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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Yasiel Puig sends Madison Bumgarner “Don’t Look At Me” t-shirt

Funny.

“That don’t make a difference to me, really,” Bumgarner told reporters after hearing about the shirt but before receiving it. “If it were turned around, I’m sure we’d do the same.”

Bumgarner had left the clubhouse immediately after Tuesday’s game, but his gift from Puig still was hanging in his locker.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 07:23 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

3-team tie atop NL Wild Card | MLB.com

We could have a wild finish.

Tuesday’s Major League action saw the National League Wild Card race evened into a three-way tie between the Giants, Mets and Cardinals.

The trio has been trading places in the NL standings all month, with each club logging time in possession of a spot in the NL’s one-game playoff. But when the dust settled after Tuesday’s results, all three ended the day with an 80-71 record.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 21, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, mets, playoffs, wildcard

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Madison Bumgarner, Yasiel Puig and another epic bullpen meltdown

The chain of events:

After Puig grounded out to end the seventh, Bumgarner clearly mouthed, “Don’t look at me,” in Puig’s direction a couple times, with an added expletive in there the third time he said it. The camera panned to Puig saying, “What?” Let’s admit it: A fight makes every sporting event a little more entertaining, not just hockey. While this one didn’t see more than some pushing and shoving, it was entertaining to see all the relievers rushing in from the bullpens:

Everyone loves to criticize Puig for not containing his emotions, but what about Bumgarner? He clearly doesn’t like Puig—see this from May of 2014 or this from September of that year—but it’s not fair to criticize Puig for some of his antics and leave Bumgarner untouched just because he’s a good ol’ boy from North Carolina. Bochy removed him after the incident, and maybe he stays in the game if he keeps his cool.

 


Dodgers beat Giants, cut magic number to 7 | MLB.com

Giants bullpen ruins pitchers duel.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, giants

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Giants beat Cardinals again as Posey breaks homer drought - SFGate

Brandon Belt called Buster Posey “pretty stone-faced.” Indeed, Posey usually saves his smiles for World Series clinchings, no-hitters, all that fun stuff.

That Posey was laughing and smiling as soon as he touched home plate, to see him break every rule in the Book of Buster and flash a huge grin and a thumbs-up directly into the dugout camera, underscores how happy and relieved he was to hit his first homer in two months during Friday night’s 8-2 victory against the Cardinals at AT&T Park.

“It was a good feeling,” Posey said after the offense revved its motor again against St. Louis. “The guys gave me a hard time when I came into the dugout. I felt like the camera was on me for 10 minutes, so I decided to give them a thumbs-up and a goofy face.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Vin Scully Will Not Call Dodgers Playoff Games

Getcher Vin Scully fix in the regular season. After that, there aint no more.

Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: September 13, 2016 at 09:45 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, dodgers, giants, radio, vin scully

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bochy’s extension sets managerial pay record

Bruce Bochy’s three-year extension with the San Francisco Giants was announced in April of 2015 without a salary given, as so often happens these days, when teams prefer to keep secret the salaries and in some cases even terms of their top baseball people.

But it has been learned Bochy’s extension actually set a managerial pay record, as he became a $6-million-a-year man on the new three-year deal.

The Giants may consider it a five-year deal since he had two years to go when they added three years. But it’s technically a three-year extension, so he is the new per-year leader. Bochy, making $4.5 million this year, will make $6 million each year from 2017 through 2019, not that anyone should think he isn’t worth it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, giants

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Buster Posey tried to slide headfirst into third base, but the bag won | MLB.com

When it’s described as a “head first slide”, Posey took the phrase literally.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: buster posey, giants

Brandon Crawford’s seven hits powers Giants | MLB.com

Brandon Crawford tied an all-time single-game National League record with a franchise-record seven hits, including the go-ahead single off Andrew Cashner in the 14th inning, to power the Giants to an 8-7 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon crawford, giants, marlins

Monday, August 01, 2016

Giants acquire Rays pitcher Matt Moore | MLB.com

The Giants agreed to a trade that landed them left-hander Matt Moore just before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. San Francisco parted with infielder Matt Duffy, as well as prospects Lucius Fox and Michael Santos.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:45 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, rays, trade deadline, trades

Giants acquire left-handed reliever, but at a huge price - San Francisco Chronicle

The Giants filled one of their biggest needs Monday, acquiring left-handed setup man Will Smith from the Brewers, but the cost was enormous.

A source confirmed the Giants will send Milwaukee 2015 first-round draft pick, right-hander Phil Bickford, and catcher Andrew Susac.

Bickford, 21, has struck out 105 batters in 93 innings at two Class A levels this season and was considered a future cornerstone for the rotation. That the Giants would deal him for a reliever suggests how much the Giants felt they needed to shore up the bullpen to make a title run in 2016.

The price in trade was higher, too, because the Giants will have three more years of control of Smith, a 27-year-old Georgia native who has swing-and-miss stuff but whose numbers are off this year after he incurred an odd knee injury in spring training while trying to change shoes. Last year he struck out 12.9 batters per nine innings, this year 9.0.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 03:04 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, giants, trade

Friday, June 24, 2016


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Giants’ Jake Peavy defrauded of millions in investment scheme, feds allege - SFGate

Throughout spring training and his terrible start to the regular season, Jake Peavy had a secret, that he might have lost more than $15 million to a financial adviser who allegedly redirected money that was supposed to go into safe investments toward a sports-ticket brokerage that eventually failed.

On Tuesday, the secret was revealed when the Securities and Exchange Commission said it filed suit in U.S. District Court in Dallas seeking to freeze the assets of the adviser, Ash Narayan, and recoup more than $33 million he allegedly took from three professional athletes under the fraudulent scheme.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 22, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jake peavy

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Giants lose 9th-inning lead, fall to Braves, lose Pence to injury - San Francisco Chronicle

Hunter Pence is hurt. No, this isn’t a repost from last season.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2016 at 07:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hunter pence

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Barry Bonds: mea culpa

Barry Bonds in an interesting interview:

“Yes, Bonds was surly, angry, dismissive, grumpy, rude, obnoxious, nasty, selfish, ungrateful and combative toward many people during his 22 seasons through 2007 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants. But given my interactions with him, that wasn’t the real guy, and guess who was responsible for such a misconception?

“Me. It’s on me. I’m to blame for the way I was [portrayed], because I was a dumbass. I was straight stupid, and I’ll be the first to admit it,” said Bonds, nodding in the visitors’ dugout at Turner Field last week, when he was in Atlanta during his first year as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. “I mean, I was just flat-out dumb. What can I say? I’m not going to try to justify the way I acted toward people. I was stupid.”

Howie Menckel Posted: June 01, 2016 at 01:30 PM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pirates

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Giants ask SF for tax break on AT&T Park, say value has fallen

How does property in San Francisco drop in value?

The Giants are asking the city for millions of dollars in property tax refunds, claiming that the value of AT&T Park has dropped well below the $200 million that the team paid to build it 16 years ago — even as home prices in San Francisco have more than doubled during that time.

In an appeal filed with the city, the Giants have asked that their property-tax bill be slashed in half for the years 2011 to 2014. That would come to a reduction of about $8 million total.

“All taxpayers have the right to have their property taxes set accurately and fairly and free from political influence,” the Giants’ senior vice president and general counsel, Jack Bair, said in a statement.

Two years ago, Bair said, city Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu retroactively raised the Giants’ property taxes for 2011 by “an astonishing 97 percent.” She carried forward similar increases for subsequent years, he said.

“We do not believe that this increase is justified, and have exercised our right to have the assessment reviewed by a neutral panel of experts as provided by law,” Bair said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2016 at 04:01 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, public financing, stadiums

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What’s behind Jeff Samardzija’s turnaround in 2016? | FOX Sports

He’s pitching better.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 24, 2016 at 10:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, jeff samardzija, notes

Friday, May 13, 2016

Tim Lincecum reportedly has 3 teams interested | MLB.com

He’s not close to signing.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 09:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, tim lincecum, white sox

Friday, May 06, 2016

Willie Mays to be honored with cable car named for him - SFGate

When do they name an Uber after him?

“Like San Francisco cable cars, the legend of Willie Mays is iconic,” said Ed Reiskin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. “While it may not move as fast as Mr. Mays, cable car 24 will forever pay tribute to the Say Hey Kid as it climbs San Francisco’s majestic hills.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 06, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, willie mays

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Exclusive: Tim Lincecum speaks publicly for first time since 2015 - Yahoo Sports

Will he end up back in San Francisco?

“Where I end up is where I’ll end up,” Lincecum said. “They already have six starters. I’ve got to just look out for me, and if they’re the No. 1 piece in the puzzle when it comes down to decision time, I’ll be excited to go back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2016 at 07:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, tim lincecum

Monday, May 02, 2016

Tim Lincecum’s showcase set, and Giants will be there - San Francisco Chronicle

Is it really going to happen?

Lincecum will host his long-awaited showcase in Arizona on Friday, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. At least two-thirds of the major-league teams are expected to attend.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 02, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, tim lincecum

Monday, April 18, 2016

Madison Bumgarner is a cowboy at heart | MLB.com

The Cowboy talks with another cowboy.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Brinson: Actual story about Madison Bumgarner told by national treasure Vin Scully last night on the Dodgers broadcast

Scully alternately tells a wonderful story about Madison Bumgarner and his wife, Allie, and calls a Howie Kendrick plate appearance.


Friday, April 15, 2016

Ex-trainer says Pablo Sandoval needs baby sitter to control weight | Boston Herald

Did the Red Sox research him at all before signing him?

“I care about him greatly,” said Banning, who lost touch with Sandoval after the 2011-12 offseason. “But it’s a tough love. He needs to be smart enough to say there’s a problem. It’s like the alcoholic that won’t admit he’s an alcoholic: well, you can’t address that you’re an alcoholic if you don’t ever admit there’s a problem. He’s got to address that.

“He’s proven to me and shown consistently that he’s got to have somebody like me holding his hand doing that. And it’s not an exercise thing, it’s an eating thing. Obviously exercise is an important factor in it, a very important factor, but eating is going to be the component that needs to be managed and monitored. We had a chef on staff that cooked all his meals.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2016 at 05:59 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, pablo sandoval, red sox

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Giants’ Bruce Bochy likes what he sees of pitcher batting 8th - SFGate

Manager Bruce Bochy grudgingly admitted that the relatively novel lineup model with the pitcher hitting eighth can work. It did during Monday’s 12-3 Opening Day victory.
Madison Bumgarner made the final out of the second inning. That allowed ninth-place hitter Angel Pagan and leadoff man Denard Span to start a two-run rally in the third with a walk, stolen base and RBI single.

“The more I see it, the more I like it,” Bochy said. “Sometimes it’s going to work out. Sometimes you’ll say it would have been nice to have a hitter eighth, but it worked out today.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 05, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, lineups

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