San Francisco Giant outfielder LeMonte Wade Jr acknowledges the crowd after the announcement that he will be receiving the 2021 Willie McCovey Award during Oct 1, 2021 game against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Wade was going to start in leftfield for opening day Fri Apr 8, 2022 but is out with an inflamed knee (AP News photo)
On the Giants podcast with Michael:
#1 Michael on today’s podcast were going to ask you a variety of questions pertaining the San Francisco Giants and what’s happening around Major League Baseball. We’ll start with Giants third baseman Evan Longoria and outfielder LeMonte Wade Jr who both will not be playing on opening day this Friday at Oracle Park against the Miami Marlins.
#2 Since Barry Bonds left the Giants in 2007 sfgate.com reported the Giants haven’t had an anchored leftfielder since then. Let’s take a look at the list 2008 Dave Roberts, 2009 Fred Lewis, 2010 Mark DeRosa, 2011 Pat Burrell, 2012 the always affable Aubrey Huff, 2013 Andres Torres, 2014 Mike Morse, 2015 Nori Aoki, 2016 Angel Pagan, 2017 Jarrett Parker, 2018 Hunter Pence, 2019 Connor Joe, 2020 Alex Dickerson, 2021 Austin Slater, and Wade was expected to be the starting left fielder for opening day but is out with an injury.
#3 Michael talk about the Giants bullpen they were competitive and tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the MLB lead in saves last season with 56 saves split amongst Giants pitchers Jake McGee, Tyler Rogers, Dominic Leone and Camilo Doval.
#4 The Giants will be part of MLB history when they take on the Cleveland Guardians on Fri Apr 15th at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Celebrity Tom Hanks will be throwing out the first ball inaugurating the first home game under the Guardians name. Hanks had been a fan of Cleveland since sitting a ball game in 1977 at Lake Erie’s Municipal Stadium section 19 and is looking forward to the honor on the 15th.
#5 It’s been said about Giants manager Gabe Kapler that he is versatile and is at the ready to make adjustments and that was the reason for the Giants having the success that they did last season do you see that pretty much being the same thing with Kapler for this season?
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