St. Louis Still in the NL Food Chain with the Nationals and Dodgers

Pity the poor St. Louis Cardinals who seem to have been left at the Central Division station by the Cubs/Pirates bullet train. Oh sure, this is a franchise that has charged into into the National League post-season an amazing 12 times in the past 16 years, making the World Series four times and winning it […]

2016 MLB Season: Don’t Ignore These Three Potent NL Teams

In the mad rush to book passage on the supersonic rockets that are the Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates it might be smart for those passengers to pause for a few seconds and check out that strange rumbling noise behind them. That sound would be the potential thunder of three […]

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Why the Giants’ 2016 Season Looks a Lot like 2002

Following the 2001 baseball season the San Francisco Giants faced a challenging problem: how to retool a 25 man roster that had a solid core of talented players but still lacked a number of critical pieces. That Giants team also had a recent history of success, making the post season twice in the previous five […]

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Dodgers Dodge a Big Contract While the Giants are Shutout (Again)

The offseason word from the Los Angeles Dodgers front office was that the team’s MLB-biggest payroll would get smaller and, going forward, non-stop free agent mega-deals would not be on the radar screen. In post-October interviews, Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten,  President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, and General Manager Farhan Zaidi were all […]

Dusty Baker, Inept Owners, and the Goblet of Metrics

The Washington Nationals have the best starting pitching in the National League. Still. And by far the League’s most valuable player in outfielder Bryce Harper. According to several rating systems (Baseball America, ESPN), the Nats have anywhere from the 9th best farm system to the 15th best farm system in the Majors. And they have […]

As the Baseball World Speeds By, Will the Giants Catch Up?

Major League Baseball’s 2015 post season has been one of the most exciting and well-played in years. And it’s not only about great pitching, home runs, sparkling defense and innovative moves by managers. There is a special kind of excitement seeing wildly talented young players not only make big league rosters, but then immediately get […]

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On the Autopsy Table: The Giants 2015 Season

Despite the bloviating bullying of several San Francisco sports writers and sport-talk hosts, we are going to do the unthinkable and critically evaluate how the San Francisco Giants organization did in the 2015 season. Call it that odd moment when Giant fans are asked to put down their Tim Lincecum bobbleheads for a moment, to […]

SF Baseball Media’s Message: No Criticism of Giants Allowed

The difference between baseball fans on the East Coast and Midwest and fans in San Francisco and the West Coast has never been more stark. The same goes for their respective local baseball media. In New York, Boston, Chicago and St. Louis, baseball fans are bonded with, and fiercely defend, their franchises. But if your […]

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Giants Round Third in the Race for an NL Post Season Slot

Even though the San Francisco Giants are 3 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West, and even though it’s August 31st, we haven’t quite hit Defcon One in The Giants Cove War Room. Don’t get me wrong. San Francisco is at the point where they need to fiercely focus on […]

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San Francisco Giants Likely Need To Win NL West Division To Defend World Series Crown

One thing about a defending World Champion is that it is always entertaining to see that team have the chance to go for back-to-back titles in the following season’s playoffs. Unfortunately for the San Francisco Giants, their title defense is trending towards ending in the regular season unless they can surpass the Los Angeles Dodgers […]

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When the Media Spreads Financial Misinformation about the Giants

Trying to give a compelling picture of the San Francisco Giants franchise, its operations and actual financial state isn’t an easy task. Because the Giants’ front office and ownership have created a multi-layered series of anecdotal stories about players and coaches, about the team’s beloved history, and about its finances all wrapped in a series […]

The Giants, the Numbers, and Other Hills to Climb

The dog days of August are feeling a lot mangier than usual. Don’t get me wrong– the 2015 MLB season is one of the most intriguing and exciting in several years. Thanks in large part to the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays and an amazing number of super-talented high performing rookies who […]

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