Paul Ladewski

Matt Cain has struggled mightily, making it time for Bruce Bochy to make a switch. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cain no longer able, but does Bochy have nerve to pull him from rotation?

Can’t beat good teams. Can’t win at home. Can’t win close games.…

Matt Cain has struggled mightily, making it time for Bruce Bochy to make a switch. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A 49ers fan celebrates a touchdown during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Smile, Faithful: It’s Gabbert’s show for worse or worser

Nobody freak out. It was the first NFL pregame game, for goshsakes.…

A 49ers fan celebrates a touchdown during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bruce Bochy had a recent health scare, and with all that he’s accomplished, it could be time to consider calling it a career. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bruce Bochy’s biggest call could be real life-saver

If there’s a more high-pressure job in professional sports than that of…

Bruce Bochy had a recent health scare, and with all that he’s accomplished, it could be time to consider calling it a career. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
USF legend Dick Stanfel was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. (Courtesy NFL)

Last last, USF great Stanfel gets his due

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo and Raiders renegade quarterback Ken Stabler were…

USF legend Dick Stanfel was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. (Courtesy NFL)
Jim O’Neil is Chip Kelly’s guy on defense this year. Hopefully, for the Faithful’s sake, he’s up for the task. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)

Niners’ shotgun marriage could be doomed to backfire

Nobody runs defenses into the ground like Chip Kelly and his frenetic…

Jim O’Neil is Chip Kelly’s guy on defense this year. Hopefully, for the Faithful’s sake, he’s up for the task. (Courtesy 49ers via Twitter)
Mark Melancon could be a more cost-effective solution for the Giants’ problems at closer. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Sleeping Giants need wake-up call before trade deadline

If you saw this coming at Third and King, raise your hand.…

Mark Melancon could be a more cost-effective solution for the Giants’ problems at closer. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Brett Lawrie, third from right, looks on from the dugout with Josh Reddick, second from right, and Stephen Vogt, right, when he was on the Oakland Athletics last year. Lawrie said the team’s firesale was deflating and that he’s happy to be with the White Sox now. (Nick Wass/AP)

For hopeless A’s, it’s that time of year again

Do you know what time it is, Athletics fans? Of course you…

Brett Lawrie, third from right, looks on from the dugout with Josh Reddick, second from right, and Stephen Vogt, right, when he was on the Oakland Athletics last year. Lawrie said the team’s firesale was deflating and that he’s happy to be with the White Sox now. (Nick Wass/AP)
Dennis Green with then Stanford athletic director Andy Geiger en route to a press conference where Green was announced as Stanford University’s new head coach. Green passed away on Thursday. (Sal Veder/AP)

Former Stanford, 49ers coach Dennis Green left his mark

Many will remember the late Dennis Green most for his postgame tirade…

Dennis Green with then Stanford athletic director Andy Geiger en route to a press conference where Green was announced as Stanford University’s new head coach. Green passed away on Thursday. (Sal Veder/AP)
It would make sense for the A’s and Giants to be trade partners this year. If they were, Oakland could use Albert Suarez. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

A’s, Giants need to bury egos, give peace a chance

It’s less than two weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline. One team…

It would make sense for the A’s and Giants to be trade partners this year. If they were, Oakland could use Albert Suarez. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Nate Thurmond, a Hall of Fame center and longtime Golden State Warrior, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia, the team announced. He was 74. (AP file)

Nate Thurmond remembered by former teammates

Warriors legend Nate Thurmond left behind a flood of memories on Saturday morning,…

Nate Thurmond, a Hall of Fame center and longtime Golden State Warrior, died Saturday after a short battle with leukemia, the team announced. He was 74. (AP file)
Adam Silver suggested Kevin Durant teaming up with the Warriors was wrong. He must not be paying attention to his own league’s history. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Warriors are too good? Silver needs to do his homework

So Adam Silver doesn’t like the idea of a Warriors super team,…

Adam Silver suggested Kevin Durant teaming up with the Warriors was wrong. He must not be paying attention to his own league’s history. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, crosses the plate after hitting a home run during the second inning of the All-Star Game, as National League’s starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, of the San Francisco Giants, looks at the scoreboard on Tuesday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Giants are in good spot, but there’s work to be done

Written while Balls debates whether the All-Star Game-determines-homefield-advantage-in-the-World Series idea is the…

Eric Hosmer, of the Kansas City Royals, crosses the plate after hitting a home run during the second inning of the All-Star Game, as National League’s starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, of the San Francisco Giants, looks at the scoreboard on Tuesday. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Johnny Cueto starting the All-Star game would be the perfect nod to the best team in baseball after the Chicago Cubs stole several spots. (Ben Margot/AP)

Johnny B. Great deserves All-Star start, not Giant snub

Practically all we’ve heard about this season is Chicago Cubs-Cubs-Cubs. And more…

Johnny Cueto starting the All-Star game would be the perfect nod to the best team in baseball after the Chicago Cubs stole several spots. (Ben Margot/AP)
Charles Barkley doesn’t approve of Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors. He doesn’t have much ground to stand on in these matters. (John Locher, Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Barkley isn’t one to criticize Durant

Kevin Durant kicks his dog. He steals lunch money from children on…

Charles Barkley doesn’t approve of Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors. He doesn’t have much ground to stand on in these matters. (John Locher, Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Kevin Durant changed the NBA landscape by joining the Golden State Warriors on the Fourth of July. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Durant, Dubs and dreams: ‘Not one, not two, not three …’

Geez, did you ever think renouncing the rights to Fetus Ezeli would…

Kevin Durant changed the NBA landscape by joining the Golden State Warriors on the Fourth of July. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner looks to third after taking a strike in front of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Erik Kratz, Monday, June 20, 2016, in Pittsburgh.(Keith Srakocic/AP)

Hey, now, MadBum is an All-Star — let him hit

Baseball is as boring as darts and waiting rooms. Almost as bad…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner looks to third after taking a strike in front of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Erik Kratz, Monday, June 20, 2016, in Pittsburgh.(Keith Srakocic/AP)
The Bay Bridge Series: This dud’s for you, baseball fans. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Bay Bridge Series reminds us what’s wrong with baseball

Baseball Fever. Forget It. This is the week of the Bay Bridge…

The Bay Bridge Series: This dud’s for you, baseball fans. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, foreground, hugs Stephen Curry after Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Monday, May 30, 2016. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

If Warriors are broken, Durant can fix them

Balls remembers the debate well. It took place around the All-Star break,…

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, foreground, hugs Stephen Curry after Game 7 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Monday, May 30, 2016. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Warriors fans, in happier times, hold up a sign celebrating Golden State’s 73rd win in the regular season. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Forget great debate: Curry’s Warriors no match for Jordan’s Bulls

It was a dream regular season that comes along once in a…

Warriors fans, in happier times, hold up a sign celebrating Golden State’s 73rd win in the regular season. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (Ron Schwane/AP)

Curry remarks are no fix for Warriors’ problems

OK, Charles Barkley, are you happy now? How ’bout you, Doc Rivers?…

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 6 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (Ron Schwane/AP)