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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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The rest of this season could make or break Joey Votto’s Hall of Fame case

Votto has had his detractors, people who don’t ascribe to sabermetrics, people who say he walks too much. Perhaps these people could knock Votto as well for the Reds not winning any championships during his career, though great players don’t always experience this. Until this season, Votto’s critics have mostly looked misguided…


Others needed their mid to late 30s to solidify their Hall of Fame cases or watch them collapse.

Take Hernandez, who looked like a Hall of Famer through his 20s, but declined badly in his mid-30s, tallying -0.2 Wins Above Average after turning 33. He retired at 36 and has never rated as a serious Hall of Fame candidate, though he has supporters who could point to him as one of the most underrated first basemen in baseball history. There’s a chance Votto could be his generation’s Keith Hernandez.

Then there’s Helton who was good for a cumulative 1.2 Wins Above Average from his age-32 season through the end of his career. For the more traditionally-inclined, Helton averaged 30 homers, 102 RBI, and a .337 batting average through 2005. For his remaining eight seasons, Helton averaged 12 homers, 61 RBI, and a .289 batting average. It’s like a tale of two totally different careers. The fact that all of it came for the Colorado Rockies is probably enough to prevent Helton from coming remotely close to a Hall of Fame plaque with the Baseball Writers Association of America when he becomes eligible in the fall of 2018.


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

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Carlos Beltrán, 400 Home Runs, 2,500 Hits, and The Hall of Fame

Beltrán’s career is winding down and it is doubtful he will attain the 500 home run or 3,000 hit-milestones that would make his Hall of Fame candidacy an open and shut case.  Nevertheless, Beltrán has quietly put together a fine career and, by reaching the secondary milestones of 400 home runs and 2,500 hits to go along with his other accomplishments, the veteran slugger has greatly strengthened his Hall of Fame case.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Stew Thornley’s macabre adventure: Visiting every dead baseball Hall of Famer’s grave

I’d have to admire his tenacity. The most I’ve ever done is visit the graves of the deceased 300-game winners, and visit them again with a small figurine.

In the shorthand parlance of men and women who collect graveyard experiences, Thornley is what’s known as a “graver.” While his search for the plots of long gone standouts, such as Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown in Terre Haute, Indiana, or Rube Waddell in San Antonio, is nominally about allowing him to cross another name off his list, it’s about more than that.

“It’s really about the adventure,” Thornley said. “A lot of people think I do all this work, I go traveling around, I get there and I’m standing at this grave and I get some kind of cosmic connection like, ‘I never saw this guy play. But here I am!’

ajnrules Posted: May 26, 2016 at 10:52 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: deaths in baseball, general, hall of fame

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

Kinsler approaching Hall of Fame pace, and not slowing down

With his single and two-run home run Tuesday, he’s at 1,551 hits. He has 199 stolen bases, 964 runs scored and 189 home runs.

According to Baseball Reference.com, he would become the 40th player in Major League history to hit those levels in all of those statistical categories – joining a big batch of current or soon-to-be Hall-of-Famers: Derek Jeter, Robin Yount, Craig Biggio, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and George Brett to name only a few.

His career WAR (wins above replacement) of 48.2 probably makes the same point. And yet, Kinsler still makes most all-underrated teams.

 

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 06, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame

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

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

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