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The San Francisco Giants decided to bring back the core of players that carried them to the 2012 World Championship. Angel Pagan was one of those players.It took Pagan a long time to finally earn a full-time job in the majors as his age-31 season in 2013 will be just his fourth full year, but don’t hold that against him. He makes living mostly with his legs and has developed a reputation as one of the best baserunners in baseball — last year only Mike Trout, Jimmy Rollins, and Alcides Escobar contributed more runs above average on the base paths than Pagan’s 8.3 mark.And despite the fact that Pagan is getting older (sigh, aren’t we all) one could make an argument that he’s actually getting faster. Now, I don’t know of a site that tracks players’ 40-times or their speed from home to first, but I do know of a couple measurable stats that bear this out: triples, infield hit rate, stolen bases, and speed score (sort of a catch-all stat). Pagan’s 15 triples last year were a career high a...
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With all the players that we had access to Friday; here are more notes from San Francisco Giants Media Day.
Ryan Vogelsong believes there has to be a transition period for players to stop focusing on winning the World Series, and focus on the upcoming season.
“Obviously we’re riding high from the World Series, but the one thing...
The San Francisco Giants held their 2013 Fan Fest over the weekend, and as expected the World Series champions seemed to enjoy answering many of the questions they were asked. At one point, Tim Lincecum was asked to do his impression of Hunter Pence, which was captured on the Giants World Series DVD and became an instant hit. Lincecum was shy at first and said he didn’t want to...
Credit: Steven Robles – SFGiantsBaseball.net
Today is the day we have all been waiting for! The San Francisco Giants pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training. Position players are scheduled to report on Friday.
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says (via Twitter) the Dodgers and Reds were both interested in outfielder Andres Torres. Torres told his agent not to hold...
Today is the day that the San Francisco Giants pitchers and catchers are taking the field. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says (via Twitter) presumed Opening Day starter Matt Cain leads the first bullpen group. Catching prospect Andrew Susac gets to catch Jeremy Affeldt‘s bullpen session.
If you would like to get to know more about Susac; check out this SF Giants Rumors Interview...
Andres Torres won the World Series in 2010 with the Giants as the starting center fielder but spent 2012 with the Mets after being traded for the Giants’ current starting center fielder Angel Pagan.
Torres is now back with the Giants this season to compete with Gregor Blanco for the starting spot in left field.
Torres reportedly had interest from a few teams, specifically the...
When Barry Zito signed with the Giants in 2007, it was a coup. Why shouldn’t it be? He was a Cy Young award winner with a curve ball that looked like it was falling off the dinning room table. Zito was in the prime of his career. Big named markets, including New York, courted him. Barry Zito couldn’t be beat. San Francisco had a bright future on its hands.
That future became...
Asking a player how he’s over-performed his peripherals is a tricky thing. I settled on a toe in the water: “Have you ever heard of FanGraphs? WAR? FIP?” From Ryan Vogelsong‘s responses to those inquiries at Giants’ Media day (“No, but Wins Above Replacement I have, all those stats, yeah” he replied), it seemed clear that the right-hander might need a little introduction...
Today was day one of a 231-day odyssey. Beginning today, the Giants defend their world championship. Pitchers and catchers take their first steps on a long and arduous path. So many uncertainties lurk ahead for every team and player, that prediction is futile. Essentially, everyone has a shot at the title today.
The Giants’ pitching staff remains ostensibly the same as the World...
I was thinking of doing this a couple of weeks ago, but with that football Bowl thing going on, it got pushed back. Now that it’s Spring Training time, we’ll kick off the spring with this series.
For those who don’t know, I spent a decade covering the farm system of the San Francisco Giants for SFDugout.com. Along with other writers, we watched the rise of nearly all the...
Unlike last year, we won’t be doing a special comic for number 1, so four prospects today.
It might seem like I’m down on a lot of prospects this year. Well, to be perfectly clear, 2012 was not a good year for Giants prospects. Many top prospects had disappointing years, at best. Only Kyle Crick and Clayton Blackburn really had huge years.
That said, I still like the farm...
I went from Tweek to Geek T…
The San Francisco Giants emerged as World Series champions last season after winning four games in a row over the Detroit Tigers.Recently, a rematch of sorts transpired as two opposing players from that series went at it each other once again, but this time the competititon involved Connect 4.The spectacle occurred during an annual event for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate...