The Giants player development coach, who played with the team in the 1950s and 1960s, is retiring days before his 87th birthday.
Hello and happy Sunday.
On Saturday it was revealed that Joey Amalfitano, who held a player development role with the San Francisco Giants, was retiring.
The greatest 3B coach of all time just retired yesterday. Joe Amalfitano, a treasure in baseball. Wow, what a tremendous career you have had. The Giants will miss you!! I will miss you! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and for your tutelage! It will always be with me. pic.twitter.com/J3iowfr7MV
— Ron Wotus (@RWotus) January 9, 2021
Amalfitano, who will turn 87 later this month, had one hell of a journey in baseball. It included three stints as a player with the Giants, including one while the team was still in New York. According to John Shea, Amalfitano was in a Giants jersey at the Polo Grounds when Willie Mays made perhaps the most iconic catch in baseball history.
He managed the Chicago Cubs, and worked as a coach for five different teams, including four seasons in the 1970s with the Giants. And in the latter stages of his career, he turned to consulting and developing.
What an impressive career. 67 years in the big leagues … enjoy retirement!
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Images of the Giants winning the World Series (Oct. 29, 2012 — Grant Brisbee)
- Grant Brisbee ranks 41 free agent starting pitchers that the Giants could sign (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Andrew Baggarly on how the Giants traded Sam Coonrod, but not because of his views (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Mark W. Sanchez on the newest Giant, Carson Ragsdale (KNBR)
- Alex Pavlovic on Farhan Zaidi’s explanation for trading Sam Coonrod (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Kerry Crowley on politics not being a factor in the Giants trading Sam Coonrod to the Phillies (Mercury News)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 81 days until Opening Day.
Have a sensational Sunday, each and every one of you.