By holding separate elections for players and non-players, the Committee would be able to continue to add candidates who lasted 15 years in BBWAA voting while also having enough room on the ballot for candidates such as Grich, Evans, Hernandez, and Whitaker whose Hall of Fame cases are strengthened by advanced metrics but were too quickly dismissed by BBWAA voters. In addition, putting the non-players on their own ballot would not only give the Committee space to select a solid candidate like Piniella but could also allow for intriguing non-managerial candidates such as Johnny Sain, Dave Duncan, and Leo Mazzone—each of whom made their mark as pitching coaches—to make their way onto their respective Era ballot.
The mid-’80s were a terrible time for the San Francisco Giants. In 1984, the team lost 96 games and finished in last place — but no one on the roster had as horrible an experience as Wayne Doba. That season, the 33-year-old actor was selected to play the Giants’ first mascot. Well, not really a mascot, but an anti-mascot. The “Crazy Crab” was conceived as a satire of the mascot craze of the late ’70s that produced now-iconic characters like the Phillie Phanatic. The Giants’ Crab was not impressive to look at, and that was on purpose (they intentionally gave him a shabby foam costume and even went so far as to film a commercial in which then-manager Frank Robinson attempted to strangle him). When the Crab made his debut at Candlestick Park, the PA announcer would encourage fans to boo. It was an experiment unlike anything in professional sports
“A little sooner than we probably thought,” said Bochy, adding that the Giants decided to activate Pence “because of the way he feels, the way he’s been playing and swinging. He’s ready. The last couple of games have been really good for him. He said he never felt better, so he’s on his way.”
Host Mark Strassmann asked if Posada resented the players who didn’t play clean and achieved the records he didn’t.
“Yeah,” he said. “You know, the only thing that I can think is 2003. You know, I was close to the MVP. Didn’t happen. Alex [Rodriguez] won the MVP and, you know, I think second was either Carlos Delgado or David Ortiz, I don’t remember. But you know, I was almost there. You know what could’ve happened if, you know, it’s tough. It’s really tough.”
Strassmann then brought up Roger Clemens and Rodriguez, both former teammates of Posada who were known to be cheating. He asked the five-time All Star if those guys should be allowed in the Hall of Fame.
“No,” he said bluntly. “I don’t think it’s fair for the guys that have been in the Hall of Fame that played the game clean.”
He was then asked specifically about Rodriguez.
“Yeah. I don’t think it’s fair. I really don’t,” he said. “I think the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy.”
All-time home run king Barry Bonds is working on a lawsuit against MLB regarding his claim of collusion by teams that prevented him from obtaining a playing job following the 2007 season, people with knowledge of the case said.
Bonds has long contended that a collusion of MLB owners effectively ended his career following the ‘07 season, when he set the career home run record.
“Emotions are things you can somewhat control, especially since you can’t control when you get hit by a pitch in a certain way. So I tried to stay in positive spirits. I think I have some unrealistic expectations of coming back, but I don’t think it hurts to dream big. But the process, I just try to take it each moment, each day. Whatever they need me to do, whatever we can think of to intelligently get it going again. A lot of times you have to hold back because I want to push through a little more than it will allow you to.”
Burkett, an accomplished bowler for most of his life, is not a stranger to bowling in PBA competition, having bowled in a handful of Tour events since making his debut in 1990 in Pinole, Calif. He also competed in several regionals along the way, and most recently, he competed in PBA’s 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Resort Summer Swing and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as part of the process to get ready for PBA50 competition.
On April 12 he will join a field of approximately 120 players 50 years of age and older in the Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.
George Plimpton observed that the smaller the ball, the better the writing about a sport. There is no great literature of bowling, but maybe this thread can be a start.
“Oh, well, my wet newspaper is 34 ½ inches, 33 ½ ounces, and I’m waiting on some new ones right now,” said Bumgarner, asked for comment.
“What if he got hurt pitching? Should we say we can’t pitch anymore?” Bumgarner said. “I hate what happened to him. He works his butt off out there. But I don’t think it was because he was hitting. What if he gets hurt getting out of his truck? You tell him not to drive anymore?
Bumgarner is 0 for 7 with four strikeouts and a sacrifice this year, but few pitchers loom as a bigger threat at the plate. Last season, he hit four home runs – and became the first pitcher to hit two grand slams in a season since 1966, when Atlanta’s Tony Cloninger hit two in a game at Candlestick Park.
I am not a fan of Casey McGehee, who only has 42 plate appearances. The Giants will give him more time, though, as they should.
1. How long will Bochy go with Casey McGehee when Matt Duffy is raring to go on the bench?
You know the Bochy/Giants drill by now. McGehee was targeted in trade to be the third baseman. The front office wanted him for a reason, and they certainly are not make a statement against McGehee by benching him one-eighth of the way through te season.
There is a pecking order here. Management goes into the season seeing what it is then adjusts, veterans first, youngsters second.
Which means Duffy needs to wait his turn.
In any event, I was certain Bochy would not sit McGehee for any considerable time ahead of the Giants’ visit to Colorado, and especially after McGehee got the hit that started Thursday’s game-tying rally. This is a place where bats get healthy and confidences rise, so McGehee will continue to get his chances.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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.
I’m buying an over-the-f***ing-counter supplement in the United States of America. I’m buying this stuff in line next to doctors and lawyers. Now all of a sudden MLB comes out and says there’s some ingredient in GNC pills that have a form of steroid in them. I don’t know anything about it.
If you think I’m full of it, go to your kitchen cabinet right now and read the back of a supplement bottle and honestly tell me you know what all of that stuff is. I’m not driving across the border to Mexico buying some shady pills from a drug dealer. I’m in a strip mall across from the Dunkin’ Donuts, bro.