New Faces Key to Giants’ Early Success

The San Francisco Giants spent the 2013-2014 offseason refraining from making big splash moves in the free agent or trade market. They didn’t hand a massive ten year contract to a middle infielder and they refused to shell out four years for a mid-tier starting pitcher. While other teams shelled out sums of money that bordered on the horrifying to lure free agents, the Giants remained...
Via BaySportsNet
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Right On Time

Note: Don’t understand why Barry Zito has a chauffeur in a tank?  It’s a reference to the old days of the Lunatic Fringe, when we were in black and white and all! Okay, it wasn’t the best series ever.  But I’ll take two wins out of three in Los Angeles every time. Sure, Vogelsong looked like he had problems keeping his velocity up after a few innings.  Cain still is giving...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Giant Bloggers "Playing Pepper" with the 2014 San Francisco Giants

Daniel Shoptaw is a many-faceted baseball blogger who has been in the business since 2007. He is a dedicated and knowledgeable St. Louis Cardinals analyst who has his writing thumb in many pies. Daniel's blog is C70 at the Bat, which is part of the esteemed Cards Concave group of Cardinal blog sites. Every year Mr. Shoptaw publishes his "Playing Pepper" series...
Via The Giants Cove
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Lunatic Fringe Played Pepper (Again)

In case you didn’t know, SF Lunatic Fringe is a part of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance.  Yes, really.  I take the blogging side of this pretty seriously, and we’re trying to bring legitimacy to a field that still includes Rob Neyer for some reason. One of the nice things about the alliance is that it gives us a chance to interact with other blogs.  And for the second year...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: Paging Barry Zito

Suddenly, the Oakland Athletics starting rotation is looking incredibly dicey. A.J. Griffin has been shutdown for three weeks as he deals with an “ailing right elbow.” Jarrod Parker’s entire 2014 season has been wiped out, as the right-hander will require Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Even Scott Kazmir is struggling with triceps tightness, although it’s...
Via BaySportsNet
March 18, 2014  |  1 Comment

San Francisco Giants: 2014 Season Preview

Standing O Sports is previewing all 30 Major League teams seasons, division by division, team by team. Up next is the NL West and the San Francisco Giants. What Happened Last Season The San Francisco Giants suffered from a combination things in 2013. There was a World Series hangover, as well as a vast amount of injuries. Angel Pagan missed over half the season with a torn hamstring...
Via Standing O Sports
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Barry Zito and Ryan Dempster: ‘Taking a break’ or unofficially retiring?

It’s been an interesting off-season for free agents, with some marquee names (Ervin Santana, Nelson Cruz, Kendrys Morales) still jobless today, as pitchers and catchers report to spring training. One of the names conspicuously absent in free agent rumor mill talk over the past few months was lefty Barry Zito, newly freed from the seven-year, $126 million deal he signed with the...
Via Players View
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Veteran left-hander Barry Zito is taking a break; he isn't retiring

Barry Zito plans to take some time off, but he isn't retiring. Curiously, almost nothing was written about Zito this winter, and the reason for that is there's no evidence he actively sought a job. Just the same, Zito isn't ready to call it quits, either, according to people in the know. There was an early suggestion in a story about Zito taking time off to surf by...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Barry Zito is taking time off but is not retiring?

Barry Zito plans to take some time off according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. That is not meant to be read as retiring. Zito, 35, is not planning to pitch this season after posting a 5.74 ERA across 133 1/3 innings of work last season for the San Francisco Giants. While older players have come back it’s hard to imagine that Zito will be better off in a year. The Giants declined...
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Buy Barry Zito’s West Hollywood Home With Amazing Views For $4.4 Million

Barry Zito’s off-season cleanse continues. Now that the former Cy Young winner doesn’t have spring training to worry about (yet), he’s clearing out…
Via Busted Coverage
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rent Barry Zito’s Amazing Northern Cal Home For $28.5K A Month

Former Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants ace Barry Zito still hasn’t found a new home for his crafty pitching in 2014. While…
Via Busted Coverage
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Requiem For a Zito

It seems like only yesterday that my radio alarm clock woke me up with the somewhat startling news that Barry Zito had signed a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Giants. If I remember correctly, back then it was sort of assumed that Zito would sign with the Yankees or Red Sox or Mets, or some other team with money pouring out of every orifice. His signing with the Giants seemed...
Via BaySportsNet
January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Barry Zito content to surf for now, but not ready to retire

It’s not uncommon for an unsigned ballplayer or two to stroll the lobby at the Winter Meetings, hoping to find a spring training locker. But don’t expect to bump into Barry Zito in front of the towering Christmas Tree at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. Right now, the only opportunity that interests Zito is a bit of swell off the Maui coastline, and a chance to ascend...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Zito, Torres, Vogelsong, Cabrera, Johnson, Hudson and Arroyo!

Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors Over the weekend the San Francisco Giants officially declined the options for Barry Zito and Andres Torres. This makes them officially free agents. By declining Zito’s option, the Giants now must pay him a $7 million buyout. Talk about a nice parting gift for Zito.   Today is the day that the Giants must decide if they’re going...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Barry Zito Could Plug A Hole In Mets’ Rotation

There are already over 150 players who filed for free agency, but one who might be an interesting fit for the New York Mets might be Barry Zito. If given the choice of trying to fill a back-of-the-rotation hole between Johan Santana and Zito, I would make a run at Zito, even though he had a miserable 5-11 record and 5.74 ERA in 2013 for the simple reason he is healty. ZITO: Worth...
Via New York Mets Report
November 04, 2013  |  1 Comment

Giants decline Zito's 2014 option

Barry Zito has known for months he would be leaving the Giants after seven up-and-down years in San Francisco. The sides formally parted ways Saturday, when the Giants declined to exercise Zito's $18 million contract option for next season and instead owe the left-hander a $7 million buyout. Also Saturday, San Francisco declined its $3 million mutual option for outfielder Andres...
Via AP on Fox
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants buy out Barry Zito, Andres Torres' contracts

The least surprising news of the offseason just became official: the San Francisco Giants have declined the 2014 options for pitcher Barry Zito, and outfielder Andres Torres. This is, obviously, not surprising at all. In fact, if the Giants had not done this, it would have been breaking news of the most extreme variety. Both Zito and Torres are aging veterans coming off very...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants formally part ways with Barry Zito

The San Francisco Giants have formally parted ways with left-hander Barry Zito, declining to exercise his $18 million contract option for next season and instead owing him a $7 million buyout. Also Saturday, San Francisco declined its $3 million mutual option for outfielder Andres Torres and must pay him a $500,000 buyout. Zito, 35, has known this moment was coming, and recently...
Via AP on Fox
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants Decline Option On Barry Zito, Making Him A Free Agent

The Giants officially declined their $18.0 million option on lefthander Barry Zito and will instead pay him the $7 million buyout. This comes as no surprise to anyone the least of whom is Zito himself, who took out a full page ad three weeks ago to thank San Francisco Giants fans. This brings to an end the seven year relationship with the Giants who signed him to deal worth $126...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants decline 2014 club option for Barry Zito

To the surprise of no one, the Giants declined their 2014 club option for left-hander Barry Zito, the team announced. They'll pay him a staggering $7 million buyout right now rather than an $18 million salary next season. Zito, 35, went 5-11 with a 5.74 ERA (58 ERA+) and 1.70 WHIP in 133 1/3 innings across 25 starts and five relief appearances this past season. He appeared in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

The Anti-Cy Young Awards

The first annual Dan Meyer Awards were a big success. While most of the world is focusing on players that succeeded in 2013, the DMAs focused on the dark side of batting statistics. Today, we are focusing on pitchers who were terrible in 2013. And despite this being more of a pitching era than a hitting era, there are no shortage of terrible pitching performances in this past season...
Via The Flagrant Fan
November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Five observations from the World Series

With the Boston Red Sox being crowned World Champions on Wednesday night, here are five observations from their World Series win over the St Louis Cardinals. 1. John Lackey is this year's Barry Zito. Remember last year, when the highly-paid yet extremely disappointing Zito went 2-0 in the Postseason for the Giants, pitching to a 1.69 ERA in three starts and 16 innings? In the...
Via The Outside Corner
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

The Dodgers Failed Where the Giants Excelled

Let’s go back in time. I’ve got a story for you that is as interesting now as it was then. The year is 2012. It’s October, the leaves are crisp, the air is brisk, and the wind and rain are reminding us of their presence. The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are locked in a testy Championship Series, though to this point it’s hardly been a fight. The...
Via Nation Orange
October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

No, Thank YOU, Zito

I’ll miss Barry Zito.  He just gave us so much material for the comic. It would have been easy to hate Zito.  He came from the A’s, which I guess is a rival of the Giants, if you believe most A’s fans.  He was a soft-tossing lefty who got the biggest contract ever in baseball at the time, and just about everyone knew it was a mistake.  And it kind of was, especially at...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

SF Giants Rumors: Japanese Pitcher Linked To Giants, Barry Zito Thanks Fans

Barry Zito Thanks San Francisco Giants Fans. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says Masahiro Tanaka will be coveted by some Major League Baseball teams. Yes, that means your San Francisco Giants are expected to be one of the teams involved per Sherman. The 24-year-old is considered a free agent, which means signing Tanaka will not command a draft pick.   If you haven’t heard...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
October 15, 2013  |  Discuss

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