Break Time: Giants At Play In The Land of Fifty Wins

Of course the All Star break is not the halfway point of the MLB season. It’s more like the 55% point of the season. Which makes belonging to the 50 Wins at the Break Club a nice place to be. Eight teams qualified for that club in 2016 but it’s interesting to also see the run differentials of those teams: San Francisco Giants 57 wins, +73 diff Texas Ranger 54 wins, +16 diff...
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12 days ago

Your Guide to MLB All-Star Week

There are only a few more days until the 2016 edition of MLB All-Star Week is upon us. The 87th All-Star game and the exciting events surrounding it are set to take place at Petco Park in San Diego from July 10 through July 12. Check out our exclusive All-Star Week guide below and enjoy all of the action in person, or from the comfort of your own home. All-Star Game Time: Tuesday...
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21 days ago

Big Deal: Save $25 on ALL Ticket Network Orders

The 4th of July weekend is coming quickly upon us and our friends at Ticket Network are running a special promotion to celebrate our Independence Day! Use promo code USA25OFF to take $25 on all orders over $150.00*. If you can’t save the world from an alien extinction this 4th of July, at least you can save some serious cash on your tickets!   This discount cannot be combined...
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29 days ago

MLB Farewell Tour: David Ortiz vs Derek Jeter

Two years ago, future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter was making his final appearances at MLB stadiums across the nation. Fans far and wide were lining up at the gates of each American League ballpark and a handful of National League stadiums to see the career-long Yankee shortstop play in that particular city one final time. Fast forward two years later, and beloved Red Sox designated...
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June 25, 2016

SF Giants: The Numbers and the Rest of the Way

What we constantly hear in the baseball media-sphere throughout the first half of every MLB season: “It’s just too early to say anything.” What we constantly hear from the All Star break to mid-September: “Hey, there’s still a lot of baseball left to play.” At the risk of saying anything that might prove later to be incorrect, let’s talk San Francisco Giants wins and...
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June 23, 2016

Take a Second Look: Brandon Belt is Already a top MLB First Baseman

It has become a Spring Training ritual over the past four years for San Francisco Giants fans and the local sports media to, at some point, make what I call The Brandon Belt Declaration. It has many variations and is usually accompanied by a frustrated tone of voice and impatient hand gestures. The annual Belt Declaration goes something like this: “This has to be the season that...
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June 17, 2016

Save Big on MLB Tickets with Promo Code “TSD5”

Going to the game this weekend?  If you need tickets for the upcoming game or any other, you can use promo code “TSD5” at TicketNetwork">Ticket Network and save 5% off your order. This deal isn’t limited to baseball tickets. You can use our promo code to purchase tickets for Copa America matches, Concerts, and other events. If you were planning on buying tickets to any...
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June 09, 2016

In the Matter of the Hunter Pence Injury

Recently an ESPN baseball reporter said there had been an “unexpected rash” of baseball injuries around the game at the end of May. He was referring to the Mets losing first baseman Lucas Duda (lower back stress fracture) and third baseman David Wright (herniated disk, neck). Followed by Kansas City Royals third bagger Mike Moustakas (torn right ACL) and left fielder Alex Gordon...
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June 06, 2016

NBA Finals Ticket Prices Up for Warriors, Down for Cavaliers

Leading up to the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers have breezed their way through the playoffs, sweeping their opponents in the first and second rounds, and beating the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. In the West, the Golden State Warriors, who were down three games to one to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals staged a comeback...
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June 01, 2016

Are The Giants For Real? Who is and Who Isn’t in 2016

A recent program on the MLB Network took a close look at the 2016 Philadelphia Phillies, a young team that isn’t supposed to be doing what they’re doing. Specifically, they’re winning a lot of baseball games. In a season that was pre-planned to be a major reconstruction project, complete with orange cones and guys waiving flags rerouting traffic, Philadelphia’s 26 wins gives...
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May 26, 2016

What’s Bumping Electric Around the Majors? Just Follow the Numbers

Even casual fans are aware that Major League Baseball’s storied history has seen a number of institutional-defining, legendary eras. Incredible championship runs by wildly talented teams, historic changes to the structure and rules of the game, periods of challenging social and labor equality. But now, right now, Major League Baseball is going through one of its most extraordinary...
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May 05, 2016

Giants Spent Big on Pitching But Hitters are Leading the Way

There was much excitement over the winter when, for the first time in over a decade, the San Francisco Giants spent serious money in the free agent market. (I have always set my “serious money” alarm clock to go off at $220 million.) Specifically the addition of Johnny Cueto for six years at $130 million virtually guaranteed the Giants would have, along with ace Madison Bumgarner...
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April 28, 2016

SF Giants: Trying to Find a Substitute for Baseball

Being a thoughtful and analytical San Francisco Giants fan is not a welcoming avocation. It’s kind of like being that guy out in the desert in a 1950s sci-fi movie who is the first one to see the giant 40 foot ants. The first act of those movies is all about the authorities trying to show that the guy in the desert is crazy and those 40 foot ants can’t possibly exist. Until they...
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April 21, 2016

Early Dispatches from the War in the NL West

During Spring Training last March it became clear that the 2016 National League West race would be a tough grudge match between a group of geared-up franchises on the hunt to win right now. How clear? “Crystal”. The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks together spent north of $626 million on free agents and player extensions. The Los Angeles Dodgers carefully crafted...
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April 18, 2016

Early Dispatches from War in the NL West

During Spring Training last March it became clear that the 2016 National League West race would be a tough grudge match between a group of geared-up franchises on the hunt to win right now. How clear? “Crystal”. The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks together spend north of $626 million on free agents and player extensions. The Los Angeles Dodgers carefully crafted...
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April 18, 2016

SF Giants Bloggers Play Some Pepper

You can’t stop St. Louis Cardinals’ blogger Daniel Shoptaw. You can only hope to out-write him. Every March a group of SF Giants bloggers are invited to participate in Daniel’s Spring Training feature, “Playing Pepper”. It’s a blogalistic crucible Daniel puts every MLB team through– at the hands of that team’s own bloggers. All this happens at Daniel Shoptaw’s outstanding...
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March 25, 2016

SF Giants 2016: Infield and Pitching a Strength, Lack of Depth a Difference-Maker

For San Francisco Giants fans the recent off-season has been gratifying. Ownership finally tapped into its enormous financial reservoirs and streams and actually spent real money for the first time in almost 15 years. The $251 million paid for free agent pitchers Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, and outfielder Denard Span brings new life to what had become a dull, dormant franchise...
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March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

The Dodgers Have the Legs to Go Long in 2016

There’s no doubt the Chicago Cubs are a franchise in ascension. Multiple levels of organizational excellence are matching nicely with recent success on the field, and their 40 man roster is what emerging dynasties look like. The combination of a smart front office in President Theo Epstein and Vice President Jed Hoyer, along with baseball’s best field manager in Joe Maddon, is...
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February 18, 2016  |  Discuss

St. Louis Still in the NL Food Chain with the Nationals and Dodgers

Pity the poor St. Louis Cardinals who seem to have been left at the Central Division station by the Cubs/Pirates bullet train. Oh sure, this is a franchise that has charged into into the National League post-season an amazing 12 times in the past 16 years, making the World Series four times and winning it all twice (in 2006 and 2011). The Cards’ incredible success looks even better...
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February 11, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Season: Don’t Ignore These Three Potent NL Teams

In the mad rush to book passage on the supersonic rockets that are the Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates it might be smart for those passengers to pause for a few seconds and check out that strange rumbling noise behind them. That sound would be the potential thunder of three of the National League’s most powerful teams who, as my research suggests, haven’t...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Why the Giants’ 2016 Season Looks a Lot like 2002

Following the 2001 baseball season the San Francisco Giants faced a challenging problem: how to retool a 25 man roster that had a solid core of talented players but still lacked a number of critical pieces. That Giants team also had a recent history of success, making the post season twice in the previous five years. In 1997 the Giants lost the League Division Series 3-0 to the Florida...
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January 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Signing Johnny Cueto: Giants Get Serious About the Baseball Side of their Empire

Aug. 28, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto smiles following the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports For a while now I’ve been ranting (or as I like to call it, “insightfully commenting”) about the San Francisco Giants benign neglect of their on-field product, from the minor leagues...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Dodge a Big Contract While the Giants are Shutout (Again)

The offseason word from the Los Angeles front office was that the team’s MLB-highest payroll would get smaller and, going forward, non-stop free agent mega-deals would not be on the radar screen. In post-October interviews, Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten,  President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, and General Manager Farhan Zaidi were all on the same fiscal page...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker, Inept Owners, and the Goblet of Metrics

The Washington Nationals have the best starting pitching in the National League. Still. And by far the League’s most valuable player in outfielder Bryce Harper. According to several rating systems (Baseball America, ESPN), the Nats have anywhere from the 9th best farm system to the 15th best farm system in the Majors. And they have a a crop of seriously talented young players coming...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

As the Baseball World Speeds By, Will the Giants Catch Up?

Major League Baseball’s 2015 post season has been one of the most exciting and well-played in years. And it’s not only about great pitching, home runs, sparkling defense and innovative moves by managers. There is a special kind of excitement watching wildly talented young players not only made the big league roster, but seeing them performing in the national spotlight of the...
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October 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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