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Last year the Giants predictably fell back to earth after their rather improbable run to the 2010 National League Pennant. They doubled down on some flukey years from Cody Ross and Aubrey Huff and brought in the Methuselah-like Miguel Tejeda and pretended that everything would be okay. It was not okay, particularly after Scott Cousins killed poor Buster Posey in a collision at the plate on May 26th. Posey missed the rest of the season and is only now doing important baseball activities like running. In addition manager Bruce Bochy, no doubt with the blessing of GM Brian Sabean, jerked around rookie 1B Brandon Belt all year, never giving him a real shot despite Aubrey Huff showing up to camp in poor shape and, for the most part, playing like ******* in 2011. Eventually they did give up on Tejeda and the corpse of Aaron Rowand but they didn’t really have the players to replace them, and even a midseason trade for Carlos Beltran that I liked wasn’t enough to make them anything like res...
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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that manager Bruce Bochy says it’s possible that Freddy Sanchez might not be ready for the San Francisco Giants Opener on April 6. “We’re down to two weeks, and he hasn’t gotten out there yet. We’re still optimistic that we’ll get him out there, but each day that goes by the possibility grows a little bit that he’s...
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle says outfielder Gregor Blanco is as close to a stone-cold lock as any non-roster invitee could be.
“He’s done all he can do to make this club,” said manager Bruce Bochy. “He’s played great. We can’t say anything definite on what’s going to happen. I will say he’s played as good as anyone this spring.”
Blanco has used...
Hey everyone, I’ve been gone for the past few days, anything been going on? Since I assume this site has been getting little-to-no attention the past couple days, I thought it was time for a post!
I don’t want to lose your love, but let’s talk about the outfield.
The Giants outfield has been in a constant state of flux for the better (worse) part of the past decade. Not since 2008...
There’s practically no starting jobs up for grabs this year, other than injury issues like Freddy Sanchez and Ryan Vogelsong. But that leaves a lot of room on the benches.
This year’s battles are a bit more intense than bench contests should be. And it’s all because of emotion.
• Catcher – Obviously, whoever gets this job is all about the guy who backs up the star...
In 2011, Giants fans saw Sergio Romo put up one of the most impressive relief efforts in recent memory. In 2011, the 28th round draft pick pitched in 65 games, allowing just eight earned runs and 34 baserunners in 48 innings. He finished the year with 1.50 ERA and 0.708 WHIP, and even pitched a reliever’s perfect game: between July 6 and August 6, Romo pitched ten perfect innings...
One of the things that has made Brandon Belt a special prospect compared to others that the Giants have had come through their system is that he has excellent plate discipline. Over his minor league career he has consistently posted walk rates north of 15 percent and over his multiple stints in the Majors last year posted a walk rate above 9 percent.
The Giants coaching...
Author: Andrew SwansonThe magical start to Buster Posey’s MLB career came to a screeching halt on May 25, 2011 after a home plate collision with Florida Marlin outfielder Scott Cousins. Posey suffered torn ligaments and a broken left fibula in the gruesome injury and missed the rest of the 2011 season.After eight months of intense rehab, Posey has returned to the field and is primed...
After a day off, the San Francisco Giants (11-5-3) are back in action today and they’ll visit the Arizona Diamondbacks (7-11) at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for their 20th exhibition game of the spring. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. (PT).
Left-hander Barry Zito (2-0, 4.00) goes up against righty Trevor Bauer (1-0, 2.57).
Zito will make his fourth start of the spring...
The final player picks to make the San Francisco Giants' roster out of Spring Training just shifted into sharper focus. Jayson Stark of ESPN, via MLB Trade Rumors, reported that the San Francisco Giants are openly shopping infielders Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot to potential buyers. Theriot was signed for $1.32m in the off-season and Fontenot was extended to the tune of...
I honestly don’t know what to say about Gregor Blanco. Out of nowhere, literally. And at the moment, he’s playing Angel Pagan right out of the starting center field job.
And, honestly, I could not find it listed ANYWHERE who the Kansas City Royals named as the player they got back from the Washington Nationals. Not even in the team transaction lists on MLB.com. Even...
If there is one thing I learned from spending the week talking to media members at Spring Training, it’s that Buster Posey hates answering questions about his ankle.
He shut us up a little bit by getting his first hit of the spring, an opposite-field home run off Tony Sipp in last Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Indians. Still, this type of injury and required rehab...
Beer is baseball. Baseball is beer. A frosty mug, a salty treat, and a ballgame is as American as the resulting obesity. So with real baseball fast approaching, GiantsPod has some fridge-stocking suggestions for the upcoming season.
No game is created equal. AL games run longer, NL games get a little wonky in the late innings with double switches. Getaway day games happen early,...
The Giants got a great start from lefty Eric Surkamp and a majestic three-run blast from Brett Pill to beat the tribe. Final Score: Giants 5, Indians 3.
The San Francisco Giants (11-6-3) take on the Cleveland Indians (5-10) this afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. LHP Eric Surkamp (2-1, 4.76) will make his third spring start (and fifth appearance overall). RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 5.63) is on the hill for the Tribe.
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Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer off Barry Zito and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Tuesday.
Zito threw 83 pitches in five innings, his longest outing of the spring. He allowed three runs and seven hits while walking four and striking out three.
Three of Arizona's top prospects figured prominently in the game.
Trevor Bauer, drafted No. 3 overall...