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New Baseball Commissioner Implements Bold Rule Changes in 2015 to Speed Up the Game

 “These changes represent our efforts to streamline the game and hopefully increase overall baseball revenues for our owners from $9 billion in 2014 to at least $12 billion this year,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a candid statement. Recently sworn in Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has proposed six new rule changes for Major League […]

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Better Sit Down: A Brief Study of the Business of Giants Baseball

So far in 2015, the San Francisco Giants are following their 2014 payroll blueprint. Sign low-end, inexpensive marginal players, then cross your fingers and hope something accidentally happens. And why not? Last season, San Francisco squeaked into the postseason as the #10 team out of ten qualifiers, then proceeded to move through three playoff levels […]

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Six Middle of the Grid AL Moves that Could Play Big in 2015

As I wrote in the National League installment of this subject, there are no secret moves or below the radar player pick-ups in Major League Baseball any more. The media swarm is such that if the fifth starter in Double A Flushbucket, Louisiana throws a no-hitter we’re all going to know about it. So while […]

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Cut-Rate Replacements At Third Base and Left Field Save Giants Millions

With the signing of former Kansas City Royals outfielder free agent Nori Aoki, the San Francisco Giants have now answered two of their top off-season questions: who will replace Pablo Sandoval at third base and who takes over in left field for Michael Morse? Morse and Sandoval were both offered more money to stay in […]

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Six Middle of the Grid NL Moves that Could Play Big in 2015

There are no “under the radar” moves made in Major League Baseball any more. A swap of back-up catchers between the Cubs and Blue Jays fifteen or twenty years ago might have gone unnoticed to anyone except rabid Chicago and Toronto fans. Today, let a class A fourth outfielder stub his toe coming into the […]

Giants 2015 Blueprint: Save Money, Manage Compliant Fan Base

Question: Do You Believe the Giants Front Office (or Your Lying Eyes) ? This off-season the 2014 World Champion San Francisco Giants missed an amazing number of opportunities to improve their 25 man roster. It makes you wonder why they bothered to attend the annual General Managers meeting in Phoenix last November, or the MLB […]

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Giants Off-Season a Nasty Mix of Rejection and Incompetence

Welcome to the Empty Funhouse The 2014 postseason should have been a time of bold and dominating moves by the San Francisco Giants ownership group and their front office. An unexpected trip to the playoffs and a World Series win last October should have been the jumping off point for the organization to boldly rebuild […]

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A Panda Migrates East as Giants Roster Challenges Abound

The San Francisco Giants front office has its hands full this off-season with more vacancies than a cruise ship christened the “SS Norovirus”. Begin with the little matter of finding a starting left fielder and replacing or re-signing starting pitchers Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsong and righty reliever Sergio Romo. $36 million starter Tim Lincecum […]

Postseason Tales of the Wayward Panda

When last we saw San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval playing baseball he had just caught the last out of the 2014 World Series and fallen backwards on the green grass of Kaufman Stadium, arms and legs spread in joy. It was the most indelible image of the Giants seven game wrestling match with […]

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World Series Game 6: Peavy’s Misplays Set KC’s Table

No one doubts Giant starter Jake Peavy‘s competitiveness and drive to win. He barks at umpires from atop the pitcher’s mound when he doesn’t get a call, and will yell at himself and others when things aren’t going well. In the 2nd inning of Tuesday’s World Series Game 6, Jake Peavy made two mistakes that […]

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Five Brilliant Takeaways From World Series Game 2

Actually I have a dozen brilliant takeaways from the Kansas City Royals 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants to conclude the first round of the 2014 World Series. But space considerations (and not wanting to be responsible for people dozing off and damaging their laptops) forces me to keep things focused and tight. For […]

Kansas City Royals and SF Giants Meet in a Clash of Cultures

The 2014 World Series is being painted as a clash between two very different baseball clubs, but not for the right reasons. This has been a tiresome storyline that practically writes itself (and is doing so over and over again). Here’s the party line: what we have is the veteran San Francisco Giants and their […]

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Giants and Cardinals Turn NLCS Into Five Game Grudge Match

After splitting the first two National League Championship games in St. Louis the Giants and Cardinals will get busy with three at AT&T Park and potentially two additional contests at Busch Stadium. This series has been a battle of home runs (Cards) versus starting pitching (Gigantes), but that will change over the next three days. […]

SF Giants: This Team Has Bonded, But There’s No Magic Here

The San Francisco Giants are now a team unified and driven. They won the Wild Card playoff against the Pittsburgh Pirates (a better team), and they’ve taken the first two in the five game NLDS series against the Washington Nationals (a much better team). And I know the following logic, and I don’t disagree with […]

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