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3/25/15: The San Francisco Giants are the reigning World Series Champions. Usually, that means that they are a favorite to win it all again, though they are not getting that type of love from the media this season. They did lose third baseman Pablo Sandoval to free agency and were not able to land any of the premier free agents in the offseason. To make matters worse, manager Bruce Bochy says that they "aren't even close to being ready" for the regular season. Of course, that could be gamesmanship and a motivation tactic. After all, Bochy is one of the best managers in the game and the Giants have a knack of winning when it counts.
3/18/15: The Giants have some concerns about their starting rotation this season. Staff ace and 2014 playoff hero Madison Bumgarner is back - though he was simply very good and not other-worldly in the regular season in past years (kind of the bizarro Clayton Kershaw). There are questions after Bum, though. Tim Hudson is available and says his ankle injury is a non-issue. Matt Cain says he felt good after his first start since last July. Those are encouraging signs, but far from sure things. Regardless, the Giants are the reigning champions and still have a lot of talent on the roster.
3/11/15: Spring training has just begun and already the Giants find themselves with a big injury to a key player. Outfielder Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch from Chicago Cubs prospect Corey Black. The impact broke his forearm and Pence will miss four to six weeks. That likely keeps him sidelined for the first few weeks of the regular season. Black apologized on Twitter, and it really did seem genuine. Pence showed great sportsmanship by absolving Black and saying it was "part of the game we love". While rarely found, it is nice to see social media being used for nice things instead of attacks.
3/4/15: Professional baseball players and coaches who enjoy smokeless tobacco, otherwise known as 'chew' or 'dip', depending on the style, may have to load up on nicotine gum or patches when they play in San Francisco in the near future. The City is proposing a ban on smokeless tobacco at every playing field in San Francisco, including at AT&T Park. The 2011 CBA bans conspicuous use of smokeless tobacco and it has been banned outright in the minor leagues. This is a positive step to curbing the use of smokeless tobacco, which is suspected of being a cause of Tony Gwinn's death last year.
2/25/15: Losing third baseman Pablo Sandoval hurt (though was expected). Not landing any of the top free agent pitchers, despite being winning three World Series in five years (including the last one) was pretty tough to swallow. Especially since a report came out last week that the Giants offered $5 million more to pitcher James Shields than the Padres, yet he still signed with San Diego. The most severe issue, though, is manager Bruce Bochy's health. He had a heart procedure last week, which is always scary. Good news, though, he should be healthy enough for the full year. Best of luck to one of the best managers in the game today.
2/11/15: The San Francisco Giant are back in black. Apologies for the terrible reference, but the Giants finally unveiled their alternate black home uniforms, an item that has been rumored for a long time. These are pretty slick, too. They are a deep black with orange piping down the front, with the SF emblem on the left chest. Most black jerseys are overkill, but these look very good. It is the fifth jersey for the Giants. Some may consider that a cash-grab, and maybe that is true. However, most if not all teams do uniform alterations to sell new merchandise - remember the pink Boston Red Sox hats?
2/5/15: A lot of people's opinion of Dodgers' outfielder Yasiel Puig is based largely on whether or not they like the Dodgers. The Giants and their fans certainly fall in the 'do not like' category. So it is interesting to hear what Giants fans think about Puig's comments that the St. Louis Cardinals are the Dodgers' primary rivals, and not the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals eliminated the Dodgers from the playoffs in both of Puig's seasons in the majors and seem to have an ability to neutralize Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. Of course most Giants fans may just let this slide and remember that San Francisco has won three of the last five World Series.
1/28/15: The San Francisco Giants are welcoming back pitcher Ryan Voglesong after he decided to return to the team on a one year deal. Voglesong flirted with the rebuilding Houston Astros and even went there for a physical. Usually that indicates a done deal, but Voglesong backed out and returned to San Francisco, claiming he did not feel comfortable. He is no longer a top of the rotation pitcher but is solid on the backend and that is probably be where he pitches again. The deal will pay him $4 million for the season, which is not bad for a 37 year old pitcher in the final stages of his career.
1/7/15: If history holds true, then the San Francisco Giants will not be a contending team next season. While they have won three of the last five World Series, the season following the championship has been a let down. They simply have not added much to the roster and lost a few key players this offseason. The Giants missed out on the Jon Lester sweepstakes, who ended up going to the Chicago Cubs. They are also reportedly out of the running for James Shields and Max Scherzer. Meanwhile the rival Dodgers and Padres seem to be completely remaking their rosters with quality players. But the Giants still have Madison Bumgarner. He may not amass the regular season stats like Clayton Kershaw, but his is dominant when it counts, and that is in the postseason.
12/3/14: Most expect that it is a foregone conclusion that post-season star third baseman Pablo Sandoval has played his final game in a Giants uniform. The free agent has made his rounds to his various suitors and it looks like the decision will come down to the Boston Red Sox or San Diego Padres. The Giants have been asked to make a bid. Boston's is reported to be five years for $95 million and the Padres is believed to be bigger. Should the Giants not be able to retain the Big Panda, there are reports that they would go after the hottest new Cuban prospect, Yasmany Tomas.
11/5/14: Congratulations go out to the San Francisco Giants, the 2014 World Series Champions. This was not an easy campaign and the Giants only made it into the playoffs as a wild card. They marched through the playoffs behind the outstanding pitching of Madison Bumgarner, who was named the MVP. Bumgarner had two wins in the World Series and came out of the bullpen on two day's rest to throw five dominant innings and earn the save in the deciding Game 7 at Kansas City. It is the third World Series title for the Giants in the past five years, an accomplishment few can equal.
10/28/14: The Giants took advantage of their home field to get within one game of winning the World Series. Playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Giants were able to take Games 4 and 5, which gave them a three games to two lead in the Fall Classic. Ace Madison Bumgarner threw his second complete game of the playoffs and seems like a lock to win the MVP should the Giants win their third World Series title in five years. Game 6 is in Kansas City tonight, as will be Game 7, if the Royals take Game 6.
10/21/14: The San Francisco Giants survived the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series and are now on to the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. The Cardinals played the Giants tough and every game was a battle. The Giants may have caught a break when St. Louis' best position player, catcher Yadier Molina, went down with an injury early in the series. Nonetheless, the Giants got key hits when they needed and strong pitching throughout. San Francisco now faces the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. The first two games are in KC, before coming to the Bay Area this weekend.
10/14/14: Two games into the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals and we can see this is a good series. The Giants started the series with Madison Bumgartner on the mound and he simply stifled the Cardinals offense as the Giants went on to win Game 1 by the score of 3-0. Game 2 was closer. The Giants tied the game in the top of the ninth, but Kolten Wong hit a walk-off home run to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win and tie the series at one game apiece. Games 3, 4 and 5 are in San Francisco this week.
10/7/14: The Giants could not force the L.A. Dodgers out of first place in the NL West, but now sit a little better than their in-state rivals. The Giants won their first two games of the NLDS over the Washington Nationals, taking Game 1 3-2 and Game 2 2-1. They dropped the third game, at home, 4-1 but have a chance to close out the series tonight. The Giants will send Ryan Vogelsong to the mound while the Nationals are countering with Gio Gonzalez. Neither has pitched yet this series, so both should be well-rested. Expect more defenses, as these are two of the better pitching staffs in the league.
10/1/14: After a one year absence, the San Francisco Giants are heading back to the playoffs. The Giants won the World Series in both 2010 and 2010 - primarily from dominant pitching. That pitching greatness has evaporated, but the team has gotten better at scoring runs. San Francisco was able to punch their ticket last Thursday when the Milwaukee Brewers (who suffered a monumental collapse over the past six weeks) were defeated by the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants will have a Wild Card game, and anything can happen there. In the meantime, they can help themselves to making that a home game with a couple more wins.
9/24/14: The San Francisco Giants are in great position to earn a spot in the National League playoffs at this point. While they trail the L.A. Dodgers by 3.5 games for the NL West crown, they are the holders of the first wild card spot (Pittsburgh currently has the second spot). The Giants have done a good job of adjusting to the course of the season, especially in realizing that former Cy Young award winner Tim Linsecum is not the same pitcher he once was and are using him out of the bullpen. Should all the lines hold out, then the Giants will host the Wild Card Game to see who goes on with the rest of the playoffs, and who goes home.
9/17/14: It has been quite a while since Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has played - over six weeks at this point. He suffered a concussion a few days after the All-Star break and has not been able to stay on the field since. But, and fortunately, he is doing better now. He has passed his concussion tests and should be activated any day now. He may have a few rehab games to get back into shape, but he would be a welcome re-addition to the Giants, just in time for the playoffs. Manager Bruce Bochy is on board, so it looks like the Giants are getting healthier at just the right time.
8/28/14: Stop me if you have heard this before … but a funny thing happened at the ballpark last week. The Giants were visiting the Cubs and losing 2-0 when a rain storm rolled through. The groundscrew could not get the tarp on the field quickly and the infield was soaked. The game was through 4.5 innings, so could be considered a legit game. The Giants protested and actually won the protest - marking the first time a protest has been upheld since 1986. The Giants need alll the wins they can gather at this point as they are essentially chasing a wild card spot with just a few weeks left in the season.
8/14/14: Say what you want about the man, but Hunter Pence seems to have a pretty good sense of humor. While visiting the Mets last week, New York fans put up very tame signs 'mocking' Pence. Signs included "Hunter Pence likes the Godfather 3" and "Hunter Pence wears a baseball jersey for Halloween". Of course this went viral in hours and a Twitter account just for Hunter Pence signs was established. Pence himself even got in on the act, posting items like "Hunter Pence can't parallel park". It is nice to see this good natured ribbing, rather than the me-first attitude of other leagues that have lost their sense of humor.
8/7/14: The Giants are neck and neck with the L.A. Dodgers for the National League West title and are doing what they can to bolster their lineup. The team ended the failed Dan Uggla experiment at second base after just nine games, with Uggla failing to record a hit. But that is a minor issue compared to losing starting pitcher Matt Cain. There is a chance he may return this season from an elbow injury, though manager Bruce Bochy does not expect him to return this year. The Giants have put up a tough front this season, but holes in the starting rotation and second base will be hard to overcome.
7/31/14: Somehow, second baseman Dan Uggla keeps getting work. The Atlanta Braves released him a couple of weeks ago after a few down seasons, even after signing him to a big contract a couple of years ago. The Giants picked him up and sent him to Triple A ball, but have now got him back in the big leagues. With Atlanta, he slashed .162/.241/.231 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 145 at-bats. He ended up losing his job to rookie Tommy La Stella. Perhaps a change in scenery will do him well. That being said, at age 34, his best days are probably behind him and it is questionable if he can help the Giants win the NL West.
7/24/14: Enough about the Dodgers taking over first place after being 9.5 games back. All that matters now is the rest of the season and it is a two team race in the NL West for the title. The Giants are built upon pitching so it was disappointing to see Matt Cain struggle recently. It then became public that he had a 'cranky' elbow (maybe not the proper medical term). The Giants moved back his first start post-ASB so he would have 12 days of rest. If he returns to form, and the rest of the team gets back their first half juice, then the NL West will be a fun division to watch heading into the playoffs.
7/17/14: The narrative of the Giants fall over the last several weeks has been well documented, so there is no point of rehashing tired talking points. But there are still 60+ games left in the season and the Giants are only a game behind the Dodgers. On another note, the Giants set an MLB record last weekend when battery mates pitcher Madison Baumgarter and catcher Buster Posey each hit grand slams in the same game. It was Baumgarter's second grand slam this year alone - which is more than many positions players get in a career. Note to all other teams - give MB the intentional pass the next time he comes up with the bases loaded.
7/10/14: Take a deep breath and do not panic. A few weeks ago the Giants were among the best teams in Major League Baseball and in complete control of the NL West. San Francisco has gone into a tailspin while the Dodgers have been the hottest team in the all of the league. That 9.5 game lead on L.A. is now a deficit. But it is okay. The All-Star break is coming this weekend and that is a time to get some rest and regroup. There will still be the second half of the season, not to mention two wild card spots available should the Dodgers win the division. No, it is not ideal, but anyone can win the World Series as long at they get to the postseason.
7/3/14: Is Tim Linsecum back? That has to be the question on the minds of the Giants as well as their fans after Linsecum threw a no-hitter last week. It was the second no-hitter of his career, as he has one last season as well. The funny thing is that many have given up on him and think he is just average at this point in his career. Yet, he has blanked batters twice since he was pretty much dismissed. In a worst case scenario, Linsecum is just average, but can produce the jaw-dropping performances he did when he was a younger man. Congrats, Linsecum. Congrats.
6/26/14: The Giants are one of the best teams in all of Major League Baseball this season, and a lot of that has to do with the rebirth of their pitching staff. But that does not mean they do not want to get even better. The Giants have quietly been scouting some big names that may be available for a trade deadline deal. They have been watching David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs offered Samardzija a five year deal which he will likely reject, meaning they will be looking to deal him. That addition may make the Giants unbeatable down the stretch.
6/19/14: There seems to be no stopping the San Francisco Giants these days. They have the best recording all of baseball and the best run differential (+56) in the National League. They also own a 7.5 game lead on the NL West. It does not matter if they play at home or on the road, they have 20 or more wins in both categories. This seems to be due to the resurgence of the Giants pitching staff (and the offense doing its part as well). The Giants struggled all of last year, and that may have been fatigue from the previous season when they won the World Series. As it is going now, we may see another Bay Series in October.
6/12/14: Are we seeing the rebirth of the Giants right before our very eyes? It seems like it. Of course, the Giant won the World Series in 2010 and 2012. The team was expected to compete in 2013 but completely failed in that regard. But they look reborn. They look like the team that won those championships. They took three of four from the defending National League Champs, St. Louis Cardinals, last week, and are the first team to reach the 40 win plateau this season. Right now, it is tough to argue against them in the National League.
6/6/14: The Giants are pretty good this year. In fact, they are the best in the league so far, even better than their cross-bay brethren, the Oakland A's. Finally, outfielder Angel Pagan is healthy and hitting lights out. Pablo Sandoval has found his groove as well. Most importantly, the pitching staff has rebounded from last season. Ryan Vogleson has a 1.325 ERA. Madison Bumgarner was 4-0 in May and Tim Hudson has turned back the clock to his previous form. As of right now, the team looks unbeatable, and they will surely be in the running in October.
5/29/14: Every team must battle through injuries. The best teams work through them while other teams get overwhelmed. The Giants have avoided too many injury issues this season so far, but may have one brewing. Starting pitcher Matt Cain was pulled in the third inning last week against the Rockies and diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring pull. He tried a bullpen session last Saturday, but that was cut short. The Giants then scratched him from his Monday start against the Cubs. The Giants are hoping that this is a mild issue so they are keeping him off the disabled list for now.
5/22/14: About a quarter of the way through the season now and San Francisco Giants are resembling the teams that won the World Series in 2010 and 2012. They are winning at home, which is expected, but are even better on the road. They are five games over .500 away from home, which is second best in all of MLB. While the offense is getting them the lead going into the late innings, the bullpen has been outstanding on shutting the door and owns a collective 2.17 ERA - very impressive. The Giants do not look like they are slowing down anytime soon and have opened up a comfortable four game lead in the NL West.
5/15/14: The long time rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and L.A. Dodgers is heating up again, which is good for baseball. The Giants and Dodgers had a weekend series that featured some excitement. Last Friday, Dodgers' outfielder Yasiel Puig and Giant's starter Madison Bumarner had some words after Puig flipped his bat after hitting a homerun. Pitchers are notoriously sensitive to such antics, so of course words were exchanged and tempers flared. The Giants won the game, but did lose their home run leader, Brandon Belt to a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch.
5/1/14: A tip of the hat to the San Francisco Giants. San Francisco, of course, had a nightmare season last year. The team has never been much for offense, but their trademark pitching and defense was simply bad - and that doomed them. Those key items seem to be back this season, as the Giants overtook the deep-pocketed L.A. Dodgers for first place in the NL West. Even better is that the Giants are scoring some runs this season, which is taking some pressure off of their pitching staff. There is a lot of baseball left in the season but the Giants, so far, are showing that they are for real.
4/24/14: The Giants continue to hold on to second place in the NL West, despite losing three in a row last week. The pitching staff is showing signs of their championship seasons, though. Tim Hudson, acquired in the offseason to shore up the rotation, is now 2-1 with three quality starts. He boasts a 2.40 ERA with 20 strike outs to zero walks. Former two time Cy Young Award winner Tim Linsecum earned his first win of the season while posting seven K's. They do need some help from Pablo Sandaval, who is hitting under .200 through the first three weeks of the season.
4/17/14: The Giants have not picked up where they left off last season - they are much better. Through the first two weeks of the season, the Giants find themselves near the top of the National League standings. They trail the Dodgers by a single game, but their series win over the Rockies last weekend gave them a two game cushion on the Colorado and the rest of the NL West. After splitting the first two games, the Giants scored a fun victory on Sunday, complete with a 10th inning walk-off home run by Brandon Crawford. Look out L.A. The Giants are back.
4/10/14: The media focus in the National League West is of course focused on the L.A. Dodgers. They are the glamour team of the West Coast. They have an enormous payroll and a lot of big stars. They are expected to win the division, if not the entire National League pennant. Sneaking under the radar is the rival San Francisco Giant. The Giants have been an afterthought since their disappointing 2013 season. However, they are healthy and retooled. And, through the first week, are proving their critics wrong. They ended the week at 5-1; good enough for the best record in West, and that included a 7-2 win over the Dodgers.
4/3/14: The Giants, for the past several years, have had to hear that they do not score enough runs. Even when they won their two World Series in 2010 and 2012 - which was not that long ago, and the Giants have many of the same players - that was the knock against them. Well, a new season may mean new results. The Giants outblasted the Arizona Diamondbacks on Opening Day, winning 9-8. The teams combined for 17 runs and 30 hits on the day - disproving the theory that pitching is ahead of hitting early in the spring.
3/27/14: The Giants would love to have second baseman Marco Scutaro in the lineup on opening day, but this only a 50-50 proposition right now. He has been only able to play in one spring training game to date due to back soreness. Scutaro, reportedly, has received an epidural injection in his back to help relieve the pain. This was the second shot, as he had the first one earlier. He is not a lock to make opening day, but has not been ruled out either. Scutaro only hit two home runs last season, but did boast a line of .297/.357/369, and walks more than he strikes out.
3/20/14: A good 40% of the National League West is in Australia right now to open the Major League baseball season. While the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers are preparing for their two game series, the rest of the league is back in the U.S. finishing up spring training. Former Giants legend Barry Bonds made news by appearing as a guest instructor at Giants camp and seems to enjoy the new part time job. He actually took batting practice earlier in the week. And despite what anyone says about him, he can still hit and unleashed some big rips into an adjoining neighborhood.
3/13/14: Could the Giants return to the MLB playoffs this season? If you judge only by last season, then no. The team simply does not have the arms to support the low output of the offense. However, if you look at everything else, then the Giants have a puncher's chance. They have an improved pitching rotation to start with. Pitching got them two World Series in three years and should be better with Tim Hudson replacing Barry Zito. Tim Lincecum is not the dominating force he was a few years ago, but is still a quality starter capable of winning 15 games.
3/6/14: The Giants won two World Series championships on the backs of their dominant starting pitching just a few years ago. They imploded last season, but things could be looking up in 2014. Both new comer Josh Johnson and long-time Giant Tim Linsecum had good outings in their spring training debuts. Both pitchers are looking to bounce back from poor 2013 seasons and both are on short-term contracts. It is still a long way to go until Opening Day, and much, much longer to go until the playoffs, but if these two guys can return to their dominant forms, then San Francisco could be a contender.
2/27/14: It seems like former Giants great Barry Bonds is always following Mark McGwire. McGwire was the first to pass Roger Maris and belted 70 home runs. Bonds later beat that record. After he retired, McGwire started showing up at St. Louis Cardinals spring training as a guest instructor. That eventually led him to being the hitting coach for the team. Bonds is following McGwire's footsteps again and will be a guest instructor for the Giants at their spring training like Will Clark, J.T. Snow and Jeff Kent. Manager Bruce Bochy is not worried about any controversy, likely because McGwire's past work eased those types of concerns.
2/20/14: San Francisco made a minor deal this week in signing Chris Cotillo to a minor league contract. The odd thing is that this deal, unlike most minor league deals for veteran players, does not include an invitation to spring training with the big leaguers. Cotillo has not played in the majors since 2011, and he was not a terribly effective hitter then. Still, he brings a veteran presence and the ability to play several positions. It is a low risk deal for the Giants; one which could provide bench depth down the line - and those kind of guys are always needed.
2/13/14: While fans cringe at the ever growing ticket prices and concessions, the reality is that those items may cost a lot more if not for corporate sponsorships. Virtually every stadium has a corporate sponsor, and every team has scores of sponsorships from ads on outfield walls to give-away nights. Levis and the Giants have gone to the next level by announcing casual Fridays for the front office. It is all part of a broader sponsorship effort by Levi's, but it seems odd that a corporate dress code could be worth a sponsorship - other than the news articles it generated.
2/6/14: Back in 2011, Giants (and former Florida State star) catcher Buster Posey was bowled over in a home plate collision. Posey suffered several injuries including a fractured leg and three torn ankle ligaments. Home plate collisions have been a part of baseball for decades, but they are coming to an end. Posey has become the poster-boy for such collisions, but he will not talk about the new proposed rules. Posey does not want this cachet on his resume. That being said, their is just cause for trying to eliminate the most dangerous play in baseball.
1/30/14: It is time for a nice story. Almost three years ago, at opening day 2011, Giants' fan Bryan Stow was beaten severely and continues to deal with traumatic injuries and brain damage. Giants' third base coach Tim Flannery raised $96,000 for his medical expenses through donations, auctions, and sales of his CD. Giants reliever matched Flannery's original $25,000 donation and franchise legend Will Clark donated another $10,000. It is a wonderful gesture by Flannery, and the entire organization and fan base should be proud of his efforts. Hopefully, this type of savage foolishness will never happen again.
1/23/14: The Giants won the World Series in both 2010 and 2012 on the back of top quality pitching. They had been able to retain their starting rotation for several years, and actually have only one change in 2014: Tim Hudson is replacing Barry Zito. Last season was a disaster for the rotation. It is quite possible that the long 2012 season and injuries sapped the strength of the rotation. With a full offseason to recover, the Giants' rotation figures to be much better this coming season. Madison Baumgarter was their best pitcher last season and looks to be the number one this time around. The Giants also hope that Matt Cain and Brian Vogelsong can rebound, and that will make things more interesting in the NL West.
1/16/14: The big news around Major League Baseball for the past week is that an arbitrator ruled that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez' suspension was reduced to 162 games plus postseason - down from 211 games. Of course A-Rod is threatening a federal lawsuit and claims it was a sham. Meanwhile, MLB has suspended Giants' minor leaguer Marco Guzman for 50 games without pay for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Guzman is playing in the Domincan summer league, so this is not quite the same scale as A-Rod and the entire circus that is surrounding him.
1/9/14: The Giants won the World Series in both 2010 and 2012, largely because of great pitching and strong defense. Then 2013 came and the wheels came off. The Giants were last in the NL West, which was already weak (excluding the Dodgers). So the question has to be now if the Giants have done enough this offseason to get back to a competitive level. The re-signed a lot of their own guys, including Hunter Pence and Tim Linsecum. They added veteran pitcher Tim Hudson to the rotation. But it still seems like they need more offense. There are still a few shopping days left until spring training, so maybe they will make another move.
1/2/14: The San Francisco 49ers closed out Candlestick Park last week by beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-24. They capped it off with an exciting late pick-six to seal the game and shut the door on the old barn. Younger fans may not recall this, but Candlestick was home to the Giants for decades before they moved to the plush accommodations of Pac Ball/AT&T Park. Candlestick was a terrible baseball stadium, but served the team well. Giants legends Willie McCovey and Willie Mays were on hand for the last event at Candlestick. To be fair, the new park is much, much better.
12/26/13: Give the Giants PR staff some credit for originality. The Giants will give out Hunter Pence bobbleheads on April 9th in a game to 40,000 fans. Bobbleheads are nothing new, and some may argue have just gotten annoying over the past few seasons. But this is different. Pence rides a motorized scooter to home games and the bobblehead honors that. Pence is featured on his scooter in a Giants jersey and blue jeans, with a backpack. That is a far cry from the standard baseball player in full uniform and could make this one a collectors item for its uniqueness.
12/19/13: The Giants, again, focused again on retaining their free agents rather than go shopping throughout the league. They did add two interesting players who could both be steals for the team. San Francisco signed Tim Hudson to replace Barry Zito in the rotation. Hudson had a down 2013, but has shown to be a great pitcher when healthy. The team also signed Michael Morse on a one year, $5 million deal to play left field. He too had a subpar 2013 season, but has the talent to put up big numbers and be a huge part of the Giants' offense in 2014.
12/12/13: While much of the questions about the Giants rebuilding has focused on the starting rotation, the truth is that there are a lot of other positions that need to be addressed as well. Left field is one of those questions. The Giants are kicking the proverbial tires on free agent Mike Morse, but may believe they can do better via trade. Perhaps part of that reasoning is that Morse is 32 years old and is showing more of a propensity toward injury. Morse spent a lot of time on the disabled list between two teams (Mariners and Orioles) with a quad strain and bone spurs.
12/5/13: The Giants continue to work on their rotation for next season, which was their Achilles Heel this past season. They have already re-signed Tim Linsecum and added Tim Hudson. Now they are reportedly working toward a deal to keep Ryan Vogelsong. Most expected Vogelsong to remain with the Giants, even though the Giants declined his $6.5 million option for 2014. Vogelsong struggled all year, but it looks like he will return, albeit likely at a reduced rate. At age 35, this may be the last contract that Voglesong that signs, and almost ensures he will retire as a Giant.
11/28/13: The Giants took another step towards solidifying their pitching staff for next season. San Francisco re-signed reliever Javier Lopez to a three year, $13 million deal (pending a physical). Lopez is a left handed specialist and age 35. This deal is essentially the same as his previous deal with an extra year added on (the last deal was two years for $8.5 million). Lopez has a 2.26 ERA in four seasons with San Francisco, highlighted by a 1.83 ERA in 2013. The Giants also added starter Tim Hudson to the rotation, agreeing with the pitcher to a two year, $23 million deal.
11/21/13: The Giants know they have to find a new rotation after a disaster-filled 2013 season. The team re-signed Tim Linsecum, so they expect him back. They let Barry Zito's contract expire, which surprised no one since he was pretty much awful in his seven years with the team. Now the team appears to be interested in Jason Hammel. They have requested his medical records. Hammel was with Baltimore last season and had an ERA just under 5. He was also injured and maybe the Giants are betting that he will be much better when healthy for a full season.
11/14/13: It is no secret that the Giants are trying to restock their starting rotation, and they have a major benefit in that long-time pitcher Barry Zito and his massive contract is finally off the books. The Giants are reportedly interested in former Reds and Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo is among the most durable pitchers in the league. He has pitched at least 199 innings and 30 starts in each of the last nine seasons. He still has a good ERA around 3.00 as well. There are other teams interested in the pitcher as well, including the Phillies and the Twins.
11/7/13: Barry Zito had a club option for 2014, and surprising to absolutely nobody, the team declined to pick it up. In fact, they are probably happy to finally get the noose of his contract off of their necks. Zito just finished up a seven year, $126 million deal that he never lived up to, including a terrible 2013 season with a 5.74 ERA over 133 innings - so it is no wonder the Giants did not feel like paying another $18 million. Zito did receive a $7 million buyout, which has to make people wonder about long term big money contracts and why teams continue to commit to them (hello, Anaheim Angels).
10/31/13: The Giants made the move to re-sign former Cy Young pitcher Tim Linsecum. Linsecum was reportedly considering going to Seattle, but agreed to a two year deal with the Giants at $17 million per year. This is actually a pay cut from his previous deal, but Linsecum is not the pitcher he was three years ago either. The Giants still need rotation help and may look to sign Phil Hughes and/or Josh Johnson. The team could also use some help in the outfield, so Raji Davis may be an option for them as well. San Francisco already has about $142 million committed for next season, so they may need to be careful with their spending.
10/24/13: Perhaps it is karma, perhaps it is luck, or perhaps it was just a very bad move by the Giants. San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson injured his elbow in April 2012 and underwent his second Tommy John surgery (the first being in college at LSU) and his season was over as quickly as it began. After winning the World Series, the Giants decided to non-tender him and he became a free agent. So what does he do? He signs with the arch-rival Dodgers and returned in late 2013. By the postseason he was showing his previous dominant stuff. That is coming back to haunt the Giants as they are trying to find some replacement for him and may keep searching for a long time.
10/17/13: Make no mistake about it, the San Francisco Giants are in rebuilding mode. Of course, it is fact that the Giants won the 2012 World Series. But it is also fact that the 2013 version of the team was well under 500 and 16 games behind the first place L.A. Dodgers. The Giants starting pitching is not what it once was as key members seemed to age overnight. Next year is a new year and the Giants look like they are bringing back Tim Linsecum after two terrible seasons. They will need more than that, however, to compete with the Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
10/10/13: There is no secret or deep analytical thought behind the Giants subpar season. It all lies in the pitching. Sure, there were injuries, but every team has to deal with that. Pitching is the easy culprit. Last season (2012), the Giants' rotation ranked fifth in the National League in ERA. They were 13th in 2013. General Manager Brian Sabean seems to understand the situation and has admitted that the 'window is closed' on the current group. So expect the Giants to be active in the free agent market for the next several months as they try to rebuild their rotation and get back to elite status.
10/3/13: The Giants are getting a quick start on setting their roster for 2014. On Saturday, the team signed outfielder Hunter Pence to a five year, $90 million extension. With Pence under contract for the foreseeable future, the Giants are trying to retain pitcher Tim Linsecum. Linsecum has severely struggled for the past two seasons, but has several Cy Youngs to his name and was a key part of the Giants' two World Series championships. Some suggest Linsecum could get $30 million on the open market, but that seems high considering his struggles the past two seasons.
9/26/13: The Giants may have found another diamond in the rough with pitcher Yusmeiro Petit. Petit, now 28, was once a top prospect. But even two months ago he was stuck in the minors with an ERA well over 4. He got a spot start in July, then was fully recalled in August. He has been lights out since the promotion. In 38 innings, he has a 3.08 ERA and almost pulled off a perfect game. He may have even pitched himself into a rotation spot for next year. That would be an amazing feat for a guy that very recently looked like he may be a career minor leaguer.
9/19/13: The San Francisco Giants are hopping on the trend of bringing big-time Cuban talent to their team. They sent General Manager Brian Sabean and Filipe Alou to the Dominican Republic for first hand scouting on prospect Jose Dariel Abreu. The Giants have stood by and watched the cross-Bay Oakland A's sign Yeonis Cespedes - and he has torn up the AL West. They also have to face Yasiel Puig from the Dodgers several times each year. The Giants are pursuing Abreu passionately and hope to have him in the team's farm system in the near future.
9/12/13: Earlier in the season, former Cy Young winner Tim Linsecum came back to life (briefly) when he threw a no-hitter. Last week, journeyman Yusmeiro Petit came within an out of a perfect game. Most people have never heard of Petit, who has spent parts of the past six season in the majors, but most of this season in the minors. Eric Chavez ruined everyone's fun by hitting a single with two outs in the ninth inning. Petit still won the game, but it would have been a great story for the Giants who have struggled all season and are in last place in the NL West.
9/4/13: What are the San Francisco Giants going to do with Tim Linsecum. The success that Linsecum attained so early in his career is well documented and hard to ignore. However, he has struggled for the past two seasons. Recently, he has regained some of his skill. He pitched a no-hitter several weeks ago and just last week pitched six scoreless innings against Arizona for a 1-0 win. The point is that Linsecum still has talent, he just has lost consistency. His recent success no doubt will make it tougher for the Giants organization to decide his fate this offseason.
8/29/13: At this point in the season, the Giants can only hope to be spoilers and see what they have at the development level. The season has been one disappointment after another, as the reigning World Series Champions have slid to the cellar of the NL West. It will be interesting to see what the team does in the offseason with their pitching staff. The once vaunted rotation simply has not performed this year, and it is possible to see three or even four new members in the rotation next spring. One bright spot has been catcher Buster Posey, who continues to play at an all-star level. He is not going anywhere, but there are questions on who is battery mates will be next season.
8/22/13: The Giants downfall this season would have been hard to predict just four months ago. Even two months ago they were in contention in the NL West, but the season has simply turned to dust. Many cite the lack of quality starting pitching and simple fatigue as the reason. However, it is deeper than that. The Giants have lacked a 'spark' all season. Angel Pagan provided that last post-season, but he has been injured for most of the year. In reality, there are a lot of reasons the Giants have struggled in 2013. Perhaps a good rest and healing in the offseason will do them well, and they can come back and challenge the Dodgers in 2014.
8/15/13: There are a lot of reasons why the Giants have struggled so mightily this season. They are the defending World Series champion and won twice in three years. But that was then and this is now, and now means in last place in the NL West. The answer is actually pretty obvious. The pitching has been mediocre at best this season. The Giants were never a big run scoring team, but their pitching was so good that it did not matter. Since the pitching broke down this season, especially Tim Linsicum who is just a shell of his former Cy Young award winning self, there is no room for error. Look for big changes in San Francisco in the offseason.
8/8/13: This would have been unthinkable a year ago, but the Giants have gone into selling mode. At about 10 games out of the division, the team finally has comes to grip with the fact that they are not going to contend this year. Several teams may be interested in outfielder Hunter Pence, though there was no trade at the trade deadline. It is tough to fathom how far this team fell in the past twelve months, particularly since they have the same core players. The reality is that their pitching has not been very good this year, so all they can do is try to rebuild for the next season.
8/1/13: What a difference a year makes. The Giants, of course, won the World Series last year behind outstanding pitching and timely hitting from lowly regarded batters. Everything comes back to the mean in baseball, and those hitters have not produced and the pitchers are not helping themselves. The Giants are in last place in the NL West with seemingly no chance to make the playoffs to defend their crown. With the trade deadline approaching, keep an eye out to see if the Giants try to move some dead weight in preparation for future campaigns or if they will keep their roster in tact.
7/25/13: With the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants continuing to move the wrong way and 5.5 games out of first and seven games under 500, there is rightful speculation that the team may make some moves before the trade deadline. There are several teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, that would like Hunter Pence. However, the Giants say they are unlikely to trade him or pitcher Tim Linsicum this year. Linsicum is in the final year of his contract, so it may be better for the team to move him, but they probably do not want to admit to a rebuilding project yet.
7/18/13: The Giants have to be hoping that former ace pitcher Tim Lincecum has finally turned the corner. Lincecum threw a beautiful 13 strikeout no hitter against the San Diego Padres on Saturday night - showing his old form in an important game. Lincecum won the Cy Young Award in his first two regular seasons and led the league in strikeouts three years in a row. He has, however, slumped the past two seasons, going only 15-24 with a fastball topping out around 90 mph. Perhaps, though, Timmy has learned to be a pitcher rather than a thrower. If so, the timing is perfect as the NL West is still up for grabs and good pitching can get a mediocre team through the playoffs.
7/11/13: While it seems like Jeff Francour has been around the league for two decades, he is actually on 29. He was released last week by the Kansas City Royals and easily cleared waivers (no one wanted to pay him the $3 million he is owed for the rest of the year for a guy hitting .208 and owning a .249 OBS). The Giants did not want him at that price, bud did sign him to a minor league deal. Terms were not disclosed, but it is probably around the veteran minimum. While not the answer to the Giants struggles, he does provide depth that may be needed at the end of the season.
7/4/13: The NL West is easily the most interesting in all of baseball. That does not mean these are the best teams, it just means that the level of competition is so equal that anyone and everyone has a chance. To date, the Giants are fourth out of five teams. However, they are only three games out of first. If the Giants have shown anything for the past few years it is that they can grind out wins. Buster Posey continues to play like an all-star. The problem really has been the pitching. The Giants really need their starting rotation to step up over the rest of the season if they are going to represent the NL West.
6/27/13: The Giants just do not look like the Giants this year. The team has won two of the last three World Series, but for whatever reason just cannot get back to that championship level of baseball this year. Outside of Matt Cain, the starting rotation looks pedestrian. Now comes worse news, outfielder Angel Pagan is weighing his surgical options for a small tear in his hamstring tendon. Surgery would sideline him for about six weeks. On the other hand, his game is predicated on his speed, so if cannot run fast, then surgery is the best option.
6/20/13: The Giants are just not the Giants this season. This is a team built on pitching and good defense. The defense has been fine, but the pitching has been pretty much average through the course of the season so far. San Francisco has had the wonderful luxury of keeping the same rotation (more or less) for the past four years. And they have come through. Tim Linsicum was a Cy Young winner. Matt Cain had a no hitter. They have been great. Not this season. They are simply average, and that is the primary reason why they are not in first place. As it stands. Arizona leads the NL West and the Giants and Rockies are battling out for second. Get the pitching fixed and everything else will fall in line.
6/6/13: The Giants got a rude awakening in St. Louis over the weekend. The Friday game was postponed due to rain, so the teams played a split double header on Saturday. Cardinals rookie pitcher Shelby Miller dominated the Giants hitters in game one, while Giants ace Matt Cain surrendered seven runs in the third inning as the Cards won 8-1. The night game was worse. Adam Wainwright overpowered the Giants and Madison Baumgarter for complete game shutout and a 7-0 win. The Giants left the stadium that night 2.5 games behind the Diamondbacks and in a tie with Rockies for second in the NL West.
5/30/13: The Giants are playing well - in fact they are right at the top of the NL West with Arizona and Colorado lurking. But it seems like the Giants are struggling a bit. The pitching has been good, but not great like in past years. The team still struggles to score runs, but does enough to win. Over the weekend, however, they got a big win. Outfielder Angel Pagan got to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning with one man on. He proceeded to lace a shot to right field, which took an odd bounce off the outfield wall. Pagan raced 360 feet around the bases and scored a two run, inside the park, walk off home run. The first time that has happened in the majors since 2004.
5/23/13: The Giants should be on cruise control right now. The problem is that they are not. San Francisco sits a game back of the Arizona Diamondbacks for the lead in the NL West. All the talk this year was the competition between the Giants and Dodgers for control of the division. The Dodgers are effectively out the running (currently in last place) mostly due to injury. But then came the Arizona Diamondbacks. the DBacks are simply playing good ball, and the Giants have not been consistent in their pitching throughout the year. Once the pitching settles down, expect the Giants to take the division again.
5/16/13: This season was billed as the renewal of an old rivalry - the San Francisco (New York) Giants vs. the Los Angeles (Brooklyn) Dodgers. That lasted only a couple of games. The Dodgers got banged up and fell off the map. The Giants started slowly and the Colorado Rockies grabbed the top spot in the NL West. Things are returning to normalcy now. The Giants are the best team in the West and hold a 2.5 game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies are in third and L.A. is still off the map. Barring anything unusual, this is the Giants division to lose, as they seek to defend their World Series championship.
5/9/13: The Giants are the reigning World Series Champions and certainly have a great chance of returning the postseason and Fall Classic again. They were expected to be challenged by their most hated rivals, the L.A. Dodgers for the NL West crown this season. However, injuries have decimated the Dodgers, and they are just a shell of the team they were in spring training. Instead, the surprising Colorado Rockies have jumped into the fray. The Giants and Rockies are tied for first and are two games ahead of the Diamondbacks and 3.5 games above the Dodgers. San Francisco has not gotten the pitching they expected yet, but they will, and should take the division.
4/4/13: It is not really fair to make the defending World Series Champions start the season on the road, but that is exactly what Major League Baseball did to the Giants this year. Even worse, they had to go to Dodger Stadium, in front of amped up fans who are excited that the new Dodgers' ownership is investing in the team. All of this led to a 4-0 shutout fueled by a complete game by Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw. To add insult to injury, Kershaw hit his first career home run, which was also the winning run in the game.
10/4/12: The San Francisco Giants are preparing to take on the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the National League Playoffs. Game One will be Saturday, October 6th in San Francisco. Game Two is scheduled for the next day before the series heads back to Ohio for Games Three and Four. The Giants will be sending Matt Cain to the mound for game one. Cain ended the season with a 16-5 record and a 2.03 ERA. The Reds will counter with right-hander Johnny Cueto. Cueto is a hard thrower and was 19-9 this season with a 2.78 ERA. Runs will be hard to come by.
9/27/12: The San Francisco Giants have clinched the National League West title this week and will now look forward to another post season playoff appearance. They beat out their rivals in the Los Angeles Dodgers who had been neck and neck with the Giants for most of the season. The Giants got hot over the last season and the Dodgers began to fade as San Francisco extended their lead. Giants slugger Melky Cabrera announced that he should not be in the running for the National League batting title. The outfielder is serving a 50 game suspension for steroids and was leading the league in hitting.
8/16/12: The San Francisco Giants took a huge blow this week as all-star outfielder Melky Cabrera has tested positive for a banned substance and has been suspended for 50 games. Major League Baseball handed out the sentence which also robs Cabrera of his paycheck for the length of the suspension. The Giants are in a tight playoff race and the loss of Cabrera is a big hit. So far this season he was hitting .346 with 11 home runs and 60 rbi for San Francisco. The Giants currently are half a game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West and the Wildcard lead.
7/30/12 ? Tied for first in the National League West with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants needed an offensive upgrade. The Giants found just that, completing a trade to acquire outfielder Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, minor leaguers catcher Tommy Joseph and pitcher Seth Rosin. Pence is hitting .271 with 17 homers and 59 RBIs for Philadelphia this season. He led the Phillies in hits, homers, RBIs, runs scored and walks. Pence will bat fifth, in the heart of the order for the Giants, as a right-handed power bat behind Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey.
AT&T; Park, located in San Francisco, California, is the home ballpark for MLB's San Francisco Giants. The $357 million stadium began construction in 1997 and officially opened in April 2011 when the Giants hosted the nearby Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series. At the time of opening, AT&T; Park was the first MLB venue built without the use of public funding since 1962. Despite its primary use by the Giants, the venue has played host to a variety of teams from an array of sports including the San Francisco Demons of the XFL, California Redwoods of the UFL and University of California Golden Bears. The stadium has also been the home of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl since 2002. AT&T; Park has seen its fair share of historical moments which include Barry Bonds' 500th, 600th, and 700th home runs. Bonds also surpassed Babe Ruth with his 715th home run, as well as Hank Aaron's all-time mark with his 756th long ball in 2007. A pair of stellar pitching performances has also been recorded at AT&T; Park, the first coming in 2009 when Giants starter Jonathan Sanchez threw the first no-hitter in the ballpark's brief history. In 2012, San Francisco's Matt Cain hurled the 22nd perfect game in MLB history becoming only the second pitcher to achieve that feat while striking out 14 batters. The 41,915 seat stadium routinely goes over capacity, setting a record attendance of 44,046 in Game 2 of the 2010 NLDS. The Giants went on to win the World Series that season, winning Games 1 and 2 on their home field.
7/26/12: The San Francisco Giants continue to hold off their interstate rivals in the Los Angeles Dodgers. They lead the Dodgers by two and a half games in what is shaping up to be a fun stretch run for the two clubs. The Giants do have some issues however. Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval continue to struggle with nagging injuries and former Cy Young winner Tim Linceum continues to be inconsistent this year. On Wedensday Lincecum took the loss again as he gave up five earned runs in four-plus innings of work during a 6-3 loss at home against the Padres. They will need him to regain his form if they want to hold off the Dodgers.
The first-place San Francisco Giants continue to ride their hot-streak that has taken them to the top of the NL West, as they've opened up a three-game lead on the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers. At 55-43, the Giants have won 7 of their last 10 games and the top two NL West teams will go head-to-head this weekend in the three-game series from AT&T; Park in San Francisco. The Giants have an opportunity this weekend to widen their lead against the struggling Dodgers and separate themselves from the pack. They will have Matt Cain on the mound on Friday night to open the series against Los Angeles.
Despite an unusual slow start for former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, the San Francisco Giants have gotten back on track and have pushed their way to the top of the NL West, blowing by the struggling Los Angeles Dodgers. The 44-33 Giants are winners of 7 of their last 10 games and have a full one game lead on the Dodgers for first place in the suddenly hotly-contested division. The Giants' pitching staff has been led thus far by Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong, who has surprised many with his 7-3 record and 2.23 ERA, good for 5th in the National League in that category.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain added another masterpiece to this season's already overflowing slate of pitching gems when he threw the 22nd perfect game in MLB history on Wednesday night in a 10-0 win over the Houston Astros. Cain twirled one of the best pitching performances in major league history, striking out 14 Astros and registering a game score of 101, only four points shy of the highest game score ever recorded by a pitcher (105), which came during Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout performance over a decade ago. With the win, Cain improved to 8-2 on the season and the Giants continued their hot streak.
5/3/12: The San Francisco Giants returned from the road last week to take two out of three games from their National League West rival San Diego Padres. The Giants find themselves four games behind the surprising Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in their division. Trailing their hated rivals has to sting, even though it is still early in the season. The Giants will have a chance to bite into that lead as they will head to Los Angeles early next week for a big early series with their biggest rivals. Before that happens though they will have to play series against Miami and the Brewers at home.
5/3/12 - Third baseman Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants will have surgery on Friday to repair a broken bone in his left hand. Sandoval has been place on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Sandoval believes he hurt his hand on Sunday. He had a day off and reported soreness in his left hand on Tuesday. Sandoval underwent an MRI exam and CT scan that showed the fracture. Sandoval leads the Giants in HRs (5), RBIs (15), and runs scored (16). The Giants have called up Conor Gillaspie from Triple-A Fresno to replace Sandoval on the Giants' roster.
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|Apr 13, 2015||Colorado Rockies - San Francisco Giants||2 - 0|
|Apr 12, 2015||San Francisco Giants - San Diego Padres||4 - 6|
|Apr 11, 2015||San Francisco Giants - San Diego Padres||2 - 10|
|Apr 9, 2015||San Francisco Giants - San Diego Padres||1 - 0|
|Apr 7, 2015||San Francisco Giants - Arizona Diamondbacks||6 - 7|
|Apr 4, 2015||Spring Training: San Francisco Giants - Oakland Athletics||2 - 1|
|Apr 1, 2015||Spring Training: Cleveland Indians - San Francisco Giants||2 - 5|
|Mar 31, 2015||Spring Training: Colorado Rockies - San Francisco Giants||3 - 4|
|Mar 30, 2015||Spring Training: San Francisco Giants - Chicago Cubs||5 - 8|
|Mar 29, 2015||Spring Training: Los Angeles Dodgers - San Francisco Giants||9 - 11|
|Mar 28, 2015||Spring Training: San Francisco Giants - Seattle Mariners||9 - 8|