Ace isn’t open to this idea

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Hous­ton Mitchell

If the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants have any thoughts of steal­ing the “opener” idea from the Tampa Bay Rays, they may want to think again.

Last sea­son, the Rays would of­ten use a re­liever to start a game, go­ing through the op­pos­ing lineup once be­fore bring­ing in a pitcher who usu­ally starts to pitch the mid­dle in­nings.

At the Gi­ants’ FanFest, new team Pres­i­dent Farhan Zaidi said it is pos­si­ble the Gi­ants would do that this sea­son.

On Satur­day, Gi­ants man­ager Bruce Bochy told NBC in the Bay Area that Gi­ants ace Madi­son Bum­gar­ner heard Zaidi’s com­ments and texted Bochy the fol­low­ing:

“If you use an opener in my game, I’m walk­ing right out of the ball­park.”

Best sports movie

Our quest to have read­ers pick the best sports movie of all time con­tin­ues with the re­sults of the base­ball polls.

We asked you to vote for your seven best base­ball movies, and af­ter re­ceiv­ing 18,494 bal­lots, these are the seven movies that will ad­vance to the fi­nal round of vot­ing:

“Field of Dreams,” named on 80% of bal­lots

“Bull Durham,” 79.2%

“The Nat­u­ral,” 66.5%

“A League of Their Own,” 65.4%

“Ma­jor League,” 44.2%

“Money­ball,” 37.3%

“The Pride of the Yan­kees,” 36.1%

Just missed

“Eight Men Out,” 35.8%

“The Sand­lot,” 35.5%

“The Bad News Bears” (1976), 33.7%

“42,” 29.1% 8“Bang the Drum Slowly,” 22.8%

“Damn Yan­kees,” 18.6%

“For Love of the Game,” 14.3%

“The Rookie,” 10.1%

And the rest

Oth­ers re­ceiv­ing votes, in or­der of most votes:

“61*,” “The Jackie Robinson Story,” “Trou­ble With the Curve,” “Bad News Bears” (2005), “The Bingo Long Trav­el­ing All-Stars and Mo­tor Kings,” “Fear Strikes Out,” “Fever Pitch,” “An­gels in the Out­field” (1994), “It Hap­pens Ev­ery Spring,” “An­gels in the Out­field” (1951), “Rookie of the Year,” “Cobb,” “The Babe,” “Sugar,” “The Life and Times of Hank Green­berg,” “The Pride of St. Louis,” “The Bad News Bears in Break­ing Train­ing,” “Mr. Base­ball,” “Mr. 3000,” “Ma­jor League II,” “Mil­lion Dol­lar Arm,” “The Strat­ton Story,” “The Bench­warm­ers,” “Hard­ball,” “Sum­mer Catch.”

Write-in votes: “Lit­tle Big League,” “Mickey,” “Rhubarb,” “The Scout,” “Soul of the Game,” “Ta­lent for the Game,” “The Winning Team.”

Up next: Hockey

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The nom­i­nees for best hockey movie:

“D2: The Mighty Ducks” (1994), star­ring Emilio Estevez

“D3: The Mighty Ducks” (1996), star­ring Emilio Estevez

“Goon” (2011), star­ring Seann Wil­liam Scott

“Idol of the Crowds” (1937), star­ring John Wayne

“The Last Gla­di­a­tors” (2013), doc­u­men­tary

“Les Boys” (1997), star­ring Marc Messier

“The Love Guru” (2008), star­ring Mike My­ers

“The Mighty Ducks” (1992), star­ring Emilio Estevez

“Mir­a­cle” (2004), star­ring Kurt Rus­sell

“MVP: Most Valu­able Pri­mate” (2000), star­ring Rus­sell Fer­rier

“Mys­tery, Alaska” (1999), star­ring Rus­sell Crowe

“Pond Hockey” (2008), doc­u­men­tary 8“Red Army” (2015), doc­u­men­tary

“Slap Shot” (1977), star­ring Paul New­man 8Slap Shot 2” (2002), star­ring Stephen Bald­win

“Sud­den Death” (1995), star­ring Jean-Claude Van Damme

“Tooth Fairy” (2010), star­ring Dwayne John­son

“Young­blood” (1986), star­ring Rob Lowe

Mark J. Ter­rill As­so­ci­ated Press

THERE COULD BE some trou­ble if the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants use a re­liever to open one of Madi­son Bum­gar­ner’s starts. In a text mes­sage to his man­ager, the ace said he would walk out of the ball­park if it hap­pened.

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