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jcb9

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I was watching the latest Onion News Network podcast, and noticed on the crawl that, now, The Onion...

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I was watching the latest Onion News Network podcast, and noticed on the crawl that, now, The Onion is making fun of our injury problems.

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Grant Frisby and the Rats of MCC ("Then and Now" Prequel")

Recently, Grizzlie Antagonist did a great job of point out the levels of hypocrisy Grant has sunk to in his neverending quest to suck up to the Giants. What some of you may not know is that the...

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The Best Thing About the 2010 World Series

Well, not really, of course. But pretty awesome. Good for a laugh. It's game 4 in Arlington, and things are looking good for the blue-and-red-and-horn clad clan. It's the bottom of the 9th, and the...

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Guess Next Year's Top Prospects

Last year I came up with an idea for a Fanpost: predicting where the following season's Top 10 prospects would look. Well, we don't quite have our top ten list yet, but Chuckie Jones seems destined...

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1988-1989 Baseball's 100 Hottest Rookies: a glimpse at prospects past

My mother recently cleaned out her basement, and found a bunch of my old baseball books and paraphernalia. One that particularly caught my eye is this book:   via www.yu-burnett.com Therein you...

After eight years...

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I just ordered a used copy of this. After all these years, I can finally watch this again and remember the good parts and not just Game 6 and Game 7. Thank you, Giants.

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Quarter Century: A Recent History of the San Francisco Giants in the Postseason: A Fanpost Novel, Part Two

When last we spoke, I left off the tale of past postseason woe with the anti-climax of 1997. 1998 is next in line, which might confuse some people: the Giants didn't make the postseason in1998....

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Quarter Century: A Recent History of the San Francisco Giants in the Postseason: A Fanpost Novel, Part One

As we approach the Giants' first trip to the World Series in eight years, and their third in my lifetime, I thought it would be a good chance to look back on postseasons past. Personally, I'm...

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Game Three, Atlanta, Georgia (aka Longest Fanpost Ever)

So, now that we're glowing in the glory that was Game One of the NLDS, it's finally time for me to tell the epic tale of my trip to Atlanta for Game Three of the NLDS. I had never been to a Giants...

I just came across former Giant Keith Comstock (he was one of the players who netted us Kevin...

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I just came across former Giant Keith Comstock (he was one of the players who netted us Kevin Mitchell and Dave Dravecky) on Failblog. Awesome.

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LOL NERDZ: A Reading Fanpost

I'm presently reading one of MCC's favorite books - Catch-22. I have about 90-100 pages left, I think, and I'm hoping to finish it today. Actually, after I'm done writing this I'm going to go read...

OT: What states have you visited?

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Funny (if pointless story): I recently learned I've been to West Virginia. I thought I hadn't, but it turned out a camping trip I took as a kid that I thought was in Virginia was actually in West Virginia. On the other hand, I figured out I've never been to Kansas - I thought I-80 (which my family rove the length of twice while moving across the country) d through the state, but it doesn't. Anyway, at the link, you can make a map of which states you've visited. Because I'm a geography nerd, I thought it would be interesting to see who's been where.q`1

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The Ballad of Kimothy Emil Batiste

If I'm known for any one thing on McCovey Chronicles (other than the rage meme), it's probably my fascination with/fixation on one Kim Batiste, member of the 1996 Giants, and before that a member...

Good pie is not on the cake is not very pleasant.

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This website lets you input a phrase, and then translates it back and forth between Japanese and English, letting you see each variant along the way. I started with: "Pie is so much better than cake that it's not even funny." The subject of this fanshot is an intermediary result; the final translation is, "Pies, cakes are not used very often."

The Toronto Giants?

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Many of us remember the Giants' near-move to St. Petersburg, Florida, or at least know the story. What's perhaps less known to today's fans is that the Giants came just as close to becoming the Toronto Giants in 1976. Ironically, the man who saved them - Bob Lurie - was the same guy who later tried to sell them off to St. Petersburg. The link is to a CBC radio story on the proposed sale that I just came across.

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Your first favorite Giant

As a companion piece to the Where Did You Grow Up fanpost, where part of the question is how you became a fan, I wanted to ask folks who their first favorite Giant was. It doesn't even have to be a...

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A/S/L (actually, just location)

So. Where are you? Obviously, many McCoven are in the Bay Area, a lot are elsewhere in California, and some of us are spread across the rest of the country. A few are overseas as well. Being a...

OMG 54-0!!!!!

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Check out the "projected" line on Timmy's ESPN profile. 54-0! 1.29 ERA! 378 IP! DEFINITELY NOT MADE OF PORCELAIN!!!!!!

Madison Bumgarner = Jesse Foppert?

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I got a question answered on the latest Baseball America podcast. I asked about Bumgarner's velocity, and whether he could be another Jesse Foppert. The bad news: they said yeah, he might be. The good news: they don't think he's hurt (at least not yet). The other bad news: but they do see some serious problems with his mechanics.

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POKEMONZ fantasy draft today!

Just a reminder for those of you who signed up for the POKEMONZ Fantasy League - we're all set to draft today at 10 AM Pacific (1 PM Eastern). If you want to not end up with a team full of Dodgers...

OH SNAP!!!!! Apparently, this bit of self-contradictory non-logic is good enough to make the front...

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OH SNAP!!!!! Apparently, this bit of self-contradictory non-logic is good enough to make the front page of sfgate.com. Excuse me for a minute: I'll be weeping for the future.

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The ninth inning that wouldn't end and more

As I mentioned previously, my wife and I went to see an FSU vs. Virginia baseball game on Saturday. It was a pretty big matchup - in Baseball America's Top 25, Virginia was #1 and FSU was #5, while...

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POKEMONZ Fantasy League: Draft next Saturday!

For those of you who signed up for the POKEMONZ fantasy league (aka the first MCC league started about a month back), the draft is scheduled to take place in less than a week - next Saturday, March...

Baseball in February

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As I mentioned elsewhere, my wife took in an FSU ballgame - a 14-4 drubbing of the sadly overmatched Hofstra Pride. But it was fun all the same, and if you follow the link, you can find some awesome pictures - including a picture of Buster Posey* and my son!

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Predict the 2011 Top Ten Prospects

It's really a guessing game, but just for shits and giggles, let's try predicting who'll be on next year's top ten organizational prospects list. There are a number of things to take into account:...

B-R's next feature: Negro League Stats

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From the link: "Chicago limousine dispatcher Scott Simkus, 39, and North Carolina book editor Gary Ashwill,42, are combining on a four-year project to put Negro League statistics from 1900 to 1948 on baseball-reference.com." Awesome!

Can you name all the 1993 Giants?

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Because I'm a nerd, I just threw together a Sporcle quiz - can you name the 1993 San Francisco Giants? I thought y'all might enjoy it - at least those of y'all who're long-time fans. Even for those of us who remember the season all too well, it's awfully tough to remember all the obscure guys...

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POKEMONZ: The first MCC fantasy league of the season!

I just went ahead and created a MCC Fantasy Baseball league for the upcoming season. I copied the settings from last year's DINGERZ.EXE League, but this time it's going by the name POKEMONZ....

BREAKING: Chris Haft is the front office's toady

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Okay, so the man comes in for a lot of criticism and mockery here. This article is especially absurd, though. Some highlights: - He lauds the front office for signing two "competent" hitters. - He mentions that John Bowker, Emmanuel Burriss, Kevin Frandsen, Travis Ishikawa, Fred Lewis, Andres Torres, Eugenio Velez, Buster Posey, and Eli Whiteside are "unlikely" to all make the team. Really, Chris? We're not going to be carrying nine bench players this time? Damn. My hopes were so high. - He mentions that Sanchez is LIKELY to start the season on the DL. Originally, Bochy said that was possible - maybe I missed it but I hadn't heard any updates. So his first DL stint of the year is updated to "likely." HOORAY! - "the Giants realize a fast start will give them a significant edge over their competition." YOU DON'T SAY! I thought it was good to lose every game in April and save your strength so you can be MONEY DOWN THE STRETCH, NERDS! - The closing quote from Sabean: "You have the opportunity to have depth." Um, what!?

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