Young Giants duo confident after playing key role

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Joe Panik is young but full of confidence at spring training. It helps that the 24-year-old is the projected starting second baseman for the defending champion San Francisco Giants after a stellar half-season in 2014 that saw him hit .305 in 73 games and log five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in 17 postseason games. ''To call yourself one of 30 everyday second...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Can The San Francisco Giants’ Repeat In 2015?

Today really should be a holiday. The day that all of baseball is reporting to work. Not just pitchers and catchers, but second baseman and right fielders too. On this glorious day, let’s take a look at the defending champs, the San Francisco Giants, and their chances at a return trip to October baseball in 2015. The Lineup: CF Angel Pagan 2B Joe Panik 1B Brandon Belt C Buster...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10 Players Under The Age of 25

With several teams attempting to get younger and maintaining top prospects to rebuild, we are taking a look at the top 10 players under the age of 25. In order to be elected for the top 10, the player must be under 25 when the season starts in April. So without further ado your top players under the age of 25 for the 2015 MLB season. Honorable Mentions: Joe Panik, Manny Machado,...
Via Baseball Essential
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Nori Aoki Should Hit Leadoff for The Giants

The San Francisco Giants officially announced on Tuesday the signing of outfielder Nori Aoki. Aoki has, over his three year career in the MLB, totaled 1531 plate appearances as a leadoff hitter and only 280 in other spots (primarily the second spot in the lineup). Sounds good, but the Giants already have a leadoff hit in Angel Pagan. Where then, does Aoki fit into this new-look...
Via San Francisco Giants Baseball (SF Giants Rumors)
January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

With Declining Scoring Trends, Defense Matters More Than Ever

Small ball and pitching. We remember it, It bagged us a championship in 1969. It was a staple of competitive play in the National League in the early 80’s when Whitey Herzog’s Cardinals made all manner of problems for the rest of the league. It’s also a prominent feature of a current Giants dynasty that seems to win a World Series every other year. People talk about how good...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Five Offseason Questions For the Giants

We are now almost exactly halfway through the baseball offseason, and roughly a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training (and only 88 days from Opening Day!). While there are still plenty of free agents looking for homes (Max Scherzer and James Shields are the big ones) and several teams with holes to fill, we’re at the point where teams are generally...
Via BaySportsNet
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: It’s Never Too Early — Second Basemen

Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America In the last edition, a reader wrote in and asked about Buster Posey’s ranking among first basemen. As it turns out, a number of players are eligible at multiple positions. Choosing which position to list them at can be a tricky proposition. Most of the time they are listed where they will play most of their games, but occasionally we...
Via The Fantasy Fix
January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: San Francisco Giants

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (19) | 2013 (28) | 2012 (21) | 2011 (24) | 2010 (29) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [88-74] NL West AAA: [68-76] Pacific Coast League - Fresno (2015: Sacramento) AA: [79-63] Eastern League - Richmond A+: [73-67] California League - San Jose A: [62-76] South Atlantic League - Augusta A(ss): [38-38] Northwest League - Salem-Keiser...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Jon Lester decision down to Cubs, Giants

            Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports Jon Lester is expected to choose a team soon, and make an official announcement. That announcement could come as early as Tuesday. Lester, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, has narrowed his decision to a field of two. He is, barring any late change, deciding between the Chicago...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Offseason Updates

We just wanted to share a few recent site updates as we head into baseball's offseason: We have updated things like rookie status, service time and contract status for 2015. Here's the updated data for Joe Panik, for instance: As you can see, we've pointed out that his rookie status has now been exhausted and updated the other items, as well. Additionally, our free agency page is...
Via Sports-Reference
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The Murphy Dilemma

Mike Puma of the New York Post looks at three burning issues for the Mets this offseason and among them is determining the fate of their lone All Star in 2014, Daniel Murphy. The Mets tried last offseason to trade Murphy, but were unimpressed with the offers. Murphy is under club control for one more season, and the Mets have shown no inclination to offer him a long-term contract...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians named Fangraphs “Far too early sleeper team” for 2015

Though we’re still a few months away from the first glove pops of spring training, Fangraphs has gone ahead and named the Cleveland Indians as their “far too early sleeper team” for the 2015 season. I think my most recent seven posts here at FanGraphs were about the Giants or the Royals or both, a necessary side effect of being a regular baseball writer during the World Series...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2015′s Far Too Early Sleeper Team

I think my most recent seven posts here at FanGraphs were about the Giants or the Royals or both, a necessary side effect of being a regular baseball writer during the World Series. Sometimes it feels like there’s only so much you can say about James Shields or Joe Panik or Lorenzo Cain, but really, why […]
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Nye the 'Science Guy' gives physics lesson on controversial World Series play

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik made a phenomenal stop on Eric Hosmer's grounder up the middle in the third inning of Wednesday night's World Series Game 7, then flipped it shortstop Brandon Crawford for a shot at a double play. The umpire initially called Hosmer safe, who tried to beat the throw by diving for the bag, but the call got reversed after review. Bill Nye...
Via Fox Sports
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Panik’s Amazing Double Play Turns Game 7 In Giants’ Favor (Video)

Joe Panik swung momentum in the San Francisco Giants’ favor. The Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 on Wednesday to win their third World Series title in five seasons. Panik helped San Francisco’s cause by starting a sick double play in the third inning. Eric Hosmer hit a ground ball up the middle with no outs and a runner on first base. Panik dived to his right...
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Joe Panik makes play of the game of Game 7

Joe Panik made the defensive play of the game for the Giants in their Game 7, World Series-clinching win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. The 23-year-old second baseman made a diving stop up the middle on a sharp grounder by Eric Hosmer, then did a backhanded flip to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who threw...Read More
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: San Francisco Giants 2B Needs a New Belt After Making Clutch Catch Leading to Double Play

The San Francisco Giants had a lot of guys make some clutch plays to help the team win Game 7 of the World Series--and hence the Series itself. One of the best had to be the diving catch that second baseman Joe Panik made that led to an early double play.@cjzero/TwitterRead more »
Via FatManWriting
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Joe Panik makes play of the game in Game 7

The table was set for the Kansas City Royals to come through with a lead in the bottom third of Game 7 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. With a runner on first and no outs, Royals power-hitter Eric Hosmer hit a ground ball that looked like it was going to make it out of the infield for a single. That would have set the Royals up with runners on first and third...
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October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Replay results in overturned World Series call

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The first call to be overturned in the World Series under Major League Baseball's expanded replay rules occurred during a double play in the third inning of Game 7. The Royals and Giants were tied at 2 and Kansas City had a runner on first base with nobody out. Eric Hosmer hit a grounder and second baseman Joe Panik made a nice diving stop, flipping the ball...
Via AP on Fox
October 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Four questions for Game 6 of the World Series

Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel The 3-2 World Series deficit facing the Kansas City Royals has them in desperate need of a win. Despite trailing the resilient San Francisco Giants, don’t expect the Royals to be anxious during Game 6. Kansas City will be supported by an energetic home crowd that should have a considerable impact on the players. When watching Game 6, here are four questions...
Via Reading Between The Seams
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Stampede Past Royals For 11-4 Win To Even World Series At 2-2

SAN FRANCISCO — Pablo Sandoval’s single set up the tying run in the fifth inning before he followed with a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth to send the San Francisco Giants surging past the Kansas City Royals 11-4 Saturday at a raucous AT&T Park. Hunter Pence, eyes ablaze, had three hits, three RBIs and a terrific sliding catch in the ninth inning, and Joe Panik hit...
October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

My San Francisco Giants NLCS Game Five: I Had To Write It Down

Come along with me as we go to watch the San Francisco Giants take on the St Louis Cardinals in Game Five of the NLCS on October 16th...  We can't leave until four o'clock because we're going with one of my friends who can't get out of work until then. That's okay? All right. We're now in the city and we're near AT&T Park... Hmm, parking around the park is more intricate...
Via Sporadic Sentinel
October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals and SF Giants Meet in a Clash of Cultures

The 2014 World Series is being painted as a clash between two very different baseball clubs, but not for the right reasons. This has been a storyline that practically writes itself (and is doing so over and over again). Here’s the party line: what we have is the San Francisco Giants and their recent 2010 and 2012 World Series championships, versus the young Kansas City Royals who...
Via The Giants Cove
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 World Series Preview & Predictions

If I told anybody, that come October the last two teams standing in the MLB would be the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, they would probably call me crazy. That’s the great thing about baseball though, you should always expect the unexpected. Although we may not have been treated to the closest of series’ so far, one thing that nobody can deny is the quality...
Via The Garbage Time
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Dustin Pedroia: Giants Second Baseman Joe Panik ‘A Winning Player’

Dustin Pedroia is impressed. The Boston Red Sox second baseman has been keeping tabs on the Major League Baseball postseason while recovering from thumb/wrist surgery at his California home. San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik has caught Pedroia’s eye. “He’s a winning player,” Pedroia recently told The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. “He’s young. He’s going...
October 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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