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Hobbes2d

  • joined Jun 09, 2008
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Farewell, Candlestick

So Monday's 49ers game vs the Falcons is most likely the very last game that will be played at Candlestick Park. The former home of our beloved Giants and the current home of the 49ers for the next...

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Jed Lowrie

Why the hell didn't we try to acquire him in the past? As with JJ Hardy, this was a great buy low candidate with a young SS with good defense and moderate power and Sabes and company failed to even...

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Belt on the block?

I'm taking it with a grain of salt since it's so early in the year, but the way with which the Giants seem to hate Brandon, it wouldn't shock me if they were dumb enough to trade him... h...

Red Sox Sign Crawford to 7 year 142 Mill Deal

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Red Sox Agree To Sign Carl Crawford By Ben Nicholson-Smith [December 8, 2010 at 10:33pm CST] The Red Sox started the Winter Meetings with a splash and they won't leave before making another blockbuster addition. Boston has agreed to a seven-year, $142MM deal with Carl Crawford, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe (on Twitter). Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms the agreement (on Twitter). Not only will the move give Boston a tremendous everyday lineup, it will put pressure on a number of the team's rivals. The Rays will face their former outfielder 18 times per season; the Angels lose out on their top offseason target and the Yankees are left with no major free agent to pursue if Cliff Lee ignores their overtures. Crawford will become the first position player without a 20 homer season on his resume to sign a nine-figure contract. His representatives at Legacy Sports negotiated a deal that falls just short of the eight-year, $160MM Dan Duquette signed Manny Ramirez to a decade ago. However, it surpasses the seven-year, $126MM deal Jayson Werth signed this week.

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Joe Posnanski, on our loveable Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Here’s the thing that makes these San Francisco Giants different: They’re lovable. These Giants won the National League West title on Sunday with a 3-0 victory over San Diego, and...

The tortured life of Eric Show, Ex Padres pitcher

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Really great article written by Tom Friend, about the former Padres pitcher who died of a drug overdose in the mid 90s. Lots of accounts from his family, friends and teammates tell the story of a tortured soul who dealt with abuse from an overbearing father. There are quotes from Flannery and Bochy as well, who were teammates of his. As well as Dravecky, who was really close to him. Kind of a depressing read and a sad, but very interesting story.

Shawon's son is already better than him at cheating the game.

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There are several relatives of major leaguers here, with one matchup on Friday featuring left-hander Brandon Bonilla (son of Bobby) pitching to Shawon Dunston Jr.; Dunston has been extremely impressive with plus speed, good hip rotation producing hard line-drive contact and, amazingly, three walks in nine plate appearances.

Greenberg/Ryan Ownership Group wins bid for Rangers

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Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan outbid Mark Cuban in an auction to win the right to buy the Rangers for $385MM, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. That figure does not account for debt owed to creditors, so the team actually costs about $200MM more. The Rangers, who added Cliff Lee, Jorge Cantu, Cristian Guzman and Bengie Molina before the July 31st trade deadline, had trouble adding payroll, partly because of their uncertain ownership situation. Last night's auction should be a step toward financial stability for the club. GM Jon Daniels could have opted out of his contract if the team's ownership had changed. He maintained that he wasn't thinking about that possibility, but the auction limits the chances that he'll opt out. This is good news for the Rangers and good for baseball I think. Nice to see that franchise finally have a solid foundation of talent in both the majors and minor leagues. Hopefully they can remain financially stable as well to keep that team competitive for the long run.

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Who will be this year's scapegoat?

In past Giants seasons, there has always been a scapegoat for how the season didn't go as planned. Scapegoats have mostly been made my the fans, media and management. In prior years we have seen...

Zumaya's elbow explodes. :(

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Poor guy. Hopefully he will be able to come back from this. For how hard some of these guys throw, this is just a reminder of how unnatural throwing a baseball can be for a human arm.

LOL LeBron offered minor league contract

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"CLEVELAND -- A minor league baseball team is taking a swing at signing LeBron James. The Lake Erie Crushers plan to offer James a maximum contract under Frontier League rules on "Keep LBJ in the C-L-E Night" next week. The team said the contract is worth $1,600 a month and will include a host family so the NBA superstar won't have the "stress of a potential commute" from Akron. Also available will be a luxury suite. The Crushers will wear Cavaliers-themed jerseys June 30 and each player will wear No. 6 to honor James' switch from No. 23. The team is renaming its park LeBron James Field at All Pro Freight Stadium for the game. Anyone named LeBron gets free tickets. James becomes a free agent the next day."

Josh Byrnes put on notice

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07:14 AM ET 06.03 | It seems Arizona is thinking of more sweeping changes than adding Dontrelle Willis. The Diamondbacks' disastrous first two months of the season have prompted the club's ownership to consider all avenues of change, including a drastic retooling of the major league roster. But Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick said all areas of the organization are under review, from General Manager Josh Byrnes' baseball operations department on down to the players, whom Kendrick says are drastically underperforming. The Arizona Republic

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Matt Cain vs. Felix Hernandez

Entering 2005, both Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez were among the top 15 prospects in baseball. Cain was rated #13 in Baseball America's annual Top 100 Prospects list and Hernadez was ranked 2nd....

LOL Hanley!

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Marlins benched Hanley in the 2nd inning because he lazily ran to a ball that he had kicked into the outfield or something. Dan Uggla must be pissed.

People really suck at Fantasy Baseball, check this team out

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Just drafted this team picking last in a public league, settings are generic. BA, R, H, HR, RBI, SB and W, SV, ERA, K, WHIP C: Jorge Posada 1B: Kendry Morales 2B: Dan Uggla SS: Elvis Andrus 3B: Pablo Sandoval OF: Matt Kemp OF: Andrew McCutchen OF: Carlos Gonzalez UTL: Carlos Quentin UTL: Russell Branyan SP: Tim Lincecum SP: C.C. Sabathia P: Josh Johnson P: Clayton Kershaw P: Roy Oswalt RP: Heath Bell RP: Rafeal Soriano Bench: Juan Rivera Geovany Soto Scott Kazmir David Price Michael Wuertz Mike Gonzalez

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Potential Non-Tender FA's

Here's a list of potential non-tender FA's that could be made available this off-season according to MLB Trade Rumors. One guy in particular I would like for the Giants to get if he becomes...

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Alex Rios

I realize he had an AWFUL year. But given the White Sox man-love for Aaron Rowand, would you consider a swap of bad contracts? Rios has more left on his contract, but he seems like a likely...

Padres to fire Kevin Towers

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SAN DIEGO -- A person familiar with the decision says Kevin Towers, the longest-tenured general manager in the major leagues, is being fired by the San Diego Padres. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the club hadn't made an announcement. The Padres said only that CEO Jeff Moorad will address the media on Saturday afternoon. Towers, in his 14th season, told The Associated Press in an e-mail that he can't comment on his situation. He is under contract through next season. The Padres are 74-85. Moorad leads a group that is buying the team from John Moores. He has spoken about making changes in the baseball operations department. Under Towers, the Padres won four NL West titles and reached the 1998 World Series. Nice. So going into next season, assuming Sabean's option is picked up as expected, we will have the longest tenured GM in the game. :( Honestly I like Sabean and think he gets a lot of shit for no reason sometimes, but at the same time I can't help but wonder if a new voice would be a good idea. Of course one could look at the entire way this organization does business since 93 and see that they're not the type of business to fire someone who has done valuable and extended service for the organization. Neither Dusty nor Alou were fired. Neither was Jack Hiatt. People are allowed to just "leave" here or "retire". It's nice they're so nice to each other and all, but sometimes I really wish this team cared more about winning then making money and in trying to be nice about everything.
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Bochyball

My friend at a 49er forum just posted this in our SF Giants thread....thought it was scarily accurate. This was written I guess by some Padres fan back in 2006. h...

Hanley and Uggla exchange words in locker room after game....

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"A frustrated and injured Hanley Ramirez said Wednesday that he "got some people upset" for leaving the game early the night before with an injury, then teammate Dan Uggla openly argued with the NL batting leader in the clubhouse. Uggla accused Ramirez of a lack of desire and effort to win. He also said Ramirez wasn't caring because he's already secured a $70 million, six-year contract. Ramirez left the Marlins' 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves with a tight left hamstring. He was taken out of the lineup Wednesday about an hour before the game, and the team held a closed-door meeting." http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4441073

Class A Baseball America Tools

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For members, but San Jose is all over the list, which is as follows: For Cal League: Best Batting Prospect: Thomas Neal (over Posey, which I found interesting) Best Power Prospect: Roger Kieschnick Fastest Baserunner: Darren Ford Best pitching prospect: Madison Bumgarner Best defensive catcher: Buster Posey Best defensive SS: Brian Bocock Best Outfield Arm: Thomas Neal Best Managing prospect: Andy Skeels

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New Yankee Stadium is a BANDBOX!!!

Is anyone watching this Boston-NY game? There's already been 5 HR's combined and its only the bottom of the 4th. Jorge Posada is already 1 triple short of a cycle and none of these HR's have...

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Troy Glaus

I realize he is coming off an injury but he's currently rehabbing in the minors, and has been asked to play some LF as well...I really think he would be a really good low risk buy for the Giants....

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100 pitch count....good or bad?

On Monday, ESPN's baseball page had this 3 part series of articles on the magic number of 100 pitches being some sort of end point for starting pitchers in today's game. It's a long look at how...

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How would you rank the Giants prospects now?

The Giants have had some impressive seasons by a number of pitchers this year, both starters and relievers at various levels. I included Joseph and Wheeler since both are expected to sign as far as...

Mariners DFA Balentien

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According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Mariners have designated outfielder Wladimir Balentien for assignment. He's bumped to make room for Michael Saunders. The move is somewhat interesting, as the Mariners had once considered the powerful Balentien the future of their outfield when Adam Jones departed to the Orioles in the Erik Bedard trade. The 25-year-old Balentien has been disappointing, though, posting a .619 OPS in 434 plate appearances the last three seasons. He was ranked the Ms' #5 prospect by Baseball America as recently as last year. You can bet he'll latch on to another team willing to gamble.

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Interesting tidbit from Sabean just now

He just was on with Ralph and Tom and said something to the degree that teams continue to ask for the same 3, 4, 5, guys and that when they keep hearing other teams ask about those guys that it's...

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Is Sabes gunshy to make a big trade?

Now we can debate whether or not the Giants should make any moves at this point, but I'm wondering if Sabes is afraid to make a trade regardless of the situation of the team. Because when you think...

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Who are your top 5 favorite non Giants players?

Saw a top 5 favorite player thread on Minor League Ball, and thought it would be a fun thread to start here. I am leaving out Giants players since I think it's a given that guys like Timmy and...

Why MLB The Show 09 is the best game EVER!

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So I recently have had it with MLB 2k9, and as an embittered Xbox 360 owner have been forced to be stuck with a shitty baseball video game over the past couple of years. I finally couldn't take it anymore though and sprang to buy a PS3 and MLB The Show 09 yesterday....well let me just say for those of you who don't have it...it's AWESOME! I downloaded custom rosters that have all the teams top prospects and in this game you can actually edit batting stances and pitches and stuff that you can't edit on 2k9. There is also is to my knowledge no limit for editing the amount of players or creating players etc, so the modification is endless. So because of this I also was able to download a classic roster set and with that today I played Giants-Dodgers, with Juan Marichal vs Sandy Koufax. Let me just say that while it's just a video game I think I might have gotten a little bit of insight into how hard it might have been to face Koufax. I lost 4-0, and Koufax threw a 3 hit shutout with 15 K's. And only 1 BB, to Barry Bonds. :) It was pretty awesome too to have a starting outfield of Bonds-Mays-Bonds. :D Anyway if anyone has this game I strongly recommend looking to download some of the classic rosters in the roster vault file sharing thingy online.

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