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Tomlinson honing skills at multiple spots

Years of playing second base, shortstop and third base have taught Kelby Tomlinson, the Giants' reigning utility man, how to allocate his attention to each spot as he strives to reacclimate himself around the diamond.
Via Giants.com
22 hours ago

Giants' spring opener previews duel for LF job

A crowd has formed in left field, where the Giants are searching for an everyday player. Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson appear to be the leading candidates, though veterans Michael Morse, Justin Ruggiano and Chris Marrero likely will make their presence felt.
Via Giants.com
23 hours ago

Better version of Panik in the making

Joe Panik made the National League All-Star team in 2015. Last year, the Giants second baseman won a Gold Glove award and established himself as the toughest player in the Major Leagues to strike out. Now he says he wants to be a "better version of myself."
Via Giants.com
1 day ago

Cubs close door on Sammy Sosa reunion after bizarre comments

For years, Cubs fans have clamored to see Sammy Sosa return to Wrigley Field, where he was once the team’s most popular, most talented and most charismatic player. But Sosa has remained in exile for 13 years, and it doesn’t appear that will end any time soon.On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs are closing the door on a reunion with Sosa in the wake of the...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Eduardo Nunez set for regular role at third for Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Eduardo Nunez finally got his chance to play regularly in 2016 and made the most of it. Nunez achieved career highs with 141 games played, 553 at-bats, 159 hits, 16 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 67 RBIs. After five years in predominantly a utility role off the bench, Nunez got regular time in Minnesota at both third base and shortstop and was named an All...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants fans have loved and hated the intentional walk

The intentional walk isn’t going away, but the theater of it is. That picture up there means something to Giants fans of a certain vintage. When Barry Bonds was issued an intentional walk, a rubber chicken was hung on the right-field wall of AT&T Park. It seems ridiculous in retrospect, probably because it was. There was one deflated, scrawny chicken mixed in there, and...
Via McCovey Chronicles
2 days ago

The lessons we learned from this year’s Giants photo day

Brandon Crawford is photogenic, and we never even saw it coming It’s that time of year, when players stop what they’re doing and take promotional pictures in front of a blank screen! You might not think this is exciting. And, okay, fine, you’re probably right. But it’s exciting to me, dang it. I really get into this stuff. The Giants gave us a fine crop this year. The pictures...
Via McCovey Chronicles
3 days ago

Buster Posey eager for fresh start, to raise power numbers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey leans on the back of the batting cage under Arizona's blue skies, one leg crossed over the other as he watches his teammates take their cuts while awaiting his own turn. The star catcher chats up athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and talks hitting with manager Bruce Bochy. ''Hi, Buster!'' hollered 6-year-old Jordan Larocco, a first-grader from...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants' Cueto still in Dominican Republic with ailing father

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Johnny Cueto remains in his native Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. The Giants plan to reach out to him to see how he is doing and whether he thinks he will pitch for his country in the World Baseball Classic. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy is not worried about Cueto's preparation...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Giants will almost certainly carry five outfielders

But here are their options if they want just four dedicated outfielders on their roster. According to MLB.com and SFGiants.com reporter Chris Haft, the Giants will probably carry five outfielders. They almost always do, so it’s not like this would be a surprise or change in organizational philosophy. Five outfielders is sort of the default around baseball. It says something,...
Via McCovey Chronicles
4 days ago

San Francisco Giants: NL West Champion Favorites

As Spring Training gets under way for the San Francisco Giants, it means that the Giants are about a month and a half away from getting the 2017 season started in Arizona. With that said, after a heartbreaking playoff defeat to the Chicago Cubs last year, the San Francisco Giants are poised to make another run at the World Series title, and to do so, they should make the road a bit...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: four players to watch during spring training

The San Francisco Giants arrived in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, eager to get back to work and redeem themselves after a tough end to their 2016 postseason run. The Giants have a number of unanswered questions to address during Cactus League competition as players will be battling for roster spots at various positions. The fifth spot in the starting rotation, a starter at third...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

3 San Francisco Giants storylines to watch for during Spring Training

Baseball is coming. Pitchers and catchers for the San Francisco Giants are reporting in just two days and the full team is reporting to Scottsdale, Arizona in under one week, so for all the other balls-and-sticks-starved fans out there here are a few storylines to follow. Will either Mac Williamson or Jarrett Parker pull ahead? The only starting position that is unsettled right now...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Padres considering signing Travis Wood or Jered Weaver

Looking to bolster their starting rotation, the San Diego Padres reportedly have turned their focus to veterans Jered Weaver and Travis Wood. The name mentioned last is interesting enough to mention. Jake Peavy has an unquestioned history with the Padres. He pitched in San Diego from 2002-09, was the ace of the NL West champions in 2005 and 2006 and won the National League Cy Young...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Krukow to cut back on calling Giants games, with Javier Lopez, Jeremy Affeldt filling in

One of the most beloved broadcasters in baseball, San Francisco Giants color commentator Mike Krukow, will take a step back in 2017. Krukow reportedly told Bay Area radio show Murph and Mac he’ll call only 120 games next season, with Jeremy Affeldt and the just-retired Javier Lopez working the rest of the games on CSN Bay Area, alongside play-by-play man Duane Kuiper. Via the...
Via Awful Announcing
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Brian Wilson mulling MLB comeback as knuckleballer

He’s back!Well, he might be.According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports three-time All-Star pitcher Brian Wilson could be returning to Major League Baseball. And he plans to return as a knuckleballer.Brown’s article mentions the 34-year-old recently threw some pitches on a mound at USC, and a “handful were knuckleballs.”“That right there,” Wilson said while pulling off his...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Sergio Romo agrees to deal with Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers and relief pitcher Sergio Romo agreed to a deal on Friday, according to multiple reports.The two sides had been in talks, with a report by Ken Rosenthal Thursday saying Romo was deciding between the Dodgers and another team. MLB Network’s Jon Paul Morosi first reported Friday night that the two sides have agreed to a deal.Romo will turn 34 next month and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Odd man out: where Trevor Brown fits with the San Francisco Giants

On Jan. 25, the San Francisco Giants signed catcher Nick Hundley to a one-year, $2 million contract. Last season Hundley hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 home runs in 317 plate appearances, and now he appears ready to assume the role of Buster Posey’s backup. The move was not strange for a team in need of a catcher to play once every five days. However, the Giants already had a backup...
Via The Sports Quotient
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Buster Posey honors memory of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey on Monday night took to Instagram to post a heartfelt tribute to Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who died over the weekend in Yemen.Owens was killed during an intelligence-gathering raid on al Qaeda militants when his aircraft experienced a “hard landing,” according to Pentagon officials per an NBC News report...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-MLB player Aubrey Huff crushed for immigration tweet

Former MLB player Aubrey Huff decided to share his thoughts on the rash of protests that have broken out across the United States in recent weeks, and it did not go very well for him.On Sunday night, Huff tweeted that all of the people who were getting together to protest should consider getting jobs instead. Of course, many of the protestors do have jobs. Being unemployed is not...
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Frank Thomas blasts HOF candidates for taking PEDs

Former MLB slugger Frank Thomas, a Hall of Famer himself, isn’t excited about welcoming in players who are suspected of having used PEDs during their careers.A longtime critic of performance enhancing drugs in the sport of baseball, The Big Hurt made his feelings about the Hall of Fame accepting such players known during the Chicago White Sox’s fan convention this weekend....
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss

AT&T Is the Home-Run Killer of the Millennium

Here’s something that isn’t new to you: It’s difficult to hit a home run in San Francisco. It’s difficult to hit a home run in any ballpark, but, in particular, San Francisco makes it tough. This information is well understood. So why don’t we freshen things up with a twist? Not only is it hard to hit a homer in AT&T Park — AT&T makes homers more hard than Coors...
Via Fangraphs
January 18, 2017  |  Discuss

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of our look at the Hall of Fame Ballot! If you missed Part One, detailing 13 players on this year's ballot who were easy Nos, click here to read it. For today's post, I get to do something a lot more fun: talk about four people who ruled at baseball. If, when all is said and done, these people aren't in the Baseball Hall of Fame, we should probably change the...
Via Yardbarker
January 16, 2017  |  Discuss
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