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Could Daniel Carbonell be a Low-Cost, High-Reward Player For Giants?

In recent years the Giants, under the direction of General Manager Brian Sabean and Assistant General Manager Bobby Evans, have switched their motivation from signing big-name free agents for large, long-term contracts (i.e. Barry Zito) to making a habit of finding low priced free agents and relying on Manager Bruce Bochy to coax high production out of them. From Aubrey Huff in 2010...
Via Baseball Essential
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: San Francisco Giants

San Francisco Giants 2015 Preview Last season was another even-numbered year which meant only one thing, the San Francisco Giants are World Series Champions.  It was a magic year which saw the birth of a new star for the Giants and Major League Baseball.  But after a tough offseason which saw free agents snuff at their offers and one of its home-grown star bolt out of town ...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Susac, Hunter Strickland Among Eleven Giants Sent to Minors

Andrew Susac, who appeared to have the inside track on the backup catching position for the San Francisco Giants at the start of spring training, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento along with outfielders Juan Perez and Gary Brown, infielder Adam Duvall and relief pitcher Hunter Strickland on Sunday, March 29. Perez, Strickland and Susac all had roles during the Giants run to a third...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cain goes 4 innings in Giants win over LA

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Matt Cain went four innings, Buster Posey and Angel Pagan each had two hits and drove in two runs and the San Francisco Giants beat a Los Angeles Dodgers split-squad 11-9 on Sunday. Joe Panik had three hits and scored three runs for the Giants, who won their third straight for the first time this spring. Brandon Belt added two hits and drove in a run. Yasiel...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Defending World Series Champs San Francisco Giants Unlikely to Make Playoffs

Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers slides across home plate to score a run as catcher Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants applies a late tag during the third inning of a Cactus League game at Scottsdale Stadium. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) With a whittled offense and fragile starting rotation, the San Francisco Giants look unlikely to contend for a playoff...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Points Leagues: Ring Around The Posey, A Pocketful Of ADP

I've got to be "bust"ing your chops by suggesting Buster Posey as a first round pick in points leagues, right? First I declare Clayton Kershaw the top overall pick over Mike Trout, and now this? Some of you are probably thinking that I've been smoking a bit of the devil's lettuce with Tim Lincecum while putting together these posts! Well I can assure you, that couldn't be...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The top 100 players in baseball: 25-11

As we work our way down the top 100 baseball players of 2015, we find a group of perennial MVP contenders, as well as a World Series superhero along the way. The post The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2015: #25-11 appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Lincecum Battles and Flashes Brilliance in Latest Spring Start

There was once a day where San Francisco pitcher Tim Lincecum was one of the brightest stars in the Major Leagues, using his unorthodox windup to throw mid-90s fastballs and knee-buckling off-speed pitches past unsuspecting hitters. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound straggly-haired hurler was must see television every time he toed the slab with everyone watching to see if the two-time Cy...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: San Francisco Giants

You can forgive Giants fans if they got a little jumpy on the first of January, when the euphoria of another World Series championship was pushed aside by the creeping horror of the start to another odd year. Is there such a thing as an odd year curse? Some Giants fans certainly think so, and their team’s performances in years following a title could turn anyone into a believer...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

SF Giants Playing Pepper – 2015

The esteemed Daniel Shoptaw wears a number of hats, all of them St. Louis Cardinals red. Daniel is the creator and managing author of C70 At the Bat, a fantastic St. Louis Cardinals blog. And he is also part of the Cardinals Conclave, a group of like-minded bloggers who talk Cardinals baseball and much more, 24-7. Each year on the C70 Daniel features an insightful series called “Playing...
Via The Giants Cove
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner Channels Paul Bunyan

Not since Jim Thome have we seen a Major Leaguer so adept at channeling Paul Bunyan. And while Madison Bumgarner has a long way to go to become the Hall of Fame-caliber player Thome is (he’s got the suspenders and flannel down pat)…he’s doing alright in the axe-wielding department. The 2014 World Series MVP got all choppy in a recent commercial for Carhartt and while I’ve...
Via Hall of Very Good
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner swings an ax as well as a baseball bat

Last year Madison Bumgarner won the Silver Slugger award as a pitcher -- hitting .258 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. To understand why Bumgarner may be such a good hitter, we turn to the great Ted Williams. InThe Science of Hitting, Williams explains that hitting a baseball happens with "the wrists square and unbroken, as they would be at impact when an ax is swung on a tree."...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame writer Nick Peters dies at 75

The sports writing world lost a titan on Monday night. Nick Peters, the Hall of Fame baseball writer who covered the San Francisco Giants for nearly 50 years, died at his home after a long illness. He was 75. “The Greek” as Peters was affectionately known started covering the Giants in 1961. He served as the team’s beat writer for both the Oakland Tribune and the Sacramento...
Via Awful Announcing
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Do Spring Training Records Matter? Well… Yes and No

The true meaning of pre-season baseball in Florida and Arizona is difficult to assess. It’s kind of like trying to figure out if Nicholas Cage’s next film is going to be bad, or historically bad. The short answer is that MLB Spring Training games and their results matter a great deal on some levels and don’t mean a thing on a number of other levels. And a team’s final record...
Via The Giants Cove
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants Title Defense Starts in Phoenix With Just $14 Tickets

The San Francisco Giants have turned into a bit of a dynasty. With three World Series titles since 2010, the Giants are one of the top powerhouse teams in all of baseball and could very well contend for yet another title in 2015. Not bad for a team that hadn’t won it all since 1954, huh? Despite going 88-74 a year ago, the Giants were still mild surprises to win it all, and finished...
Via The Giants Cove
11 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The San Francisco Giants defied the odds once again in 2014 to win the World Series. Winning their third title in five seasons solidified them as a mini-dynasty. The Giants, despite injuries to Matt Cain, Angel Pagan and Brandon Belt, were able to continue along their odd-even trend. The Giants offense for much of the season was really good. They had power with Michael Morse, Hunter...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Spring Training Highlights

At this point in the spring, players are focused on putting in work to be ready for the start of the season. That is, unless you’re a rookie or marginal player trying to land a job. With that in mind, statistics are virtually meaningless. With more than three weeks remaining, there is still plenty of time for a player to find his groove and earn a spot on the roster. Spring training...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

With Hunter Pence out, Giants have options

Spring Training statistics might not matter, but injuries can certainly make an impact on a team’s outlook heading into the season. After being hit by a pitch in yesterday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, Hunter Pence is expected to be out six to eight weeks with a broken forearm. Missing the first month of the […]
Via Fangraphs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

SF Giants file brief in support of gay marriage to Supreme Court

The San Francisco Giants are one of three professional sports teams in North America that have filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of an argument in favor of same-sex marriage. Without getting into too much detail regarding what an amicus brief is, here’s a description directly from Cornell Law. An amicus curiae brief that brings to the attention...
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Tim Lincecum’s last best chance

What you probably already know is that next winter’s free agent starting pitching crop has the potential to be historic, not only due to the amount of talent currently unsigned beyond 2015 but for the hundreds of millions of dollars they’ll surely command. With the obvious caveat that extensions for some of these guys are […]
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants continue to innovate internally

Innovation doesn’t always come on the field. Innovation can invade any part of the sport, really. And innovation doesn’t always mean you are first in your field, even if that sounds wrong. If you define innovation as the introduction of something new, the Giants are constantly innovating upon their own processes. “You always have to […]
Via Fangraphs
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants interested in expanding Barry Bonds’ instructor role

Barry Bonds is one of the greatest hitters of all time, and the San Francisco Giants are looking to put some of his knowledge to good use. Bonds had a short visit with the Giants during spring training last year, which was his first instructional role with the team since his playing days ended in...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds bought himself a $20,000 bicycle

How nice it must be to be able to drop 20 grand on a bike. No, not a motorcycle. A freaking bicycle. That’s what former Major League Baseball slugger Barry Bonds did recently. If you don’t believe us, just check out this photo provided by Business Insider.  Among other things, this insane bike weighs only 14 pounds and features one of only 250 carbon-fiber rockets in the...
Via Sportsnaut
February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

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