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Inside China Basin: Chris Marrero says he’s ready for his turn

From the food, to the stretching, to the preparation to the game, new Giants backup left fielder and first baseman Chris Marrero has been blown away by how the San Francisco Giants operate.

The 28-year-old joined Joe Castellano Monday for a new episode of Inside China Basin.

“I’m just honored to be here and part of this organization,” Marrero said. “I want to enjoy my time and do whatever it is I can do to help this team win because this is a great team and we’ve got a lot of expectations.”

The 6-foot-3, 229-pound Marrero was kept for his power. Besides Bryce Harper, no other major leaguer hit more home runs in spring training. Marrero spent all of 2016 in Triple-A and hasn’t taken an MLB at-bat since 2013 with the Nationals — which is why his spring was such a surprise. McCovey Chronicle writer Grant Brisbee compared Marrero to a young Michael Morse, an unproven player with major power. Marrero is expected to platoon with left fielder Jarrett Parker and will likely make his Giants debut this week.

“When it’s my turn to play I’m going to be ready,” Marrero said. “Whether it’s a righty or a lefty.”

Aaron Hill and Amy Gutierrez also joined  Castellano on this week’s podcast.


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