NL West Stories Rage Under the Media’s Nose

I get it, I really do. When the season started, the Milwaukee Brewers were the consensus pick to finish the 2014 MLB season in fourth place in the National League Central Division. Now it turns out the Brewers’ have 22 wins, tied with Colorado for the most in baseball, and they are four games ahead […]


Giants Braintrust Ponders Rearrangement of Deck Chairs

Whenever a large, extremely valuable piece of property runs full speed into a huge iceberg the first reaction of those in charge is to try and make things look better. In the case of the early season stumblings of the San Francisco Giants, a quick look around the old ship shows the best the front […]

In Baseball All Wins Are Created Equal (Even When They’re Not)

Contrary to how it feels to baseball fans, wins in April are as important as wins in September. Seems they count all the games played each season to determine the final total, even though wins in the early Fall seem so much more important. With 90% of the current baseball season left to play the […]

Reality Check Follows Giants’ Promising Start

The San Francisco Giants 5-1 start to the 2014 season had fans delirious and Bay Area sports writers cautiously optimistic. Local sportstalk radio, where those shunned by society always have a voice, bubbled over with reckless enthusiasm and bold predictions about playing baseball in October. Things took an analytical turn when a number of program […]

Brandon Belt

San Francisco Tentatively Transitions to Having an Offense

The core identity of some MLB teams is fluid– certain franchises are adept at quickly and creatively reinventing themselves when needed. Think Atlanta Braves, who from 1991 to 2001 were known for the dominant pitching that put them in the post season 10 out of those 11 years. Now it’s the Braves’ powerful offense getting […]


Giant Bloggers “Playing Pepper” with the 2014 San Francisco Giants

Daniel Shoptaw is a many-faceted baseball blogger who has been in the business since 2007. He is a dedicated and knowledgeable St. Louis Cardinals analyst who has his writing thumb in many pies. Daniel's blog is C70 at the Bat, which is part of the esteemed Cards Concave group of Cardinal blog sites. Every year […]

Your SF Giants “Post Game Wrap”

Welcome back Giants fans… this is the Post Game Wrap with your Giants broadcast team– Jon Miller, Dave Flemming, Mike Krukow, and I’m Duane Kuiper. Kuiper: This was not a good one, Kruk. There’s not a lot left to say after a 16-1 loss to the stumbling New York Mets… Krukow: And it was the […]


Time to Grade the Giants with the Overused Report Card Cliche

I get requests to “grade” the San Francisco Giants from other bloggers, sport talk radio shows and so on who want an assessment of the Giants and every other MLB team going into the 2014 season. What "grade" do the Giants get for their 2013-14 offseason? What about Spring Training? How do they look going […]


Spring: When Everything Grows, Including Hope and Doubt

"Don't tell me about the world.  Not today.  It's springtime and they're knocking baseballs around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball."    — Pete Hamill On Wednesday February 26th twelve big league teams will play baseball on the green, damp […]

The 2014 National League West Deconstructed (Some Assembly Required)

What a difference an off-season can make. In 2013 the San Francisco Giants were picked to win the National West title with maybe a little push from the Dodgers and Arizona. Colorado and San Diego were projected to sit at the little kids table. The history books now tell us that the Giants finished in […]


Tales of the LA Dodgers and Their Free-Spending Owners

In the world of Major League Baseball franchise ownership, here’s what doesn’t matter. Owners being excessively wealthy, or being a lot richer than the owners of other Major League Baseball teams. The commonly repeated myth goes something like this: “rich” baseball owners are able to write endless checks at their whim to secure multi-year deals […]

Wild Battles for the Wild Cards Highlight the National League in 2014

As we get closer to Opening Day 2014 the number one mainstream story developing about the National League will start to get very familiar very quickly. Certainly many strange things can happen over a 162 game season but that fact will not stop the usual slew of wiseacre know-it-alls from making their tedious predictions and […]