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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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Williamson among 9 Giants cut from camp

Opening Day is almost here!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Monday, March 28, 2016

How a Giants blue-chip prospect kept his baseball ambitions intact after nearly cutting off his right hand

But when you tell a story like Gustavo Cabrera’s, you have to show people his face. And so the kid and the ink-stained wretch did the best they could in the harsh light. They had 10 minutes together before batting practice would begin. It didn’t help that his curious teammates kept crowding around, tossing a baseball at his shins and trying to get him to laugh.

“How about a serious one,” the reporter said. “Mas grave.”

Cabrera kept smiling. Even his neutral expression had a hint of a smile. Looking tough? That wasn’t going to happen. After everything he’d been through to get back on a baseball field, he didn’t need to look tough. He already proved he was.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2016 at 01:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, gustavo cabrera, injuries

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dwight Evans on the Baseball Hall of Fame: “I just don’t understand the mentality of the voting”

It’s not that Dwight Evans was a unique hitter. His 352.7 (Baseball-Reference) WAR Batting Runs have been matched by 89 other players. His fielding skills weren’t very unique, either. 194 players have more WAR Fielding Runs than Evans’ 66.3. But only 18 players in the history of the game have surpassed him in both categories.

There are 44 outfielders in the Hall of Fame, per Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index tool. Were Evans to be inducted tomorrow, the longtime Boston Red Sox right fielder would be what Brian Kenny calls a middle class Hall of Famer. While Evans’ 127 OPS+ would tie for 34th best among Hall of Fame outfielders, his 66 defensive runs saved would be 10th best overall, his 66.9 Wins Above Replacement 18th best.

Statistically, Evans is better than a number of Hall of Famers, though maybe he didn’t have their luster. He peaked at 10.4 percent of the Baseball Writers Association of America’s vote for Cooperstown in 1998 and has yet to make an Expansion Era Committee ballot since becoming eligible with it in 2013. It’s uncertain if Evans will make the ballot when the group reconvenes this fall.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Giants notes: Jarrett Parker homers, Gorkys Hernandez throws out a friend as outfield competition heats up - Giants Extra

The Giants have a lot of outfielders hitting well this spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2016 at 07:11 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Shortstop Christian Arroyo, Giants’ top prospect, could be on the move - San Jose Mercury News

Like Posey, Arroyo is an information nut. But in Single-A, hitters don’t have hours of video and scouting reports at their disposal. So Arroyo would go on his own and hunt for clips of opposing pitchers on Youtube. He’ll probably do the same thing this season, when he is expected to begin at Double-A Richmond.

If you’re committed to a baseball education, you don’t skip homework.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2016 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: christian arroyo, giants

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tommy John on Baseball Hall of Fame: ‘I’m being held back’

“My whole thing is, if you’d looked at the pitchers of my era on the number of ground ball outs to total outs, I had the best ratio in the history of baseball,” John said. “I was very, very good at what I did, and I wasn’t a strikeout pitcher. I was when I was in high school and all that. But I wasn’t when I became a pro. So I’m being held back because I didn’t conform to some sportswriter’s idea of what is good and what is not good.”

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: February 25, 2016 at 10:56 PM | 118 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, tommy john, veterans committee

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bobby Grich on Baseball Hall of Fame chances: ‘I’m not optimistic at all’

Except for the annoying autoplay video (scroll down), this is worth a click.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2016 at 02:29 PM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby grich, hall of fame

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tim Flannery is fed up with Padres fans, writes lengthy statement

For a quick history lesson, Flannery spent the entirety of his 11-year playing career in San Diego, even playing on their first World Series team back in 1984. Flannery was also a part of Bruce Bochy’s coaching staff in San Diego from 1996-2002. After Bochy was allowed to leave San Diego for the managerial job in San Francisco, Flannery rejoined him on the coaching staff until his retirement in 2014.

Based on Flannery’s rant, it’s apparent there are some fans who feel he turned his back on San Diego to join the rival Giants. And it’s very clear he’s tired of hearing from those people.

Meatwad Posted: February 11, 2016 at 02:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, giants, padres, tim flannery

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Brian Kenny: HALL OF FAME’S ANTI-RECENCY BIAS

Another part of the dynamic is the recent Veterans Committees shutdowns. It began when the Veterans Committee vote went to the Hall of Famers themselves. Those already in the club took Hall of Fame exclusivity to another level, failing to vote in a single new player during three votes over five years. Following that, the Hall Board of Directors changed the process to one with smaller voting panels, dividing the committee into three different segments that each voted on a different era. That means the players of the ‘80s and ‘90s—a group packed with solid candidates—would have to wait for a vote every three years, getting the same chance as the well-picked, thorough talent pool of the pre-1947 players, and the already well-represented 50s and 60s. In the past 15 years, the various Veterans Committees have elected just two players from the 20th century: Joe Gordon, who played in the 1940s, and the tragically overlooked Ron Santo, voted in a year after he died. Veteran’s Committee shutouts have kind of become a sad Winter Meetings tradition, with the Hall brass telling the national media no one was voted in, but how the disappointment is actually striking a blow for “exclusivity.”

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: February 10, 2016 at 04:06 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: brian kenny, hall of fame, veterans committee

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Schoenfield: Top 5 Hall of Fame classes

Can’t fault the Cobb/Ruth/Wagner/Mathewson/Johnson entry, but what say you about the others?

reech Posted: February 02, 2016 at 05:27 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, hall of fame

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tim Raines on getting into Hall of Fame: ‘It matters, but it doesn’t’

Currently the roving outfield and base running co-ordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays, the 56-year-old said he’s intrigued how the advanced statistics that have only recently become more prominent in the game are helping to make his case for induction.

“It’s kind of mind boggling,” said Raines, who was in Vancouver for a team function with the single-A Canadians. “I didn’t really know I did all those things those guys say I did.

“It’s quite interesting.”

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: January 31, 2016 at 10:01 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, montreal expos, sabrmetrics, tim raines

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson: ‘We’re very comfortable with the process of election’

Graham Womack interviews Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.

SN: A couple years ago, the window of eligibility for the BBWAA to consider Hall of Fame candidates was shortened from 15 years to 10 years. Was this an effort at all to speed up the process of getting guys from the Steroid Era off the writers ballot and maybe considered by one of the committees?

JI: No. First of all, the rules for election for the writers and our various committee elections are constantly being reviewed. It’s something that’s front and center and a topic of mine among our staff here at the Hall of Fame and our board because it is so important. In reviewing our rules for election, we made tweaks in back-to-back years with the electorate itself and the 15 to 10.

Fifteen to 10 was put in place because if you look historically over the last 30, 35 years, only three players had earned election after the tenth ballot. To us, it just seemed to be not fair to have so many players sort of twisting in the wind another five years if they weren’t going to earn election. It does get those players to the Expansion Era Committee a little bit sooner but it was more of a reaction of helping to thin the ballots… Some of the writers concern was about not having enough slots to pick players. But more so again (we changed the rule) because it just doesn’t make sense to have players — who 99 percent of the time aren’t going to earn election — simply sitting on the ballot.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, interviews

Friday, January 15, 2016

Chaz Scoggins on his HOF Vote for David Eckstein

1. HOF voters are supposed to vote for players to induct into the Hall of Fame.
2. Chaz Scoggins is a HOF voter.
3. Chaz Scoggins himself admits that David Eckstein is not a Hall of Famer.
4. Chaz Scoggins voted for David Eckstein.

This reminds me of some of the logic problems we were assigned to solve back in the 6th grade…

TJ Posted: January 15, 2016 at 04:00 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Monday, January 11, 2016

Nick Cafardo: The case for and against Manny Ramirez’s Hall of Fame bid - The Boston Globe

Ahh, no.

2. Another brilliant marketing move by Fenway Sports Group, introducing Tessie as Wally the Green Monster’s sister. It may lessen the appearance load for poor Wally.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2016 at 06:12 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians, manny ramirez, notes, red sox

Friday, January 08, 2016

The Griffey “no” vote witchhunt is extreme.

I’m not worked up about this. Nevertheless, voter ballots should be public and voter should be expected to explain their thoughts on their ballots.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 08, 2016 at 12:44 PM | 204 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, ken griffey jr.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Denard Span gets 3-year contract from Giants | MLB.com

The Giants and free-agent outfielder Denard Span have agreed to a three-year deal, pending a physical.

The deal is reportedly worth $31 million ($10.33 million per season) plus performance bonuses.

Span, who turns 32 in February, is coming off a season in which he played just 61 games because of various injuries. The initial thought throughout the industry was Span would seek a one-year deal to re-establish his value, but his versatility and play when healthy—posting a career-high 184 hits in 2014—led to multiple suitors.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:05 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: denard span, free agents, giants

USA Today:  The 5 MLB teams without any Hall of Famers

Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg are both a long way off from securing their Hall credentials, but both players have Cooperstown-caliber talent.

TDF, situational idiot Posted: January 07, 2016 at 07:31 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Mariotti: Hall momentum for Bonds appalling

What am I missing? Barry Bonds cheated like a fiend, loading his swollen body with performance-enhancing drugs to break what once was sports’ most celebrated individual record. His connection to the BALCO cesspool was well-documented and voluminously detailed by skilled investigative reporters. He remains a heinous example of why teen athletes shouldn’t partake in steroids, which, when not halting heartbeats or rotting a user’s insides, have been known to kill.

Yet even so, because a younger electorate wants to change the world when it should concentrate on changing its underwear, a movement is on to eventually induct Bonds and fellow juicer Roger Clemens into the Hall of Fame. Is Gov. Jerry Brown, that dubious liberator of Robert Downey Jr. and other felons, now running the Baseball Writers’ Association of America?....

Especially bothersome Wednesday: Some respected veteran scribes have hopped on the Bonds train. I think they do it to avoid being mocked by younger writers, such as one who referred to former New York TImes reporter Murray Chass as “an independent online codger” — one who achieved far more success than will the crafter of that lame characterization.

This isn’t about who’s a millennial and who’s a baby boomer and who is somewhere in between. This is about integrity.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:17 AM | 101 comment(s)
  Beats: barry bonds, hall of fame, jay mariotti, millennials

Roger Clemens responds to Roy Halladay’s anti-PED tweet

The Blue Jays were using all these PEDs and couldn’t even win a division title????

Ahead of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s announcement of the class of 2016 on Wednesday, former pitcher Roy Halladay tweeted his stance on allowing alleged PED users into the Hall.

“When you use PEDs you admit your not good enough to compete fairly!” Halladay wrote. “Our nations past time should have higher standards! No Clemens no Bonds!”

Halladay was referring to widespread suspicion that pitcher Roger Clemens and slugger Barry Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs during their playing careers.

After it was announced that Clemens and Bonds failed to garner the necessary votes for election for the fifth year in a row—Clemens received 45.2% of the vote and Bonds earned 44.3%—Clemens issued a statement, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26.

“I was asked to comment on the subject of the Hall of Fame once again by some of my friends in the media,” Clemens said. “I will say thank you again for those who took the time to vote. I have distanced myself from the subject and have moved on. Having said that, what is disheartening is getting a call or a text from family or friends about an ill informed player making an asinine statement. The latest coming from a former Blue Jays pitcher.

“Just to enlighten him, he was accused of using amphetamines by the ‘strength coach.’ You should be very careful when putting tweets out while not having your facts on the matter at hand.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2016 at 11:09 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, peds, roger clemens, roy halladay

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