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Thursday, March 04, 2021

The SF Giants ghosted this minor league club. Now its 23-year-old CEO is starting a new league.

The Volcanoes’ beef isn’t with O’Conner, though. Mickey Walker says they secured one conversation with the Giants, with whom they previously had a “very communicative” relationship. During that conversation, he says the Giants’ brass, including Larry Baer and Farhan Zaidi, told them the proposed minor league cuts were up to the MLB. After that, the Giants ghosted their Single-A affiliate.

“We had no idea if we were still on this list because we were told that the list was fluid and changing and not final,” Walker says. “We were sitting there with our hands tied waiting for other people to decide our fate for us.”

The ominous news was public in early 2020, so the Volcanoes planned to rally their fans for the upcoming summer if this was indeed to be their last Single-A season. That obviously didn’t happen either. Walker says he has no idea who would’ve even been on the Volcanoes roster in 2020, since the season was canned and the Giants were MIA.

The Volcanoes did get creative over the summer — they ran a couple high school baseball tournaments and turned the stadium into an Airbnb for small groups. The Airbnb helped more than they expected, and they were able to bring back and pay some of their workers again (though it goes without saying they didn’t have a profitable offseason).

On Dec. 9, 2020, Walker was eating breakfast with his family when he saw a tweet from the Giants announcing the four teams who’d been invited to “join our player development program.” The Volcanoes weren’t on the list.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 04, 2021 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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