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 […]


SF Giants Elect to Spend Good Will, Save Money

MLB teams with either long-term or recent championship success have two distinct directions to take their franchises in the off-season. They can build on their success by aggressively analyzing and re-purposing their team to for continued success, or they can sit back and spend the capital they earned as former champions. When the Yankees signed […]

Two MLB Headlines, Two Teams Headed in Opposite Directions

Report: Dodgers will 'go all-out' to sign Masahiro Tanaka Tanaka is 99-35 in his seven year career in the Japan Leagues, 34-4 the past two seasons. He is 25 years old. Wherever Tanaka finally ends up he will adjust to the big leagues, and then begin to be a top of the rotation starting pitcher.  […]



Baseball Off-season Headlines from Newspapers Around the Nation:         KIM JONG UN MAKES UNEXPECTED HALL OF FAME BALLOT ARGUMENT FOR SEAN CASEY North Korean Leader Points to Casey’s 99 RBI Year in 2004, 1 Triple Hit Between 2005 and 2008: “I Intend Dog the Commissioner on This Matter. Literally”, Stated Un in a […]

Mobius strip

The Major League Baseball Line-up Redesigned: The Mobius Strip Theory

In 2010 I devised and introduced the Mobius Strip Theory for MLB hitting line-ups, which presented a radical alternative to baseball’s traditional batting order template. The Mobius Theory generated a lot of discussion and opinion. As the game evolves and the value of individual performance is better defined, the theory may appear more logical (but […]


Case Solved: Why the Giants’ Matt Cain Went 8-10 in 2013

In discussing Major League Baseball’s most relevant statistics, whether it’s individual player records, player performance, or team results there’s still a big institutional gap between traditional measuring sticks and advanced concepts. Baseball’s new metrics haven’t been “new” for at least twenty years. but the mainstream sports media and much of the MLB establishment continue to […]