Spring Training Kicks Off Giants’ Title Defense
SAN FRANCISCO (mlb.com) — If you can’t tell the Giants without a program, just use last year’s.
Of the 25 players on the postseason roster who propelled San Francisco to six consecutive victories in elimination games and its second World Series title in three years, 21 remain. Moreover, the lone Major League free agent the Giants signed from another team was outfielder Andres Torres, who performed for San Francisco from 2009-11.
Asked earlier this week to evaluate his ballclub entering Spring Training, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, “I like where we are right now. I have to, because we pretty much have everyone back.”
Skeptics will maintain that, by standing still, the Giants are falling behind in the National League West. The Dodgers boast a highly paid, high-powered roster. Arizona added Brandon McCarthy to a solid pitching staff and Cody Ross to its lineup. Colorado hopes to have shortstop Troy Tulowitzki available all season. The youthful Padres should benefit from another year of experience.
The Giants have learned how to win. And if they need a reminder, Bochy will provide it.
“Your success is never final,” he said. “We know we have to move on and go to work.”
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