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Giants’ Brandon Belt Grinds Out 21-Pitch At-Bat To Set Major League Record

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12 minutes and 45 seconds. That’s how long San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was at-bat for in the top of the first inning on Sunday as he made history.

Belt, facing Los Angeles Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (in his second career game), fouled off 11 consecutive pitches (16 overall) before lining out to right field on the 21st pitch of the at-bat to set a Major League record.

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The previous record was 20 pitches set in 1998 when Ricky Gutierrez and Bartolo Colon went head-to-head with Colon winning the battle.

In Belt’s next at-bat in the third, he singled on the eighth pitch off Noe Ramirez. In his third at-bat in the fifth, he took right-hander Blake Parker way out of the yard on the ninth pitch:

Belt went 3 for 5 overall with two runs in what was his fourth straight game with a home run.

The last Giant to hit a homer in four straight games was Hunter Pence in 2013.

“I wasn’t going to give it up and [Barrias] wasn’t either,” said Belt. “It made for a good battle. If it helped get me a little bit locked in for later in the game, it was worth it.”

Current Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora weighed in on Twitter:

Cora worked an 18-pitch at-bat in 2004 as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which resulted in a home run off Chicago Cubs righty Matt Clement.

Needless to say, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was impressed by Belt’s battle.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. That was really amazing what happened there, on both sides, Belt and the pitcher to keep throwing strikes too and end up winning [the battle]. No question that played a part in his early exit because he had good stuff.”

Belt’s five plate appearances saw him take 40 pitches as 38 of them were in his first three trips.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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