Nightengale on Giants: “Starting left fielder isn’t on that team yet”

It’s the middle of January and the San Francisco Giants have only signed one new player to a major league contract. Sure, it’s a pretty important player in closer Mark Melancon, but this has been one of the quietest offseasons in quite some time. The Oakland A’s, to make a comparison, have signed three players to major league contracts (Trevor Plouffe, Rajai Davis and Matt...
Via Bay Area Sports Guy
2 hours ago

Blanco's time with Giants won't be forgotten

Occasionally a ballplayer comes around whose performance eclipses mere statistics. Gregor Blanco fit this description for the Giants.
4 hours ago

Bonds sees uptick in Hall of Fame voting

Barry Bonds surged forward while Jeff Kent remained at a virtual standstill as the pair of former Giants met with contrasting results in baseball's Hall of Fame balloting announced Wednesday.
1 day ago

AT&T Is the Home-Run Killer of the Millennium

Here’s something that isn’t new to you: It’s difficult to hit a home run in San Francisco. It’s difficult to hit a home run in any ballpark, but, in particular, San Francisco makes it tough. This information is well understood. So why don’t we freshen things up with a twist? Not only is it hard to hit a homer in AT&T Park — AT&T makes homers more hard than Coors...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Shifts in Hall of Fame voting show that baseball is changing for the better

On Wednesday, it's expected that at least three new members of the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced, and not one of them has a squeaky clean resume.But they were all exceptional baseball players, deserving of a spot in Cooperstown among the game's other greats.Like so many of their era, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez were linked to performance-enhancing drug usage...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Hall of Famer Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey has been pardoned by President Barack Obama on tax evasion charges from 1995. It was one of the president's 64 pardons granted Tuesday. Through the Giants, McCovey said: ''I want to express my sincere gratitude to President Obama not only for this kind gesture on my behalf, but also for his tireless service...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Giants completely missed out on all those 2016 home runs

You knew the Giants didn’t hit a lot of homers last year, but the numbers are still a little stunning. Last season, 111 different players hit 20 home runs or more. If that seems like a lot, it’s because that’s the most 20-homer players in any season in baseball history. Not even in the steroid-fueled ‘90s, when everyone was supposed to be getting fat against expansion pitching...
Via McCovey Chronicles
3 days ago

Mental acuity helping Gregorio progress

If knowledge is power, then right-hander Joan Gregorio is among the most mentally fortified pitchers in the Giants' farm system.
3 days ago

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of our look at the Hall of Fame Ballot! If you missed Part One, detailing 13 players on this year's ballot who were easy Nos, click here to read it. For today's post, I get to do something a lot more fun: talk about four people who ruled at baseball. If, when all is said and done, these people aren't in the Baseball Hall of Fame, we should probably change the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the San Francisco Giants bullpen

When San Francisco Giants fans hear the word “bullpen,” painful memories resurface of the 2016 relievers dropping game after game, ultimately destroying an 8-game lead in the NL West, forcing the Giants to earn a playoff berth with a wild card win, and ending their brief title run early in the NLDS. Naturally, the bullpen would become a top priority for the Giants in the offseason...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nunez, Kontos, Smith agree to 1-year deals with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Keeping Eduardo Nunez healthy and in the lineup could mean so much for San Francisco's infield and its chances. Nunez reached a $4.2 million, one-year agreement with the Giants on Friday to avoid arbitration. Right-handed reliever George Kontos received a $1.75 million contract and left-hander Will Smith earned $2.5 million as the club announced all of its...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Giants ever go to arbitration again?

The Giants haven’t had an arbitration hearing in more than a decade. Good. The Giants have signed all six of their arbitration-eligible players, according to the official SF Giants Twitter account. This is not a surprise. The Giants have signed all of their arb-eligible players for 13 years now. And it doesn’t look like that organizational philosophy is going to change any time...
Via McCovey Chronicles
6 days ago

Giants, Conor Gillaspie settle for $1.4 million

The once and current Giant will not head to arbitration, and he’s a lock for the 2017 bench. It was just yesterday that I looked at the Giants’ bench possibilities, and while it sure seemed like Conor Gillaspie had a spot waiting for him, it was tough to guarantee it. We have our guarantee that he’ll start the season on the bench, at least. The Giants and Gillaspie settled...
Via McCovey Chronicles
7 days ago

The San Francisco Left-Field Question, or Something

The Giants aren’t a bad team. They just made the playoffs, and they signed a closer in Mark Melancon who (hopefully) won’t make the citizens of San Francisco tear their hair out. Hunter Pence should be healthy! That makes things fun. Fun baseball is good baseball, and the Giants are locked in to a pretty fun team at this point. Every position is accounted for, for the most part...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: Is their offseason finished?

The San Francisco Giants had one major need going into this offseason. With the acquisition of Mark Melancon the team found their closer for the next four years. After the Melancon acquisition General Manager Bobby Evans said the team was done making major moves. Are they? Based upon some speculation over the last couple days it’s hard to tell if the Giants are finished. They recently...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – San Francisco Giants

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Boston / Chicago...
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres considering reunion with Jake Peavy

The prodigal son may be coming home to San Diego this offseason. According to a report by Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday, the Padres are exploring the possibility of a reunion with right-hander Jake Peavy. One of the great pitchers in Padres franchise history, Peavy was with the team from 2002 to 2009, going 92-68 with a 3.29 ERA and 1,348 strikeouts. He made...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Krukow on new MLB hazing rules: 'I think it’s ridiculous'

Major League Baseball is still OK with the tradition of hazing the rookies, but a line is being drawn to prevent players from being dressed up as women as part of an updated anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy that was adopted as part of the latest collective bargaining agreement. One former old-school baseball mind thinks that’s all a bunch of ridiculousness. San Francisco Giants...
Via Awful Announcing
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

San Francisco Giants: 2017 Rotation Predictions

The San Francisco Giants have patched up their biggest weakness with the signing of Mark Melancon. It’s old news by now, but Giant’s fans should still be ecstatic about for the 2017 and the opportunities that it will bring. I wanted to talk about the Giant’s rotation and put in my predictions for what I think the rotation will look like after spring training and what the major...
December 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Brewers prospect suspended 50 games for second drug violation

Phil Bickford, a minor league pitching prospect in the Brewers’ organization, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse, news emerged on Friday. This is Bickford’s second time testing positive for a drug of abuse. He first tested positive for marijuana before the draft in 2015. The first positive test didn’t stop the Giants from taking him No. 18 overall...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Melancon signs $62 million deal with Giants

The first of the big closers is off the free agent market, and he’s getting a whole lot of money. Mark Melancon and the San Francisco Giants are reportedly in agreement on a four-year deal that will shatter Jonathan Papelbon’s record $50 million closer deal. Sources: The Giants and Mark Melancon have agreed to a deal, pending a physical; Melancon is going through his physical...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch San Francisco Giants First Baseman Brandon Belt Perform an Insane 700-Pound Sled Push

Brandon Belt is one strong dude. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound first baseman led the San Francisco Giants in extra base hits last season with 61. The scary part is that he's getting even stronger. This off-season, Belt's been training at APEC Forth Worth. Things seem to be going well, considering the fact that he recently performed a Sled Push with 15 freaking 45-pound plates: @bbelt9...
Via Stack
December 01, 2016  |  Discuss

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