Friday, August 01, 2014
Thus ends Colvin’s Saberhagening.
The Giants have designated [Dan] Uggla and [Tyler] Colvin for assignment, tweets Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News…
Uggla struggled mightily in his short time in San Francisco, failing to register a hit in 12 plate appearances while striking out six times (to go with three errors in the field). Of course, that is a continuation of his difficult time this year and last in Atlanta. Since the start of 2013, the 34-year-old has slashed .171/.291/.326 over 694 plate appearances, racking up 217 strikeouts along the way.
Colvin, meanwhile, owns a meager .225/.270/.384 line in 148 plate appearances on the season.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Hopefully what the Red Sox received in exchange will help them in the future.
Edit: MLB Trade Rumors reports:
The Giants have acquired Jake Peavy from the Red Sox, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets. The Red Sox will receive pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, ESPN’s Buster Olney tweets.
Not a great haul, but two lottery ticket lefties.
So much to like from this article. It’s like they are trolling me.
Dan Uggla needed a fresh start. The San Francisco Giants needed a healthy second baseman who could step in and produce.
Well, at least one of them will get what they needed.
Uggla will cost the Giants only $500,000. The Braves are responsible for the $18 million he’s guaranteed over the rest of this season and next season.
You know the sport is flush when a team will plunk down a cool half mil to sign a player after another team is willing to eat 18 mil to never see him again.
Bochy said he’s hoping Uggla can pull off a turnaround similar to the kind Pat Burrell and Jeff Francoeur did after signing with San Francisco in the middle of recent seasons.
Dare to dream! Francoeur hit .194/.206/.226! If only!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
So if you thought the Chad Curtis story wasn’t creepy enough, there is the Mel Hall story.
“Mel Hall loved sex. Sex is what drove him,” said McMillan. According to a high school teammate, Hall impregnated two girls by the time he was a high school senior. The best guess of Texas authorities for the number of children he eventually sired is eight.
McMillan added, “He was a young guy who made a lot of money real fast, and he wanted to buy his way through life.”
So that was Mel Hall: a disappointment as a player, a tall tale, a caricature of a narcissistic athlete untethered from reality by sudden fame and fortune, a guy who did everything in excess. No, he probably wasn’t someone you wanted to be close with, but he filled up column space and kept things interesting over 162 games.
So when Hall started showing up to the ballpark with 15-year-old Jennifer Diaz, the most common reaction was one of amused curiosity.
The tabloid news show “A Current Affair” did a story on the odd couple. When Jennifer sat in the family section with players’ wives 10 and 20 years older than her, his teammates teased him for picking up his fiancée at Toys “R” Us. The organization, in a portion of their 1991 team yearbook devoted to players and their significant others, even included a picture of Mel and Jennifer at a school prom. No one blinked, at least publicly. It was all part of Mel Hall being Mel Hall….
The first time Hall had sex with Jennifer, her father was asleep on the sofa several feet away. After it was over, the 15-year-old cried. Decades later, she testified that Hall told her it was OK because he would marry her once she turned 18.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Posey and Bumgarner became the first battery to hit grand slams in the same game, driving in every run of an 8-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. [...]
Players and coaches credited Posey for stirring a slumping group with his fifth-inning slam. The catcher was more impressed by Bumgarner, who also hit a grand slam April 11.
“You’re just kind of shaking your head,” he said. “I was asking Rags (pitching coach Dave Righetti) how many pitchers have hit two in one season.”
The answer is two, in the entire history of major league baseball. Bumgarner joined Tony Cloninger, who hit two in one game against the Giants in 1966. Bumgarner joined Posey in giving the Giants two grand slams in the same game for just the third time in their San Francisco era.
Posted: July 14, 2014 at 07:47 AM | 17 comment(s)
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The proposed policy, which is still in the working stages, could potentially say that fans who wear culturally insensitive attire to games or use culturally insensitive language could be asked to stop by Giants security or potentially be asked to leave the stadium.
Staci Slaughter, Giants senior vice president, communications, and senior advisor to the CEO, said the Giants have policies about obscene language and offensive signs.
“We are considering expanding the policy to be more explicit about culturally insensitive signs and articles of clothing,” she told USA TODAY Sports
“I don’t want to overstate where we are,” she added. “We haven’t finalized the language. We are still in the process of revising it.”
The proposed policy comes after an incident at a Giants game last month when two Native Americans approached a group of men who were passing around a fake headdress to tell them it was disrespectful. One of the Native Americans asked for the headdress and then declined to return it. Security was called and the Native Americans were detained but not arrested. The incident occurred on Native American Heritage Night…
“It is not acceptable for anyone to wear blackface anymore,” said Jacqueline Keeler, a founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry. “So why is it acceptable for fans to come to stadiums dressed in redface? The clowning of our culture must stop.”
Monday, July 07, 2014
He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft, early enough in the then-50 rounds that it came with a $160,000 signing bonus.
Broshuis is now a lawyer compiling data and evidence for a class action suit against Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig. He started with three players in February, suing the Miami Marlins, the San Francisco Giants, and the Kansas City Royals, along with MLB and Commissioner Selig.
Slowly over the course of the next two months, Broshuis had 32 plaintiffs, and all 30 Major League teams are defendants. His law firm, Korein Tillery, based in St. Louis, is known for bringing huge class action suits, and just won reinstatement of an $11 billion verdict against Big Tobacco.
The suit he is bringing asks for minimum wage during the baseball season, plus overtime compensation. He notes that players aren’t paid during the long off-season, even though they are expected to do extensive workouts.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
With that win, they improved to 42-21. A year after stumbling to a 76-86 record, the Giants owned the best record in baseball. They’ve been terrible ever since. San Francisco has lost 16 of its last 21 games, the worst record for any major league team during that time…Few could have predicted such a sharp and sudden drop. But one indicator did suggest that regression was coming, sooner or later: cluster luck.
In a late-May Grantland column, I wrote about the concept of cluster luck as a way to explain how a series of good (or bad) events coming one after another can propel or punish a team:
Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, presented cluster luck in his book, Trading Bases. Essentially, the concept boils down to this: When a team’s batters cluster hits together to score more runs and a team’s pitchers spread hits apart to allow fewer runs, that’s cluster luck. Say a team tallies nine singles in one game. If all of those singles occur in the same inning, the team would likely score seven runs; if each single occurs in a different inning, however, it’d likely mean a shutout.
clusterunluck leads to, ...well, you know…
If you don’t get them a new stadium, the A’s might move to Pocatello, Idaho.
The Athletics and Oakland appeared headed for a last-minute deal Thursday morning after the A’s owner informed city and county leaders that he had received permission from baseball commissioner Bud Selig to immediately move the team outside Oakland unless a deal was approved.
The stunning revelation was made by Athletics co-owner Lew Wolff in a 10 p.m. e-mail to officials, in which he wrote: “I was informed tonight that Commissioner Selig, due to the possibility of not having the hearing and vote that we were purported to receive from the JPA, that we will immediately be allowed to seek a temporary or permanent location outside the city of Oakland.”
The e-mail prompted city and county officials to immediately restart negotiations to keep the A’s in Oakland, and a new deal was being discussed Thursday morning by the 8-member board of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority.
Oakland city councilman Noel Gallo, who was initially opposed to the proposed 10-year lease proposal, said city, county and baseball leaders were on the phone hammering out a deal overnight.
“I think this agreement will be fair,” he said. “It might not be perfect, but I think it’ll be good for Oakland and the region in the long run.”
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Bay Area needs no new summer theme park thrill rides. It still has Tim Lincecum.
The Giants’ pitcher, who has been spectacularly up and down in terms of success over the past few seasons, was at the very peak of his freaky-geeky powers Wednesday at AT&T Park.
His fastball worked. His off-speed stuff worked. His hipster-hurler mojo worked, like, totally. And after nine innings of all that, Lincecum had thrown a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres – his second no-hitter against them in the past two seasons.
And what about all of Lincecum’s games between those two no-hitters? In those 28 starts, Lincecum allowed 164 hits in 173 1/3 innings of pitching – with 11 victories and 10 defeats.
This explains why, every time he takes the mound, Lincecum is an adventure. None of us ever knows exactly what we’re going to get. Although clearly, the man needs to face the Padres more often. And not just because they are statistically the weakest hitting team in the Major Leagues. Lincecum also banged out two hits himself Wednesday against San Diego pitching.
... As it is, he merely joins the short list of 28 pitchers with two or more no-hitters. Oddly, that list includes far more players who are not in the Hall of Fame (Johnny Vander Meer, Don Wilson, Jim Maloney, et al) as those who are. However, if Lincecum ever pitches a third no-hitter, he will join the enormously small club of legends from the modern era who’ve done so – Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax and Nolan Ryan. With Lincecum’s other credentials as a two-time Cy Young winner and two-time World Series champ, a third no-hitter would surely have him sniffing Cooperstown.
So when does he face the Padres again?
Mike Krukow, the former Giants pitcher and current broadcaster, has called Lincecum “a gift to the Bay Area.” Wednesday, he was the gift that kept on giving us his patented package of you-never-know-what-will-happen-next. It’s why people will continue to line up and ride the Lincecum ride. You never want to miss what might be around the next curve.
Posted: June 25, 2014 at 10:49 PM | 8 comment(s)
Saturday, June 14, 2014
As Horatio Prim once (okay a lot more) said: “Odds bodkins!”
When you write a book called How Not to Be Wrong, you ought to expect to be fact-checked a little. And one of the virtues of the new, data-driven journalism currently in vogue is the habit of going back and checking one’s own old stuff. We’re not supposed to avert our gaze from the howlers in our old columns. We’re supposed to find the mistakes and learn from them.
Overall, my record’s not too bad. Mathematicians over 30 have continued to make major theoretical advances. My criticism of Jonah Lehrer’s scientific sloppiness is looking pretty good. And Stephen Wolfram never did become the world’s most prominent and revolutionary scientist.
But there were some mistakes, too. Here are the three biggest.
Barry Bonds isn’t going to break the home run record. Bonds had 39 home runs in the 88 games making up the first half of the 2001 season, putting him on pace for a record-breaking 72 homers for the year. But I knew the theory of regression to the mean, which reminds us that the league leader in home runs at midseason is likely to have been both good and lucky, and thus isn’t apt to maintain his league-leading pace. Historically, typical league-leaders only hit two-thirds as many home runs in the second half as they did in the first. If that trend held in 2001, Bonds would finish the season with 61 home runs.
In fact, he increased his pace, ending up with 73 home runs and the all-time season record. My reasoning wasn’t bad. It’s just that I’d neglected the possibility that there was another factor besides natural ability and luck that was working in Bonds’ favor.
Thanks to Bill Petti.
Posted: June 14, 2014 at 04:43 PM | 11 comment(s)
Thursday, June 12, 2014
“Do you have a job,” Dr. Kerlan says, very concerned about your answer.
“Yeah,” you reply earnestly, snapping back for a moment, fighting the inevitability of this conversation’s direction as best you can, “Starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.”
“No, John,” Dr. Jobe interjects, “That’s not what he means.” Dr. Kerlan repeats himself.
“Do you have a job? There’s only a 40% chance you’ll ever throw a baseball again.”
Dr. Jobe and Dr. Kerlan detail the nuances of the surgery. You don’t hear a damn thing for five minutes.
“You may never play baseball again” is the only phrase playing in your mind right now on an endless, somber loop.
All the joy within you dies, and you start to cry.
Posted: June 12, 2014 at 09:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is offering a reward for his stolen motorized scooter.
Pence is offering a signed bobblehead that shows him riding the scooter. It was stolen from a restaurant parking lot Sunday night after the Giants completed a home sweep of the Minnesota Twins.
C’mon San Francisco, you are better than this. You would expect this kind of crap if you left something unlocked around Dodger Stadium but I thought you folks were cool.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Hicks: Walkin’/Sluggin’ One And Only.
In 1970, Bobby Bonds hit .302, walked 77 times and had an OPS-plus of 135, yet people homed in on his league-leading 189 strikeouts. Fed up, he said, “I’ll give you 200 hits. How I make my outs is my business.”
Brandon Hicks smiled at the story. Hicks has hit six home runs with a 122 OPS-plus - a measure that combines on-base and slugging percentages on a scale in which league average is 100 - from the seventh and eighth spots in the order. Yet he gets a lot of questions about his strikeouts, which have been his bane and a big reason behind his inability to stick in the majors.
Hicks tied Thursday night’s game with a seventh-inning homer off Josh Beckett and struck out in his other three at-bats, giving him 33 in 104 plate appearances and a slash line of .193/.311/.443 - that’s batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Afterward, manager Bruce Bochy said he did not care about the worst of those numbers.
“You’ve heard me say I’m not big on batting average,” Bochy said. “I believe like a lot of baseball people believe it’s overrated. It’s on-base and slugging percentage. Sometimes you give up a little to do some damage.”
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 06:59 AM | 4 comment(s)
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Madison Bumgarner’s grand slam in his last start against the Colorado Rockies was a hell of a statement. But the exclamation point came at the end of his trip around the bases – when the pitcher placed his left index finger on his nose, and emptied the contents of his right nostril near home plate.
As the lefty gets ready to take the mound again tonight, I have a hard time explaining why the Bumgarner snot rocket is pretty much my favorite thing in Bay Area sports right now. In theory, I think it’s disgusting. I would punish one of my children if they did the same thing in front of a single neighbor, much less 43,000 fans. I see the Kleenex stock I’m planning to retire on plummeting like a Tim Hudson sinker ball …
And yet, in a backwards way, I think every time Bumgarner executes a Farmer John, it purifies the game.
...By the time Bumgarner hit the grand slam last Saturday, I knew with 100 percent certainty what was coming at the end. No fist pump. No arms in the air praising God. No secret hand signal to his wife or dad or second grade teacher. Cross the plate. Finger on the nostril. Blow.
I suspect there are people in Bumgarner’s life who have expressed their displeasure with his tradition. His wife, his parents, maybe the Giants organization. It must drive his agent crazy. (I wonder if anyone on the Bumgarner team has tried to turn this into a positive. I’ve got Mucinex on the line! They want to put you on the front of the bottle!)
I hope he never changes. Celebrate your first no-hitter with a double Farmer John before hugging Buster Posey. Fire a snot rocket on ESPN when they announce your retirement. Evacuate the nostrils on the podium at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Baseball is a little more disgusting, and so much better, for your efforts.
Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 6 comment(s)
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wrong halo Buster.
Superstardom supersedes pretty much everything, you see. The New York Yankees suck? Blame A-Rod. Cleveland Cavalliers lost in the NBA Finals? LeBron James isn’t clutch. Giants lose the 2002 World Series? Barry Bonds’ PED karma.
You get the idea. That’s how it goes for Posey now. He’s official. He’s a superstar no matter how aw-shucks anonymous he’d like to be. Hey, if those Toyota ads couldn’t slow his superstar roll, it’s all over. He’s there.
(Grown men and women sat in a high-level Toyota meeting, heads nodding, when those ads got the green light, by the way. Makes you just a little sad for all of us, doesn’t it?)
Anyway, Posey’s it. He has it. And as such, another 2013 Posey season, i.e., tremendous by most any other player’s standard, simply won’t do.
...But if Buster ain’t Buster? Sorry, folks. Superstars steer, and nobody in San Francisco is remotely capable of steering the good ship — not even Captain Bruce Bochy himself — as can Posey when he’s fully embracing and totally embodying all he’s been given and all that’s been thrust upon him.
The gifts, of course, are the talent, the easily earned clubhouse respect, the sheer purity of a man so clearly put on Earth for a very specific reason.
And all that’s been thrust upon that man is the expectation of being superstar enough to be a human version of that hypothetical Hudson elixir.
... That’s the life of a Superstar — capital S. And that’s Buster Posey, more than at any time he’ll likely encounter in his career, for the next six to eight months.
Only his very, very best will do. Without it, the Giants are just a good bunch of guys. With it, the Los Angeles Dodgers will get the trouble they deserve.
Posted: March 23, 2014 at 08:05 AM | 1 comment(s)
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Brooding Bill Madden hasn’t been this ticked off since Lucy Ann Polk split from The Four Polks!
One can only imagine what Pete Rose must have been thinking last week seeing convicted felon Barry Bonds , an arrogant, surly “anti-ambassador” of baseball his entire career, who cheated his way past Hank Aaron to the all-time home run record and then lied about his use of steroids to everyone, including a federal grand jury, back in uniform for the San Francisco Giants as a special spring training instructor.
There but for his own arrogance and lying about his transgressions against baseball could he too be back in baseball?
It was indeed a strange coincidence that Bonds should end his seven-year exile at the same time Rose’s ban for betting on baseball is now coming up on its 25th anniversary, and he was featured in the Daily News and on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the subject of a new book by SI’s Kostya Kennedy, “Pete Rose — An American Dilemma.” It probably says everything about Bonds’ return to the Giants that, on the day he arrived in camp last week, neither managing general partner Larry Baer nor GM Brian Sabean was anywhere to be found. You can be sure no one was more repulsed by Bonds’ appearance in the Giants camp than commissioner Bud Selig. Unfortunately, Selig was powerless to stop it because, despite being the poster guy for the steroids era in baseball, Bonds never failed a drug test, and despite Bonds’ post-career conviction for obstruction of justice in the government’s BALCO steroids case, the commissioner was unable to suspend him for conduct detrimental to baseball.
It’s believed Bonds wangled his invitation after lobbying some of the Giants’ limited partners and Baer, realizing that, like it or not, the Giants are eventually going to have start accepting him as part of their history, reluctantly gave the okay. And no doubt with the Hall of Fame in mind, Bonds was all nicey-nice with the reporters he held in contempt during his playing days, reminding me of the famous line by legendary New York baseball writer Frank Graham, about ‘20s Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel, who shunned the writers most of his career until finally deciding to oblige them in his last season: “He’s learning to say hello, when it’s time to say goodbye.”
Posted: March 15, 2014 at 10:28 PM | 94 comment(s)
Friday, March 14, 2014
Fans like teams with winning records; that is a shock. What would the Yankees (or Giants, or Red Sox, or….) be if they went 62-100? Those seem like the loyal fans to me.
Posted: March 14, 2014 at 01:10 PM | 46 comment(s)
Thursday, March 13, 2014
In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the U.S. Mint has produced the nation’s first-ever curved coin. It’s a commemorative coin, which means it’s not intended for circulation.
Per the U.S. Mint, 750,000 50 cent pieces, 400,000 dollar coins, and 50,000 gold five dollar coins will be made (1.2 million coins in all). Starting March 27, they’ll sell for a good deal more than their face value, with some of that money going to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Posted: March 13, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 12 comment(s)
hall of fame
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Videos in link. Poor Mike Morse.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
I fully expected Barry Lockridge to come back to Giant land before Barry Bonds!
Barry Bonds is scheduled to return to the Giants from March 9-17, serving as a special instructor for the organization’s young hitters. Bonds has long wanted to take on a more active role with the organization, but the two sides have not been connected in an official capacity since 2007, Bonds’ last season in Major League Baseball.
The years since have been filled with performance-enhancing drug allegations, a perjury trial and a conviction for obstruction of justice, but the Giants are not worried about Bonds being a distraction.
“He’s part of what we’ll do here,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s going to be part of the group of instructors, like (Will) Clark, (J.T.) Snow or (Jeff) Kent. He’s going to be like the other guys and help where he can.
“I don’t have any concerns.”
During an appearance at AT&T Park in 2012, Bonds told reporters that he had approached Giants CEO and President Larry Baer about working for the club in some form. The conversations have continued informally since then, and the Giants felt that the timing was finally right to bring back one the best players in baseball history, albeit one with a complicated history.
“Collectively within the organization, we felt that given Barry’s desire to continue to contribute to the Giants, we should be open-minded about giving him the same invite that we have given to other players in the past,” Baer said.
Posted: February 22, 2014 at 08:01 PM | 92 comment(s)
Another chapter in this sad story. Steve Dilbeck opinion piece says they plea bargained.
Marvin Norwood, 30, pleaded guilty to one courtof assault likely to produce great bodily injury and Louie Sanchez, 31, pleaded guilty to one coumt of mayhem. Stow, a paramedic in Northern California, suffered serious head trauma and will require care for the rest of his life from a permanent disability. He has a pending civil lawsuit against the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt.
Also a more newsy article in the Washington Post.
Washington Post article