Venezuelans are celebrating their homegrown baseball heroes as a record contingent of players from the country heads into the World Series with the Giants and Detroit Tigers.
Nine Venezuelans, including five with the Giants, will feature in the series starting tonight — the most ever. Read More
Despite multiple local examples to the contrary, some writers insist that team chemistry was essential to the Giants success this year. Read More
Goodlettsville, Tenn. scored nine runs in the top of the seventh on the way to a wild 24-16 Little League World Series semifinal victory over Petaluma (Calif.) National on Saturday. Read More
The last time the Los Angeles Angels rolled into the Oakland Coliseum (May 21), they were eight games out of first with an 18-24 record and their pricey offseason acquisition, Albert Pujols, was struggling through the worst slump of his career, batting .211. The A’s, on the other hand, were in second place with a 21-21 record, despite injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon McCarthy and Coco Crisp. But few thought the anomaly would last. Read More
If the All-Star Game is any indication, it could be an exciting second half for the Giants. Melky Cabrera, Matt Cain, Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval all played key roles in the Midsummer Classic, and Cabrera was named the game’s MVP after going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer. Read More
A week ago today, the rosters for Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game were announced — and met with the usual hue and cry.
It’s such a tired act now. It’s trite. Cliché. Rote. All too predictable.Announce team. Brace for cries of favoritism, criticism of “the process,” and grumbling about snubs. Rinse. Repeat. Read More
The first-place Giants? Yes, that’s what they were in the wake of Tim Lincecum’s most exhilarating outing of the season on Wednesday. Tied with L.A. after giving up ZERO runs in a three-game sweep, having been five games back 11 days previous. Pretty amazing.
The big question in the wake of Wednesday’s game, of course, was this: Is Timmy back? He sure has looked sharp since wiggling out of that first-inning jam in Oakland on June 22, right? Read More
Our All-City teams are not always scientific.
Sometimes, you have to go with your gut.
In the past, our Player of the Year candidates in baseball have been those who have had standout seasons at the plate and on the mound. The dual-threat players that impact every game.
This time around, it’s a pitcher, but the exception is truly exceptional. Read More
It has to end sometime, doesn’t it, this Tim Lincecum agony? There have been pitchers who mysteriously lost their accuracy or their speed, Steve Blass back in the ’70s, Rick Ankiel not so long ago, but they didn’t win two Cy Young Awards. Then again ...
A 2-8 record for Lincecum? That reads like a typographical error. It has to be 8-2, right? He reached 93 mph on the radar gun. He struck out six in Seattle. In five innings. Which is the problem. Read More
Perfection is virtually unobtainable in any endeavor; even the most pure of moments can be dissected to the point that a blemish, however small, could be found by the most cynical of cynics.
Case in point: A friend of mine, who considers baseball an exercise in tedium, scoffed at the notion of Matt Cain’s masterpiece at AT&T Park on Wednesday as a perfect game.
“A perfect game,” he spat with a straight face, “would be 27 first-pitch outs or 27 three-pitch strikeouts.” Read More