The SF Giants have had a handful of long-tenured fixtures depart the organization this winter with Brian Sabean joining the New York Yankees and Brandon Belt signing a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. One more name is joining that list as Mike Murphy is retiring after 65 years (shoutout to Danny Emerman of KNBR for finding this) with the organization.
SF Giants News: Mike Murphy set to retire after 65 years with the organization
Murphy has had the type of tenure that rivals few in baseball. Connie Mack of the Philadelphia A's served as manager from 1901 - 1950 and play-by-play announcer Vin Scully spent 66 years in the radio booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers before retiring after the 2016 season.
The 65-year veteran began his career as a bat boy for the Giants in 1958 before being promoted to visiting clubhouse attendant in 1960. He held onto that role until 1980 when he became the Giants clubhouse manager.
Murphy was known for his reliability as he never missed a home game in his first 50 years on the job. That is something you do not see very often and the Giants will certainly miss his presence and experience.
SF Giants News: Young outfielder Lewis Brinson heading overseas
Young outfielder Lewis Brinson finished the year with the Giants organization and will be with the Giants next year as well. However, it is not the Giants team you are expecting. The Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) have inked the 28-year-old on a deal for next season.
Brinson came over to the Giants in a late-season move from the Houston Astros. He impressed in a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in September where he blasted three homers in a three-game series.
However, that was about the only damage that he did as he posted a .683 OPS in 39 plate appearances before being outrighted off of the Giants 40-man roster. He never lived up to the expectations of a top prospect but he will get a fresh start overseas.
SF Giants News: Lefty pitcher Ty Blach rejoins division opponent on minors pact
Left-handed pitcher Ty Blach is rejoining the Colorado Rockies on a minor league deal with a camp invite. He spent the 2022 season with the Rockies where he tallied a 5.89 ERA in 24 appearances.
The Giants drafted Blach in the fifth round of the 2012 draft out of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, He grew up in Colorado, so he was used to pitching in the high alttitude by the time he reached the majors.
The 32-year-old had a really memorable rookie season with the Giants were he posted a 1.06 ERA in 17 innings in 2016. He pitched in a couple of big games as a rookie and did not seem fazed by the moment. Blach does not overpower opposing hitters but does well to avoid the sweet spot of the bat.