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WinterMeetings 2015

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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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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The 2015 Playoff Race: Have the Giants Devalued their Biggest Asset?

In 2006, when Bruce Bochy was hired to manage the San Francisco Giants, he had just finished guiding the San Diego Padres to two consecutive National League West titles. Bochy also led the Pads to NL West titles in 1996 and 1998, when San Diego reached the World Series to play the New York Yankees. […]

Trade Deadline Moves Change Long-term MLB Balance of Power

The shortcut most sports media can’t help using to describe the results of non-waiver trades is “winners” and “losers”. It’s a journalistic shiny object that gives readers permission not to bother about thinking too much or making assessments on their own. The 2015 non-waiver trade deadline was no different. The New York Yankees and the […]

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Expect the Giants to Make Some Serious Changes in the Next Three Weeks

The San Francisco Giants are going through a difficult stretch. But this “stretch” isn’t an aberration, it’s the Giants’ talent and depth finding its true level at the midway point of the 2015 season. Which is a funny thing to say about a 42-40 second place team on July 4th. That’s because the current problems […]

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The Giants Have An Excellent Opportunity to Re-Set Their Attack

There is one safe assumption we can make about every Major League Baseball season: virtually every team will have injuries to players on the active 25 man roster. No one wants to see any ballplayer on any team get hurt, but when the inevitable does happen it can be an opportunity for teams that rarely […]

Giants’ Rollercoaster Search for Consistency, Runs

The San Francisco Giants have spent the first sixty-six games of the 2015 season in a rambling search for their identity and for consistent run production. With 40% of the season in the books, and a respectable 35-31 record through June 16th, the Giants have the feel of a Spring Training squad still seeking a […]

Two Giant Developments: Hitting Shows Signs of Life and Roster Improves

Few things happen in the fan-centric, old school world of the San Francisco Giants. It’s a staid place where players get contracts for being fan favorites (or for just being inexpensive), and SF Giant fans become extremely upset on the rare occasion when any player is cut or traded. Meanwhile, in the rest of baseball, […]

So Far Giants’ Pitching is Holding Its Own, But Giant Run Scoring is Disappearing

To the casual observer, the San Francisco Giants’ limp start to the 2015 season is all about their pitching. More specifically, it’s about San Francisco not having the kind of outstanding starting pitching around which their celebrated World Series successes were constructed. With the current group of overpaid, lackluster starters following Madison Bumgarner every five […]

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