Two players who sometimes make up the same battery, catcher Buster Posey and pitcher Barry Zito, are the biggest question marks as the Giants’ pitchers and catchers start spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The question with Posey is whether he can be the same player who won NL Rookie of the Year honors in 2010 before being sidelined by a horrendous collision at home plate on May 25. After his broken bones healed, Posey started a long rehabilitation process. Read More
The San Francisco Giants are hosting their 11th annual holiday party this afternoon for children and families from local homeless shelters.Pitcher Barry Zito is scheduled to attend the party, which treats children to pizza, beverages, dessert, face painting, a magic show, and visits from Santa Claus and Giants’ mascot Lou Seal. Read More
As the sun finally set on the Giants’ defense of their first Bay Area world championship, another clock started ticking.
There can be no more delay. There can be no more if Brandon Belt develops, and Aubrey Huff rebounds or buts connected to Barry Zito’s contract. The Giants need to prove to Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain that there will be legitimate run support in their future.
Otherwise, the future of both aces may not be in the Bay Area. Read More
Honorable Giants fans, after reading professor emeritus Glenn Dickey’s scathing indictment of Barry Zito in Tuesday’s San Francisco Examiner, I offer a rebuttal to my esteemed colleague who has mightily tipped the scales of justice against baseball’s highest-paid, under-achieving pitcher. Read More
There is a simple solution to the Barry Zito problem: When he recovers from the mysterious foot ailment that landed him on the DL on Monday night, the Giants should put him on the “designated for assignment” list and send him to Triple-A Fresno. If he refuses to go, just release him. Read More
“Mark it down, repeat.” Those are the confident, if not unabashedly cocky, words of Giants closer Brian Wilson in the opening moments of the preview for “The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants,” which aired in April on Showtime.
The Giants are back on the small screen today at 10 p.m. with the premiere episode. Read More
The Giants should trade Barry Zito now. They’ll never have a better opportunity.
Zito has pitched very well since coming off the disabled list. That might fool a contending team that is desperate for pitching help, but we’ve seen similar streaks by Zito that haven’t lasted. Read More
Goodbye, June. Hello, Barry. The idea (blush) the Giants, figuratively had gone south when in actuality they went east across the Bay Bridge? Sorry.
Journalists, like infielders, botch easy ones. Make that E-C, as in error, columnist.Oh ye of little faith. Oh me of little faith.
“It’s going to have to pick up,” was the concession from Giants manager Bruce Bochy after they lost three in row to the A’s in Oakland. “We know it.” Read More
Call it the search for the “magic” bat.
The never-ending debate over that one hitter who will turn the Giants into an offensive threat again is all Giants fans can talk about.
At the ballpark — before, during and after every game, in the papers and on sports-talk radio, in the sports bars and restaurants across The City, it’s an obsession.
Who will Brian Sabean add to the Giants’ lineup. Read More
The great thing about the baseball season is the surprises, and the wonderful surprise that is Ryan Vogelsong has helped catapult the Giants back into the NL West race.
When Barry Zito, the $126 million mistake, went on the disabled list, the Giants called up Vogelsong to take his spot in the rotation. Read More