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Giants' batting cage gets new HOF look

August 26, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' indoor batting cage recently received some appropriate decor.The wall near a corner of the cage is adorned with poster-sized images of Hall of Famers Mel Ott, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, all wearing wide grins (you'd smile, too, if you could hit like

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' indoor batting cage recently received some appropriate decor.
The wall near a corner of the cage is adorned with poster-sized images of Hall of Famers Mel Ott, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey and Willie Mays, all wearing wide grins (you'd smile, too, if you could hit like them). Arranged on the floor below these photos are similarly sized shots representing five of the franchise's eight World Series-winning teams (1922, 1954, 2010, 2012 and 2014).
Hitting coach Alonzo Powell intended for the pictures in the cage -- which is situated in a subterranean area adjacent to the Giants' dugout -- to function as more than mere ornaments.
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"It's a tribute to star players and great teams the Giants have had," said Powell, who mounted the art this month. Ideally, Powell said, the blowups will serve as "conversation pieces" that will add dashes of inspiration and motivation.
"I just wanted to liven the place up," said Powell, a native San Franciscan who's in his first year with the club. "But there's also a lot of history in this organization. We want our players to expect greatness and pay tribute to the guys who have been here before."

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.