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Giants sign LHP Derek Holland to a one-year contract with a club option for 2020

The San Francisco Giants announced Monday that they have signed left-handed pitcher Derek Holland to a one-year contract with a club option for 2020. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Holland was one of the most improved pitchers in the Majors in 2018, making 36 appearances (30 starts) for the Giants, posting a 7-9 record with a 3.57 ERA (68er, 171.1ip). He improved his ERA from 6.20 in 2017 to 3.57 in 2018 marking the second largest improvement among Major League pitchers (Stats, LLC). The left-hander led the Giants in starts (30), innings pitched (171.1ip), and strikeouts (169). His 36 appearances set a new career-high (previous: 33 games in 2009 and 2013 with TEX) and his 171.1 innings pitched and 169 strikeouts both marked the most he had recorded in a single season since 2013.

The San Francisco Giants announced Monday that they have signed left-handed pitcher Derek Holland to a one-year contract with a club option for 2020. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Holland was one of the most improved pitchers in the Majors in 2018, making 36 appearances (30 starts) for the Giants, posting a 7-9 record with a 3.57 ERA (68er, 171.1ip). He improved his ERA from 6.20 in 2017 to 3.57 in 2018 marking the second largest improvement among Major League pitchers (Stats, LLC). The left-hander led the Giants in starts (30), innings pitched (171.1ip), and strikeouts (169). His 36 appearances set a new career-high (previous: 33 games in 2009 and 2013 with TEX) and his 171.1 innings pitched and 169 strikeouts both marked the most he had recorded in a single season since 2013.

The 32-year-old had his best stretch of the 2018 season from Aug. 15-Sept. 12, where he posted a 1.59 ERA (6er, 34.0ip), opponents hit .197 against him, and struck out 34 batters over six starts. He also allowed two-runs-or-fewer in 10 of his 11 starts from July 10-Sept. 12, posting a 2.29 ERA (16er, 63.0ip). Left-handed batters hit just .168 (24-for-143) off Holland in 2018, which ranked as the third-lowest figure in the National League and sixth lowest in the Majors. Lefties also slugged just .189 off him last season, which marked the lowest in the Majors.

He finished the 2018 season with 169 strikeouts, the fourth-most by a player in his first season with the Giants since 1900 behind Vida Blue (1978: 171), Johnny Cueto (2016: 198), and Sam Jones (1959: 209) (Stats, LLC).

Holland has posted a 76-73 record with a 4.44 ERA over 10 Major League seasons with the Texas Rangers (2009-2016), Chicago White Sox (2017) and San Francisco Giants (2018). 

With today's addition, the Giants 40-man roster is now at 40 players.

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San Francisco Giants and Oracle announce "Oracle Park"

New partnership and naming rights agreement to fuel innovative fan experience

The San Francisco Giants and Oracle announced Thursday that they have signed a 20-year partnership providing Oracle with the naming rights to the ballpark through 2038. Beginning today, AT&T Park will be named Oracle Park. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Oracle as our naming rights partner as we move into our next decade here in China Basin," said Giants President and CEO Laurence M. Baer. "While there were several national and local companies interested in the opportunity, Oracle - a longstanding partner of the Giants - was a perfect fit because of its deep roots in the Bay Area, its position as a global leader in technology and innovation, and its shared commitment to community values of diversity and inclusion, sustainability, education and philanthropy. We look forward to engaging in a model partnership."   

The San Francisco Giants and Oracle announced Thursday that they have signed a 20-year partnership providing Oracle with the naming rights to the ballpark through 2038. Beginning today, AT&T Park will be named Oracle Park. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Oracle as our naming rights partner as we move into our next decade here in China Basin," said Giants President and CEO Laurence M. Baer. "While there were several national and local companies interested in the opportunity, Oracle - a longstanding partner of the Giants - was a perfect fit because of its deep roots in the Bay Area, its position as a global leader in technology and innovation, and its shared commitment to community values of diversity and inclusion, sustainability, education and philanthropy. We look forward to engaging in a model partnership."   

"We are extremely proud that one of the best and most storied ballparks in America will now be called Oracle Park. The Giants have always been on the forefront of bringing innovative experiences to baseball, and we are excited to continue that tradition," said Mark Hurd, CEO of Oracle. "Together we will create an incredible fan experience and develop programs to engage and impact the community in new ways."

The Giants' previous naming rights agreement with AT&T ran through the end of 2019. However, in preliminary renewal discussions, AT&T informed the Giants that changes to AT&T's corporate sponsorship strategy would give the Giants the opportunity to seek another naming rights partner and begin a new agreement one year early. Oracle immediately stepped up when the Giants proposed the naming rights opportunity and the two parties quickly agreed to terms over the holidays in order to prepare for the 2019 baseball season.  

"I want to thank AT&T for a truly exceptional partnership. Their support of this facility and their ongoing investment over the past two decades has played a major role in the unprecedented success and popularity of our home," continued Baer. "We are proud to have hosted the 2002, 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series here, the 2007 All Star Game and set the National League sellout streak record of 530 games from 2010 to 2017."

Highlights of the agreement include:   

•   Ballpark Capital & Technology Upgrades: Oracle will partner with the Giants to invest in a number of improvements to Oracle Park over the next five years, including the addition of a new state-of-the-art scoreboard and signage. The Giants and Oracle will also utilize emerging technologies to create unique experiences for fans. Additional ballpark upgrades will be announced in the coming weeks.
•   Community Programs: The Giants and Oracle will develop a signature community outreach program.
•   Hospitality and Experiential: Together Oracle and the Giants will build unique sports hospitality experiences to engage Oracle customers and members of the community. 

History of Giants & Oracle Partnership

Oracle and the Giants have a longstanding partnership. Together the two companies have embarked on numerous promotional, advertising and philanthropic efforts. For example, for the past 15 years, Oracle sponsored the Giants Community Spotlight, an in-game scoreboard feature, which raises awareness for issues and causes important to the Bay Area community and highlights the impactful work being done by many of the Giants' non-profit partners.  

Oracle has been a proud sponsor of Giants Enterprises - the wholly-owned subsidiary of the Giants responsible for the non-baseball and special events for the organization. The annual Oracle OpenWorld CloudFest concerts have been hosted at the stadium for the past three years. 

Giants Enterprises also delivered the Official Spectator Experience for the 34th America's Cup held in San Francisco in 2013, which Oracle Team USA won. Giants Enterprises commercialized the three-month international sailing event for the first time in its 160-year history by creating shore-line ticketed products, producing customized hospitality packages, developing a spectator-boat license program and managing end-to-end sales, customer service and event execution. An integrated marketing campaign delivered sold-out dates, record-breaking sales and incremental revenue through dynamic pricing. 

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

About the San Francisco Giants 

One of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, the 137-year old franchise moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958. After playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park, the team moved to the privately constructed, downtown ballpark on the corner of 3rd and King. 2019 will mark the Giants 20th season playing on the shores of McCovey Cove at the newly named Oracle Park. The organization is widely recognized for its innovative business practices and baseball excellence. In 2010, the franchise was named the Sports Organization of the Year by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal and in 2012 was named Organization of the Year by Baseball America. Oracle Park is also the only ballpark in the country to have earned Silver, Gold and Platinum LEED certification for an existing building.  

Since opening its gates, Oracle Park has become internationally-renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment. On the diamond, more than 59 million spectators have witnessed a number of magical moments, including three World Series Championships (2010, 2012 & 2014), the raising of four National League Pennants and seven playoff appearances. On June 13, 2012, the organization's first-ever Perfect Game was thrown by Giants ace Matt Cain. On July 10, 2007, San Francisco was the center of the baseball universe when it hosted the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The ballpark has played host to some of music's biggest acts, including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé & Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, Green Day and Billy Joel. It also was the site of the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Off the field, the Giants have one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports. Through community outreach programs, the Giants and the Giants Community Fund work with corporate and non-profit partners to raise awareness, educate and generate interest in a variety of issues important to both their fans and community. These issues include education/literacy, violence prevention, health and youth recreation and fitness. The Giants Community Fund's Junior Giants Baseball Program received the 2015 Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence and the San Francisco Giants were named ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year in July of 2016. 

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Giants acquire IF/OF Breyvic Valera from Baltimore for cash considerations

The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have acquired infielder/outfielder Breyvic Valera from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.

Valera appeared in 32 big league games last season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles, batting .234 with eight RBI. The switch-hitter was traded from the Dodgers to the Orioles along with four other prospects in exchange for IF Manny Machado on July 18. Valera hit safely in eight of his 12 games with the Orioles, batting .286 (10-for-35). 

The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have acquired infielder/outfielder Breyvic Valera from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.

Valera appeared in 32 big league games last season between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles, batting .234 with eight RBI. The switch-hitter was traded from the Dodgers to the Orioles along with four other prospects in exchange for IF Manny Machado on July 18. Valera hit safely in eight of his 12 games with the Orioles, batting .286 (10-for-35). 

The utility player appeared in games at second base, third base, shortstop, left field, and center field over 94 contests between triple-A Oklahoma City and triple-A Norfolk last season, batting .261 with nine home runs and 39 RBI. He's posted a .357 OBP over his minor league career and drawn 297 walks compared to 270 strikeouts in 894 games.

Valera, who turns 27-years-old on January 8, was named a MILB.com Organization All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals Organization in 2014 and 2017. He was also named the Venezuelan Winter League Most Valuable Player in 2017 while playing with the Bravos de Margarita. 

With today's addition, the Giants 40-man roster is now at 39 players.

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Giants agree to terms on a one-year contract with pitcher Pat Venditte

The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with free agent pitcher Pat Venditte. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.  

Venditte, 33, appeared in 15 games with the Dodgers in 2018, posting a 2.57 ERA (4er, 14.0ip) with a .212 opponents average against. Over his final 10 games with Los Angeles, he threw 9.2-scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and two walks. Venditte appeared in 45 games with triple-A Oklahoma City, going 4-2 with a 1.75 ERA (10er, 51.1ip) and a 0.85 WHIP.

The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with free agent pitcher Pat Venditte. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.  

Venditte, 33, appeared in 15 games with the Dodgers in 2018, posting a 2.57 ERA (4er, 14.0ip) with a .212 opponents average against. Over his final 10 games with Los Angeles, he threw 9.2-scoreless innings, allowing only three hits and two walks. Venditte appeared in 45 games with triple-A Oklahoma City, going 4-2 with a 1.75 ERA (10er, 51.1ip) and a 0.85 WHIP.

The Omaha, Nebraska native has appeared in 56 big league games between Oakland (2015), Toronto (2016), Seattle (2016) and Los Angeles-NL (2018) and owns a 2-2 record with a 4.45 ERA (32er, 64.2ip). The ambidextrous relief pitcher has had more success against lefties holding them to a .186 average (21-for-113), while right-handers have hit .277 (36-for-130) off him over his Major League career.

With today's addition, the Giants 40-man roster is now at 38 players.

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San Francisco Giants reclaim the Green Glove Award

Club secures its 10th Green Glove Award in 11 seasons with league-leading 94 percent diversion rate during 2018

Major League Baseball has named the San Francisco Giants as recipient of the 2018 Green Glove Award, which recognizes the MLB Club with the highest waste diversion rate, after diverting 94 percent of all waste at AT&T Park from local landfills. The Giants, who collected nine consecutive awards between 2008 and 2016, secured its 10th Green Glove Award in 11 seasons.

The Giants continue to set industry records with their waste diversion numbers year after year. Despite losing the Green Glove Award to the Seattle Mariners in 2017, the Club still diverted 93 percent of their waste from going to landfills that year through an aggressive recycling and composting program. Since winning their second Green Glove award in 2009 with a 57 percent diversion rate, the Giants have seen their efforts increase by 37 percent to land at this year's impressive number. The Club has continuously been recognized for its commitment to recycling, including winning the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) Award, administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (Cal Recycle) for outstanding waste reduction efforts. Also in 2012, the Giants won the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California's highest environmental honor. 

In efforts to become an even more sustainable organization, the Giants made adjustments to infrastructure at AT&T Park to ensure an overall eco-friendly environment. Prior to the 2017 season, the Giants completely retrofitted the field lighting at AT&T Park replacing all current lighting fixtures with LED lights. By upgrading the 556 main fixtures with LED lights, the current per fixture wattage was reduced by more than 50 percent - from 2250 kilowatts to 960 kilowatts per fixture. The change saved an estimated 3,586 kilowatt hours per game or 290,466 kilowatt hours for the regular season. The Giants also increased their field water efficiency by installing a new underground sprinkler system, which allows the field manager to address any microclimates on the field without overwatering, creating a more consistent playing surface.

"We are proud to present the San Francisco Giants with their 10th Green Glove Award," said Paul Hanlon, Senior Director of Ballpark Operations & Sustainability, Major League Baseball. "The Giants have become leaders in sustainability with their robust programs and initiatives, including their commitment to recycling and the conservation of water and electricity - which have proven to be incredibly effective. We will continue to encourage and support our 30 Clubs as they pursue a sustainable environment in their ballparks and throughout their respective communities." 

"It is an honor to be recognized for our ongoing work to ensure that AT&T Park is one of the most sustainable and green venues in the country," said Jorge Costa, Senior Vice President of Operations and Facilities, AT&T Park. "Our ability to divert waste at these high levels does not happen without the commitment of our amazing recycling center team who sorts through more than four thousand tons of garbage, compost and recyclables each year." In 2015, AT&T Park became the first MLB ballpark to earn LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance for their concerted efforts to conserve power and water, recycle waste and implement renewable energy sources and programs in their daily operations of the park.

As a sport, Major League Baseball has committed itself to making sustainability a pillar of its business. Key initiatives operated by the league include 'GREEN TEAMS' and sustainability-focused activations during MLB All-Star Week and the World Series, as well as recycling and water restoration partnerships with Arizona State University & Change the Course, front office volunteer efforts as well as efforts led by MLB Clubs. In 2018, MLB Clubs diverted more than 19,000 tons of recycled or composted waste.

Major League Baseball has named the San Francisco Giants as recipient of the 2018 Green Glove Award, which recognizes the MLB Club with the highest waste diversion rate, after diverting 94 percent of all waste at AT&T Park from local landfills. The Giants, who collected nine consecutive awards between 2008 and 2016, secured its 10th Green Glove Award in 11 seasons.

The Giants continue to set industry records with their waste diversion numbers year after year. Despite losing the Green Glove Award to the Seattle Mariners in 2017, the Club still diverted 93 percent of their waste from going to landfills that year through an aggressive recycling and composting program. Since winning their second Green Glove award in 2009 with a 57 percent diversion rate, the Giants have seen their efforts increase by 37 percent to land at this year's impressive number. The Club has continuously been recognized for its commitment to recycling, including winning the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) Award, administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (Cal Recycle) for outstanding waste reduction efforts. Also in 2012, the Giants won the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), California's highest environmental honor. 

In efforts to become an even more sustainable organization, the Giants made adjustments to infrastructure at AT&T Park to ensure an overall eco-friendly environment. Prior to the 2017 season, the Giants completely retrofitted the field lighting at AT&T Park replacing all current lighting fixtures with LED lights. By upgrading the 556 main fixtures with LED lights, the current per fixture wattage was reduced by more than 50 percent - from 2250 kilowatts to 960 kilowatts per fixture. The change saved an estimated 3,586 kilowatt hours per game or 290,466 kilowatt hours for the regular season. The Giants also increased their field water efficiency by installing a new underground sprinkler system, which allows the field manager to address any microclimates on the field without overwatering, creating a more consistent playing surface.

"We are proud to present the San Francisco Giants with their 10th Green Glove Award," said Paul Hanlon, Senior Director of Ballpark Operations & Sustainability, Major League Baseball. "The Giants have become leaders in sustainability with their robust programs and initiatives, including their commitment to recycling and the conservation of water and electricity - which have proven to be incredibly effective. We will continue to encourage and support our 30 Clubs as they pursue a sustainable environment in their ballparks and throughout their respective communities." 

"It is an honor to be recognized for our ongoing work to ensure that AT&T Park is one of the most sustainable and green venues in the country," said Jorge Costa, Senior Vice President of Operations and Facilities, AT&T Park. "Our ability to divert waste at these high levels does not happen without the commitment of our amazing recycling center team who sorts through more than four thousand tons of garbage, compost and recyclables each year." In 2015, AT&T Park became the first MLB ballpark to earn LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance for their concerted efforts to conserve power and water, recycle waste and implement renewable energy sources and programs in their daily operations of the park.

As a sport, Major League Baseball has committed itself to making sustainability a pillar of its business. Key initiatives operated by the league include 'GREEN TEAMS' and sustainability-focused activations during MLB All-Star Week and the World Series, as well as recycling and water restoration partnerships with Arizona State University & Change the Course, front office volunteer efforts as well as efforts led by MLB Clubs. In 2018, MLB Clubs diverted more than 19,000 tons of recycled or composted waste.

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Giants claim OF Mike Gerber off waivers from Detroit

The San Francisco Giants announced today they have claimed outfielder Mike Gerber off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

Gerber, 26, spent the majority of 2018 with triple-A Toledo appearing in 74 games, batting .213 with 13 home runs. He made his Major League debut on April 20, 2018 vs. Kansas City and appeared in 18 games overall with the Tigers. Gerber was named to the Eastern League Mid-season All-Star Team and was selected as an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com in 2017. In 2016, he was selected as a winner of a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove after not committing an error in 251 chances and recording six outfield assists.

The San Francisco Giants announced today they have claimed outfielder Mike Gerber off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

Gerber, 26, spent the majority of 2018 with triple-A Toledo appearing in 74 games, batting .213 with 13 home runs. He made his Major League debut on April 20, 2018 vs. Kansas City and appeared in 18 games overall with the Tigers. Gerber was named to the Eastern League Mid-season All-Star Team and was selected as an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com in 2017. In 2016, he was selected as a winner of a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove after not committing an error in 251 chances and recording six outfield assists.

With today's transaction, the Giants 40-man roster stands at 35 players.

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Giants statement on Lee Smith being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Las Vegas, NV - The San Francisco Giants would like to congratulate minor league pitching coach Lee Smith on being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today's Game Era Committee.

Smith pitched for 18 seasons with the Cubs (1980-87), Red Sox (1988-90), Cardinals (1990-92), Yankees (1993), Orioles (1994), Angels (1995), Reds (1996) and Expos (1997). His 478 saves were the top mark in baseball from 1993 to the 2006 season and still rank third on the all-time list behind Mariano Rivera's 652 and Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman's 601. A seven-time All-Star, Smith led his league in saves four times and topped the 30-save mark in 10 seasons.

Las Vegas, NV - The San Francisco Giants would like to congratulate minor league pitching coach Lee Smith on being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today's Game Era Committee.

Smith pitched for 18 seasons with the Cubs (1980-87), Red Sox (1988-90), Cardinals (1990-92), Yankees (1993), Orioles (1994), Angels (1995), Reds (1996) and Expos (1997). His 478 saves were the top mark in baseball from 1993 to the 2006 season and still rank third on the all-time list behind Mariano Rivera's 652 and Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman's 601. A seven-time All-Star, Smith led his league in saves four times and topped the 30-save mark in 10 seasons.

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Statement from Giants president & CEO Laurence M. Baer on political donations

In no way does the Giants organization condone any racist and hateful language and behavior by anyone. It is abhorrent and in direct conflict with the core values of the San Francisco Giants. 

We take seriously the platform we have to make an impact on our community, and for decades we have used it to advocate for social justice and equality, inclusiveness and tolerance in our communities. We were the first team in professional sports to raise money and awareness for a cure for AIDS (Until There's A Cure Day), the first team to devote a day to preventing domestic and family violence (Strike Out Violence Day), and the first team to speak out against bullying, in particular of LGBTQ youth (It Gets Better).  We were proud to support the renovation of the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunter's Point and each year our Junior Giants program provides free baseball instruction and life skills coaching to more than 25,000 low-income children throughout Northern California.  We in the sports world have an ongoing responsibility to step beyond the comfort zone of our ballparks, stadiums and arenas to address injustice and suffering in our communities and the Giants will continue to make that a priority.  

In no way does the Giants organization condone any racist and hateful language and behavior by anyone. It is abhorrent and in direct conflict with the core values of the San Francisco Giants. 

We take seriously the platform we have to make an impact on our community, and for decades we have used it to advocate for social justice and equality, inclusiveness and tolerance in our communities. We were the first team in professional sports to raise money and awareness for a cure for AIDS (Until There's A Cure Day), the first team to devote a day to preventing domestic and family violence (Strike Out Violence Day), and the first team to speak out against bullying, in particular of LGBTQ youth (It Gets Better).  We were proud to support the renovation of the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunter's Point and each year our Junior Giants program provides free baseball instruction and life skills coaching to more than 25,000 low-income children throughout Northern California.  We in the sports world have an ongoing responsibility to step beyond the comfort zone of our ballparks, stadiums and arenas to address injustice and suffering in our communities and the Giants will continue to make that a priority.  

The Giants have more than 30 owners. Just like our fans, they come from different backgrounds and have their own political views.  Many give to Democratic causes, many to Republican causes and some refrain from politics altogether. Neither I nor anyone else at the Giants can control who any of our owners support politically, just as we cannot and should not control whom any of our employees support politically. While our 30-plus owners span the political spectrum, they share one core belief: that sports has the power to inspire and galvanize a community. In 1992, when the Giants were about to be sold to a group in Tampa, these individuals recognized the importance of the Giants to the community, and they saved the team for the Bay Area. They helped turn the Giants into one of the most socially-minded and successful organizations both on and off the field.  That vision has never faltered. We remain steadfast in our mission to serve our fans and the community.

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Giants add three players to 40-man roster

The San Francisco Giants announced Tuesday they have selected the contracts of the following players to the 40-man roster: RHP Melvin Adon, RHP Sam Coonrod and RHP Logan Webb.

·        Melvin Adon, RHP - The 24-year-old was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2015. Entering the 2018 season, his fastball, which has reached as high as 102 mph, was rated the Giants best fastball in the minor leagues by Baseball America. Adon impressed in the Arizona Fall League working as a reliever for the Scottsdale Scorpions, throwing 12.1 innings while striking out 21 batters and allowing just three walks over his 10 appearances.

The San Francisco Giants announced Tuesday they have selected the contracts of the following players to the 40-man roster: RHP Melvin Adon, RHP Sam Coonrod and RHP Logan Webb.

·        Melvin Adon, RHP - The 24-year-old was signed by the Giants as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2015. Entering the 2018 season, his fastball, which has reached as high as 102 mph, was rated the Giants best fastball in the minor leagues by Baseball America. Adon impressed in the Arizona Fall League working as a reliever for the Scottsdale Scorpions, throwing 12.1 innings while striking out 21 batters and allowing just three walks over his 10 appearances.

·        Sam Coonrod, RHP - Drafted by the Giants in fifth round of the 2014 MLB draft, the 26-year-old spent most of the 2018 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander was limited to 10 games, striking out 23 batters in 11.2 innings of work between the Arizona Rookie League Giants and Class A advanced San Jose Giants.

·        Logan Webb, RHP - Webb, the Giants' #4 selection in the 2014 MLB draft, split the 2018 season between Class A advanced San Jose and double-A Richmond combining for a 2.41 ERA (28er, 104.2ip) in 27 games (26 starts). The 2018 California League Mid-Season All-Star, held right-handed batters to a .187 average while recording 72 strikeouts. Webb was ranked the #17 prospect in the Cal League on Baseball America's Top 20 List.

In addition, RHP Julian Fernandez was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins yesterday and RHP Chase Johnson cleared waivers and was outrighted to triple-A Sacramento earlier today.

With Tuesday's transactions, the Giants now have 36 players on their 40-man roster.

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2019 single game, Spring Training, select special events & Holiday Pack tickets to go on public sale Tuesday, November 20

Season ticket members & Visa® cardholders will have early access to purchase 2019 tickets

Single game tickets for the entire 2019 season (except Opening Day & Yankees Series), Spring Training, Select Special Events and a limited edition Holiday Pack will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 20. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT on Nov. 20, game tickets in all categories can be purchased online at sfgiants.com or in person at all Giants Dugout Store locations.   
 
Promotions and Giveaways for 2019 feature: • Opening Day Calendar presented by AT&T (Apr. 5) • Evan Longoria Bobblehead (Apr. 6) • Buster Posey Cap (Apr. 7) • Fireworks Night presented by Altec Lansing (Apr. 12) • Two Flaps Down Hat (Apr. 13) • Giants Bag (Apr. 14) • Willie Mays 20th Anniversary Bobblehead presented by AT&T (Apr. 27) -- (commemorating the first-ever bobblehead giveaway) • "Let Pablo Pitch" Bobblehead (May 11) • Mother's Day Wristlet presented by See's Candies (May 12) • Giants Flag Trucker Cap (May 26) • Mike Krukow OR Duane Kuiper Gnome (June 8) • Fireworks Night presented by Snapple (June 14) • Giants Cap presented by Dignity (June 15) • Father's Day Socks (June 16) • Dereck Rodriguez Bobblehead (June 29) • Will Clark Baseball T-Shirt (July 6) • MLB Network Grocery Tote (July 7) • Giants Fog Globe (Aug. 10) • Battle of the Bay 1989 Team Pin (Aug. 11) • Peanuts® Woodstock Bobblehead (Aug. 31) • Buster Posey Item (Sept. 1) • Alaska 2-for-1 (Sept. 14) • STAR WARS Player Bobblehead (Sept. 15)
 
The Wall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for July 20, with the inductees to be named later, and the Giants will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the 1989 World Series with a team reunion on Aug. 11. The Willie Mac Award will be presented on Sept. 27 and Fan Appreciation Day will be on Sept. 29. 
 
The Giants also released their 2019 Special Events Schedule with select (additional special events to be announced) event tickets going on sale on Nov. 20. All special events require the purchase of a special event ticket. Special events include three Youth and Little League Days on Apr. 7, 14 and May 12. College nights return with University of San Francisco (Apr. 8) • Saint Mary's College (Apr. 9) Sacramento State (Apr. 11) • San Francisco State (Apr. 29) • Cal Berkeley (Apr. 30) • Stanford (May 10) • UC Davis (May 14) • Santa Clara University (May 24) • San Jose State (Sept. 13). Other popular special events include: • MARVEL Night 1 (May 22) and 2 (Aug. 8) • STAR WARS®Day (Sept. 15) • Autism Awareness Night (July 6) • LGBT Night (June 12) • Girl Scouts Day (July 21) • Firefighter Appreciation Night (June 27) • Law Enforcement Appreciation (July 18) • HELLO KITTY® Night (Aug. 29) • Bruce Lee Tribute Night (June 28) • STAR TREK® Night (Aug. 26) • Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day (Sept. 1) • Peanuts® Day (Aug. 31) • Oktoberfest (Sept. 24). A few new and notable events include: • Bike to the Park Night (Apr. 9) • Margaritaville Night (June 7) • Team Up for Tahoe (June 29) • Movie Day at the Ballpark -- Top Gun (July 7). Tickets for the 2019 Heritage Nights at AT&T Park will be available for purchase in January. [See attached for a listing of Giants Special Events or visit sfgiants.com/specialevents.] 
 
Spring Training tickets will also be on sale beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 20. These include all 16 of the 2019 Cactus League games at Scottsdale Stadium in February and March. The Giants' 2019 spring schedule begins Sunday, Feb. 24 with three games at Scottsdale Stadium in February, including Feb. 25 & 27 and 13 home games in March. [Please visit sfgiants.com/spring for the complete 2019 Spring Training Schedule.]  
 
Tickets can be purchased online at sfgiants.com or in person at all Giants Dugout Store locations. For a complete listing of stores and hours, visit sfgiants.com/dugoutstores. Prior to the Tuesday, Nov. 20 public on-sale, Giants Season Ticket Members can begin to purchase tickets on Friday, Nov. 16 and Visa® Cardholders can begin to purchase tickets on Monday, Nov. 19. Tickets will remain on continuous sale until the end of the 2019 season. A special Holiday Pack will also be available, beginning at just $59, which includes four games during the regular season and a limited-edition Lou Seal Snow Globe. The Holiday Pack must be purchased by Dec. 17 to receive the Lou Seal Snow Globe by Christmas. With the Giants dynamic pricing structure, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to secure the best prices. Please note the new start time for home games Monday thru Thursday is 6:45 p.m. For more information go to sfgiants.com or call (415) 972-2298. 

Single game tickets for the entire 2019 season (except Opening Day & Yankees Series), Spring Training, Select Special Events and a limited edition Holiday Pack will go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 20. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT on Nov. 20, game tickets in all categories can be purchased online at sfgiants.com or in person at all Giants Dugout Store locations.   
 
Promotions and Giveaways for 2019 feature: • Opening Day Calendar presented by AT&T (Apr. 5) • Evan Longoria Bobblehead (Apr. 6) • Buster Posey Cap (Apr. 7) • Fireworks Night presented by Altec Lansing (Apr. 12) • Two Flaps Down Hat (Apr. 13) • Giants Bag (Apr. 14) • Willie Mays 20th Anniversary Bobblehead presented by AT&T (Apr. 27) -- (commemorating the first-ever bobblehead giveaway) • "Let Pablo Pitch" Bobblehead (May 11) • Mother's Day Wristlet presented by See's Candies (May 12) • Giants Flag Trucker Cap (May 26) • Mike Krukow OR Duane Kuiper Gnome (June 8) • Fireworks Night presented by Snapple (June 14) • Giants Cap presented by Dignity (June 15) • Father's Day Socks (June 16) • Dereck Rodriguez Bobblehead (June 29) • Will Clark Baseball T-Shirt (July 6) • MLB Network Grocery Tote (July 7) • Giants Fog Globe (Aug. 10) • Battle of the Bay 1989 Team Pin (Aug. 11) • Peanuts® Woodstock Bobblehead (Aug. 31) • Buster Posey Item (Sept. 1) • Alaska 2-for-1 (Sept. 14) • STAR WARS Player Bobblehead (Sept. 15)
 
The Wall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for July 20, with the inductees to be named later, and the Giants will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the 1989 World Series with a team reunion on Aug. 11. The Willie Mac Award will be presented on Sept. 27 and Fan Appreciation Day will be on Sept. 29. 
 
The Giants also released their 2019 Special Events Schedule with select (additional special events to be announced) event tickets going on sale on Nov. 20. All special events require the purchase of a special event ticket. Special events include three Youth and Little League Days on Apr. 7, 14 and May 12. College nights return with University of San Francisco (Apr. 8) • Saint Mary's College (Apr. 9) Sacramento State (Apr. 11) • San Francisco State (Apr. 29) • Cal Berkeley (Apr. 30) • Stanford (May 10) • UC Davis (May 14) • Santa Clara University (May 24) • San Jose State (Sept. 13). Other popular special events include: • MARVEL Night 1 (May 22) and 2 (Aug. 8) • STAR WARS®Day (Sept. 15) • Autism Awareness Night (July 6) • LGBT Night (June 12) • Girl Scouts Day (July 21) • Firefighter Appreciation Night (June 27) • Law Enforcement Appreciation (July 18) • HELLO KITTY® Night (Aug. 29) • Bruce Lee Tribute Night (June 28) • STAR TREK® Night (Aug. 26) • Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day (Sept. 1) • Peanuts® Day (Aug. 31) • Oktoberfest (Sept. 24). A few new and notable events include: • Bike to the Park Night (Apr. 9) • Margaritaville Night (June 7) • Team Up for Tahoe (June 29) • Movie Day at the Ballpark -- Top Gun (July 7). Tickets for the 2019 Heritage Nights at AT&T Park will be available for purchase in January. [See attached for a listing of Giants Special Events or visit sfgiants.com/specialevents.] 
 
Spring Training tickets will also be on sale beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 20. These include all 16 of the 2019 Cactus League games at Scottsdale Stadium in February and March. The Giants' 2019 spring schedule begins Sunday, Feb. 24 with three games at Scottsdale Stadium in February, including Feb. 25 & 27 and 13 home games in March. [Please visit sfgiants.com/spring for the complete 2019 Spring Training Schedule.]  
 
Tickets can be purchased online at sfgiants.com or in person at all Giants Dugout Store locations. For a complete listing of stores and hours, visit sfgiants.com/dugoutstores. Prior to the Tuesday, Nov. 20 public on-sale, Giants Season Ticket Members can begin to purchase tickets on Friday, Nov. 16 and Visa® Cardholders can begin to purchase tickets on Monday, Nov. 19. Tickets will remain on continuous sale until the end of the 2019 season. A special Holiday Pack will also be available, beginning at just $59, which includes four games during the regular season and a limited-edition Lou Seal Snow Globe. The Holiday Pack must be purchased by Dec. 17 to receive the Lou Seal Snow Globe by Christmas. With the Giants dynamic pricing structure, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to secure the best prices. Please note the new start time for home games Monday thru Thursday is 6:45 p.m. For more information go to sfgiants.com or call (415) 972-2298. 

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Farhan Zaidi named San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations

The San Francisco Giants have hired Major League executive Farhan Zaidi as the club's president of baseball operations, President & CEO Larry Baer announced today. 

Zaidi and Baer will be available to the media at a news conference tomorrow at AT&T Park at 1:00 p.m. 

The San Francisco Giants have hired Major League executive Farhan Zaidi as the club's president of baseball operations, President & CEO Larry Baer announced today. 

Zaidi and Baer will be available to the media at a news conference tomorrow at AT&T Park at 1:00 p.m. 

"We set out to find one of the best minds in baseball and Farhan's many accomplishments and expertise exceeded our expectations," said Baer. "Farhan is widely viewed as one of the top executives in our industry and we are thrilled to have him lead the next chapter of Giants Baseball."

"I am delighted to return to the Bay Area and to join one of the most storied franchises in the game," said Zaidi. "I have watched the Giants from afar and I have great respect for the organization's culture and many accomplishments. I am excited about this new opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting right to work."  

Zaidi spent the last four years as the Los Angeles Dodgers' General Manager after joining the club in November 2014. Under Zaidi's leadership, the Dodgers have won four consecutive division titles while advancing to the National League Championship Series the last three years and the World Series the last two seasons. During that four-year span, the Dodgers have posted the second-best winning percentage in all of baseball (.584, 379-270).  

Prior to joining the Dodgers, Zaidi spent 10 seasons with the Oakland Athletics, where he started as a baseball operations analyst in 2005 before being promoted to director of baseball operations in 2009, and assistant general manager/director of baseball operations in 2014. With the Athletics, his primary responsibilities included evaluating and targeting players in the amateur draft, free agent and trade markets.

The Athletics reached the playoffs during Zaidi's final three seasons with the club. (2012-14)

Zaidi, 41, earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lucy.

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San Francisco and the baseball community mourns the loss of San Francisco Giants legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey

The San Francisco Giants issued the following statement on behalf of Willie McCovey's family and the organization:

It is with great sadness that we announce that San Francisco Giants Legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 80 after losing his battle with ongoing health issues. 

The San Francisco Giants issued the following statement on behalf of Willie McCovey's family and the organization:

It is with great sadness that we announce that San Francisco Giants Legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey passed away peacefully this afternoon at the age of 80 after losing his battle with ongoing health issues. 

"San Francisco and the entire baseball community lost a true gentleman and legend, and our collective hearts are broken," said Giants President & Chief Executive Officer Laurence M. Baer. "Willie was a beloved figure throughout his playing days and in retirement. He will be deeply missed by the many people he touched. For more than six decades, he gave his heart and soul to the Giants - as one of the greatest players of all time, as a quiet leader in the clubhouse, as a mentor to the Giants who followed in his footsteps, as an inspiration to our Junior Giants, and as a fan cheering on the team from his booth."

Willie's greatest passion was his family and our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved wife, Estela, and his daughter, Allison, and her children Raven, Philip, and Marissa," continued Baer.

"I am grateful that my father passed peacefully surrounded by his family and friends while listening to his favorite sports channel," said Willie's daughter Allison McCovey.

"Every moment he will be terribly missed. He was my best friend and husband. Living life without him will never be the same," said Willie's wife Estela McCovey

Willie is also survived by his sister Frances and his brothers, Clauzell and Cleon.

A public celebration of Willie's life will be announced at a later date. Fans who wish to offer their condolences may send letters to the McCovey family care of San Francisco Giants, attention Forever 44, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107. Or they may email Forever44@sfgiants.com.

Since 1980, the Giants have awarded the Willie Mac Award, which is given to a Giants player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership consistently shown by McCovey throughout his career.

McCovey was a six-time All-Star, a National League MVP (1969) and National League Rookie of the Year (1959) winner. He was a three-time NL home run leader (1963, 1968, 1969) and twice led the league in RBI (1968, 1969). At the time of his retirement he ranked second to Lou Gehrig in career grand slams (18) and hit the most homers (231) ever at Candlestick Park. "Stretch" also established a Major League record for most seasons played (22) as a first baseman. In addition, he became the fifth player in MLB history to earn back-to-back home run and RBI titles, hitting 36 homers and driving in 105 runs in 1968 and then capturing NL Most Valuable Player honors with 45 home runs and 126 RBI in 1969. McCovey had hit more home runs (521) than any other left-handed hitter in National League history before Barry Bonds passed him in 2001. His 521 career home runs are tied with Frank Thomas and Ted Williams for 20th on baseball's all-time list. 

McCovey made his Major League debut with the Giants on July 30, 1959, and went 4-for-4 against Hall-of-Famer Robin Roberts of the Philadelphia Phillies, hitting two triples and two singles. He then went on to win National League Rookie of the Year honors while posting a .354 batting average with 13 home runs and 38 RBI in just 52 games for the Giants. The Mobile, Alabama native spent many years at the heart of the Giants' batting order along with fellow Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays. His best year statistically was 1969, when he batted .320 with 45 home runs and 126 RBI en route to being named the National League Most Valuable Player.

After four decades in baseball, McCovey retired following the 1980 season after a 22-year big league career (18 with the Giants). He ended his playing career with a batting average of .270 along with 1,229 runs scored, 353 doubles, 46 triples, 521 home runs and 1,555 RBI for the Giants (1959-1973, 1977-80), San Diego Padres (1974-76) and Oakland Athletics (1976). He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 in his first year of eligibility, appearing on 346 of 425 ballots cast.

In honor of the Hall of Fame great, the portion of San Francisco Bay behind right field at AT&T Park is named "McCovey Cove." In 2003, the Giants unveiled a statue of McCovey at China Basin Park, which is located across from AT&T Park on the southern shoreline of McCovey Cove.

McCovey had spent the past 18 years as a senior advisor to the team.

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Giants exercise options for LHP Madison Bumgarner and IF Pablo Sandoval

The San Francisco Giants have announced Monday they have exercised club options for LHP Madison Bumgarner and IF Pablo Sandoval for the 2019 season. Additionally, the Giants have reinstated C Buster Posey, IF Pablo Sandoval, RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Johnny Cueto and RHP Julian Fernandez from the 60-day disabled list.

Bumgarner, 29, posted a 6-7 record with a 3.26 ERA in 21 starts in 2018. The left-hander posted a 1.63 home ERA, the fourth-lowest in the Majors and tossed 22.0-consecutive scoreless innings at AT&T Park from August 7-September 28. He missed the first two months of the year with a displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand.

The San Francisco Giants have announced Monday they have exercised club options for LHP Madison Bumgarner and IF Pablo Sandoval for the 2019 season. Additionally, the Giants have reinstated C Buster Posey, IF Pablo Sandoval, RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP Johnny Cueto and RHP Julian Fernandez from the 60-day disabled list.

Bumgarner, 29, posted a 6-7 record with a 3.26 ERA in 21 starts in 2018. The left-hander posted a 1.63 home ERA, the fourth-lowest in the Majors and tossed 22.0-consecutive scoreless innings at AT&T Park from August 7-September 28. He missed the first two months of the year with a displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand.

Drafted by the Giants in the first round (10th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Bumgarner is 110-83 with a 3.03 ERA in 255 career appearances and contributing to the Giants' three World Series championships (2010, 2012 and 2014) during his 10-year career. His 1,591 strikeouts in a Giants' uniform are fifth-most in SF Giants history and he's 15 strikeouts away from tying Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry (1,606 career strikeouts) for fourth-most by a Giant since 1958. His 110 career victories are third-most in SF-era history.

Sandoval, 32, appeared in 92 games in 2018 and hit .248 with nine home runs and 40 RBI. The utility man saw action at first base (24 games), second base (two games), third base (36 games) and came in to pitch the 9th inning in Game 1 of a doubleheader vs. the Dodgers on April 28. Sandoval hit .323 (20-62) with 30 RBI with runners in scoring position while batting .286 (8-for-28) as a pinch-hitter in 2018. His season was cut short after being placed on the 10-Day DL on July 30 with a right hamstring strain.

The switch-hitter has posted a .281 average with 134 home runs over his 11-year career with San Francisco and Boston. Sandoval also contributed to the Giants' three World Series championships (2010, 2012 and 2014).

With Monday's transactions, the Giants' 40-man roster now stands at 36.

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San Francisco Giants mourn the passing of former longtime broadcaster Hank Greenwald

The San Francisco Giants issued the following statement on behalf of the Greenwald Family:

It is with deep sadness we announce that former Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at the age of 83 after a long battle with heart and kidney complications.

The San Francisco Giants issued the following statement on behalf of the Greenwald Family:

It is with deep sadness we announce that former Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at the age of 83 after a long battle with heart and kidney complications.

"Hank was a broadcasting legend throughout the Bay Area and was a huge part of the Giants throughout his 16 seasons as our play-by-play announcer. He was the key link to our fans listening at home and brought our game to life through the radio," said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer. "Hank and his family continued to stay connected with the Giants following his retirement and he often could be found talking baseball or taking in a game on the broadcast level of AT&T Park. He will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with Carla, Kellie and Doug."

"My dad's goal was to be a Major League Baseball broadcaster, the San Francisco Giants provided him with that opportunity and in turn he provided Giants fans everywhere with many exciting moments," said Hank's son Doug Greenwald.

Hank spent 16 seasons overall as the play-by-play voice of the Giants on KNBR (680 AM). He was the voice of the Giants from 1979-86 before departing for a two-year stint with the New York Yankees radio team. He returned to the Giants in 1987 until his retirement from the club in 1996. A 1957 graduate of Syracuse University, Hank did radio play-by-play for the University of San Francisco Dons basketball, Syracuse football, Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League and the Golden State Warriors. Hank also served as the press box public address announcer for the Super Bowl. Following his retirement from the Giants in 1996, Hank did some broadcasting for CBS radio and served as a part-time television broadcaster for the A's during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.  

He is survived by his wife Carla of 48 years and their children Kellie and Doug. A celebration of Hank's life is pending.   

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Will Smith named 2018 'Willie Mac' Award winner

San Francisco, Calif. -- San Francisco Giants left-handed pitcher Will Smith was selected as the winner of the 2018 "Willie Mac" Award, the club announced today.

The Willie McCovey Award is an annual honor bestowed upon the most inspirational player on the team, as voted upon by Giants players, coaches, training staff, clubhouse staff, the fans and Willie McCovey himself. This season marks the 38th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1980, in honor of legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Engraved on the plaque that Smith will receive are the words "Competitive Spirit, Ability and Leadership" to characterize the qualities both McCovey and Smith exemplify.

San Francisco, Calif. -- San Francisco Giants left-handed pitcher Will Smith was selected as the winner of the 2018 "Willie Mac" Award, the club announced today.

The Willie McCovey Award is an annual honor bestowed upon the most inspirational player on the team, as voted upon by Giants players, coaches, training staff, clubhouse staff, the fans and Willie McCovey himself. This season marks the 38th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1980, in honor of legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Engraved on the plaque that Smith will receive are the words "Competitive Spirit, Ability and Leadership" to characterize the qualities both McCovey and Smith exemplify.

Smith, who missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, was one of the Giants' top relievers this year, posting a record of 2-3 with a 1.90 ERA while going 14-for-18 in save opportunities. He's held opponents to a .179 batting average against and registered 70 strikeouts in just 52.0 innings pitched, the seventh-highest strikeout per 9.0 inning ratio (12.12 SO/9) among NL relievers. His 1.90 ERA is the second-lowest among all NL relief pitchers and his .179 average against ranks as the seventh-lowest figure in the NL. Smith is the 10th Giants pitcher to win this award and just the third reliever.

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