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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 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

Monday, February 09, 2015

Commish: Don’t surmise PED use

Asked what he would tell the Hall of Fame about how it should handle the PED era, Manfred replied: “The only piece of advice that I’m comfortable giving is that I think that everyone should keep in mind the difference between players who tested positive and were disciplined on the one hand, and players where somebody has surmised that they did something on the other. And I think, based on what you read in the media, sometimes those lines get blurred. And I think it gets really important to keep that distinction in mind.

“I think it’s unfair,” Manfred said, in answer to a follow-up question, “for people to surmise that Player A did X, Y or Z, absent a positive test, or proof that we produced in an investigation, or whatever. I just think it runs contrary to a very fundamental notion in our society, that you’re innocent until somebody proves you’re guilty.”

The commissioner said he would not include players named in the Mitchell report among those he believes are unfairly accused.

“I think the Mitchell report produced evidence of use,” Manfred said.

For anyone who asked for guidance, I think this is the best we’re going to get. I’m very glad to see this out there, and it’s a sentiment I agree with.

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: February 09, 2015 at 03:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, peds, steroids

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Stark—-Commish: Don’t surmise PED use

“The guys I’m concerned about are, there are players out there who are talked about where there is literally nothing. They have nothing, other than, you know, ‘He looked like X.’ Trust me, from somebody who spent a lot of time [investigating], you can’t decide whether or not somebody was using steroids, based on what they look like. That is not enough evidence to make that determination.”

Dr. Chaleeko Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Hudson leaning toward retirement after 2015 season | CSN Bay Area

This is it.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, tim hudson

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

IN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS: #14 — Brian Sabean

Sabean won his first pennant by building around an aging but still potent Barry Bonds and then three World Series championships by restructuring his team around a young core with undervalued pickups.  As much as any modern GM, he represents a successful bridge between the old and new approaches.

bobm Posted: January 27, 2015 at 01:02 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, general managers, giants

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Marco Scutaro designated for assignment by San Francisco Giants - ESPN

Second baseman Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday as he recovers from back surgery.

The Giants said they plan to retain Scutaro and continue working with him through his rehabilitation following back surgery that could end his career. Dr. Michael Wang performed a fusion last month in Miami to alleviate the troublesome area at level L-2/L-3 of Scutaro’s spine. It will be four to six months before doctors determine whether Scutaro can play baseball again.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, marco scutaro

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Giants, Nori Aoki Agree To One-Year Deal

It’s the best way to replicate Travis Ishikawa’s defense, without the inelegance of constantly falling down.

The Giants and outfielder Nori Aoki have agreed to a one-year contract with an option for the 2016 season, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter links). Aoki, a client of CAA Sports, receives a $4.7MM guarantee plus performance bonuses, via Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter links). He’ll earn $4MM in 2015, and his 2016 option contains a $700K buyout, according to Heyman, who adds that the contract can max out at $12.5MM over two years… Shea tweets that Aoki’s option is valued at $5.5MM, adding that he can earn up to $1.5MM worth of incentives in each year of the deal…

Aoki gives the Giants additional outfield depth and should slot into their starting left field spot, shifting Gregor Blanco into a fourth outfield role, although the two do have relatively similar skill sets… In his lone season with Kansas City, Aoki batted .285/.349/.360 with 17 steals but just one home run.

The District Attorney Posted: January 17, 2015 at 02:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, giants, nori aoki, transactions

Norichika Aoki signs with Giants

Norichika Aoki signed a one-year, $4.7 million contract with the Giants on Friday.

The deal is for 2015 plus a club option for 2016, a relatively short-term contract for someone reportedly seeking a multi-year pact. Aoki will earn $4 million in 2015, per Shea, plus a $5.5 million option, plus up to $1.5 million annually in performance bonuses. The 2016 option comes with a $700,000 buyout.

And a mandatory refresher on the player the Giants are acquiring.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 17, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, norichika aoki

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Still no Angels in the Baseball Hall of Fame

“We don’t lose sleep over it,” said Mead, vice president for communications and a former assistant general manager. “But it would be nice to go to Cooperstown and see the A. That day will come.”

The day came for another early 1960s expansion team, the Houston Astros, when Craig Biggio was elected to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Biggio will be the first player to wear an Astros cap on his plaque, a long wait for a team that joined the majors in 1962, as the Colt .45s.

The Angels are a year older than the Astros, having joined the American League as an expansion team in 1961. Other current teams not represented on a plaque are much newer, including Arizona (1998), Colorado (1993), Miami (1993), Seattle (1977), Tampa Bay (1998) and Washington (2005).

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: January 13, 2015 at 11:45 PM | 90 comment(s)
  Beats: bobby grich, hall of fame, mike trout, vladimir guerrero

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bill James and Brian Kenny discuss the significance of the Hall of Fame

Bill n’ Bri talk about how childhood heroes linger, and just for fun, STEROIDS.


‘Percival’s Lonesome Foursome’ heard - The Orange County Register

I heard the interview with Stern and Bowden. It’s wasn’t flattering to any of the participants.

No, my vote wasn’t an attention-getting ploy, nor a protest over the 10-man ballot. It was simply a sincere expression that a guy who finished his career with 358 saves and a World Series ring and was a lockdown closer in his prime with the Angels deserved to at least remain in the conversation.

Instead, Sirius/XM talk-show hosts Casey Stern and Jim Bowden challenged me to explain why I felt Percival should be in the Hall ahead of Piazza. As I said, nuance tends to be drowned out.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, troy percival

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Delgado deserved far better in HOF voting - Jayson Stark - ESPN

1B: Carlos Delgado
2B: Lou Whitaker
SS: Tony Fernandez
3B: Matt Williams
LF: Brian Giles
CF: Kenny Lofton
RF: Moises Alou
C: Ted Simmons
DH: Andres Galarraga
Pinch-hit specialist: Julio Franco
Opening Day starter: David Cone
Closer: Jesse Orosco
Beat writer: Jose Canseco

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

Fans come out to celebrate Biggio | astros.com

The video is worth watching.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: craig biggio, hall of fame, nolan ryan

Friday, January 09, 2015

Brandon McCarthy: PED users shouldn’t be kept out of Hall

The pitcher admits that he’s struggled with what side of the issue he falls on, calling it a “mess,” but writes that ultimately the Hall is better off creating a “comprehensive, all-encompassing look at the history of baseball,” one that includes PED users if they deserve to be enshrined on the merits of their play.

  From a historical perspective, both the good and the bad of the sport should be acknowledged. The rich tapestry of ups and downs, heroes and villains, scandals and rebirths gives baseball a depth unlike any other sport we have in this country. Because of this, writers should leave Hall of Fame voting to on-the-field accomplishments and let their words shape the stories and reputations we pass down to the next generation.

McCarthy also gave his picks for who should’ve been inducted to this year’s Hall of Fame class. In addition to those who were chosen (John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio), McCarthy says he would’ve voted for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell and Mike Piazza.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2015 at 06:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, hall of fame, peds

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Pedro Martinez on Mets fans: They settle for what they have

But don’t we have to settle for settling? Oh, I’m doing it, aren’t I.

Yankee Stadium felt like a modern-day Roman Colosseum when [Pedro] Martinez took the mound. Love him or hate him, you always were entertained.

Across the RFK Bridge, wearing a Mets uniform, Martinez acknowledged that life was different. He spent four years in Flushing, a tenure that began with great promise and ended in ashes—both for the crumbling Mets and the fading embers of his Hall of Fame career.

Asked Wednesday about those two sides of New York, during a news conference at the Waldorf-Astoria, Martinez described the contrast as only he could, with a response that triggered loud laughter.

“I would say Queens is a little bit different than the Yankees fans,” Martinez said. “In Queens, they’re wild. They’re happy. They settle for what they have. Yankees fans cannot. It’s win or nothing.”

Ouch.

The District Attorney Posted: January 08, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, mets, pedro martinez, yankees

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Curt Schilling says he lost Hall of Fame votes because he’s a Republican

THANKS OBAMA

Schilling appeared Wednesday on Boston radio station WEEI, telling the Dennis and Callahan show that he thinks his political leanings certainly didn’t help. Asked why Smoltz did so much better than him on the ballot, Schilling said:

  “The fact that [the Braves] won 14 straight pennants. I think his ‘Swiss Army knife versatility,’ which is what somebody said yesterday. I think he got a lot of accolades for that. I think he got a lot of recognition for that. He’s a Hall of Famer. The other big thing is, I think he’s a Democrat. I know that as a Republican that there’s some people that really don’t like that.”

Lest you think Schilling was just joking or being goofy, he was asked in a follow-up whether he thought he would have gotten at least 100 more votes if weren’t an “outspoken Republican.” His response:

  “Absolutely. When human beings do something, anything, there’s bias and prejudice,” Schilling said. “Listen, nine percent of the voters did not vote for Pedro. There’s something wrong with the process and some of the people in the process when that happens. I don’t think that it kept me out or anything like that but I do know there are guys who probably will never vote for me because of the things I said or did. That’s the way it works.”


Hall of Fame Reset: A Very Early Look at MLB Induction Possibilities for the Next Five Years

This is one of the best Hall of Fame classes in decades, and the July 26 induction in Cooperstown should be one of the liveliest Hall celebrations of all time.

Of course, several other deserving candidates failed to earn the requisite 75 percent of the vote, leaving a backlog of worthy names heading into 2016 and beyond. So let’s hit the reset button and consider what the next five years of Hall voting might bring.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 07, 2015 at 10:15 AM | 175 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

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