The Giants just lost their Opening Day catcher and their free agency ERA leader.
Tyler Heineman, who started behind the plate for the Giants against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 23 and pitched a scoreless relief inning in a landslide loss to the Athletics on August 16, announced Friday night on Twitter that signed with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals announced that Heineman signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Signed on January 6, Heineman embraced San Francisco and thanked the team and fans for an “unforgettable 2020”.
Just over an hour after Heineman announced he was joining the Cardinals, the Giants sent a tweet thanking him and wishing him luck on his next stop.
Heineman, who played in 15 of the Giants’ 60 games in 2020, had a memorable year.
While the Opening Day nod is certainly a highlight in an MLB player’s career, Heineman was able to do something that not many people can. It is played in an MLB game with his baby brother, Scott.
On Saturday, August 1, with the Texas Ranchers in town, Tyler caught Drew Smyly as Scott started as center fielder for the visitors. Before the game, they brought the line-up cards to the referees. Once the game started, Scott homered and crossed in front of his brother when he touched the plate. But the older brother was the last to laugh when the Giants won the game, 7-3.