Dave Aardsma, Matt Cain, Kevin Correia, Jesse Foppert, Brad Hennessey, Travis Ishikawa, Fred Lewis, Noah Lowry, Pat Misch, Dan Ortmeier, Billy Sadler and Nate Schierholtz have all seen time at the Major League level for the Giants, but they also have another thing in common. They all took part in the Giants’ Winter Development Program in 2003, the first year that the Giants started a program that brings 25 of their best prospects that are fairly new to the organization (as selected by the Baseball Operations department) to San Francisco for a week.
Ever since then the Giants have held the Winter Development Program at AT&T Park. This year’s program started on Monday with prospects such as Gary Brown (24th overall pick in 2010), Jarret Parker (2nd round selection, 74th overall) and Carter Jurica (3rd round, 105th overall) getting a taste of what it’s like working out on a Major League baseball field.
The program starts every morning from around 8:30-9:00 a.m. with strength and conditioning drills, as conducted by organizational trainers and strength and conditioning coaches. This lasts until noon everyday and then the players receive a one hour break for lunch and showers. Then it’s time to hit the classroom from 1:00-2:30/3:00 p.m. each afternoon. The classes change somewhat on an annual basis, but there is always a central core. The owner (Bill Neukom) speaks and former and current Giants players get together as a panel and talk about how to be a good teammate as well as a good citizen, how to navigate the minors, attitudes, philosophies and work ethic. There is also a media afternoon with sports writers and broadcasters coming in and talking about their roles in the media. Giants public relations staff also informs the group on the organizational approach/perspective on the role of the media. Strength and conditioning coaches always do a segment on Supplementation and the players are informed about drug testing policies and procedures. Following the classes, the players are taken back to their hotels where they all have free nights to explore the City by the Bay.
Can you believe it is already mid-November? That’s what happens when the Giants season ends on November 1st and holds a parade a few days later. We wouldn’t trade it for the world, but there is work to be done on the 2011 season, and your SF Giants are already full steam ahead. Working in baseball, one of the top questions we get asked, “What do you do in the offseason?”. There really is no OFFSEASON in baseball, as every department spends countless hours preparing for the upcoming season. Whether it’s the baseball ops department retooling their roster, promotions department planning their events and giveaways or the production team putting together a 2010 season documentary (More on that in coming weeks). This blog will keep you updated throughout the winter months, give you some behind the scenes access and even a sneak peak of some of the plans coming to the spring of 2011.
To bring you this exclusive insight, are three members of the Giants Front office organization
Matt Chisholm – Senior Media Relations Coordinator
Rachel Fingerote – Producer, SFG Productions
Bryan Srabian – Head of Social Media
Stay tuned for info on the Giants Winter workouts….And as we write this, another honor for the Giants family. Congrats to Buster Posey on becoming the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year! Opening Day is going to have a very busy pregame!