Check out the gallery above to see what San Francisco Giants fans had to say about the news that the Giants designated second baseman Joe Panik for assignment.
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants cut second baseman Joe Panik – one of the last remaining 2014 World Series champions on the roster – and longtime fans of the team are remembering his World Series heroics.
Panik played for the Giants for six seasons before getting designated for assignment by the team. The play that his fans are getting nostalgic for happened in Game 7 of the World Series. The Giants had the game knotted at two against Kansas City. The Royals’ Eric Hosmer hit a powerful grounder through the middle of the Giants infield and Panik dove to catch the ball, then he flipped it to Brandon Crawford to get Lorenzo Cain out at second.
Crawford then turned that into a double play by throwing Hosmer out at first.
“Farewell. I’ll never forget watching GM 7 and seeing Panik stab Hosmer’s grounder and flipping it to Crawford for a double play. #ForeverGiant,” one fan wrote on Twitter after the news broke on Tuesday.
Panik released a statement to San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman after the news broke on Tuesday afternoon. In it, he thanked the Giants front office, Bruce Bochy and his teammates. And, of course, the fans.
“To the fans, it was an amazing 6 seasons,” he wrote. “Thank you for all the passion and support you have given us players. Nothing has driven me more than winning here in San Francisco. I am forever grateful for the Giants for taking the chance on me and allowing me to live out my life long dream.
“It is time for me to start the next chapter in my career. But in my heart I will always be a Giant.”
And he told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman that he found out about the roster move in a meeting on Monday. “I had a feeling this might have been coming but never know in this game. They offered the chance to go to Sacramento but I have declined the assignment,” he told Shulman in a text message.
Over the course of his career with the Giants, he earned one Golden Glove and made one All-Star team. His batting average was .272 and knocked in 221 runs. This season, Panik was hitting .235 and had a .317 slugging percentage.
The decision to designate Panik for assignment comes a little less than a week after the Giants traded to acquire Scooter Gennett from the Cincinnati Reds. If Panik clears waivers he could be sent to Sacramento or opt to become a free agent.