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Lincecum goes 5 innings but Giants lose 6-4 to Athletics

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Tim Lincecum pitched five shaky innings for the San Francisco Giants, and Billy Butler hit a two-run double that helped the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory Thursday night. Giants catcher Hector Sanchez drove in two runs and then left the game after getting hit in the throat area with a foul ball in the seventh. A's starter Jesse Chavez completed 3 2-3 innings...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Giants Pitcher Hunter Strickland Should Start Year in Triple-A

As the regular season approaches, questions will begin to be answered about who makes the 25-man Opening Day roster for each respective MLB team. From position players filling bench roles and pitchers sliding into spots in the bullpen, the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants will have some difficult decisions to make before their April 6 opener against the Arizona...
Via Baseball Essential
17 hours 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
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Should Brandon Belt be More Aggressive at the Plate?

With the departure of Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence set to miss the first two weeks of the season, the Giants will need someone to help perennial MVP-candidate Buster Posey drive in runs. But who will that player be? Source: Elsa/Getty Images North AmericaThe Giants should look to first baseman to help produce some of the run production lost when Pablo Sandoval signed with the...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Starters: N.L West

Opening Day Starters: NL West Starting pitchers pride themselves on being named the Opening Day starter for their ball club. The assignment is motivating as you’re often pegged as the guy who will lead your starting staff. The Opening Day assignment is quite overblown by fans, especially when their team doesn’t have a true #1 or obvious choice for the start. I begin a mini series...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Longtime SF Giants beat writer Nick Peters dies at 75

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Nick Peters, a former Spink Award winner who covered the San Francisco Giants for 47 years and loved to mentor young writers, has died. He was 75. Both the Giants and Peters' former employer, the Sacramento Bee, announced that he died Monday at his Northern California home after a long illness. From Hall of Famers Willie Mays to Willie McCovey and Orlando...
Via AP on Fox
3 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
3 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
6 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...
8 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...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

New Giants plush dolls aren’t wearing pants

So the fine folks at the San Francisco Chronicle have reported that Bleacher Creatures has teamed up with the defending World Series champions to sell some plush dolls at the Giants team shop to commemorate said victory. A pretty cool thing, no doubt. But then you take a look at the preview photos…     Notice anything missing? Really? Look closer. Where are the pants???...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants exec surprised by Pablo Sandoval's comments

While Pablo Sandoval didn’t exactly rip the San Francisco Giants, the Boston Red Sox third baseman’s recent critical comments still were surprising. Just ask Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans, who handles most of San Francisco’s contract negotiations. Sandoval told Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller the decision to leave San Francisco and sign with Boston...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring training: preseason play or injury prone practice?

As spring training continues to speed along, it is alarming how many injuries are incurred on a day-to-day basis for each major league team. Sure spring training has its benefits, but when one truly dissects the effectiveness and logistics of spring training, is it causing the league and players more harm than good? The Oakland Athletics in 1902 spring training as Philadelphia Athletics...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval: Decision to leave Giants 'not hard at all'

      This embed is invalid   " /> Pablo Sandoval seemingly had it all in San Francisco: fame, fortune, rings.   So why on earth would he leave the defending World Series champions and the organization that originally signed him as an amateur free agent in 2003 to join a team coming off a last-place finish? Respect. “The Giants made a good offer, but...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence has funny quote about broken forearm

Hunter Pence is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after suffering a broken left forearm when hit by a pitch on Thursday, but the spark plug outfielder is not letting the injury get him down. Pence promises to be back from the injury soon and thinks something positive can come out of it. “I think it’s...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 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
20 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
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Hunter Pence breaks forearm, will miss 6-8 weeks

The San Francisco Giants’ defense of their 2014 World Championship got off to a tough start on Thursday after right fielder Hunter Pence was hit in the left forearm in the sixth inning. A later diagnosis confirmed that the arm was broken, and that Pence would be out 6-8 weeks. The Giants website officially called the diagnosis a “non-displaced fracture of the ulna bone in his...
Via The Outside Corner
21 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
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants infielder Matt Duffy again rocking ‘Duffman’ on his bat knobs (photo)

Given the easy leap from his surname to “Duffman,” the enthusiastically psychotic beer pitchman from “The Simpsons,” it’s hardly a surprise that San Francisco Giants infielder Matt Duffy has gravitated towards adopting the moniker as part of his baseball identity. But that doesn’t make it any less cool. As was the case late last season...Read More The post Giants infielder...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
23 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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