Friday, February 29, 2008
The power of Winn
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Don't do it, don't do it, don't do it
Why is Neifi so disliked by Giants fans? Because he's a terrible excuse for a ballplayer with a career OBP under .300. He refuses to take a walk and sucked up nearly 650 offense-free ABs in two seasons in the Orange and Black. He's one of Sabean's worst free agent signings, getting paid $1.5 million in 2003 and $2.75 million in 2004 before being DFA'd in August and getting picked up by the Cubs.
Banged up before the first game
It's kind of amusing that Durham is insisting he doesn't suck after having the worst season in the MLB among regulars last year. Good for you, Ray.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Ken Rosenthal is a dingbat and an idiot
Hey, Ken, how about doing some reporting for a change instead of rehashing the "Bonds is evil" story for the millionth time? Otherwise, I'd say you're a lazy crybaby who shouldn't be allowed to waste everyone's time.
The guys on the bubble
Flat out embarrassing
Sully: At the risk of sounding hyperbolic or even snarky, I have to say that I cannot remember an offense that looked as inept as this Giants one does heading into a season. You guys are right; the pitching is there. But this offense is going to be atrocious.
Rich: Do the Giants have an offense? Sully, you covered this one about as well as possible in a Giant Mess three weeks ago.
Russ: Is there any hope here? With Barry Bonds gone, this team will need to find a new face for the offense. Rowand is hardly a world-beater, and he'll be hitting fifth behind Bengie Molina. That's not a situation any team should have. Rich Aurilia, Ray Durham, and Vizquel are still with the team; maybe Kevin Frandsen will successfully supplant Durham at second. The Giants could probably do worse than Dave Roberts and Randy Winn, but they also could do better.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Vizquel out -- What a surprise
That's too damn bad, since Omar's able to make good pitching look even better. He's also the weakest hitter in the lineup so one hopes that the offense will be improved. Still, this is a flat-out terrible lineup.
C: Molina, Alfonso
LF: Roberts/Davis/Lewis (probably in that order)
My 2008 hope -- lots of Dodger beatdowns
Only five years ago, the 2003 Giants won 100 games and pretty much had the Dodgers' number. They won the season series, 13-6 -- the best mark in the last 20 years. I saw a wonderful game in late June in which Ray Durham made a horrible throw that would have started a game-ending DP in the 9th. Instead, the Dodgers scored two runs but gagged in the 11th when The Fat Frenchie walked Bonds, who stole second and came home on Santiago's single.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Tampa Bay showing some Barry love
Oh...he's a bad role model...boo hoo!!! All I know is he can hit the freakin ball, and I don't care if he's a good guy or not, as long as he hits the ball. Also, look how many comments are on this post. No other Rays article comes close. I hope we sign him. Wow.... Crawford, Upton, Pena, Baldelli, Longoria, and now Bonds...watch out AL pitching.
Bonds to Tampa Bay?
Here's what the local paper says.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The lanky Jonathan Sanchez
The Power of Positive Thinking
4. If we have an injury in center-field, we are COMPLETELY covered. Heck, if Aaron Rowand collides with the outfield wall which subsequently collapses on Randy Winn, we would probably be OK.
6. Since we cheer for the Giants rather than the Dodgers, we retain possession of our immortal souls, which is totally awesome.
Kevin admitted in response to a subsequent comment that he should have also mentioned the broadcast team.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Echoes of Matt Williams
Matty topped 25 four times between 1990 and 1994, when he had 43 HRs and Bud "Stupid" Selig canceled the season and the World Series.
Here's yet another reason why Brian Sabean should be fired -- any other MLB organization would have fired the GM for having such a crappy record of developing prospects.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Brian Wilson -- what a relief
Haft notes that it's been six seasons since Robb Nen retired, forcing fans to endure inadequate guys like Worrell and Herges plus the colossal stupidity of the Blownitez signing -- which should be enough grounds for Sabean's termination. So it's a real relief for Giants fans, who are going to see a lot of 2-1 and 3-2 games this season, that having a decent closer is actually plausible in 2008.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Zito gives great quote
"It's a different clubhouse, a different team," he said. "Guys are encouraged, because they will have more say in the clubhouse now. You don't have a presence like a Barry Bonds. You're going to see some leadership roles forming that didn't exist last year. And I think that's good for the team."
I know it may seem presumptuous to speak for all Giants fans, but think I can safely say that most Giants fans don't really care who the leaders in the clubhouse are. If you want to show some real leadership, Barry, how about starting by not getting bombed this year as often as you did last year?
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Worshiping at the altar of Brett Butler
Now the SF Chronicle's Henry Schulman, who should know better, is letting new coach Roberto Kelly run off at the mouth about how much speed the Giants will have this year. The problem with stolen bases is that unless you are successful at least 75% of the time, you're better off not stealing at all because of the additional outs you're creating and scoring opportunities that you're diminishing. Schulman doesn't even point this out. He simply asserts that Kelly's minor league team last year stole 212 in 297 attempts; he doesn't then follow that up by examing the 71% success rate -- which means that the team was actually running itself out of more runs than if they hadn't tried stealing at all.
As I've said again and again, the lack of any kind of rigor about the reporting that's being done for Chronicle shows that it's being edited by people who don't give a damn about the readers. We're simply supposed to accept the assertion of "Hey, they're not hitting homeruns so they have to steal bases."
It's worth mentioning that Barry Bonds managed to steal 515 bases and only get thrown out 141 times for a respectable 79% success rate.
What about Roberto Kelly? He had a lousy 73% success rate, so he probably thinks that a 71% rate is acceptable. In other words, get ready for the 2008 Giants to get four singles in an inning and not score a run. And again, having your coaches execute this kind of stupid strategy is yet another reason why Brian "Brain" Sabean should be fired.
Monday, February 18, 2008
The scene in Scottsdale
Saturday, February 16, 2008
On Tuesday - a day before even pitchers and catchers were due to report to the desert - Rowand was out taking flyballs with Nate Schierholtz.
"As far as dedication and being a big-name guy, they can do whatever they want, show up whenever they want," Frandsen said. "He shows up early. That's his style. We were talking about our game-day preparation. I felt I was one of the first ones (to arrive) in recent years. He might trump me."
I can't recall another MLBer using the word "trump" recently except when discussing Donald Trump.
I also just realized -- what a coincidence that Bonds passed Aaron, got kicked off the Giants and the new guy to replace him is named .... Aaron. I didn't see the connection until now. Am I making too much of this?
The faces of the franchise
Friday, February 15, 2008
The Big Train
1. Walter Johnson+ 203
2. Eddie Plank+* 196
3. Randy Johnson* 182
3. Joe McGinnity+ 182
5. Chick Fraser 177
6. Charlie Hough 174
7. Cy Young+ 163
8. Jim Bunning+ 160
9. Roger Clemens 159
10. Nolan Ryan+ 158
Kim in the Orange and Black?
-- gave up HR 715 to Barry Bonds two years ago and
-- managed blow back to back saves in the 2001 World Series. In Game 4, he gave up a 2-run HR to Tino Martinez with two out in the bottom of the 9th; Brenly left him in for the 10th and he gave up a walk-off HR to Jeter. Amazingly, on the next night, Brenly brought him out again in the ninth to close out the game with the Yanks trailing 2-0 and he gave up a double, got the next two guys and then gave up a game-tying HR to Scott Brosius. Soriano won the game in the 12th with a hit off Albie Lopez. I remember thinking when Brosius hit his HR that this must be some kind of record -- for the same guy to give up game-tying 2-run homers with two outs in the bottom of the 9th in two consecutive World Series games.
The pitch to Brosius was Kim's last of the year. Brenly finally realized that Kim wasn't going to stand up under the pressure and he'd better get someone else to close games -- which is why the Big Unit relieved in the 8th inning of Game 7 and wound up with the win. Randy Johnson was the first guy since Mickey Lolich to get three wins in a series -- thanks, in no small part, to Kim. Johnson, Lolich, Gibson, Lew Burdette and Harry Brecheen are the only guys to have gotten 3 wins in a World Series since 1920, when Stan Coveleski beat the Dodgers three times. (In the first series in 1903, Bill Dineen and Deacon Phillipe each won three games; five other guys did it in the next 14 years -- Christy Mathewson, Babe Adams, Jack Coombs, Joe Wood and Red Faber).
You can't really blame Brenly for going to Kim on back to back nights since he had saved three games in the postseason up that point. So, seven years later, we can say Kim is a bizarre guy with the wacky sidearm delivery that doesn't seem to fool left-handed batters, which means he's never going to have much success as a starter; it's never a surprise when he falls apart as a reliever. Obviously, he has some talent to have stuck around the bigs for seven years, although he hasn't been really effective since 2003. But is signing a marginal guy like Kim -- when the team has what may be the worst offense in MLB -- really what Brian Sabean ought to be doing right now?
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
There's no such thing as too early
So I am seriously impressed that Aaron Rowand has shown up in Scottsdale SIX DAYS EARLY, according the SF Chronicle's Henry Schulman. It sounds like Aaron will be ready when the bell rings on March 31.
The elected officials involved are a bunch of gutless cowards for wasting our time on this attempt to disempower the MLBPA. It's a particular disgrace in the face of their continued refusal to spend the time and energy on something that's actually important -- removing American troops from Iraq, when the American people have said over and over that they want the troops out as soon as possible. In the meantime, the situation's getting worse in Iraq. We've created a tidal wave of misery.
But that doesn't bother grandstanding Congressmen. They've let the worst President ever get away with being supremely incompetent in the conduct of this war. Even though the economy's in decline, these weasels don't care that most Americans believe that leaving Iraq would improve the economy.
He Shall Be Livan
For most people, Livan is forever linked with Eric Gregg and the super-wide strike zone in the 1997 playoffs. But for Giants fans, it's a different story. We're still annoyed at Dusty Baker for starting Livan instead of Reuter in Game 7 of the 2002 World Series. Livan had been hammered in Game 3; perhaps Dusty thought that Eric Gregg was going to umpire Game 7.
He's the ultimate .500 pitcher. He pitched four years with the Giants and went 45-45; his career mark is 134-128.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
As a fan, I think these kind of articles -- and I've read thousands of them -- miss the point, which is that teams that are lousy generally have worse "chemistry" than winning teams. And that winning teams sometimes don't get along -- such as the Oakland A's of the 1970s and the Bronx Zoo and any team that Jeff "Choker" Kent has played for. In the end, I don't really care if Aaron Rowand used to take 15 guys to dinner in Boston and Chicago. It's a big "So What?" for me.
Schulman makes the point that the Fresno Giants finally had a winning year, and they had better chemistry, too -- which shows, as much as anything, that Brian Sabean's an idiot for keeping guys on the farm when the MLB team was going 71-91.
Monday, February 11, 2008
The return of Giants Jottings
What made me think of that is that Scott Williamson's just signed a minor league deal with the Orange and Black.
He was an All-Star and Rookie of the Year in 1999 with hard stuff, including a splitter. Two years later, he had Tommy John surgery. Little surprise to me, then, that a front office that's constantly looking to the past would opt to sign a guy who's best days are way behind him.
Just the same, best of luck to you, Scott.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Serious fun for Giants fans
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Vlad makes me feel bad
Thanks to the exceptional stupidity of Brian Sabean and Peter Magowan in the winter after the 2003 season, the Giants decided to cheap out and let the Angels sign Vlad to a five-year $70 million deal. Giants fans had been salivating over the prospect of Vlad and Barry Bonds in the same outfied but since Bonds continued to be extraordinarily productive in 2004, it didn't look like that horrible a decision.
But now -- with three straight losing seasons and Randy Winn and Dave Roberts as the probable starters in RF and LF -- the decision looks painfully stupid. Vlad has been a stud as an Angel and looks like he's headed for the Hall of Fame. This past season, he had 27 HRs, 125 RBIs, a .403 OBP and a .543 slugging average -- which was his lowest number since 1998.
Oh, and all the concerns about him being brittle were nonsense -- he's played 141, 150, 156 and 156 games in his four years as an Angel. They've made the playoffs in 2004, 2005 and 2007; it's clear that he was the best player on the team each year.
Meanwhile, Sabean's spent the Giants money on free agents like Brett Tomko, Matt Morris, Ryan Klesko, Dave Roberts, Armando Blownitez and Michael Tucker.
Again, this is why Tim Kawakami is a worthless dingbat weasel apologist.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
The Incredible Chulk comes back
The Minister of Defense
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Tim Kawakami is a hack weasel apologist
Tim wants us to believe that it's Barry's fault that the Giants will suck this year, because somehow having him on the team left poor Brian Sabean's hands tied. Or some such BS. And now, according to GENIUS TIM KAWAKAMI, poor little Brian Sabean can't make any moves because of the looming threat of discipline due to the steroids "investigation" from George "Dingbat" Mitchell.
EARTH TO TIM -- Barry Bonds did NOT make the horrific deals for Blownitez, Alfonzo, Klesko, Finley, Pierzitsky, Tomko, Ponson, Durham, Zito, Hammonds, Ledee or Hillenbrand. Nor did Barry trade away Joe Nathan, Nelson Liriano or Jeremy Accardo. Brian Sabean did all of that. Also, the steroids "investigation" isn't about Brian Sabean; it's about helping Bud "Idiot" Selig take power away from and punish the MLBPA. Now would you please stop wasting our time?
What could be more fun?
Mike Krukow Duane Kuiper
Jon Miller Dan Ortmeier
Aaron Rowand Nate Schierholtz
Brian Wilson Barry Zito
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Barry and Omar are No. 1 and 2
Monday, February 04, 2008
Seriously ugly on offense
2B — Ray Durham, Giants
Durham was a very good player for a long time, and he put up excellent numbers as recently as 2006. Last season, however, he went over the statistical cliff, batting just .218 and getting on base at just a .295 clip. He's now 36, so a significant rebound seems unlikely. Fortunately for him, the miserable Giants don't have any other options.
3B — Rich Aurilia, Giants
Yes, Aurilia, at 36, is currently atop the Giants' pile — and it is a pile — at third base. Last season, Aurilia managed an OBP of barely better than .300, and since he's very much in his decline phase, there's no reason to expect improvement. These days, his bat won't play anywhere, particularly at a power position like third base.
SS — Omar Vizquel, Giants
Seriously, props to the Giants, without whom this column might not have been possible. Anyhow, Vizquel has a credible Hall of Fame case, but at this stage he has no business being a regular at the highest level. Defensively, he still makes the routine plays and the occasional highlight grab, but his range is now well below average. His offense is even worse than that. Vizquel will be 41 years old not long after Opening Day, so it's probably time to consider making graceful exit. On a broader level, it's challenging to impart just how bad the San Francisco offense is going to be in 2008.
My note -- Tony Pena looks like he's no damn good. Theriot doesn't look like much either.
Bringing hope to the hopeless
There's Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain, and there's the undying hope that Brian Sabean, perhaps the most overrated executive in professional sports, will one day be fired. Looking forward, minor-league third baseman Angel Villalona has a tremendously high ceiling.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Ray Ratto is a timewasting weasel
I felt like taking a nap after reading the column, so perhaps its best use is as a cure for insomnia.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Why Sabean should be fired, version 78
I do love watching Omar Vizquel play but where the hell is the Giants' Khalil? And why hasn't Sabean been fired?
Friday, February 01, 2008
Why the Associated Press is a garbage outfit
If any Philly fans are reading this, let me give it to you as straight as I can -- YOU'LL BE SORRY.