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Friday, April 17, 2015

Bryan Stow tosses first pitch for San Jose Giants home opener

SAN JOSE—With a simple toss from about 15 feet away, Bryan Stow brought a huge roar from the crowd Thursday night before the San Jose Giants home opener. Stow, the Giants fan who was nearly beaten to death four years ago outside Dodger Stadium, reached a major milestone in his recovery when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He did so while enjoying every minute of his special night.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: April 17, 2015 at 02:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants, minor leagues, san jose

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Look at these special gold caps the Giants will wear at their ring ceremony

The San Francisco Giants get their World Series rings on April 18 at a pre-game celebration at AT&T Park. The team is used to this by now — what with three ring ceremonies in five years.

But there’s something special for this year’s party and the ensuing game. The Giants will wear these fancy gold-accented caps made by New Era. Notice the World Series trophy on the back. It’s something else that sets the 2014 World Series cap apart from your regular ol’ Giants fitted.

Of course, the special gold Giants caps are available to the public too. You can buy them online starting Wednesday morning. Buying your own gold World Series cap is at least cheaper than having your own World Series ring made.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 09, 2015 at 03:40 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, giants, new era

Local Cubs Broadcast Intro Is Just A Disaster

The GIF above cycles through some of the graphics that were used in the intro package that led into ABC 7’s broadcast of yesterday’s Cubs game. Did you catch all those errors? Here, let us slow things down for you.

To be fair, the season is still very young. Everyone’s still working out the kinks!

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2015 at 01:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, cubs, giants, mariners, nationals, reds, spelling is hard, television

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Giants survive opener, have health concerns about rotation - San Francisco Chronicle

The Giants also will need to scramble for a Game 3 starter because Matt Cain had an MRI exam after feeling right-forearm tightness and was diagnosed with a strained flexor tendon.

Cain’s symptoms put a big scare into the Giants because they can reflect the most devastating pitching injury, a torn ulnar collateral ligament, which requires Tommy John surgery. Bochy said Cain has nothing like that and termed his injury “more like a two-week thing.”

“The trainers seem positive about it,” Cain said. “It should be something we can take care of. It’s definitely frustrating. It kind of goes with the territory. Sometimes there are going to be bumps in the road in the rehab process. I’m going to have to deal with it and move forward.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, matt cain

Monday, April 06, 2015

HOF Broadcaster Lon Simmons dies at 91

Lon Simmons, the Hall of Fame broadcaster whose baritone voice and dry wit captured some of the most thrilling moments in Bay Area sports history, has died. He was 91.

The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: April 06, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants

Sunday, April 05, 2015

How Giants should properly reward Sabean, Bochy | CSN Bay Area

So what to do then for the men who have won everything? Consider this their SkyMall moment.

• BALLPARK STATUES: This is pretty de rigueur stuff these days at new ballparks, so Sabean sitting in a ballpark seat or Bochy standing at a dugout railing is a little boring for the modern conceptual artist. Thus, we suggest two massive bronze pieces.

One would be a gigantic fliptop cellphone with a crank on the side to commemorate Sabean’s Vietnam War-era mobile (the crank is there to power it, since batteries hadn’t been invented when he bought the phone). The other would merely be Bochy’s enormous conk, with Saturn-like rings made of moons of the 94 men who have managed big league teams since he took the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, bruce bochy, giants

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt urges Christians to be more accepting of gays

Affeldt penned a blog post this week in which he urged Christians to be more tolerant toward gays. He writes:

Why do people who aren’t Christians hate us? They look at us and say, “You’re just a bunch of Bible thumpers who are homophobic and you don’t love anybody.”
We’ve brought that on ourselves. I don’t think we’re showing the love of Jesus. Gay people are asking for equal rights under the law, and we’ve got Christians saying “God hates you.” I get so angry because that’s not true! Godloves you! Jesus walks with the gay community! I think Jesus says, “I love you just as I love someone who is not gay. I love you as a human being. I just love you.”

Affeldt doesn’t directly connect this to current events, but it’s easy to read his words and make connections to the religious freedom law under scrutiny in Indiana because it would allow businesses to discriminate against homosexuals. A similar law in Arkansas is also under fire this week. This even matters in baseball, where the Oakland Athletics’ Pride Night has rattled some fans in the very liberal Bay Area.


Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL West Preview

Yasiel Puig bat flips and Hunter Pence GIFs.  What more do you need?

Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, giants, nl west, padres, rockies

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Giants’ Peavy likes results with new pitch - San Jose Mercury News

The crusty veteran is trying to add a new wrinkle.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2015 at 03:34 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jake peavy

Pablo Sandoval says weight regimen contributed to him leaving Giants

Pablo Sandoval’s departure from the San Francisco Giants continues to get ugly. Sandoval has already made waves this spring, saying he felt disrespected by his former club, and never intended to re-sign with them. Well, he’s doubled down on those comments, telling USA Today’s Jorge L. Ortiz that he changed his cell phone number and doesn’t really communicate with his old teammates. He also revealed that the team’s insistence that he remain on a weight regimen was one of the reasons he decided to leave San Francisco.

“I’m a professional and I know what I have to do,’’ said Sandoval, listed as 5-11 and 255. “I know where I’ve failed and how I’ve grown up. If I had signed (with the Giants), I knew I would be under a (weight) regimen for five years, and I’m not going to be happy someplace where I’m under that kind of regimen, where I can’t be myself.’‘

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 26, 2015 at 05:44 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: fat panda, giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kurijian: What if Alex Gordon had tried to score?

I know this play has been beaten to death, but Kurkjian does a nice job breaking the play down and getting quotes from all the players involved.

Juan Perez: “When I got to the ball, I tried to pick it up with my bare hand instead of using my glove. That was another mistake. Then I kind of kicked the ball and I thought, ‘Oh my God, he might score!’ I wasn’t sure how fast he really was, and I thought there was a chance he would score.”

Jirschele: “I know Gordo is going to get to third, and I’m thinking, ‘Holy mackerel, we might have a shot here.’”

Blanco: “But when he misplayed it, I thought, ‘Oh my God, he’s going to score!’ All I could think was, ‘Oh my God, throw it back in, please!!!’”


Bochy: “When Perez had some trouble with it, and I’m thinking, ‘Just get it back in [the infield]. Just get it back in.’”

Posey: “When we kicked it around a little, I thought, ‘I had better get back behind the plate because there might be a play at the plate.’”

Crawford: “When I saw Perez not picking up the ball, that’s when I had my, ‘Oh (——) moment.’ I thought, ‘Are we really going to have a play at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in the seventh game of the World Series?’”


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Giants notes: Tim Lincecum’s legacy is written, but his denouement is not - Giants Extra

How could I not post an article with “denouement” in the title?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim lincecum

Monday, March 16, 2015

Brewers among best in MLB at avoiding Tommy John surgery

Maybe because Tommy John never played for the Brewers?

In September of 2014, there had been 53 Tommy John surgeries since 2012. This includes great or potentially great pitchers like Jose Fernandez, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Matt Moore, Martin Perez and Tyler Skaggs. Sometimes players come back from Tommy John surgery and are as strong as ever. Some players never recover fully. Some have the surgery multiple times in their career. Some don’t even make it back.

Tommy John was always a concern, but it seems to have blown up in the last few years. Somehow, though, the Brewers have been one of a handful of teams to escape the wrath of the surgery fairly well. Using Jon Roegele’s amazing spreadsheet of organizational Tommy John surgeries over time, the Brewers have seen the second-fewest number of Tommy John surgeries from pitchers over the last 10 years…

Only the Giants have had fewer pitchers undergo Tommy John surgery in the last 10 years within their organization. Not a single team has had fewer Major League pitchers need the procedure.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2015 at 12:27 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, giants, tommy john surgery

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pablo Sandoval of Boston Red Sox fires back at former San Francisco Giants teammate Aubrey Huff - ESPN Boston

Pablo Sandoval is not backing away from his comments about leaving the Giants.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Patriots, Giants, Rays sign amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage

The New England Patriots, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays have all signed onto an amicus brief urging the United States Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage across the country, according to the Huffington Post. They are among almost 400 companies - many of which are some of the biggest corporations in the country - to support the brief. The Supreme Court will hear a case on gay marriage on April 28 and is expected to make a determination by June.

All of these teams have strong histories on LGBT issues. The Patriots’ owner, Bob Kraft, supported LGBT rights years ago and the Patriots appeared at an LGBT fundraiser years before it was en vogue. The Giants were the first team to produce an It Gets Better video in 2011, sparking a string of other MLB teams to follow suit. That list included the Rays.

 


UPDATE: X-rays confirm fractured left forearm for Giants’ Hunter Pence, out 6-8 weeks - Giants Extra

Bummer.

Pence was diagnosed with a non-displaced ulnar fracture and was being fitted with a cast; he is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks, meaning the earliest he could return is mid-April.

Pence was struck by a pitch from Cubs minor league right-hander Corey Black. He usually sprints to first base after he’s hit by a pitch but stayed down for several seconds before he began walking toward the base.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 07:23 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence, injuries

Monday, March 02, 2015

MadBum, Posey square off during workout | MLB.com

This is from the other day.

On a side note, does anyone else have a problem viewing the videos in Chrome?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2015 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants, madison bumgarner

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sox scout booed at church in Northern Cal - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN Boston

Funny story linked in the Lauria article.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2015 at 08:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ex-big leaguer (Jim) King, 82, dies

Former professional baseball player Jim King of Elkins died Monday in Fayetteville.

He was 82.

An outfielder, King played 11 seasons with six major-league teams. He began his major-league career in 1955 with the Chicago Cubs where he played two seasons. His first at-bat came at Wrigley Field, where he had a pinch-hit double against eventual Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

King went on to play a year for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. He didn’t play in the majors in the 1959 and 1960 seasons.

King’s longest professional stint came with Washington where he played six years. He started the 1967 season with the Senators before wrapping up his career later that year playing a combined 42 games with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Brian Sabean says that California taxes are a hindrance to the Giants signing free agents

THANKS OBAMA

But Brian Sabean, talking to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, says it’s a factor:

In one of Sabean’s more interesting comments, he offered a bit more insight into why he does not pursue more of the high-ticket free agents.

“To entice a free agent to come to San Francisco, we’re almost in an overpay situation, so why get involved in all those battles where you’re not going to be able to go up the totem pole money-wise?” Sabean said.

When asked to elaborate on why the Giants have to overpay, Sabean said, “You’ve got the state of California taxes.” . . . Asked if the high California income tax has been a problem for a while, Sabean said, “To a certain extent. Things now are getting more and more about the signing bonus, more and more about your take-home. Exponentially, when you get involved in some of those numbers, it makes a sizable difference to some.”

We don’t know enough about the offers rejected by given free agents to know how much, if at all, the Dodgers, Angles, Yankees and Red Sox have overpaid to compensate. But at least one GM is suggesting that they do.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, giants, taxes, yoan moncada

How Golden State constraints forced Giants GM Sabean to build his roster a different way

“In some ways we’ve found … to entice a free agent to come to San Francisco, we’re almost in an overpay situation,” Sabean said. “...So why get involved with those kinds of (players) when you won’t be able to tow the load money wise?”

“We’re not a team that’s going to overspend. We’re not going to bump the luxury tax. Having said that, we’re very much on a cash flow basis. We’re budgeted into the future. And if you look at our future commitments, they’re quite sizable.”

Sabean blames the California income tax for scaring away free agents. Meanwhile, YR wonders why Sabean doesn’t dip into Bolshevik Bud’s slush fund to sweeten their bids. Baggarly reports, you decide.

boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, payroll tax, sabeanmetrics

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Shields rebuffed bigger Giants offer weeks before landing in San Diego - CBSSports.com

While there’s still no evidence James Shields received or rebuffed a rumored $110 million, five-year offer this winter, Shields did turn down an $80 million, four-year proposal from the Giants a few weeks before signing with the Padres for $75 million—$5 million less than the Giants’ bid—sources familiar with the negotiations said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, james shields, padres

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Former Cubs coach Wendell Kim dies at 64

RIP Windmill.

Former Cubs coach Wendell Kim died Sunday near his home in suburban Phoenix after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 64.

Kim’s widow, Natasha, confirmed her husband’s death on Monday.

Kim was a major league coach for 15 seasons with four teams — the Giants (1989-1996), the Red Sox (1997-2000), the Expos (2002) and the Cubs (2003-04). Kim was known for his aggressive style as the Cubs’ third-base coach and was dubbed ‘Wavin’ Wendell.”

Although Kim’s tactics weren’t always successful or popular, he never skirted responsibility with the media. He also was popular among players he coached and managed in the minors.

“He let me be me,” said Padres announcer and former major league pitcher Mark Grant, who won 16 games for Kim at Class A Clinton in 1982 and went on to pitch parts of eight major league seasons. “He was not a manager who put his fist down. He knew who I was. I loved the man.’‘

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2015 at 11:59 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: coaches, cubs, expos, giants, red sox, wendell kim

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Could Alex Gordon have scored in the World Series? Watch our re-enactment of the play

The rewind: Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed Gordon’s base hit and the ball rolled to the wall at Kauffman Stadium, where left fielder Juan Perez complicated matters by mishandling it. Gordon kept running, not always at full go, until given the stop sign by Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele.

What if Gordon had kept motoring and tried to score from third?

The answer remains forever unknown. But the wondering will never cease.

In that spirit, the Rockhurst University baseball team took time from its preseason preparation — the Hawks open on Feb. 24 — to become players in a re-enactment.

Zach Posted: February 15, 2015 at 11:50 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: alex gordon, dead duck, giants, royals, world series

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