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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bellinger blasts Giants, Dodgers clinch NL West

“You know, I could play Otani every day,” he said, with a faint smile. “Oh, I’d put him out there. Trust me.”

The Giants will make every effort this winter to court Shohei Otani, a generational talent from Japan who conjures comparisons to Babe Ruth with his 102 mph fastball and his ability to turn them around at the plate.

Maybe next year the Giants will have Otani on their side. Maybe they will have Giancarlo Stanton’s chiseled form in the middle of their lineup.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, shohei otani

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Where have you gone, Tim Lincecum? In search of beloved Giants ace

He hasn’t retired yet, but when he does Baer is poised to bring him to San Francisco in some kind of official capacity. “There’s definitely a place in the Giants world for Linecum,” he said. “I mean, that goes without saying.”

Until then? Lincecum is believed to be back here inhabiting the shores of Lake Washington, although no one with the Giants could say for sure. Someone thought maybe he was in Arizona. When the team tried to invite him to throw out the first pitch before a playoff game against the Chicago Cubs last year, Lincecum was in Hawaii.

Wherever he is now, he’s keeping a low profile. The Freak is now The Ghost.

Lincecum’s agent, Rick Thurman, told the Bay Area News Group in August that Lincecum is keeping in shape and hopes to pitch again. But Thurman did not respond to voicemails, texts or e-mails in search of additional details for this story. Lincecum’s father, Chris, who was once a frequent and chatty radio guest, did not respond to texts.

Lincecum is not on social media. The last missive from his confirmed (but never verified) Twitter account came in 2012, when the four-time All-Star tweeted about a “food coma” after a trip to Benihana’s.

A handful of Giants employees who specialize in media relations or alumni events say Lincecum is the rare ex-player they can’t keep tabs on. A current Giants player said he sent The Freak a text on his 33rd birthday on June 15. Weeks later, he still hadn’t heard back.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 21, 2017 at 11:50 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, retired, tim lincecum

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Giants send Dodgers to 11th straight loss | MLB.com

The Dodgers keep losing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:52 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Giants eliminated in NL West with loss to Phillies, race is on to draft first

We have our first division race casualty of 2017.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 20, 2017 at 10:32 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Monday, July 31, 2017

Taking Back the Ballparks - Giants voting thread

We have selected four potential names as a replacement for the replacement for the replacement for PacBell Park, which, as corporate names go, wasn’t half-bad. They are listed below.

Choose one of the four choices, then add in the full name you prefer. If you like Pacific, but think it should be Pacific Grounds, choose C, then write in the preferred full name.

If you’d like to continue to debate the merits of the four choices, please do so at the nominating thread. Leave this thread just for voting, if you would.

And, it should go without saying that we are restricting this to one vote per Primate. And, just so you know, I’ve got Kobach on speed dial and that SOB is just itching to dig up some irregularities.

A) China Basin
B) Golden Gate
C) Pacific
D) West Bay

Edit: BTF’s winning selection has been boldfaced. It’s China Basin, unencumbered by any park, ballpark, stadium or grounds appendage.

SoSH U at work Posted: July 31, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, stadium names

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Olney: Madison Bumgarner might not rediscover his velocity - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Bumgarner’s velocity has also been down to some of the lowest readings of his career. In his final outing before the accident, he averaged 92.1 mph with his fastball (April 19 vs. Royals). Here are his average readings in the three starts since he returned, per FanGraphs:
July 15: 89.7 mph
July 20: 90.4 mph
July 25: 90.4 mph

It’s too early to interpret the diminishment in velocity. It could be that, much like a pitcher working his way through spring training, Bumgarner is still in the process of building velocity. That’s something that the Giants saw from him in March, when sluggish readings early in the month eventually got better.

Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti also acknowledged another possibility Saturday: The 27-year-old, who has logged more than 1,500 innings in his career, is simply not going to throw as hard as he used to—maybe because of natural wear and tear, maybe partly because of the April accident.

“It was a serious injury,” Righetti said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 09:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, notes, orioles, pace of play

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Red Sox reach deal on trade for Eduardo Nunez | MLB.com

The Red Sox added a right-handed bat with defensive versatility on Tuesday night, acquiring Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants for two Minor League pitchers.

The Red Sox are sending Minor League right-handers Shaun Anderson (their 18th-ranked prospect) and Gregory Santos to the Giants for Nunez, who could fill a few roles for Boston given his ability to play third, short and the corner outfield.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2017 at 06:49 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: eduardo nuñez, giants, red sox, trade

Friday, July 21, 2017

SF Giants on NBCS on Twitter: “This guy dropped a foul ball. Then Kuip came along and made his day.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 21, 2017 at 10:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pablo Sandoval signing with Giants | MLB.com

Low risk move for the Giants.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2017 at 09:11 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval

Monday, July 17, 2017

Taking Back the Ballparks - San Francisco Giants

Welcome to the initial nominating thread of Taking Back the Ballparks, where today’s palatial, taxpayer-funded ballyards will be reclaimed from Fortune 500 companies, in-pocket politicians and onerous owners, and returned to the fans who fill them. Over the course of however long this takes, we’re going to select new, distinct and appropriate names for each of the 30 major league ballparks instead of the corporate-sponsored monstrosities they currently call themselves. And, in some cases, we might determine the old sobriquet was just fine.

To get this series started correctly, we’re going right to the stadium in most need of a permanent moniker makeover: AT&T Park, a ballpark that’s already had more legal name changes than a member of the extended Kardashian Klan.

One of the absolute gems* of the HOK era, the stadium has been an upgrade over the Giants previous home in every way but one. Candlestick was a glorious name for a ballpark, either in its full or nicknamed version (the Stick). AT&T will never be anything but the name of a phone company.

Now, you can fix that. In this thread, suggest a replacement for the Giants stadium, and make a case why this new name is preferable. Given the source material (San Francisco and the Bay Area and a history-rich franchise), there should be no shortage of potentially evocative names just waiting to be tapped.

In two weeks, we’ll close nominations here, at my blog and anywhere else that might piggyback onto this exercise. With the help of a few other Primates, we’ll select up to four finalists from the nominees and we’ll begin a full vote to be taken exclusively here at BTF.

* By all other accounts. As with the case with most of the parks, I haven’t been there, so I can only go on the reports of others. The baseball writing staff at the Washington Post just slotted it No. 1 among the MLB 30, for instance.


Ballpark History
Name: AT&T Park (previously Pacific Bell Park, SBC Park)
Built: 2000
Capacity: 41,915
Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Candlestick (aka 3Com Park), 1960-1999, Seals Stadium 1958-1959)
Distinctive Features: As many as you’ll find anywhere. The Coke Bottle and Glove in Left; 24-foot high brick wall in right; McCovey Cove.

Ballpark Highlights:
Giants have played in four World Series since park opened in 2000, winning three. However, none of the title-clinching games took place there, nor was the Game 7 loss to Anaheim in the 2002 Fall Classic.
Matt Cain threw baseball’s 22nd perfect game there in 2012.
Neifi Perez scored on an infield fly.
Ruben Rivera engaged in “the worst baserunning in the history of the game.”
Barry Bonds played a lot of games at the place.

SoSH U at work Posted: July 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 205 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, stadium names

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Giants chemistry is suffering because a guy they all hated is gone

All of which makes me wonder what the heck to do about this passage from Ken Rosenthal’s latest column. It’s about the reeling San Francisco Giants. They have all kinds of issues — their offense is putrid, their pitching isn’t much better and they’ve been without their ace most of the year — but today Rosenthal looks at their team chemistry. It’s a quiet and subdued clubhouse, he notes, and it has a lot of people wondering if something is wrong there. What could it be?

Sandoval, who was an often noisy and boisterous presence during his time with the club, departed as a free agent after that season. Pence has suffered a number of injuries in recent years and declined offensively, making it difficult for him to be as vocal as he was in the past. Some with the Giants muse that the team even misses Angel Pagan, who created an odd sort of unity because most of the players disliked him.

Read that last sentence again. And then go on with your talk about how team chemistry is a legitimate explanatory concept regarding what makes teams win or lose as opposed to a post-hoc rationalization of it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angel pagan, clubhouse chemistry, giants

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Giants acquire Sam Dyson from Rangers - MLB Daily Dish

Giants roll the dice.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rangers, sam dyson

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hunter Strickland, Bryce Harper suspended | MLB.com

Major League Baseball announced disciplinary measures for Giants reliever Hunter Strickland and Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on Tuesday following their fracas on Monday afternoon in San Francisco. Strickland has been suspended for six games and was fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Harper, the Nationals star who was suspended for four games and also fined for charging the mound and throwing his helmet at Strickland.

Both players have elected to appeal their suspensions, and their respective punishments will be held in abeyance until the appeal process is completed.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: brawls, bryce harper, giants, hunter strickland, nationals

Thursday, May 25, 2017

San Francisco Giants: Analyzing Jeff Samardzija’s bad luck | SI.com

Everything is crumbling around Samardzija in San Francisco, but he’s in the midst of his best season since that 2013 campaign. The 32-year-old righty has made nine starts this season, and while his ERA sits at 4.57, the rest of his numbers suggest that’s nothing more than the product of bad luck. He has a 2.89 FIP, 1.13 WHIP and 71 strikeouts against 10 walks in 61 innings. Samardzija has the third highest spread between his ERA and WHIP in the majors, trailing Trevor Bauer and Bartolo Colon. Those two, however, have ERAs well north of 6.00, placing their FIPs in the mid-4.00s. Samardzija is the only pitcher in the majors with a difference of at least 0.6 runs between his ERA and FIP who also has a FIP below 3.00. In other words, his ERA-to-FIP spread actually means something.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 25, 2017 at 08:43 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeff samardzija

Monday, May 08, 2017

The Giants might be the worst team in baseball, but they’ll never rebuild

This is a franchise that is claiming a sellout streak of more than 500 games. And while they didn’t really have a completely full ballpark for all of those games, they’re certainly drawing extremely well, and here’s what they can sell to their fans, even in a season like this: Come cheer Buster Posey. Come watch Brandon Crawford. Come watch the entirely homegrown infield that you’ve grown incredibly fond of.

Right now, that sales pitch still works. They can sell that to their fans. They absolutely cannot sell, “Remember those guys? We miss them. Now buy tickets to watch random minor leaguers.” Fans are fickle, and they won’t put up with losing for long, but the Giants are in a special place. They’ve had so much success over the last decade with these players, they still hold the attention of the ticket-buying masses.

And if you want evidence that they’ll think like this, consider the 2013 season, when the Giants had troubles baseballing and limped into the trade deadline well under .500. They were expected to trade Hunter Pence, Javier Lopez, and Tim Lincecum, all pending free agents, and reload for 2014. Instead they re-signed all three. The chance to keep their players together was worth more to them than whatever prospects were dangled in front of them.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 08, 2017 at 10:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Friday, April 21, 2017

Giants Place Madison Bumgarner On 10-Day DL After Dirt Bike Accident

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is headed to the 10-day DL after injuring himself in a dirt bike accident, the team announced. He is said to have suffered bruised ribs along with “a grade one or two left shoulder AC sprain.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 21, 2017 at 04:42 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, injuries, madison bumgarner

Monday, April 17, 2017

Johnny Cueto wants to finish career in American League

In a surprising answer to that question, ahead of the Giants’ visit to Kansas City, Cueto said Saturday that he wants to finish his career in the American League.

“It’s just a personal preference because I played so much in the National League,” Cueto said through translator Erwin Higueros.

Cueto was an American Leaguer for three months in 2015, when he was traded to Kansas City and helped the Royals win a World Series.

Lest Giants fans start hyperventilating, Cueto was not asked about, nor talking about, where he might sign for next year if he opts out of his Giants contract after this season.

Speaking generally, he said he would like to challenge himself against teams he rarely has faced, like the Red Sox and Yankees.

“I sometimes feel the American League is stronger than the National League,” Cueto said. “It doesn’t matter where I play. It’s baseball. But I would like to finish my career in the American League.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2017 at 02:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, johnny cueto

Sunday, April 02, 2017

OPENING DAY CHATTER

Yankees/Rays 1:10 PM Tanaka (0-0) Archer (0-0) 

Giants/D-backs 4:10 PM Bumgarner (0-0) Greinke (0-0) 

Cubs/Cardinals 8:35 PM Lester (0-0) Martinez (0-0)

 


Thank God

Lassus Posted: April 02, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, diamondbacks, giants, mlb, rays, yankees

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bruce Bochy announces how Giants will start season in left field | KNBR-AM

Chris Marrero will get some of the AB vs. LHP. Marrero played in Pawtucket last year. I’m not sure how he’ll fare in left but his bat will be a plus.

“You’re looking more at a platoon (in left field) to start with,” Bochy told reporters. “With (Jarrett) Parker, his splits are significant with him and lefties. I know it’s hard to get better at that unless you face them. But with a couple of right-handed bats and options we have here, we’re probably gonna…not going to. We WILL platoon there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Giants and Pablo Sandoval agree to a three-year, $17.15 million contract

That can buy 1,715,000 Kung Fu Panda dolls

While the Giants have some work to do in order to keep Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain for the long haul, they have at least locked up a key position player through his arbitration seasons.

The Giants just announced that they have agreed to a three-year contract with third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the deal is worth $17.15 million guaranteed and includes some performance-based incentives. He’ll make $3.2 million this season, $5.7 million in 2013 and $8.25 million in 2014.

Sandoval was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter after batting .315/.357/.552 with 23 home runs, 70 RBI and a .909 OPS over 117 games in 2011. The 25-year-old owns a .307/.356/.501 batting line over his first four seasons in the majors. If he can stay in shape and continue to produce similar numbers, he’ll be a tremendous bargain.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 07:53 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Tim Lincecum asks $21.5M in arbitration

That’s still just barely more than what Barry Zito will make.

Giants ace Tim Lincecum asked for $21.5 million in salary arbitration Tuesday and was offered $17 million by the club.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner’s request neared the record amount sought in arbitration. Houston pitcher Roger Clemens asked for $22 million in 2005.

San Francisco’s offer was the highest in arbitration history, topping the $14.25 million the New York Yankees proposed for shortstop Derek Jeter in 2001.

“I’m overall optimistic that we’ll find common ground without a hearing room,” Bobby Evans, Giants vice president of baseball operations, said before seeing Lincecum’s filing numbers. “It’s a process that begins long before today in terms of conversations about possible deals that work for both sides. That process has continued in a mutual fashion. At this point we haven’t reached a conclusion.”

Lincecum, the winning pitcher in the Game 5 World Series clincher at Texas in 2010, earned $13.1 million last season and completed a two-year deal worth $23.2 million.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2012 at 07:09 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: business, giants

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

BN: A Proposal To Break The Territorial-Rights Logjam Between The A’s And The Giants

With a doff of the chapeau to Mr. Calcaterra, a modest proposal indeed:

All of the two-team territories but one share the same counties: the Yankees and Mets; the White Sox and Cubs; and the Dodgers and Angels. Only the Giants and A’s split the counties surrounding their home cities. The A’s territory includes Alameda and Contra Costa counties; the Giants’ territory includes San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and Marin counties, “plus Santa Clara County with respect to another major league team.” San Jose is in Santa Clara county.

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: January 11, 2012 at 01:52 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, business, giants

Friday, December 30, 2011

St. Louisian Don Mueller, former big-league star, dies

Don Mueller...

St. Louis native Don Mueller, who led the majors in hits in 1954 and roamed the outfield with Willie Mays of the New York Giants, died on Wednesday. He was 84.

Mueller, who played at CBC, was signed by the Giants in 1944 and made his big-league debut four years later.

At age 23, he became a starter for the Giants in right field and hit .291 in his first full season.

...A career .296 hitter, Mueller became known as “Mandrake the Magician.” He finished his career with two seasons with the White Sox in 1958 and 59.

 

Repoz Posted: December 30, 2011 at 12:53 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, obituaries, white sox

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