Former Giants third baseman Jim Ray Hart dies at 74


Longtime San Francisco Giants third baseman Jim Ray Hart has died. He was 74.

The Giants announced Hart’s death Friday, saying he passed away Thursday in Acampo, Calif., following a long illness.

Hart played 11 seasons for the Giants from 1963-73. He also spent parts of two seasons with the New York Yankees before retiring in 1974.

A 1966 All-Star, Hart was a career .278 hitter with 170 home runs and 578 RBIs in 1,125 games.


Giants Chief Executive Larry Baer said: “Everyone in the Giants organization is deeply saddened by the news of Jim’s passing. Our condolences go out to the Hart family for their tremendous loss and we extend our thoughts to Jim’s teammates, his friends, and to all those touched by his passing.”

San Francisco planned a moment of silence before the Giants hosted the Cubs on Friday.

Hart is survived by former wife Janet Hart-Ayala, four children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Rangers propose new stadium

The Texas Rangers could be playing in a new $1-billion retractable-roof stadium by 2021 and would remain in Arlington until at least 2054 under plans revealed Friday by the team and the city.

The proposed master agreement for a public-private partnership calls for a 50-50 split of the estimated cost of the stadium and related infrastructure, with the city’s portion capped at $500 million. The Arlington City Council will consider authorizing the agreement when it meets Tuesday.

“The Rangers and Arlington have enjoyed a great partnership for 45 years, and we are excited about the possibility of calling this city home for many years to come,” Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis said. “A baseball park is a very special place and the Rangers are committed to providing the best possible experience for our fans. The construction of a new facility with a retractable roof and so many other amenities would allow us to enhance that experience in a manner that is not presently possible.”

Arlington voters in November are expected to be asked to support the project by continuing existing sales taxes that are used to help pay for $1.2-billion AT&T Stadium, the next-door home of the Dallas Cowboys that has a retractable roof.


The city originally issued $298 million in bonds in 2005 to build the Cowboys’ stadium, which since opening in 2009 has hosted events such as the Super Bowl, the first College Football Playoff national championship game and the NCAA Final Four.

Davis said putting a roof on Globe Life Park, which opened in 1994 as Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, would be too expensive.


The Milwaukee Brewers have placed right fielder Domingo Santana on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore right shoulder and recalled speedy Keon Broxton from triple-A Colorado Springs. … The Red Sox put right-handed reliever Carson Smith on the 15-day disabled list and utility man Brock Holt on the seven-day concussion disabled list before Friday night’s game against Cleveland. To take their spots, catcher and recently converted left fielder Blake Swihart and right-hander Noe Ramirez were recalled from triple-A Pawtucket. …

The Colorado Rockies placed right-handed reliever Christian Bergman on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique and moved around pitchers to shake up their bullpen. The Rockies also recalled right-handers Miguel Castro and Jordan Lyles from triple-A Albuquerque and optioned right-hander Andrew Oberg to that club. … Dodgers right-hander Sebastian Martinez is among four minor league players who were suspended after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Martinez was banned 72 games.