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Giants Are A Hit Off The Field As Well

Josh Leventhal -

Mario Alioto has a special connection to bobbleheads. Alioto, the Giants' senior vice president of business operations, says San Francisco was the first major league team to give away a head-bobbing doll when he oversaw the promotions department in 1999. Fans at Candlestick Park that season received a Willie Mays replica—one that the Hall of Famer still claims doesn't look like him.

Minors | #Business Beat#Giants

Villalona Ready For Second Chance

Bill Mitchell -

Giants farmhand Angel Villalona got $2.1 million to sign in 2006 but has not played in a U.S. league since 2009. He was arrested on murder charges in September 2009 and had been unable to obtain a work visa to travel to the U.S., but a cash settlement and dropping of the charges in the Dominican Republic has given Villalona a second chance.

Minors | #Angel Villalona#Giants#Winter Baseball