There has been talk that Bruce Bochy is a potential Hall of Fame manager, but any manager is only as good as his players. Now, Giants GM Brian Sabean has to make certain Bochy has the players.
This World Series championship team was much different than the first one just two years ago, which got contributions from players who were either not that good or, in the case of Edgar Renteria, having one last shot in a solid career. That was not a team for the ages. Read More
The World Series champion Giants are parting ways with Aubrey Huff, declining to exercise his $10 million club option Thursday after two disappointing seasons following a big year during the team’s title run two years ago. Read More
The most vexing question facing the Giants at the trade deadline this year: What to expect out of Aubrey Huff down the stretch?
Just nine days ago, the Giants seemed content to let the deadline pass without a major shake-up. They’d opened the second half with a 7-1 record and were leading the Los Angeles Dodgers by 2½ games in the NL West standings. Read More
Issue: Who’s on first?Analysis: The Giants are in a tough spot when it comes to working Aubrey Huff back into the fold, but it’s not as tough as it might seem.Fans would love nothing more than for the team to bury Huff and his big contract on the bench. They’d like the team to finally and firmly commit to the youngsters they have at Huff’s position — Brandon Belt and Brett Pill. Read More
It’s not often I’ll get heavy in this space, but in light of what’s been going on in and around the previously bullet-proof world of the NFL, it’s time.
Junior Seau. Head shots. Concussions. Bounties. Dementia. Lawsuits. On and on and on.
In the wake of the multi-day party that was the NFL draft, we’ve been inundated by nothing but awful, depressing and, in some cases, genuinely tear-jerking news. Read More
Issue: Hating on Huff
Analysis: An internal debate was waged regarding the focus of today’s issue. It could easily have been “Handling Huff,” which would put more of the culpability in this mini-controversy on the Giants themselves.
You know the deal. Fans and media alike have been alternately puzzled and incensed by the revelation that Huff, in the wake of an absolutely brutal weekend in Gotham, left the team with a text message. Read More
The Giants have mostly put the era of bad contracts behind them, but there are still two bad ones on the books with Barry Zito and Aubrey Huff.
Zito’s is by far the worst, probably the worst free-agent signing in history. It is also the most inexplicable because he was pitching just across the Bay with the A’s. Read More
It’s a given that the Giants will have strong pitching again, but hopes that their offense will be much improved are largely based on problematical players. Read More
If Giants manager Bruce Bochy wants to extend his team’s season beyond the 34 regular-season games remaining, he needs to remind himself that he should play his best players, not those making the most money.
And that should start with Brandon Belt, who absolutely should be in the lineup every day, either at first base or left field. Read More
This isn’t a June Swoon, it’s an “Oh gawd, how do we get back to last October?”
It’s a season of Murphy’s Law baseball, with the people who aren’t getting injured unable to get out of slumps.
“It’s going to have to pick up,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We know it.” Read More