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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Q&A: Damon Minor on Giants’ Steven Duggar, Chris Shaw, Aramis Garcia

For the past two seasons — either in Triple-A Sacramento or the Arizona Fall League — Damon Minor has worked with the Giants prospects trio of Steven Duggar, Chris Shaw and Aramis Garcia. In 2018, Minor saw all three of them as the River Cats’ hitting coach before each player made their major league debuts in San Francisco.

NBC Sports Bay Area recently spoke to Minor, as the former Giants first baseman assessed each hitter’s development at the plate.

The sort of analysis one must always take with a grain of salt, especially if what I’ve witnessed is remotely representative….

QLE Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: aramis garcia, chris shaw, giants, steven duggar

MLB rumors: How Dodgers’ Dave Roberts could replace Giants’ Bruce Bochy

The Giants already made one drastic change to their franchise this offseason in hiring Farhan Zaidi away from the Los Angeles Dodgers as their new president of baseball operations. Another year from now, could they add another prominent figure from their archrival?

According to FanCred’s Jon Heyman, the Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts appeared close to a multiyear contract extension a week ago, but they now sit at a standstill, unable to come to an agreement. Roberts is said to be on vacation overseas, per Heyman, and the sides “remain far apart.”

Los Angeles picked up Roberts’ $1.1 million option for 2019, meaning he’s under contract for next season, but not beyond. If the sides can’t come to an agreement on an extension, Roberts essentially will enter next season as a lame-duck manager.

Mind you, is there any particular reason to believe that Dave Roberts is a manager you’d want to hire, rather than being some guy who was lucky enough to be part of the ride?

QLE Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, dave roberts, giants

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Manny Machado doesn’t fit with Giants even if they clear infield space | NBCS Bay Area

Does anyone really think the Giants are going to spend much money this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2018 at 06:19 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants

Friday, November 09, 2018

Determining Madison Bumgarner’s future will be Farhan Zaidi’s first Giant decision

The ink on Farhan Zaidi’s contract as the new San Francisco Giants general manager was barely dry Wednesday when he was asked the question weighing on the mind of every Giants fan.

Is it possible, and perhaps even necessary, that he seeks to trade the franchise’s longtime ace and multiple time World Series hero, Madison Bumgarner?

The question itself was as straight forward as it gets. As for the response? It was not surprisingly vague.

Mind you, with pitchers, the future tends to be something beyond the ken of any general manager….

QLE Posted: November 09, 2018 at 07:55 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants, madison bumgarner

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Giants’ new baseball chief Zaidi talks Bumgarner, rebuild, working with Bochy

The Giants are in good hands.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 09:09 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

This changes everything: Giants president Farhan Zaidi agrees to a five-year deal – The Athletic

Friedman and Zaidi may be competing for the same guys.

And how’s this for intrigue? Before the Giants and Dodgers meet on the field next season, Zaidi and Friedman could find themselves in a more immediate form of competition. Zaidi is almost certain to hire a GM. Friedman, unless he decides to keep Zaidi’s former chair empty, will be in the market for one, himself. And here’s betting their lists will have some overlap.

Will Zaidi seek to renew with Billy Owens, his former colleague with the A’s? Or would he be attracted to someone more like-minded with which to collaborate and spark ideas? Would he value an executive with administrative skills? Or a more traditional scouting background? Is it possible that the Giants already have vetted some of the possible candidates (Kim Ng, Jason McLeod, Chaim Bloom, Matt Arnold, Mike Elias, etc.)?

Zaidi should find no shortage of qualified people eager to work in a front office where out-of-the-box thinking will be encouraged.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 11:11 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, general mangers, giants, pay site

Farhan Zaidi takes Giants job | MLB.com

This isn’t good for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, general managers, giants

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Rebuild or Retool? Evaluating the Giants Offseason Choices

Some commentary on the current state of the Giants, and considerations as for what the Giants can do in response.

QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rebuilding

Monday, November 05, 2018

Why the Cardinals and Giants could enter the Bryce Harper free agency sweepstakes

You know the deal: Free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, because he’s still just 26 years of age and has MVP upside, is likely going to wind up signing the largest contract in MLB history this offseason. His left-handed power and patience at the plate—plus the possibility that he’s pre-prime—mean he’s of interest to almost any team that thinks it can afford him. As for specifics, you can reportedly add the names of two traditional National League powers to his list of likely suitors.

First, there are the St. Louis Cardinals. Here’s what Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

The team and chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., according to one industry source, are “sending signals they are out to be a player.” The Cardinals intend to explore Harper’s market and see how they fit, sources confirmed.

Granted, if recent history means anything, the Giants ending up with Harper will not lead to the results either one had in mind….

QLE Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, cardinals, free agency, giants

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SportsRadioPD: Barrett: Divorce Was Inevitable For The A’s and 95.7 The Game

The problems with selling Green and Gold in a sea of Orange. Or: why the A’s were never going to get A-grade radio coverage in the Bay Area, and never accepted it.

There was also a public perception that the team wouldn’t spend money to retain key players, the stadium they played in was a mess, and ownership made it worse by continuing to tell the public they wanted no part of being in Oakland. The vibe all the way around was negative. Meanwhile, the teams across the street seemed to have everything going their way.

Reality was that the audience and advertisers had an insatiable demand for Giants, 49ers, and Warriors content, and if we hoped to compete, we needed to be talking about what mattered most to the majority. That didn’t mean the A’s and Raiders weren’t part of our content plans too, they were, but if they expected to be covered the way KNBR had the Giants, well we weren’t going to do that.

 

Greg Franklin Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, broadcasting, giants, media, radio

MLB Rumors: Giants Interested in Farhan Zaidi for President of Baseball Ops.

The San Francisco Giants have reportedly expanded their search for a president of baseball operations to their archrivals.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, San Francisco is “interested” in Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi for the role. While Morosi cautioned it is “unclear if the scenario is viable,” he noted the interest could be the reason San Francisco’s search has been somewhat slow.

This comes after Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported the Giants interviewed Chicago Cubs senior vice president Jason McLeod.

I’m getting confused at this point- would this be a promotion, a lateral move, or a demotion?

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: farhan zaidi, giants

As expected, Giants exercise options on Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval

In moves that were expected, the Giants on Monday exercised their 2019 contract options on pitcher Madison Bumgarner and infielder Pablo Sandoval.

Bumgarner will earn at least $12 million in the final year of the long-term deal he signed in 2012. That is the listed salary, but it likely has grown some through escalators based on performance milestones.

The Giants again will pay Sandoval the major-league minimum, around $545,000, in the final year of the five-year deal he signed with Boston after the 2014 season. The Red Sox will pay the rest of his $18.6 million salary.

A collection of various baseball briefs- quite a bit here to discuss if anyone has the interest…

 

QLE Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, pablo sandoval

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Longtime Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald dies at 83

Hank Greenwald, among the most beloved of all San Francisco Giants broadcasters, died at California Pacific Medical Center Monday afternoon. He was 83.

Greenwald had been suffering from heart issues and kidney failure in recent months, and after an onset of bronchitis, he was taken to the hospital Saturday.

“He’d just been feeling rotten for a long time,” said his wife, Carla. “He died after valiant efforts by a fabulous medical staff.”

RIP- you will be missed by those of us who listened for you.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 05:52 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, giants, hank greenwald, rip

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants’ GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs’ front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres’ (with Hoyer, who was San Diego’s general manager from 2010-2011).

Wondering what I should make involving some of the phrasing here….

QLE Posted: October 16, 2018 at 06:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, giants, jason mcleod

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Maidson Bumgarner doesn’t think Friday was his last start for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Just before the All-Star break, Giants coaches sat down and mapped out their second-half rotation. They have known for months that they could push Madison Bumgarner back to this final series if it gave them a leg up in the NL West race.

This team, of course, is nowhere near contention. It’s been that way for a while. But the Giants still pushed Bumgarner back two days, giving him a big stage for his final start of the season and the opportunity to all but knock the Dodgers out of contention in the division.

That the offense didn’t deliver was no surprise. But it was a bit when Bumgarner made it through just six, allowing three runs, and two coming on a big Justin Turner homer with a runner on and the game tied. This, a 3-1 loss, was not the way he hoped to end his 2018 season.

“However, I may be inclined to change my mind if you spell my name wrong in the header for your article”, he said later.

On a serious note: How much trade value does Bumgarner really have at this point? He’s been injured two seasons in a row (missing the equivalent of almost a full season), was never hyper-dazzling as a pitcher, and (if this last season means anything) seems to have lost the value with the bat he added back in 2014-2015. How much would any team give up for that, especially as the Giants have a really large number of holes to fill and will presumably be trying to fill as many as possible?

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, trade rumors

Friday, September 28, 2018

Giants Fire General Manager Bobby Evans

The Giants fired general manager Bobby Evans on Monday, the club announced in a statement. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman was the first to report the news.

Evans served as San Francisco’s general manager for four seasons prior to being removed. He’s been a part of the organization for 25 years.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:05 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby evans, giants

There’s nothing in the rule book that says a rebuild has to last a long time

We might not know the definition of Larry Baer’s “next gen GM” phrase, but it implies there will be a change in the team’s philosophy. That doesn’t mean there will be a drastic change in the way the Giants market themselves or explain what they’re doing, and that’s important to remember as the Giants are about to undergo their first total rebuild of the 21st century. The efforts of this “next gen GM” will surely be spun as anything but a rebuild.

However, it’s worth noting that rebuilds aren’t inherently scary — the Giants weren’t going to get better doing things the same way and the ill-at-ease feeling most people have is tied to players currently on the team —it’s just that they create uncertainty, and that is certainly a scary prospect.

But these are the San Francisco Giants. They’re the fourth-most valuable team in Major League Baseball. They have the resources and commitment to winning quickly. Ownership and the fan base might not have the stomach for a lengthy reorganization, but that doesn’t mean the new front office overlord has to avoid a rebuild.

Point of order! The total number of these sorts of teardowns is still both too small and too recent in order to make any real judgments on how long they can take!

QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rebuilding

Monday, September 24, 2018

Alen Hanson gets back-to-back starts, likely still in Giants’ plans

ST. LOUIS — Alen Hanson started just twice between Sept. 8 and Sept. 21, making some fans wonder if the Giants really viewed him as part of their future. With his speed, left-handed pop and defensive versatility, it’s hard to imagine the 25-year-old not being on the team next year.

He lost playing time because regular second baseman Joe Panik got healthier and the organization wanted to give Chris Shaw a look in left field.

Hanson started at second base Saturday, then made his Giants debut in right field Sunday because manager Bruce Bochy wanted his bat in the lineup. Hanson did fine in right.

On the one hand, he fell to Earth rather hard after a hot start to his time with the Giants, and he has some pretty clear weaknesses (he avoids the walk like mobsters duck process servers)- however, given the quality of most of the rest of the team….

QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 05:15 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: alen hanson, giants, the future

Bobby Evans’ days as the Giants’ GM appear to be numbered

In a world where GMs have increasingly gone down a level in terms of their authority, will this matter much, especially since the article seems to be expecting Sabean to stick around?

QLE Posted: September 24, 2018 at 04:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby evans, general manager, giants

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Wainwright impresses Giants’ Bochy

Count San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy as among the many intrigued to see how Adam Wainwright’s start goes Saturday in the wake of the brilliant six-inning, nine-strikeout, two-hit, no-run performance turned in by the 37-year-old Cardinals righthander Sunday against Los Angeles.

“Amazing,” said Bochy. “That’s what great athletes are able to do. They never stop learning or they never think they’ve arrived.

“They’ll try things. They’ll reinvent themselves and because they’re so competitive, they figure out to do it. What a game he threw against a team that was swinging the bat so well. It says a lot about him. That was really impressive.

Well, now is the time of year when the Giants start looking for really poor free-agents to sign….

QLE Posted: September 22, 2018 at 08:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, bruce bochy, giants

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bruce Bochy meets with free-falling Giants ahead of 10th straight loss

I was expecting that the Giants doing as well as they were in relative terms wasn’t particularly sustainable- I just wasn’t expecting things to fall apart so completely so suddenly…..

SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy doesn’t like admitting that his team is out of the race no matter how many consecutive losses might pile up. He doesn’t like admitting that they’re playing poorly, and on three consecutive days he has talked about how many of the last 10 losses could have easily flipped the other way.

But Bochy did make a concession to the reality of the situation on Tuesday afternoon. He met with his team, talking for about five minutes about the importance of playing hard and holding each other accountable. That is not a meeting you have when you’re trying to clinch a playoff spot. It’s the type of meeting you have when you’re losing every night and looking flat, as the Giants have while dropping 10 straight for the first time in 22 years.

“This is a tough time of year when you’re going through something like this,” Bochy said after a 4-1 loss to the Braves. “It’s about character right now. You get in these tough times, it does build character.”

QLE Posted: September 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants, watching the team collapse right in front of you

Friday, August 31, 2018

Rebuilding Now Could Save The Giants Years Of Losing

Question: If everyone ends up tanking, will anyone really benefit from it?

The time to act came a year ago, and the opportunity was purposefully missed.

The time to recognize that is now, and the next steps are ones the San Francisco Giants have hidden from, ignored or completely ghosted for well more than a year. Instead, the franchise that believes its fan base will never accept a tear down-and-rebuild nestled itself deeper and deeper into a hole with every ill-advised signing and trade since early last season when their postseason chances were washed out.

Now, reality is in plain sight as the Bay Area fog lifts to expose the serious trouble the Giants are in at all levels. Fixing those troubles means no longer sticking Band-Aids on a terminal disease; it means recognizing the best way to get the franchise back on a winning track.

QLE Posted: August 31, 2018 at 05:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, giants, madison bumgarner, rebuilding, tanking

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Giants have played the most extra-inning games of any team this year

Where’s the Croix de Candlestick when we need it the most?

If this season feels a lot more tedious than last season, despite the team actually faring better in terms of wins, one of the reasons why may be because it has been very, very long. Not just in the sense of it being mid-August of a losing season, but in terms of actual length of games.

As of Thursday morning, the Giants have the most extra-inning games of any team in baseball this year with 17 games that included free baseball. If there were even such a thing. The next closest team is the Oakland A’s who have 16 and the next closest in the National League are the Mets, to the surprise of no one, with 15.

The surprising news is that the Giants are not actually .500 in these games (or as close as you can get with an odd number)! They are 10-7, which is good! Comparatively, the A’s are 11-5 and the Mets are 6-9.

QLE Posted: August 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: extra innings, giants

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Giants’ Buster Posey likely to have season-ending hip surgery - SFChronicle.com

Six-time All-Star catcher Buster Posey, slowed this season by hip issues that caused him to miss the All-Star Game, faces likely hip surgery that would cut short his season.

“I’d say that that’s a safe assumption,” said Brian Sabean, executive vice president of baseball operations.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Sandoval out for season; Cueto has TJ surgery

May 7:

San Francisco pitcher Johnny Cueto will be sidelined for six to eight weeks because of a strained right elbow and will not have Tommy John surgery. “It is great news,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “I was hoping for the best and hoping he would not need surgery.”

August 2:

Cueto underwent successful Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday. The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Cueto is returning to San Francisco on Friday and will meet up with the Giants when they return home on Monday.

“It sounds like all went well, so now it’s going to be 12-14 months, as far as his rehab,” Bochy said.


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