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Giants to begin 2019 season at newly named Oracle Park with annual reveal of "What's New"

Click on this link for the 2019 "What's New" detailed document

 

Click on this link for the 2019 "What's New" detailed document

 

The San Francisco Giants held their annual Media Open House today to reveal "what's new" at Oracle Park for the 2019 season. The team introduced a number of ballpark enhancements as part of a five-year capital improvement plan, to be completed by the time they celebrate their 25th season at Oracle Park in 2024. They also highlighted promotions and special events, new food offerings and launched a redesigned transportation website to keep fans updated in real time about getting to and from Oracle Park.

 

Capital Improvements/Videoboard Highlights

 

This season the game experience will be greatly enhanced with the installation of a brand new videoboard in center field. The $10 million project represents the largest single capital improvement the Giants have undertaken at the park since it opened in 2000. This Mitsubishi Electronic Diamond Vision display will be the park's third, replacing the most recent board, which debuted in 2007. The new board will be more than three times as large (153.28' wide by 70.87' high) with twice the resolution (4,672 x 2,160 pixels) of the former display, which will dramatically enhance the ballpark experience by providing more content, in-depth advanced statistics and higher-quality video. It will also be the first "4K" display in MLB.

 

Other ballpark enhancements include the opening of The Cloud Club. Located on the Suite Level, The Cloud Club will offer a brand new way to experience premium sports entertainment at Oracle Park. This all-inclusive lounge welcomes those looking for a lively and immersive environment to enjoy the game while entertaining clients, colleagues or friends. The Cloud Club will feature the very best of Oracle Park's food and beverage offerings paired with great views and some of the park's most comfortable seats. The Waterfront is a new social gathering space with great views of the field, the Bay and McCovey Cove. The destination was created by removing the last few rows of bleachers under the scoreboard and is open to all fans. It will be an ideal location for Ballpark Pass holders to gather and will include a new, premium bar set to debut early in the 2019 season. The Blue Shield Field Club has been redesigned with a clean new look with more natural light and a classic, industrial aesthetic. The Lexus Lounge, which was previously the umpires' clubhouse, has been transformed to provide private field level access for the Giants' Lexus Dugout Club customers and to create an exclusive place for them to enjoy food and beverage throughout the game. In addition, the last row of seats in the lower box seating areas around the Promenade Level have been removed to create more space for fans to circulate and socialize.

 

Opening Day Festivities

 

The Giants will begin the 2019 season campaign at home when they face the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, April 5. This day, steeped in tradition, will be the final home opener for beloved Manager Bruce Bochy who announced at the start of Spring Training that this will be his final season as the skipper of the Giants. He will retire at the end of the season after 13 years with the club and 25 consecutive years as a big-league manager. The Giants will begin the season-long retirement celebration by honoring the Three-Time World Series Champion Manager during the home opener. The organization will also pay tribute during the pre-game ceremony and throughout the game to some special Forever Giants who recently passed away, including Broadcaster Hank Greenwald, Former Manager Frank Robinson, Former Managing General Partner Peter A. Magowan and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Additionally, the team will honor the first responders of the devastating California wildfires that destroyed many parts of the state and will remember the victims of the tragic fires. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 12:45 p.m. Gates will open two and a half hours before first pitch which is set for 1:35 p.m. Tickets for Opening Day are still available at sfgiants.com/tickets.

 

Tickets

 

For all single-game ticket purchasers, the Giants have eliminated the print at home ticket and transitioned to mobile only for the 2019 season. Mobile tickets minimize the risk of lost, forgotten and counterfeit tickets and allow fans to access, share and upgrade in one place and scan more quickly than a traditional paper ticket. Fans can access their mobile tickets via the free, recently updated MLB Ballpark app.   There will be Ballpark app ambassadors positioned at all gates to assist fans this season.

               

The 2019 schedule features fan favorites and notable giveaways including: Opening Day Calendar presented by Oracle (Apr. 5); Buster Posey Cap presented by Coupa Software (Apr. 7); Two Flaps Down Hat presented by Central Oregon Visitors Association (Apr. 13); Willie Mays 20th Anniversary Bobblehead presented by Konica Minolta (Apr. 27); Let Pablo Pitch Bobblehead presented by Chevron (May 11); Brandon Crawford T-Shirt (May 25); Giants Flag Trucker Cap presented by Coca-Cola & Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (May 26); Mike Krukow or Duane Kuiper Gnome presented by Coca-Cola (Jun. 8); Giants Cap presented by Dignity Health (Jun. 15); Father's Day Socks presented by Toyota (Jun. 16); Will Clark Baseball T-Shirt (Jul. 6); Cable Car Replica (Jul. 20); Giants Fog Globe (Aug. 10); 1989 Giants Team Reunion - Battle of the Bay Pin (Aug. 11); Peanuts Woodstock Bobblehead (Aug. 31); Buster Posey T-Shirt (Sep. 1); Alaska Airlines 2-for-1 Flight Voucher (Sep. 14). For a complete listing of promotions please visit sfgiants.com/promotions.

 

Special Events

 

The Giants will honor the 1989 Giants Team on Sunday, Aug. 11. The '89 Giants led by Manager Roger Craig included Forever Giants Will Clark, Robby Thompson, Jose Uribe, Kevin Mitchell, Brett Butler, Candy Maldonado, Matt Williams, Kirt Manwaring, Greg Litton, Chris Speier, Bob Brenly, Scott Garrelts, Rick Reuschel, Don Robinson, Mike Krukow, Atlee Hammaker and Goose Gossage to name a few. The team finished in first place in the National League West (92-70) going on to play in what has become known as the Earthquake World Series against cross-Bay rivals the Oakland Athletics.  

               

More than 60 special events are planned for the 2019 season. In addition to annual heritage nights, college nights and events surrounding pop culture, the Giants will feature a host of new events: Bike to the Park Night presented by PG&E (Apr. 9); McCovey Cove Wine Mixer (Jun. 15); Team Up for Tahoe (Jun. 29); Movie Day at the Ballpark - Top Gun (Jul. 7); Nurses Night Out (Aug. 6); Fiesta Gigantes Greats (Sep. 13); Greek Heritage Night (Sep. 27). A new partnership with Warner Bros features special events celebrating the hit TV show Friends™ (Aug. 5), and the 80th Anniversary of Batman™ (Sep. 28). For a complete listing of special events please visit sfgiants.com/specialevents.

 

New Food Offerings

 

 

Bon Appétit Management Company is the exclusive food service provider for Oracle Park and will introduce a number of new food offerings and many fan favorites in expanded locations for 2019 including Super Duper Burgers, San Francisco's cult burger with a commitment to sustainability, local ingredients and quality, the Organic Coup's certified organic corn dogs, street-style tacos, fish tacos, Irish Cheddar mac and cheese with a choice of toppings and   edible cookie dough.

 

Fanatics Partnership

 

The Giants have entered a 10-year omnichannel retail partnership with Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise, which grants Fanatics the rights to operate all Giants Dugout Store locations throughout the Bay Area. Fanatics, which currently runs e-commerce for the Giants through its operation of MLBShop.com, will now create an omnichannel retail experience for Giants fans on game day and beyond, giving them consistency between items and a significantly expanded assortment of products regardless of shopping online, on mobile, at the game or in store.

 

Corporate Partnerships

 

In addition to the Oracle naming rights agreement, the team extended a number of longstanding partnerships including renewals with Dignity Health (10-year agreement) and Levi's (5-year agreement). Dignity Health and the Giants made history almost three decades ago when they announced the establishment of an on-site health care facility at the new ballpark. The Giants became the first major league baseball team to house a health center serving the surrounding neighborhood. The Saint Francis Health Center at Oracle Park has served the health needs of the rapidly growing South of Market area, including residents of the South Beach, China Basin and Mission Bay neighborhoods.

 

The Levi's renewal marks the continuation of this longstanding relationship between two iconic San Francisco institutions. The centerpiece of this partnership is Oracle Park's signature right field wall, known as Levi's Landing. Beginning this season the partnership will include two new features: Levi's 501 Friday Concert Series and the Levi's Playmaker Community Program.

 

Some of the new partnerships for 2019 include: National Car Rental, Safeway, Keysight Technologies, Gensler and Flor de Cana.

 

Transportation

 

As transportation in the Bay Area continues to evolve with new challenges occurring daily, the Giants are committed to communicating with fans and visitors to Oracle Park on a regular basis in order to keep them informed and prepared with the best tools and information possible when planning their trips to and from Oracle Park. The Giants always encourage fans to take public transit, walk or bike to Oracle Park whenever possible. Please go to sfgiants.com/transportation for real time information throughout the season.

 

To connect with the Giants via social media go to sfgiants.com/connect.

 

 

San Francisco Giants

Bay Area-Based Fanatics and the San Francisco Giants Gear Up for Long-Term Omnichannel Retail Partnership

The San Francisco Giants and Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise, today announced a 10-year omnichannel retail partnership which grants Fanatics the rights to operate all Giants Dugout Store locations, including the flagship store at Oracle Park.

 

The San Francisco Giants and Fanatics, the global leader for licensed sports merchandise, today announced a 10-year omnichannel retail partnership which grants Fanatics the rights to operate all Giants Dugout Store locations, including the flagship store at Oracle Park.

 

Fanatics, which currently runs e-commerce for the Giants through its operation of MLBShop.com, will now create an omnichannel retail experience for Giants fans on gameday and beyond, giving them consistency between items and a significantly expanded assortment of products regardless of shopping online, on mobile, at the game or in one of the many Giants Dugout Store locations throughout the Bay Area.

 

In addition to the flagship store at Oracle Park, Dugout Store locations include Fisherman's Wharf, The Embarcadero and locations in San Mateo and Walnut Creek to name just a few. The Dugout Store collection was previously run in-house by the team for over 20 years, making them one of the longest-standing retail self-operators throughout Major League Baseball.

 

"In this ever-changing retail world, we believe that we can better serve our fans, both locally and globally, through a partnership with Fanatics," said Mario Alioto, Giants executive vice president of business operations. "Our fans are shopping for Giants merchandise through a variety of channels and we need to have the ability to meet their demands on a consistent basis whether that be in store or online."

 

Fanatics' Cloud-based technology and data platform, which was built in the company's Silicon Valley headquarters, will work simultaneously with its on-demand manufacturing capabilities to identify unplanned "micro-moments" where the company can create and distribute quick-turn merchandise throughout the year. The real-time offering can progressively track rising players, record-breaking moments and hot new items that are readily available and easily replenishable across both online and in physical retail locations throughout the Bay Area. This new retail approach builds on other innovative, fan-friendly benefits that the team has employed over the past several years.

 

"The Giants are one of the leading professional clubs in delivering unique and differentiated fan experiences, and we couldn't be more excited to combine that tradition with our world-class omnichannel technology to create a revolutionary new shopping experience for this incredible fan base," said Cole Gahagan, chief commercial officer for Fanatics. "Leveraging our local resources and vertical manufacturing rights, we're looking forward to helping fans showcase their pride and passion on gameday and beyond like never before."

 

The Giants will join two other MLB clubs and more than 50 professional and collegiate organizations for which the company provides in-venue omnichannel solutions, including five Bay Area-based franchises. It was announced earlier in the year that Fanatics will begin manufacturing and distributing all Nike MLB fan merchandise sold at retail beginning in 2020, including all jerseys, outwear, t-shirts, women's items and more. Nike will become the official on-field uniform and footwear provider during that time.

San Francisco Giants

Padres Announce Opening Day Sellout Against the San Francisco Giants

PEORIA, ARIZ. - The San Diego Padres announced today that Sycuan Casino & Resort Opening Day against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, March 28 has sold out. It marks the 16th consecutive home-opening sellout at Petco Park. A limited number of seats are still available for Opening Day within Padres Membership plans. Access is available by renewing or purchasing a new Padres Membership plan by March 9. Additionally, a limited number of Park Passes for Opening Day will be made available beginning on March 11. Padres Membership plans and single game tickets are available by visiting here or by calling the Padres Ticket Office at 619-795-5000.

 

PEORIA, ARIZ. - The San Diego Padres announced today that Sycuan Casino & Resort Opening Day against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, March 28 has sold out. It marks the 16th consecutive home-opening sellout at Petco Park. A limited number of seats are still available for Opening Day within Padres Membership plans. Access is available by renewing or purchasing a new Padres Membership plan by March 9. Additionally, a limited number of Park Passes for Opening Day will be made available beginning on March 11. Padres Membership plans and single game tickets are available by visiting here or by calling the Padres Ticket Office at 619-795-5000.

 

Fans are encouraged to come out for the remainder of Opening Weekend against the division-rival Giants with a homestand that promises to be full of fun and excitement for everyone. On Friday, March 29, the Padres are hosting their first BeerFest of the season in Park at the Park, presented by Southwest Airlines, which will feature the new Ballast Point Swingin' Friar Ale, $5 beer specials from local and national breweries and live music from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Baseball Night in San Diego returns on Saturday, March 30, where all fans in attendance will receive a 50th Anniversary Swingin' Friar Bobblehead presented by Sycuan Casino & Resort prior to the Padres' 5:40 p.m. game.

 

The series versus San Francisco concludes on Sunday, March 31 at 1:10 p.m. with Military Opening Day presented by USAA where all active military and their families will receive a 50% off advance tickets, and KidsFest presented by Chick-fil-A, which features bounce houses and other inflatables, games, face painters, balloon artists and more kid-friendly activities starting at 10:30 a.m. Additionally, the first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a Padres & Puppies 12-month calendar presented by Petco.

 

Tickets for the Padres' remaining 80 home games, including featured weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (May 3-5), St. Louis Cardinals (June 28-30), Giants (July 26-28) and World Series Champion Boston Red Sox (August 23-25) can be purchased online here, at the Padres Box Office or by phone at 619.795.5000.

San Diego Padres

Padres Announce 2019 Regular Season Broadcast Schedule

 

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres, in partnership with FOX Sports San Diego, today announced their 2019 regular season broadcast schedule. All 162 regular season games will be televised in English on either FOX Sports San Diego or FS1 and will air live on radio in both English and Spanish. Games produced by FOX Sports San Diego will also be available on the FOX Sports digital platforms. In addition, all 81 regular season home games will be televised in Spanish on FOX Deportes San Diego.

 

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres, in partnership with FOX Sports San Diego, today announced their 2019 regular season broadcast schedule. All 162 regular season games will be televised in English on either FOX Sports San Diego or FS1 and will air live on radio in both English and Spanish. Games produced by FOX Sports San Diego will also be available on the FOX Sports digital platforms. In addition, all 81 regular season home games will be televised in Spanish on FOX Deportes San Diego.

 

Regular season coverage on FOX Sports San Diego begins Thursday, March 28, with the Padres' season opener against the San Francisco Giants. Coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. PT with a 90-minute Padres Live pregame show leading into the game. Coverage concludes with a 30-minute Padres Live postgame show.

 

Don Orsillo returns to handle the television play-by-play duties in 2019. He will be joined by former Padres pitcher Mark Grant, returning in the role of analyst. Mike Pomeranz, Mark Sweeney, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Bob Scanlan and Annie Heilbrunn will round out the FOX Sports San Diego broadcast team.  

 

For all games on FOX Deportes San Diego, Spanish-language voice of the Padres, Eduardo Ortega, returns to celebrate his 33rd season with the club, along with former Padres catcher, Carlos Hernandez. Spanish telecasts will be available on FOX Deportes San Diego throughout San Diego on COX. Select games will also be available in Las Vegas on COX.

 

All 162 regular season Padres games will air live on radio in both English and Spanish in 2019. English broadcasts with Ted Leitner and Jesse Agler can be found on the Padres Radio Network, 97.3 The Fan. Gwynn, Jr. will provide analysis for select games. The Fan will also be home to one-hour pre and postgame shows in 2019.

 

Spanish radio broadcasts (home game FOX Deportes simulcasts and live away game radio broadcasts) featuring Eduardo Ortega, Carlos Hernandez and Pedro Gutiérrez can be found on the Padres' Spanish flagship, XEMO-AM La Poderosa 860.

           

The complete 2019 broadcast schedule is available at www.padres.com. Please note: the schedule is subject to change.

San Diego Padres

Phillies Sign Bryce Harper

The Phillies have signed outfielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year contract, the team announced today.

 

The Phillies have signed outfielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year contract, the team announced today.

 

Harper, 26, is one of the premier players in Major League Baseball, having been selected to six All-Star teams and winning the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL Most Valuable Player awards, all before his 26th birthday. In his rookie year of 2012, at 19 years old, he became the youngest player ever selected to a major league All-Star team.

 

Last season, Harper appeared in 159 games for the Washington Nationals and batted .249 with 34 doubles, 34 home runs, a career-best 100 RBI, a major league-leading 130 walks, a .393 on-base percentage and a .496 slugging percentage (.889 OPS). With runners in scoring position in 2018, Harper hit .290, which increased to .373 with two outs. In the second half of the season, he batted .300 with a .972 OPS, which ranked fourth-best among all NL players. Harper was voted to his sixth All-Star team and won the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park.

 

A multi-media star, Harper will serve as the face for Sony's MLB The Show 19 video game, which will launch in March for the PlayStation4 platform. Previously, Harper graced the covers of Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine and Men's Health and appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

 

Over the past four seasons (2015-18), Harper ranked second among all NL players in home runs (129), walks (430) and OPS (.952) and fourth in RBI (372) and runs (400). In 2015, he became the youngest player in NL history to unanimously win the MVP Award and only the seventh unanimous winner overall, joining Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda, Mike Schmidt and Jeff Bagwell, along with Ken Caminiti, Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols. At age 22, he was the third-youngest MVP in NL history, behind only Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Stan Musial. Also that season, Harper accrued 10.0 WAR per Baseball Reference's variation to become one of only three position players in major league history to accrue 10.0 or more wins in a single season at age 22 or younger, joining Hall of Famer Ted Williams (10.6 in 1941) and Mike Trout (10.5 in 2012).

 

Harper was the first overall selection in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft after winning the Golden Spikes Award, presented annually to the best amateur baseball player. In seven major league seasons, he has hit .279 with 183 doubles, 184 home runs, 521 RBI, 585 walks, 610 runs scored, a .388 on-base percentage and a .512 slugging percentage (.900 OPS) in 927 games, all with the Nationals. In 19 postseason games, he has an .801 OPS with 10 extra-base hits and 11 walks. Harper's 184 home runs through his age-25 season are 12th-best in Major League Baseball history. He has five career walk-off home runs since his major league debut, which ranks tied for second among all major league players behind only Josh Donaldson's seven.

 

In 2013, Harper founded "Harper's Heroes," a foundation that assists families affected by childhood cancer. He and his wife, Kayla, reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Harper will wear No. 3.

Philadelphia Phillies

Padres Sign RHP Adam Warren to a One-Year Contract

Agreement Includes Club Option for 2020

 

PEORIA, ARIZ. - The San Diego Padres have signed right-hander Adam Warren to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2020 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres placed left-hander José Castillo on the 60-day Injured List (left flexor strain).

 

PEORIA, ARIZ. - The San Diego Padres have signed right-hander Adam Warren to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2020 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Padres placed left-hander José Castillo on the 60-day Injured List (left flexor strain).

 

In 47 relief appearances between the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners last season, Warren went 3-2 with a 3.14 ERA (18 ER, 51.2 IP), 1.32 WHIP and 9.06 SO/9.0 IP ratio (52 strikeouts). Over the first three months of the season, Warren had the sixth-lowest ERA among all American League relievers (1.35, 3 ER, 20.0 IP). The 31-year-old posted a 4.08 ERA (8 ER, 17.2 IP) in 13 games at Yankee Stadium, as opposed to a 2.64 ERA (10 ER, 34.0 IP) at all other Major League ballparks in 2018 (34 games). 

 

Over parts of seven Major League seasons, Warren is 26-23 with six saves and a 3.42 ERA (176 ER, 463.2 IP), 1.22 WHIP, 0.91 HR/9.0 IP ratio and .235 opponents average in 298 games (21 starts). Since 2014, he has the third-most scoreless relief appearances of at least 1.1 innings among all Major League pitchers (68). Warren was originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of North Carolina, where he posted the second-most wins in school history (32) and helped lead the Tar Heels to the College World Series in three consecutive seasons (2006-08).

 

Warren will wear No. 17.

San Diego Padres

Padres Sign Infielder Manny Machado to 10-Year Contract

Machado Signed Through the 2028 Season

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have signed infielder Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract through the 2028 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today. The agreement, which is the largest for a free agent in Major League history, includes an opt-out clause after the 2023 season. To make room for Machado on the 40-man roster, the Padres transferred right-hander Dinelson Lamet to the 60-day Injured List.

 

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have signed infielder Manny Machado to a 10-year, $300 million contract through the 2028 season, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today. The agreement, which is the largest for a free agent in Major League history, includes an opt-out clause after the 2023 season. To make room for Machado on the 40-man roster, the Padres transferred right-hander Dinelson Lamet to the 60-day Injured List.

 

In 162 games between the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, Machado batted .297 (188-for-632) with a 6.2 WAR (FanGraphs) .367 OBP, .538 SLG, .905 OPS, 35 doubles, three triples, 37 home runs, 107 RBI (career high), 70 walks, 14 stolen bases and 84 runs scored. The 26-year-old tied for the most games played in MLB and finished T-3rd in hits, 4th in total bases (340), T-6th in multi-hit games (54), T-7thin game-winning RBI (14), T-8th in RBI, 9th in WAR, T-9th in HR, and 11th in SLG and OPS. His splits between right and left-handed pitchers were nearly identical, as he posted a .298/.358/.539 slash line against righties and a .297/.386/.535 line versus southpaws. During the 2018 postseason, Machado homered in three of his first five games and reached base safely in 13 of 16 games overall.  

 

"Manny Machado is a generational talent, and we're ecstatic that he's chosen to spend his prime years in a San Diego Padres uniform," Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler and General Partner Peter Seidler said in a joint statement today. "This momentous agreement speaks volumes to the direction of our organization, as well as our commitment to bringing a World Series Championship to the Friar Faithful and the City of San Diego."

 

"Manny is one of the truly elite players in baseball and impacts the game on both sides of the ball," said Preller. "The resume that Manny has built at such a young age puts him in an exclusive club of big-league talent, and we feel fortunate to have the support of Ron, Peter and the entire ownership group to make this deal possible. We've spent the last several years building a foundation of talent throughout our system that allows us to make a landmark signing such as this. Our scouting, front office and research & development groups all believe that Manny is the right player at the right time for us. His combination of youth, experience and ability makes him a perfect fit for the Padres both now and in the future as we work to build a perennial contender at the Major League level."

 

A four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner, Machado has posted a .282 average (1050-for-3720) with a .822 OPS, 211 doubles, 12 triples, 175 home runs, 513 RBI, 296 walks and 522 runs scored in 926 career games. Originally selected by the Orioles in the first round (third overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player draft out of Brito Miami Private High School (Fl.), Machado has finished in the Top 10 of AL MVP voting five times and Top 5 four times. Since his first full Major League season in 2013, he is tied with Joey Votto for sixth place among all position players in WAR (29.0), trailing only Mike Trout (54.0), Josh Donaldson (35.6), Paul Goldschmidt (32.9), Mookie Betts (30.5) and Jose Altuve (29.4). 

 

Machado will wear No. 13.

San Diego Padres

Phillies' Spring Training Home Opener on Saturday at Spectrum Field!

Pineapple Shack's Famous Dole Whips & More Foods with Florida Flavor to Debut; Plus St. Patrick's Day Game Details Announced

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

On Saturday, February 23, the Phillies will host their Grapefruit League home opener during a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2019 Phillies, as well as what's new at the ballpark, including Spring Training food, fandom and fashion.

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

On Saturday, February 23, the Phillies will host their Grapefruit League home opener during a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2019 Phillies, as well as what's new at the ballpark, including Spring Training food, fandom and fashion.

What to Know About Phillies Spring Training at Spectrum Field

 

1. Matchups and fan fun at Spectrum Field: The official Phillies Spring Training schedule features 16 home games, including matchups against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros.

Other highlights include the annual St. Patrick's Day game against the Yankees on Sunday, March 17, a Spring Training tradition that features green attire - with all players wearing a new, on-field St. Patrick's Day hat. This game will also include the Phillies Charities Silent Auction & Wives Mystery Ball Sale. Fans will get the chance to bid on game-used and autographed memorabilia, as well as take part in a signed Mystery Ball Sale, all to benefit local charities in the City of Clearwater.>

The exclusive auction and mystery ball experience will also take place on Thursday, March 21, 1:05 p.m. vs. the Blue Jays.

The Club will play their final home Spring Training game on Monday, March 25, against the Rays. The full Spring Training schedule is available here.

2. Spectrum Field to offer tasty new foods indigenous to Florida and the Clearwater area, such as Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips! Food has always been a big part of the Phillies Spring Training experience - and this season is no different. The ballpark menu features a new lineup of "Florida's Phinest" foods. Offerings include:

 

  • Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips, the Aloha Colada Whips and Dole Pineapple Cones.
  • Orange juice ice cream, chocolate key lime pie on a stick, and homemade strawberry shortcake.
  • New seafood options, such as the grouper po'boy sandwich and the grouper meal, calamari and fried shrimp.
  • Giant root beer floats and creamsicle floats; soft service ice cream at the Westshore Pizza stand, also serving pizza and meatball sandwiches.
  • Fresh spun cotton candy.
  • New Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles made with only fresh ingredients like oranges, lemons and blueberries. Fans 21 and over can enjoy Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles infused with alcohol to dip in their drink from the Tiki Bar.
  • Other must-have foods include Delco's cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks and cheesesteak nachos; Abe's Philly Fries, boneless wings and grouper bites; Pete and Shorty's famous Shorty Burgers; and tacos, bowls, chips with salsa, queso, or guacamole at Tijuana Flats. Also making its return is the Boar's Head Cuban Sandwich in right field. Fans can also enjoy Spectrum Field's specialty hot dog stand, as well as a new grill stand serving up jumbo Hatfield hot dogs, sausages and TNT hamburgers. Hampton Farms peanuts will be offered as well.

     

    3. The world-famous Frenchy's Tiki Bar returns to Spectrum Field! This popular area features everything from cold draft beer to rum buckets, to frozen drinks to margarita buckets and everything in between. Fans can also find many local craft beers throughout the ballpark.

    4. New Spring Training merchandise and on-field items will be available only at Diamond Outfitters, the Phillies Official Spring Training team store at Spectrum Field: Items include new Spring Training caps from New Era and '47 Brand, clothing with unique Florida designs for men, women and children, and jewelry and accessories galore.

    5. Be on the lookout for the Phillie Phanatic at every game at Spectrum Field. The best mascot in sports will be at every Spring Training game!

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Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies' Spring Training Home Opener on Saturday at Spectrum Field! Pineapple Shack's Famous Dole Whips & More Foods with Florida Flavor to Debut; Plus St. Patrick's Day Game Details Announced

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

 

Baseball's back at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla!

 

On Saturday, February 23, the Phillies will host their Grapefruit League home opener during a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This will be the first chance for fans to get a glimpse of the 2019 Phillies, as well as what's new at the ballpark, including Spring Training food, fandom and fashion.

 

What to Know About Phillies Spring Training at Spectrum Field

 

  1. Matchups and fan fun at Spectrum Field: The official Phillies Spring Training schedule features 16 home games, including matchups against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros.

Other highlights include the annual St. Patrick's Day game against the Yankees on Sunday, March 17, a Spring Training tradition that features green attire - with all players wearing a new, on-field St. Patrick's Day hat. This game will also include the Phillies Charities Silent Auction & Wives Mystery Ball Sale. Fans will get the chance to bid on game-used and autographed memorabilia, as well as take part in a signed Mystery Ball Sale, all to benefit local charities in the City of Clearwater.

 

The exclusive auction and mystery ball experience will also take place on Thursday, March 21, 1:05 p.m. vs. the Blue Jays.

 

The Club will play their final home Spring Training game on Monday, March 25, against the Rays. The full Spring Training schedule is available here.

  1. Spectrum Field to offer tasty new foods indigenous to Florida and the Clearwater area, such as Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips! Food has always been a big part of the Phillies Spring Training experience - and this season is no different. The ballpark menu features a new lineup of "Florida's Phinest" foods. Offerings include:
  • Pineapple Shack's famous Dole Whips, the Aloha Colada Whips and Dole Pineapple Cones.
  • Orange juice ice cream, chocolate key lime pie on a stick, and homemade strawberry shortcake.
  • New seafood options, such as the grouper po'boy sandwich and the grouper meal, calamari and fried shrimp.
  • Giant root beer floats and creamsicle floats; soft service ice cream at the Westshore Pizza stand, also serving pizza and meatball sandwiches. 
  • Fresh spun cotton candy.
  • New Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles made with only fresh ingredients like oranges, lemons and blueberries. Fans 21 and over can enjoy Pop Fusions gourmet popsicles infused with alcohol to dip in their drink from the Tiki Bar.

Other must-have foods include Delco's cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks and cheesesteak nachos; Abe's Philly Fries, boneless wings and grouper bites; Pete and Shorty's famous Shorty Burgers; and tacos, bowls, chips with salsa, queso, or guacamole at Tijuana Flats. Also making its return is the Boar's Head Cuban Sandwich in right field. Fans can also enjoy Spectrum Field's specialty hot dog stand, as well as a new grill stand serving up jumbo Hatfield hot dogs, sausages and TNT hamburgers. Hampton Farms peanuts will be offered as well.

  1. The world-famous Frenchy's Tiki Bar returns to Spectrum Field! This popular area features everything from cold draft beer to rum buckets, to frozen drinks to margarita buckets and everything in between. Fans can also find many local craft beers throughout the ballpark.
     
  2. New Spring Training merchandise and on-field items will be available only at Diamond Outfitters, the Phillies Official Spring Training team store at Spectrum Field:  Items include new Spring Training caps from New Era and '47 Brand, clothing with unique Florida designs for men, women and children, and jewelry and accessories galore.
     
  3. Be on the lookout for the Phillie Phanatic at every game at Spectrum Field. The best mascot in sports will be at every Spring Training game!

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Coco Crisp to join A's radio broadcast as game analyst

Crisp to debut on March 10 for Spring Training game versus the Giants

Bringing the Bernie Lean back to the Coliseum, the Oakland A's today announced that former A's outfielder Coco Crisp has joined the radio broadcast team as a game analyst.

Crisp will join the radio booth for 33 games throughout the 2019 season and will be featured in content on the A's channel on TuneIn. He will make his debut during Spring Training when the A's face off against the San Francisco Giants on March 10.

Bringing the Bernie Lean back to the Coliseum, the Oakland A's today announced that former A's outfielder Coco Crisp has joined the radio broadcast team as a game analyst.

Crisp will join the radio booth for 33 games throughout the 2019 season and will be featured in content on the A's channel on TuneIn. He will make his debut during Spring Training when the A's face off against the San Francisco Giants on March 10.

"The time I spent in Oakland as a player was very special, so to come back in any role is exciting," Crisp said. "This is a new venture for me - there's excitement when you are doing something new in baseball and this is definitely new. I looked at how Dallas Braden transitioned as a player with Oakland and I always thought that this might be an opportunity. This was a no-brainer for me when it was presented."

"We're so excited to welcome Coco back to our organization," said A's President Dave Kaval. "We know he'll bring his baseball knowledge and love for the green and gold into the radio booth to provide a unique perspective of the game for our listeners." 

Crisp will join the great voices of the A's radio network - Ken Korach, Vince Cotroneo, Ray Fosse, and Chris Townsend. The A's have partnered with KTRB 860 AM and KHTK-AM 1140 in Sacramento. The dual stations, along with 17 additional radio network affiliates, will provide the largest coverage map ever for A's baseball. KTRB 860 AM will air every A's game, and KHTK-AM will air every game minus Sacramento Kings game conflicts. The Club will also debut free in-territory live streaming and a dedicated A's channel on TuneIn, the leading global live audio streaming service. The A's TuneIn channel can be accessed at tunein.com/athletics.com.

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Royals partner with Sporting KC for theme nights

Theme tickets will include exclusive co-branded items

The Kansas City Royals are excited to partner with Sporting KC on theme nights this season. Sporting Night at The K will take place on Saturday, April 13 and Sporting KC will host Royals Night the following day on Sunday, April 14.

The Royals will host division rival Cleveland Indians for the first-ever Sporting Night at The K. Sporting KC elements will be featured throughout the night. Fans who purchase the specially-priced Theme Ticket will receive a custom-designed beanie featuring both the Royals and Sporting KC logos. Tickets can be purchased in the View Reserved, Outfield Plaza or Outfield Box online at royals.com/sporting. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

The Kansas City Royals are excited to partner with Sporting KC on theme nights this season. Sporting Night at The K will take place on Saturday, April 13 and Sporting KC will host Royals Night the following day on Sunday, April 14.

The Royals will host division rival Cleveland Indians for the first-ever Sporting Night at The K. Sporting KC elements will be featured throughout the night. Fans who purchase the specially-priced Theme Ticket will receive a custom-designed beanie featuring both the Royals and Sporting KC logos. Tickets can be purchased in the View Reserved, Outfield Plaza or Outfield Box online at royals.com/sporting. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

The following day, Sporting KC will host the New York Red Bulls at 6:00 p.m. Fans who purchase the special ticket package will get a co-branded scarf including both the Royals and Sporting logos. For more information, visit sportingkc.com/royals.

Kansas City Royals

Iconic Boog's BBQ coming to Ed Smith Stadium

Legendary Orioles slugger brings menu of fan favorites to Spring Training in sarasota

After 26 years of shaking hands, signing autographs, and serving millions of BBQ sandwiches in Maryland, Orioles Hall of Famer BOOG POWELL will bring his famed Boog's BBQ to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota for the 2019 Spring Training season.

"No trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards is complete without a stop at Boog's BBQ, and we are delighted to offer the same experience to fans at Ed Smith Stadium," said GREG BADER, Orioles Vice President, Communications & Marketing. "As an Orioles Community Ambassador, Boog will meet and greet fans on Opening Day and at selected games throughout the Spring Training season, just as he does at the ballpark in Baltimore."

After 26 years of shaking hands, signing autographs, and serving millions of BBQ sandwiches in Maryland, Orioles Hall of Famer BOOG POWELL will bring his famed Boog's BBQ to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota for the 2019 Spring Training season.

"No trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards is complete without a stop at Boog's BBQ, and we are delighted to offer the same experience to fans at Ed Smith Stadium," said GREG BADER, Orioles Vice President, Communications & Marketing. "As an Orioles Community Ambassador, Boog will meet and greet fans on Opening Day and at selected games throughout the Spring Training season, just as he does at the ballpark in Baltimore."

"Over many years, we've mastered our unique, award-winning barbecue menu," Powell said. "I can't wait to share it with baseball fans at Spring Training in Sarasota."

Boog's BBQ first opened on Eutaw Street at Baltimore's Camden Yards on Opening Day in 1992. Powell's son, J.W. POWELL, will operate the stand at Ed Smith Stadium, which opens for business at the Left Field Pavilion on Opening Day, Saturday, February 23.

A two-time World Series Champion (1966 and 1970) and four-time All-Star, Boog Powell played 14 seasons with the Orioles. He won the 1970 American league MVP and ranks third in Orioles history in home runs (303), fourth in RBI (1,063), and fifth in games played (1,763) and total bases (2,748). Boog was born in Lakeland, Fla., and operated a marina in Key West before opening Boog's BBQ at Camden Yards.

Baltimore Orioles

Statement from Giants President & CEO Laurence M. Baer regarding Bruce Bochy's retirement at the end of the 2019 season

Words cannot adequately express the amount of admiration, gratitude and respect the Giants family has for Bruce Bochy. His honesty, integrity, passion and brilliance led to the most successful period of Giants baseball in the history of our franchise. He will always be a Giant and we look forward to honoring him and all of his achievements throughout his final season in San Francisco and inevitably in Cooperstown.

Words cannot adequately express the amount of admiration, gratitude and respect the Giants family has for Bruce Bochy. His honesty, integrity, passion and brilliance led to the most successful period of Giants baseball in the history of our franchise. He will always be a Giant and we look forward to honoring him and all of his achievements throughout his final season in San Francisco and inevitably in Cooperstown.

San Francisco Giants

Royals agree to terms with six pre-arbitration eligible players

The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with six pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those include: pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Trevor Oaks, Glenn Sparkman and Josh Staumont.

Last month, the Royals agreed to terms with 12 pre-arbitration players, including: pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry and Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn.

Nine Royals remain unsigned for the 2019 season, including: pitchers Conner Greene, Ben Lively and Jorge López, catcher Cam Gallagher, infielders Kelvin Gutierrez and Adalberto Mondesi and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin and Brett Phillips.
 

The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with six pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those include: pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Trevor Oaks, Glenn Sparkman and Josh Staumont.

Last month, the Royals agreed to terms with 12 pre-arbitration players, including: pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry and Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O'Hearn.

Nine Royals remain unsigned for the 2019 season, including: pitchers Conner Greene, Ben Lively and Jorge López, catcher Cam Gallagher, infielders Kelvin Gutierrez and Adalberto Mondesi and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin and Brett Phillips.
 

Kansas City Royals

Mets sign infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a Minor League contract

FLUSHING, N.Y., February 18, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

Hechavarria, 29, has played seven seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, Marlins, Rays, Pirates and Yankees. According to FanGraphs, his 26 defensive runs saved over the past four seasons (2015-2018) rank sixth among all shortstops. Over the last six years (2013-2018), he ranks sixth in the majors with 35 triples.

FLUSHING, N.Y., February 18, 2019 - The New York Mets announced today that the club has signed infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to a minor league contract and invited him to major league Spring Training.

Hechavarria, 29, has played seven seasons in the majors with the Blue Jays, Marlins, Rays, Pirates and Yankees. According to FanGraphs, his 26 defensive runs saved over the past four seasons (2015-2018) rank sixth among all shortstops. Over the last six years (2013-2018), he ranks sixth in the majors with 35 triples.

The 6-0, 195-pounder hit .247 with 11 doubles, six homers and 31 RBI in 94 combined games with Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and the Yankees in 2018.

Overall, he's hit .254 with 101 doubles, 35 triples, 28 homers and 238 RBI in 811 major league games.

New York Mets