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Giants to put cardboard photo cutouts of fans in stands at Oracle Park

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the San Francisco Giants sent a letter to season-ticket holders last night informing them that they can submit an image of themselves to be part of the “Giants Fan Cutout Program” which “allows you to be at Oracle Park even when you’re home watching the game.”

Which is to say, cardboard cutouts with fans’ photos pasted on them. Which will be free, sort of, for season ticket holders and will be a pay-for-it thing for other people:

According to the email, season-ticket holders can submit an image that will be placed in the seats during home games, giving the appearance at least that the seats are not empty. It’s unclear if the program will extend beyond season-ticket holders, but the email does mention that it’s a paid program that will be complimentary to season ticket holders who choose to receive an account credit, indicating it will be available to others.

Elsewhere online people who got the email are saying the Giants are charging $99 for non-season ticket holders who want to do it. Which, well, OK, if you want to spend your $99 that way I’m not going to stop you. There are better things to spend a Benjamin, but there are probably a lot of worse ways too.

 

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.