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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 […]

Michael Morse and the Obsessive World of SF Giants GM Brian Sabean

The San Francisco Giants signing of free agent Michael Morse at the 2013 Winter Meetings this past week is part of a very familar pattern for the team and for General Manager Brian Sabean. The world of the corporate foil lies between obsequiousness and obsession. And so Brian Sabean has careened between adhering to the […]

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Vogelsong Signing Provides Troubling Clue to Giants Plan for 2014

It's not just that the San Francisco Giants re-signed fading starter Ryan Vogelsong. It's that General Manager Brian Sabean made it clear to the reporters who follow the Giants that the Vogelsong signing rounds out the 2014 starting rotation. If that's true, the Giants will again be competing with the San Diego Padres to determine […]

The Giants’ 2013 Hot Stove Can Still Sizzle

Sometimes I need a reminder that the San Francisco Giants haven't quite finished their retooling project on the 2013 team that finished 16 games out of first place in the NL West. We're only at the 1/3 mark of the prime free agent signing and trade making months of November, December, and January and the […]

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SF Giants On a Spending Spree? Not So Far

Tucked away deep inside the steel-crossed superstructure of AT&T Park there is, I imagine, an elite Owners Club Room. It’s very plush with big leather chairs, a long leather bar, leather napkins, and… well let’s just say there’s a lot of leather. Inside that room earlier this week San Francisco Giants upper management must have […]

Giants Sign Tim Hudson: The Price is Right, What About the Arm?

Former Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson will be in the San Francisco Giants starting rotation in 2014 and 2015. The thirty-eight year old veteran just signed a two-year $23 million contract with the Giants, and it's a very good financial deal for San Francisco. It also helps GM Brian Sabean, who is in the middle […]

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Giants Arrive at Tipping Point for 2014 and Beyond

The next several months are critical for the future of the San Francisco Giants. The moves the Giants' front office makes between now and Spring Training aren't simply about the 2014 season. This is about 2015 and 2016 and beyond. The real question here is: does this franchise continue to do what it's done in […]

Mistakes at the Top Highlight the 2013 Postseason

Postseason baseball can be harsh for players, managers, umpires, and TV broadcasters. Every play, every decision and every comment is seen on network TV, then replayed, and then analyzed in further detail on sports media throughout the country. Now that Boston is the World Series champs, we can point out that throughout the 2013 Major […]

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The Giants’ Plan So Far: Bring Back the 2013 Losing Team

At some point the San Francisco Giants front office and ownership group must have had a major organizational debriefing meeting to deconstruct and analyze the 2013 season. Maybe a two or three day confab in a secluded conference center to spend hours assessing what happened between the 2012 World Series Championship and finishing 16 games […]

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Problem Solved: Meet the Next Commissioner of Baseball

The United States is on a problem-solving roll, but who knows how long that will last. If we move quickly there’s probably just enough time to settle the next big issue facing humanity before Congress shoves another stick of dynamite up its collective rear end and threatens to light the fuse. Again. So let’s the […]

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Passing Thoughts and Random Notes on the 2013 Post Season– So Far.

Free of the constricting and demanding responsibilities of following and attending the San Francisco Giants in the 2013 playoffs, I finally had a chance to look around and smell the rosin. (To me, it smells like Emilia Clarke's underwear drawer. Or what I imagine that might be.) Anyway… where was I? Oh yeah, the Major […]

Why Giants Fans Should Root for the Dodgers in the 2013 Postseason

What? Are you kidding me? Are you actually asking San Francisco Giant fans to cheer for the Los Angeles Dodgers throughout the 2013 MLB playoffs? Tell us your medication has run out or maybe you're overdoing it with a great new Mezcal. And that none of this is true. Cheering for the Dodgers goes against […]

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Is Hunter Pence the New Aaron Rowand, and Other Interesting Possibilities

As the San Francisco Giants start to pick through the multi-vehicle car wreck that was their 2013 Major League season, questions start to pop up. A lot of questions. Like, what exactly is the Giants front office's plan going forward? (Quickly followed by crossed fingers and toes that the team's brain trust is actually developing […]

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The Giants Face a Big Challenge: How to Become Relevant in 2014

This is the week that the San Francisco Giants were eliminated from the 2013 race for the National League West title. Soon they will also be eliminated from the NL Wild Card chase– both the Giants and the New York Mets were recently 17 games out in the NL Wild Card standings. Hangin' out with […]

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Living on the Edge of “Just About There”

While exploring what the 2014 season might bring for the San Francisco Giants a couple of distracting questions keep popping up.    Exactly when did the Giants organization establish permanent residency at a place called "just about there" when it comes to their low-rated minor league system? And when did the media and fans start […]

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