Baseball’s business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free. Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.

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He keeps a pretty low profile. It’s only on nights like Wednesday, when a party erupts in the clubhouse and the Giants are once again kings of Major League Baseball, that you really zero in on what manager Bruce Bochy has accomplished leading this club. With the Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Royals in Wednesday’s Game 7, Bochy became just the 10th manager in history to win three World Series titles. The other nine form a legendary list that spans the decades – Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, Miller Huggins, Tony La Russa, Connie Mack, Joe McCarthy, John McGraw, Casey Stengel, and Joe Torre. All nine are in the Hall of Fame. [RELATED:  Eight World Series items headed to Cooperstown ] Bochy’s three rings tie McGraw for the most won by any Giants skipper. Since taking over the Giants before the 2007 season, Bochy has navigated the path to World Series crowns in 2010, 2012 and now 2014. In the process, the Giants have dispatched 10 consecutive postseason foes. In 2010, they beat the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers. In 2012, they took care of the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers. This fall, they toppled the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card game, then advanced past the Washington Nationals and the Cardinals before beating Kansas City in seven games for a third championship. Bochy was asked the question that’s likely to generate plenty of debate in the coming days: Are the Giants a dynasty? “The fact that we’re even mentioned like that is an honor,” Bochy said. “We had a couple off-years in there, but you get three (titles) in five years, that says a lot about this club.” Joe Stiglich is CSNBayArea.com’s A’s Insider. Follow him on Twitter  @JoeStiglichCSN .

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY, Missouri, Oct 28 (Reuters) – While Madison Bumgarner has won justifiable praise for his dominant World Series pitching, teammates Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence have come up big for the San Francisco Giants with their bats. The twin forces have not only impacted games with hits, but also with their infectious enthusiasm. Sandoval, the Giants’ World Series Most Valuable Player in their 2012 drive to the title, has again been a force in the clutch. The roly-poly third baseman, nicknamed “Kung Fu Panda” for his shape and athletic prowess, showed his grit in San Francisco’s Game Four win when he stroked a go-ahead, two-run single despite needing an IV before the game after getting nauseous from a stomach flu.

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By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – While Madison Bumgarner has won justifiable praise for his dominant World Series pitching, teammates Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence have come up big for the San Francisco Giants with their bats. The twin forces have not only impacted games with hits, but also with their infectious enthusiasm. Sandoval, the Giants’ World Series Most Valuable Player in their 2012 drive to the title, has again been a force in the clutch. …

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Former Chicago White Sox player Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies were named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday for their community work. “Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball’s great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities,” said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. “Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society.” Both have been heavily involved in helping children. Konerko, who retired this season, founded the Bring Me Home Campaign in 2007 with former teammate Jim Thome and their respective wives, and have raised nearly $500,000 for school supplies and back-to-school clothing.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Former Chicago White Sox player Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies were named co-winners of the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday for their community work. “Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball’s great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities,” said Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. “Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society. …

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From Little League phenom to the star of her own commercial to World Series celebrity, the 13-year-old Davis has been on quite a ride these past few months. She continued her remarkable journey on the biggest baseball stage of all when she threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals on Saturday. ”Just to be at the World Series is pretty cool,” Davis said. The eighth grader even got a phone call from her favorite player, Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.

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Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins and White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko received the Clemente Award, the first time two players have shared US baseball’s prestigious honor for community service. The two were presented with the award shortly before the start of game three of the World Series, Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven championship final featuring the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals. Rollins has long supported J-Roll’s Aces, a charitable ticket program, and the J-Roll’s Readers program, each of which is dedicated to directly working with and enhancing the lives of inner-city students. During his time in Philadelphia, he has also hosted major fundraisers to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Prevent Child Abuse, Pennsylvania, The Food Trust, SHARE Food Program and St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, raising more than $1 million.

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Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins were picked Friday as the first co-winners of Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award. The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent the sport and is named for the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua. ”Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy the legendary Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. Konerko founded the ”Bring Me Home Campaign,” which also includes a pair of former teammates in retired great Jim Thome and the Los Angeles Angels’ Gordon Beckham.

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Joe Maddon, who led Tampa Bay Rays to a World Series berth in 2008, has stepped down after almost a decade at the helm, the Major League Baseball club said. The long-time manager’s exit came after Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. The 60-year-old presided over the Rays during their most successful period in the franchise’s 17-year history. It followed the departure of longtime executive Andrew Friedman, who was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.

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