Phil Coke: “The game of baseball just kicked me in the butt”

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Phil Coke had a great, raw and honest interview after last night’s game.  It’s really hard not to like this guy after seeing this:

 

Notably, he puts no stock in the “too much time off” thing. Justin Verlander said last night that it may have affected some guys.  It’s pretty academic right now, I’d say.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.