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Friday, June 24, 2022

Former SF Giants All-Star Joe Panic ‘quietly’ retired from baseball, per report

Eight years after debuting with the Giants and providing a spark in the midst of his race for a third World Series title in five seasons, second baseman Joe Panick has retired.

The NY Post reported that Panick has “quietly retired” and is enjoying family life after an eight-season career that began in San Francisco in 2014. Panick finished sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting, making the All-Star team the following season. and earned the Gold Glove at second base in 2016.

One of Panick’s finest moments with the Giants came in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, when he began a 4-6-3 double play with a diving stop and glove flip to shortstop Brandon Crawford. Panic’s full extension stop produced a flawless exchange with Crawford, who fired first base again in time to double Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Hosmer was initially taken out of the play, but a replay review reversed the call as it showed that Crawford’s throw had hit first baseman Brandon Belt’s outstretched glove, before Hosmer hit first base. had touched. In addition to Panik, three other players involved in the play will take the field at Oracle Park on Friday as Crawford and Belt face Hosmer’s San Diego Padres.

After a successful career as a shortstop at St. John’s University, Panick joined the Giants in 2011 as a first-round draft substitute. He was promoted in June 2014 after Dan Ugla went 0-for-11 in a brief stint at San Francisco, helping former general manager Brian Sabian turn to the farming system for second base production.

Panic hit .305 as a rookie and joined a home infield that included Crawford at short, first belt, Pablo Sandoval at third base and Buster Posey behind plate.

Panik’s best season came in 2015 when he batted .312 with .833 OPS, but his stint in San Francisco ended after four years when Farhan Zaidi named the fan favorite for the assignment in August, 2019. The transaction was incredibly unpopular. Fans as Panick’s initial replacement, Scooter Janet, also struggled at the plate and was cut less than a month after the acquisition on a business deadline.

Panick ended the 2019 season with the Mets, spending the 2020 season with the Blue Jays and split time between the Blue Jays and Marlins last year.

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