Giants might bid adieu to Aurilia

SAN FRANCISCO — Nothing’s official, so this could be pure speculation. But a huge hint was dropped Monday night that when right fielder Nate Schierholtz is activated Tuesday, releasing veteran infielder Rich Aurilia will be the corresponding roster move.

If so, it’ll be an untimely development for an individual who has conducted himself with class through 12 Major League seasons. The thinking here is that the Giants could have used Aurilia’s bat off the bench down the stretch — if he’s indeed gone.

A Giants official said that no move had yet been made. But shortly after reporters were admitted into the Giants’ clubhouse following their 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, Aurilia and bench coach Ron Wotus were seen exchanging a hug. They wouldn’t have been doing that sort of thing if Wotus planned on hitting Aurilia grounders during batting practice on Tuesday.

Aurilia remained mostly mum — and cordial. “I’ve got nothing to say, guys,” he said. “Good night. I’ll see you tomorrow.”


Some bright spots for the Giants:

— Bengie Molina homered for the third time in four games.

— Randy Winn, who entered the game in a 6-for-42 (.143) skid, went 2-for-4.

— Eugenio Velez extended his hitting streak to 16 games. He’s batting .420 (29-for-69) in that span.

— The bullpen was outstanding. Justin Miller worked two scoreless innings, Sergio Romo continued his dominance of the Dodgers (they’re 1-for-32 in seven games off him) and Merkin Valdez coolly stranded a runner on third base.

But …

— The Giants have lost back-to-back home games since the Angels swept them in mid-June.

— Chris Haft


For the rest of my life I will always remember where I was when the 2001 Giants made their way through the Braves and Cards and on to battle the LA Angeles. And of course it could never have happened without Rich Aurilia’s phenomenal year. And he didn’t let up going into the playoffs. What a year that was! I was working in a theatre house doing lights for a play and as soon as felix gave up that home run I let out a groan so loud everyone in the theatre turned around to see what it was…but I knew that the momentum had already turned around……but I’ll never forget Aurilia’s year that year. Never the less, his time is over. Personally, I think the Giants should have realized that before this year started. So – Aurilia – thank you for all the wonderful memories. Seriously – they were awesome. And have a happy retirement.

Rich Aurilia did have an outstanding year in 2001 which should not be forgotten. However, our playoff run actually occurred in 2002 which should be forgotten. Freaking Scott Spiezio.

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