Critics of capitalism often use professional athletes as an example of what’s wrong with the free market. Isn’t it a crime that baseball players get paid many multiples of what teachers get paid while teachers help our society so much more? Read More
First, let me say – I love baseball. Since I was a kid and played in Little League, it has been the game for me. And consequently I’m a huge professional baseball fan. I live for the season and the playoffs. Read More
The hero passes, the moment lives. In photos on the club level of AT&T Park. In recordings played a thousand times. “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant.”
One swing of the bat, and ecstasy. And agony.
The greats keep leaving us: Warren Spahn, Dom DiMaggio and now at age 86, Bobby Thomson, who hit the “Shot Heard ’Round the World.” Read More
The San Francisco Giants looked only as far as the visitor's clubhouse to add depth and versatility to their infield, acquiring Mike Fontenot from the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
Fontenot was still in Cubs gear a couple hours before game time, ready to make the short walk across the ballpark — all of about 500 feet. He was available for the Giants off the bench. Read More
We’re already down to a first-name only basis: “Buster.” That’s enough. For the Giants, for their fans, that’s plenty.
They’ve been waiting for this, waiting for a player like Buster Posey, a player who’s their own, a player who evokes memories even as he presents possibilities. Read More
Allowing the designated hitter for all All-Star Games, regardless of which league is hosting it, should re-ignite the DH debate.
Actually, there’s little debate, except by a relatively small group who agree with the National League’s decision to refrain from using the DH, while the American League, minor leagues, colleges and high schools all use it.
Hint: If everybody else believes one thing and you don’t, you may be wrong. Read More
A host of players from area colleges were drafted on the second day of the baseball draft, but it was a prep star who was the highest local player drafted Tuesday.
Aragon High shortstop Sam Tuivailala was taken in the third round (No. 106 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Tuivailala, who has committed to play at Fresno State next year, also pitched for Aragon. Read More
I may be the only baseball fan in America to feel this way, but I’m glad Jim Joyce blew that call.
So sorry to interrupt all the high-level discussions of expanded instant replay and the calls for historical re-writes from the commissioner, but I’ll say it again: I’m glad he blew the call. Read More
The blown call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game has revived calls for more use of instant replay, as it should.Commercial television long ago exposed the myth that baseball umpires always get it right.
The worst call, in terms of what it meant at the most important time was Don Denkinger’s blown call in the 1985 World Series, which was watched by millions on national television. Read More
Very quickly after Buster Posey was promoted, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the move made no difference to Bengie Molina. But of course it does. Most likely, it means an earlier end to Molina’s playing career, sometime in midseason. Read More