-- Clint Hurdle had his first chat with the fans this afternoon. A few notable quotes:
* "Bunting when appropriate will be an option, the hit and run will be a play that we'll depend upon and we're going to encourage a more aggressive running style of play as we enter the 2011 season."
* "It takes courage to have patience, and I believe this leadership team in place over the last three seasons has shown courage. Young players have played, and young players have gained experience. It is time for many of these young players to take that next step. This will always be a market where young players have an opportunity."
* "Pitching deeper into games for our starters is a must. The pitch count will not be an ejector button. As long as the pitcher remains effective, they will pitch on deeper in games."
* "One of the things we will ensure is the fact that most of the pieces we have in the bullpen can pitch multiple innings. No one will pitch more than three days in a row."
* "One thing the manager has control of is the lineup, and it is usually a task-efficient way to get a player's attention."
-- John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus tweets that Aki Iwamura headed back to Japan and signed with the Rakuten Eagles.
-- Giants catcher Buster Posey beat out Atlanta's Jason Heyward for NL Rookie of the Year, while his World Series foe, Rangers closer Neftali Feliz, topped Motown's Austin Jackson in the AL.
Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette caused a tempest in a teapot by voting for Posey, Neil Walker and Jose Tabata, bypassing Heyward. His vote is discussed by Dave Cameron of Fangraphs in his article "Bias or Insight?"