his second start of August.

In the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday, Samardzija matched a season high by completing eight innings. He also allowed just two hits and one earned run, didn’t walk any batters and struck out five along the way at Oracle Park.

With Samardzija at 103 pitches, Giants manager Bruce Bochy went to closer Will Smith to record the final three outs, preventing his starter from picking up his first complete game of the season.

“No, we had Smitty ready,” Bochy told reporters when asked if he thought about letting Samardzija have the ninth inning. “It was a pretty good day’s work. Eight innings, little warm out there.

Small Sample Size Playhouse at work, or a sign that the Giants Magic Pixie Dust (TM) that worked so well at the start of the decade has come back?

 

QLE Posted: August 11, 2019 at 05:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
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