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. 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
If the past truly is prologue, you better have your tickets in hand already if you want to be a part of the Giants’ spring training party. Read More
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said he felt like he got “punched in the stomach” when he learned of Melky Cabrera’s 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone.
In his first public comments since the Wednesday suspension, Sabean told reporters on Thursday about his initial reaction. Read More
Giants manager Bruce Bochy likes to invoke that old cliché, “Players make out the lineup,” meaning that performance decides who will play. He should also admit that contracts play a big part in lineup decisions for the Giants.
Case in point: Though Brandon Belt was supposed to start the first two weeks, unless a left-hander were pitching, he was not in the lineup for the second series of the season, nor the first two home games against Pittsburgh. Read More
Issue: Brian Wilson’s status
Analysis: The All-Star closer’s health, though a concern given his 2011 elbow problems and his recent revelation that he’s suffered hip problems throughout his career, factors into a potential scenario that’s gone largely ignored by fans and the media.
Wilson, who turns 30 in less than a month, isn’t under contract for 2013. Read More
Brian Sabean is a cobbler.
He can cobble together a major league roster as well as anybody in the game. Unfortunately, there’s not much romance in cobbling.
Sabean’s trade for Melky Cabrera earlier this week was simply his first pass at chiseling out the most competitive team possible for 2012. On paper, he added a .305 hitter who hit 18 homers and drove in 87 runs. Few Giants fans jumped up and down. Read More
The first thing the Giants have to realize as they look forward to 2012 is that they can’t replicate 2010, when they got big contributions from aging veterans. They’re going to have to look more at — gasp — younger players. Read More
Bruce Bochy made no plans for October. He fully planned to be working.
Instead, he will be busy in the coming days and weeks with player evaluations, sit-downs with his returning coaching staff, organizational meetings and a visit to the Arizona Fall League. 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