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San Francisco Giants: A hypothetical response to Ohtani’s questionnaire

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 12: Shohei Ohtani #16 of Japan celebrates after hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning during the international friendly match between Japan and Netherlands at the Tokyo Dome on November 12, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 12: Shohei Ohtani #16 of Japan celebrates after hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning during the international friendly match between Japan and Netherlands at the Tokyo Dome on November 12, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO – JULY 09: Fans fill McCovey Cove as the American League and National League All-Stars compete in the 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Home Run Derby at AT

The San Francisco Giants have some of the best facilities in the league. We can simply start with the Spring Training facility. Scottsdale Stadium is one of the nicest facilities in the Cactus League. While it’s hot and dry there, it helps give players a great chance to get themselves ready and work on a consistent basis. The stadium itself is one of the best in the Cactus League, seating 12k people and is the exclusive home of the San Francisco Giants.

In terms of Minor League facilities, we’ll start out with Richmond. If Ohtani were to start out in the minors, he would likely start in Richmond. The Richmond Flying Squirrels play in a very nice ballpark, and a large one by double-a standards. The Stadium holds nine thousand for the Flying Squirrels, and was renovated as recent as 2011, with indoor batting cages and more.

In Sacramento, you truly have one of the most scenic stadiums in triple-a baseball. Situated just on the other side of the American River in Sacramento, CA, the stadium overlooks the Tower Bridge, and the Sacramento downtown landscape. The stadium seats ten thousand people, but can hold up to 14k with the grass berm and patio seating available. The facilities are one of the nicest in the minor leagues.

Of course, you can’t discuss the club facilities without talking about the crown jewel that is AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants currently have one of the best atmospheres in all of baseball. While the losing took its toll a bit last year, the addition of a few new players, and hopefully Shohei Ohtani, will have that ballpark packed out through the summer. AT&T Park is a very pitcher friendly ballpark, which might see Ohtani’s numbers dip a little bit, but it’s still one of the best parks to play in. It seats 42,000+ and has a classic ballpark feel to it, while being incredibly modern itself, situated on the waterfront of the San Francisco marina district. The are has been built up around the ballpark in recent years, and is truly one of the most scenic parks in America.

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