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Neal's (arm) Is Real


5. Thomas Neal (6, 11, .337/.431/.579) Here we have another San Jose Giant (in Part 1 we listed Roger Kieschnick at No. 5 as well), so we may start to suspect that the ballpark favors the throws from the outfield—or that the Giants coaches are good at spotting and training good arms. Anyway, forget the park and the arm, because Neal's offensive numbers are outstanding and he hasn't lost a step as he progressed up the ladder in the minors. He is just 22 and bats from the right side. Also of Note:the worst left fielder arms in the minor leagues: Edgar Quintero (-6), Wendell Fairley (-5), Dee Brown (-4), Alfredo Marte (-4) and Cody Johnson (-4).

Add Mike McBryde to the Cannon list


9. Mike McBryde (7, 16, .295/.333/.410) Bats and throws right, is 24 and plays in the Giants organization. Was in short-season Single-A season in 2006, Single-A in 2007, advanced Single-A in 2008; split last season between Double-A and Triple-A. The defensive numbers are excellent; he is cutting his strikeout numbers but walks rarely.

Haft: Winn is classy


While he surely appreciates the glory of being a Major Leaguer, he doesn't coat himself in it. Beating his chest and declaring, "Look at me!" isn't part of the job description for him. Rather, beating the other team is what it's all about.

The Problem in this weeks Mailbag


I'll get right to the point: What's going to happen to Fred Lewis? We were counting on him last year and he absolutely blew it, but you got the idea that a lot of it was due to his confidence issues. He clearly has raw baseball talent, but obviously he's not playing anytime soon for us. -- Mark C., San Francisco Lewis indeed appears to have fallen out of favor with the organization. I envision this scenario: Lewis will play well enough in the Cactus League to earn a starting role, but that will make it easier for the Giants to trade him, which they will do(!!!1!ONE). Bochy charitably said at the Winter Meetings that Lewis would be "in the mix" for an outfield spot. That was before the Giants signed DeRosa and declared that he would play left field. Lewis' 2009 performance hardly inspired confidence, but he fits the profile of a leadoff hitter better than any other Giants player, despite his lack of enthusiasm for that role. He probably needs a change of scenery -- too bad, because ideally he should be helping the Giants.

Ballpark Overlay Tool. This is one I did for Mark DeRosa 2009 vs At&t Park. Here is how you do...


Ballpark Overlay Tool. This is one I did for Mark DeRosa 2009 vs At&t Park. Here is how you do it:

MiLB Reliever of the Year: Dan Runzler


"Runzler, 24, cruised through four levels of the Minor Leagues this summer, combining to go 5-1 with an 0.76 ERA and 17 saves, striking out 83 batters in 59 innings while scattering 23 hits. He limited hitters to a .116 average, tops among all full-season Minor League relievers, while averaging 12.66 strikeouts per nine innings. "

SEC to start using a "playclock" during tournament play


The 20-second play clock begins; * With no runners are on base * A ball is called if the ball is not pitched within 20 seconds * A strike is called on the batter, if he is not ready 5 seconds before time expires The 90-second play clock begins; * When the last out is made, and ends when the pitcher begins his windup * Batting team is penalized a strike if they are not ready in 90 seconds * Fielding team is penalized a ball if they are not ready in 90 seconds * Half-inning clock is extended to 105 seconds for televised games * Play begins whether the network is ready or not.

Chris Haft, Shut up


What about Marcus Thames as a possible free agent for the Giants? He's relatively cheap and provides power the team needs. -- Steven O., Livermore, Calif. What about Marcus Thames as a Hall of Fame nominee with Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar and the rest? That's overstating the case, of course. But anybody who watched Detroit's Thames belt two homers off Lincecum in a June 16, 2008, Interleague game at AT&T Park had to be impressed. I might not pursue him as an everyday player, but I'd definitely consider him to deepen my right-handed-hitting complement on the bench.

.....and here it is


.....and here it is


Sickels Top 20   1) Buster Posey, C, Grade A: No-brainer. All he needs is playing time. 2) Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Grade A-:...

Ish named to Topps All Star Rookie Team


Thin competition? "The squad consists of catcher Omir Santos (Mets), first baseman Travis Ishikawa (Giants), second baseman Chris Getz (White Sox), third baseman Gordon Beckham (White Sox), shortstop Elvis Andrus (Rangers), outfielders Chris Coghlan (Marlins), Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) and Nolan Reimold (Orioles), and pitchers Tommy Hanson (Braves) and J.A. Happ (Phillies)."

Brad Penny


Brad enjoying some Smirnoff

Final Regular Season BtB Power Rankings


Better than only 1 AL team. Not better than the Royals. Really?

Sorry for the Bon Jovi... If TBS is going to make us hear this during their playoff telecasts then...


Sorry for the Bon Jovi... If TBS is going to make us hear this during their playoff telecasts then it damn well better be during a GIants game. Again, sorry for the Bon Jovi.

Defenders likely move to Richmond


A move by the Class AA Connecticut Defenders to Richmond under their current president/managing partner appears to be the most likely scenario for baseball at The Diamond next spring, sources involved with the situation say.

Indians' Carmona demoted


"They didn't send him to Class AAA Columbus or Class AA Akron. They didn't even send him to Class A Lake County or Class A Kinston, N.C. No, Carmona, the one-time 19-game winner, was sent to the Arizona desert." OUCH!

No more QuesTec


I found this linked at BTBs. The new system, called Zone Evaluation, relies on pitch-tracking data already collected by cameras in all 30 parks and distributed through applications on and iTunes. Zone Evaluation software will rate umpire performance more quickly and accurately than QuesTec, according to Mike Port, baseball’s vice president for umpiring.

45 worst contracts


----Barry Zito, Giants. Seven years, $126MM ($18MM per year). Signed December of 2006, full no-trade clause. Probably the worst contract on the list. ----Aaron Rowand, Giants. Five years, $60MM ($12MM per year). Signed December of 2007. He's a useful player, but the price is wrong. ----Edgar Renteria, Giants. Two years, $18.5MM ($9.25MM per year). Signed December of 2008. Signed before the bottom fell out of the market. ----Dave Roberts, Giants. Three years, $18MM ($6MM per year). Signed December of 2006. I know we all know about the Giants bad contracts but this is a list of over bad moves we can snicker at.

Bochy to have surgery; Will miss Monday's game against KC.


"I didn't want it to be a distraction," said Bochy, who has endured constant discomfort recently. "I can't function with it and do the things I like, like throw batting practice, swing a fungo or take throws. I'd like to get back to that point." Bench coach Ron Wotus will manage the Giants against Kansas City in Bochy's absence.

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