Saturday, January 30, 2016

Christian Arroyo in the Orange and Black?

Chris Haft of mlb.com reports that he's listed as the 82nd best MLB prospect.

He's only 20. Here's part ...


San Francisco's No. 1 selection (25th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft, Arroyo already has demonstrated the potential to hit capably. Consistency has been the 20-year-old's hallmark. He batted .304 for San Jose last year and owns a .303 lifetime Minor League average. Those numbers are comparable with the .308 figure Arroyo posted this offseason for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League, which named him to its All-Prospect Team.
Nava said that Arroyo feels comfortable with his burgeoning skill.
"The swagger is impressive," Nava said. "He's not afraid of anything. He knows he's good."
As Nava related, Arroyo expects to excel. Arroyo took a .322 batting average into last August, but he hit .272 for the remainder of the season while striving to contribute to San Jose's postseason bid.
"I think he was trying to carry the team on his shoulders," Nava said. "He started putting pressure on himself a lot. So we had a conversation to get him back in 'relax' mode, let things happen and focus on the things in front of you."
The Giants are focused on Arroyo's potential.
"The better pitchers he faces, [the more he] raises the bar for himself," Nava said. "He's starting to know his swing better. He's starting to recognize his hitting flaws, like right away. So he's able to make the adjustment needed."

Monday, January 25, 2016

Giants are the 6th most improved

That's what the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo says. He also says the Bosox are the most improved.

 6. GIANTS — They are coming off one of their usual down seasons in an odd-numbered year. They have won the last three World Series in even-numbered years, and added Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto to the rotation and Denard Span to the lineup. They could use another power bat, but the Giants are already seen as the team to beat in the tough National League West.

Also, the Dodgers are the second in the list for teams taking a step back ----

 2. DODGERS — Signing Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir to free agent deals can’t make up for losing Greinke to the rival Diamondbacks. The Dodgers still have an unsettled outfield situation, and re-signing an aging Chase Utley wasn’t impressive.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tim Lincecum's future

Chris Haft of mlb.com says it's pretty murky....


Until the ink's dry on Lincecum's signature affixed to a contract with one of the other 29 teams, chances of his returning to the Giants remain alive. That said, he must first address priorities more urgent than team affiliation or his potential role on a staff. I'm obviously not a doctor; nor have I witnessed any of Lincecum's throwing sessions, assuming he has progressed to that point. But the nature of his hip surgery may prolong his readjustment to being on a mound.
That's my roundabout way of saying -- it's only my opinion -- that he'll almost certainly need a stint in extended Spring Training, the Minor Leagues or both before he performs in the Majors again. He's trying to overcome not only surgery, but also inactivity. He hasn't pitched since last June 27.

I was at that game, which the Giants eventually won 7-5. Tim get hit by a liner in the 2nd inning in the hand -- an odd way to end a season that would eventually wind up with him needing surgery on his hip.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

RIP Monte Irvin

A Hall of Famer and a great part of Giants history, and beloved by all who knew him.

Nice obituary by mlb.com. Here's part --

During his time with the Giants, Irvin batted .296 and was a member of the 1951 and '54 National League champions. He batted .394 in 10 World Series games and led the NL with 121 RBIs in 1951. He finished third in NL Most Valuable Player voting that season, finishing behind Roy Campanella and Stan Musial. He was a member of the NL All-Star team in 1952.
Before the Giants acquired his contract in 1949, Irvin played parts of eight seasons for the Negro Leagues' Newark Eagles. He was a batting champion, a five-time Negro League All-Star and a Negro League World Series winner. He was also an MVP in the Mexican League and the Puerto Rico Winter League.
After his playing career, he worked as a scout for the Mets and as a member of Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's public-relations staff. He remained with Major League Baseball after Kuhn's departure, handling an assortment of special assignments.
Until the final months of his life at a Houston retirement facility, Irvin regularly worked out on the same stationary bike that had once been in the Giants' training room at the Polo Grounds. He watched baseball, too, constantly and joyously. He'd faced Warren Spahn, Don Newcombe and Joe Nuxhall. He hit his last home run off Spahn. He hit a couple off Preacher Roe and five off Ralph Branca.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Cardinal Way

Jeff Passan at Yahoo Sports has a great takedown of just how arrogant and slimy the St. Louis Cardinals franchise is, given the guilty plea by one of their former top executives for hacking into the Houston Astros database. Here's the top part: 


The ugliness builds page by page, incident by incident, and by the end of the federal indictment against former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa, this much is obvious: If Major League Baseball doesn't dock the Cardinals draft picks in addition to a seven-figure fine, it is not just tacitly approving the computer crimes to which Correa pleaded guilty on Friday but encouraging similar nefariousness among other teams.

 Shock rippled around baseball Friday when authorities released the five-page charging documents that detailed Correa's crimes. In accessing the Astros' proprietary Ground Control database, the team's repository for player evaluation, he sought draft information before and during the draft, trade information on the day of the trade deadline and, in the grossest breach, broke into an Astros employee's email to retrieve the new URL and password to Ground Control after the Astros had changed both.
As far as sins in baseball go, this exceeds any brushbacks or beanballs, any signs that can be stolen, anything shot subcutaneously through a needle. This is a direct assault on another team's front office, the triumvirate of immoral, unethical and illegal, and no matter where it emanated from on the corporate hierarchy, the punishment needs to be severe.
That it came from the director level – one step down on the organizational chart from general manager John Mozeliak – only adds embarrassment to a team that prides itself on conducting things The Cardinal Way, which presumably does not include vengeance hacking among its chief tenets.

Friday, January 01, 2016

"A Day in the Bleachers"