Back in the early 2000s, when the A’s were bursting back onto the scene as a relevant force in big-league ball, general manager Billy Beane — considered at the time a merely great young baseball mind — adopted a mantra of sorts in response to queries regarding his teams’ exceptional camaraderie.
“Chemistry,” Beane would say, “is a by-product of winning.” Read More
When it comes to Hollywood, the glitzier the better.
At least that is what all the marketing folks will say.
But when it comes to a baseball team, is that true? The new-look Los Angeles Dodgers are trying out that methodology to the extreme.
With a flashy new ownership group headlined by Los Angeles Lakers icon Magic Johnson beginning its first full season, the Dodgers have gone out and purchased big-ticket items in the hope of taking down their rival, the Giants, who have won two of the past three World Series. Read More
The AL West might not be the deepest division in baseball, but the contending teams sure make it one of the most interesting ones.
From the Texas Rangers, who went to back-to-back World Series before a collapse last season; to the Los Angeles Angels, who are feeling a bit envious of their L.A. brethren; to the A’s, the small-market team with a band of characters that shockingly won the division in 2012, this year promises to be chock-full of twists and turns good enough for any supermarket tabloid. Read More
No team wins a world championship on the strength of a single unit, so to say the Giants won it all in 2012 because of their starting rotation is an oversimplification.
So, too, is saying that Buster Posey makes the offense go, or that Sergio Romo is critical to bullpen success.But when you think of the Giants and the keys to their shot at repeating, where does the mind go first? The rotation, of course. Read More
It’s official: The Giants are no longer flying under the radar. Coming off a season in which they rallied to their second World Series title in three years, no teams will be underestimating the Giants in 2013.
Despite hitting the fewest home runs in the majors last season, the Giants were able to compete with an established pitching staff and some young players coming into their own to get to the playoffs.
From there, the road got a little bumpy, but the tight-knit group showed remarkable chemistry, staving off elimination six times in the playoffs. Read More
San Francisco Giants 2013 schedule.
The Giants played their first game at AT&T Park on Thursday since Game 2 of last year’s World Series, reigniting the exhibition Bay Bridge Series with a 7-3 loss to the A’s.
Giants starter Tim Lincecum began the game well, striking out four in his first three innings, but gave up a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the third. He departed the game with two outs and two on in the fifth before A’s outfielder Josh Reddick homered to right off reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Read More
The Giants made it through spring training — and a run through the World Baseball Classic for many — with on important asset: their health.
The most pressing concern is the health of third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who has been experiencing pain in his right elbow and numbness in his fingers. While the “Kung Fu Panda” did not play in Thursday’s game against the A’s, manager Bruce Bochy said his return could be right around the corner. Read More
The Giants announced Thursday they have extended both general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through the 2016 season.
Sabean has been with the Giants organization since 1993, including 17 years as general manager. During his time at the helm, the Giants have been to three World Series and won the NL West five times. Read More