Cain finally healthy and ready to rejoin Giants' rotation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) If the San Francisco Giants had any lingering concerns about Matt Cain's health, the veteran pitcher helped ease their minds with one impressive swing - on the golf course. Playing at Pebble Beach two days before the start of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am along with teammates including Buster Posey and George Kontos, Cain hit a 340-yard drive shot on No....
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Travis d’Arnaud Ranked 10th Best Catcher By MLB

The Shredder has ranked Travis d’Arnaud as the 10th best catcher in the majors in the latest edition of  MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now series. Ahead of him they have Buster Posey at No. 1 followed by Russell Martin, Jonathan Lucroy, Francisco Cervelli, Stephen Vogt, Brian McCann, Yadier Molina, Salvador Perez and Derek Norris. While I’m glad to see d’Arnaud on the list...
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TheFantasyFix.com’s Fantasy Baseball Podcast, 2016 Episode 3: Catchers

The third episode of the 2016 fantasy baseball podcast season is here! Be sure to follow TheFantasyFix.com on Twitter @TheFantasyFix and Scott Barzilla on Twitter @SBarzilla. Alan and Scott discuss the site’s consensus catcher rankings, specifically, what they think of the catcher class in 2016 and when they’ll be looking to draft a catcher in upcoming drafts. They discuss...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

TheFantasyFix.com’s Fantasy Baseball Podcast, 2016 Episode 1: First Basemen

The first episode of the 2016 fantasy baseball podcast season is here. Be sure to follow TheFantasyFix.com on Twitter @TheFantasyFix and Brett Talley on Twitter @theRealTal. Alan and Brett discuss the site’s consensus first base rankings, specifically, what they think of the first base class in 2016 and when they’ll be looking to draft a first baseman in upcoming drafts. They...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

The 10 Best MLB Catchers Going Into 2016, Ranked

This article is used with permission from the author, as it was originally published on January 29th at Cheap Seats Please. Spring Training is coming around again, and thus means that all is preparing to be well in the world. The best of the best in the game are dusting off the tools of their trade and preparing to get back to business around the diamonds of Major League Baseball...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB reportedly close to rule preventing collisions at second base

The moment Chase Utley took out Ruben Tejada with a hard slide into second base during the Dodgers and Mets’ NLDS series, you had to know baseball would take a long look at rules governing such slides. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, MLB and the players union are making substantial progress in reforming the rules regarding takeout slides. In the ongoing talks between the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ortiz and the Greatest Age-40 Season Ever

We’ll start with a man made of straw. You might think that David Ortiz’s stated intention to retire at the end of the upcoming season would mean he’d be limping to the end, a shell of his former self, a one trick pony without a trick, but that, Dr. Strawman, is decidedly not the case. A few months ago the venerable yet vulnerable (stab him and does he not bleed?) Jeff Sullivan...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Exit Velocity, Part III: Applying Meaning to the Data

After first demonstrating that batted ball exit velocity matters, and then establishing that it might stabilize rather quickly and represent an actual repeatable skill, the next step in our exploration of the data is its application. We want to find something that’s predictive and could possibly provide clues for future performance. In the second part of this series, we looked...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Changing of the Guard: Pocketful of Posey

Last year, I was probably Buster Posey's greatest champion. Not only was he the obvious number one catcher, but my futuristic math indicated that in points leagues he had first round value. While he had first round numbers, I wasn't actually suggesting drafting him in the first round. This would have been a very foolish and easily avoidable mistake. The reason was simple. Buster...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

What to make of Brandon Belt?

From the moment Brandon Belt burst onto the scene for the San Francisco Giants following their first championship season since moving from New York, he’s been tough to figure out. He homered in his second ever game for the Giants, to dead center field, off Chad Billingsly of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. From that moment on, the expectations for Belt and the actual results have...
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants’ new generation should drive 2016

Just like the namesake for the plaza outside AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants who inhabit the beautiful stadium it surrounds are aging considerably. That’s why it’s time for a new generation of faces to grace The City by the Bay. In the past, the Giants have relied on the likes of Brandon Belt and Buster Posey to deliver offensively. But considering the average length...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

The biggest what-ifs in MLB this past decade

What if one player found himself in a completely different situation than today's reality tells us?What if said player was Mike Trout, who was selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the pick they received from the New York Yankees in the Mark Teixeira free agent signing?That's one of the biggest what-ifs around the Major League Baseball world over the past decade.Detroit Tigers...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 San Francisco Giants ZiPS Projections

Pitchers and catchers are almost upon us and that means more projections. Dan Szymborski of ESPN has released his ZiPS San Francisco Giants projections and they are fascinating. First, the hitters. This isn’t a surprise: Buster Posey is projected to lead the team in home runs with 18, RBIs with 86, OPS+ at 133, and zWAR […]
Via Baseball Essential
17 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings

Embed from Getty Images Stats from Last Season (250 PA min) Buster Posey led all catchers with a .318 BA Nick Hundley and A.J. Pierzynski were the only others to hit .300 Derek Norris (33) was the only catcher to hit 30 doubles Buster Posey (28) and Salvador Perez (25) were the only others to hit at least 25 2Bs Eight other catchers hit 20+ doubles Brian McCann led all...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: analyzing the 2016 lineup

Now that the San Francisco Giants have finally landed a solid left fielder in Denard Span, the front office is most likely done making any major moves. The lineups and rotation are nailed down for the most part. The lineup is most likely going to look something like this: 1) Denard Span – LF/CF 2) Joe Panik – 2B 3) Matt Duffy – 3B 4) Buster Posey – C 5) Hunter Pence –...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Year in Catchers Playing Other Positions

Comparing positions is a tricky business. We’d like some sort of magic formula that could compare exactly how much harder it is to play average shortstop than average left field, but such magic does not exist. Instead, we estimate the difference by looking at how players do when they play new or multiple positions, and how offensive performance varies by position. We think that...
Via Fangraphs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals avoid arbitration with catcher Wilson Ramos

The Washington Nationals announced on Wednesday that they have avoided arbitration with Wilson Ramos, signing him to a one-year deal:Jerry Crasnick from ESPN revealed the details of the deal:Ramos, 28, had a below average season offensively, hitting .229 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI, but was stellar defensively.According to FanGraphs, he was tied for first in the NL in Defensive...
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January 14, 2016  |  Discuss

MMO Season Preview: Travis d’Arnaud, C

Travis d’Arnaud, C Bats/Throws: R/R DOB: December 20, 1982 (33 on Opening Day) Contract: Year four of eight-year, $138 million deal ($20 million salary) 2015 Recap Travis d’Arnaud was probably the most underappreciated player on the Mets roster this past season. Although he missed significant time due to another freak injury, he was fantastic when he was on the field. d...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Grab Buster Posey Early or Wait

Embed from Getty Images Fantasy baseball owners may wonder about the best time to draft a Catcher. Owners draft Buster Posey at #20 overall, which may seem overvalued, but he may be worth it depending on an owner's specific league. The first Catcher "run" in NFBC occurs between picks #105-123. The depth of an owner's league can dramatically affect the value of a C or two C's...
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January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Examing the San Francisco Giants Philosophy of Success

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Contributor -  The most successful franchise in the last six year is, by a long-shot, the San Francisco Giants - they've won three of the last six World Series. The next team to have three World Series titles would be the Boston Red Sox, but over twice as many years (going back to 2004). Now I personally tend to prefer when a team builds...
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December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke: Are Giants or Dodgers the best fit for star RHP?

Given that the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the greatest rivalries in professional sports, it only makes sense that Zack Greinke has reportedly narrowed his options down to those two teams, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Zack Greinke expected to sign with the #Dodgers or#SFGiants any day, receiving 5-year deal for about $160 million or six-years...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey offer Charlie Brown baseball tips

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Peanuts animated tale "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Kristen Bell hosted a special for ABC looking back at the classic -- and also Charie Brown's baseball career. It's been pretty ugly.During the baseball segment, Bell notes that the tortured Charlie Brown has "overcome constant failure" as the loser of 942 straight baseball games (often...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

What the staff of The Outside Corner is thankful for this year

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American readers (which is roughly 95% of our reader base, if Google is to be trusted). The staff of The Outside Corner has a lot to be thankful for after completing our fifth (!!!!) season covering Major League Baseball. I polled out staff about what we’re all thankful for this year, and here were the results. (regular content will resume Monday...
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November 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the San Francisco Giants Have a Successful Season?

2015 was an odd year. Not as in strange, but as in the opposite of even. Therefore the San Francisco Giants did not win the World Series. Of course, this is a story of legend more than a realistic expectation, even if the last three World Series in even years were won by the Giants might suggest otherwise. And this year wasn’t too bad; an 88-74 record just wasn’t enough to make...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Giants trio Bumgarner, Posey, Crawford win Silver Slugger Awards

Buster Posey (left), Madison Bumgarner, and Brandon Crawford (not pictured) have been deemed the top offensive performers in the NL at their respective positions for 2015. Jason O. Watson Getty ImagesThe San Francisco Giants fell short of defending their World Series title this postseason, but they have been well represented this offseason.It was announced Thursday that Giants pitcher...
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November 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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