Giants starter Madison Bumgarner was a little shaky on the mound during Friday night’s start against the Rockies so he decided to take out his frustrations on opposing starter Jorge De La Rosa. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Bumgarner swung at De La Rosa’s first offering, a two-seam fastball and drove it over the fence in left field at AT&T Park for a grand slam, putting the Giants up 6-3. The blast was the third of his career, and Bumgarner knew it from the moment he made contact.
Watch Bumgarner’s go-ahead salami:
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Before Bumgarner, the last pitcher to hit a grand slam was Travis Wood of the Cubs last season. He took Jake Peavy deep in the fourth inning of a game against the White Sox on May 30, 2013. Shawn Estes was the last Giants pitcher to hit a grand slam, doing so on May 24, 2000 against Mike Johnson of the Expos.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured. Recently Posey said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.