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Former San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans sits in the home dugout in 2017. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: The San Francisco Giants’ alleged reconstruction feels more like rearranging deck chairs

The San Francisco Giants are mercifully close to the end of another…

Former San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans sits in the home dugout in 2017. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Niners fans should do like Jimmy Garoppolo and remain calm. He’ll be the quarterback of the future no matter what the front office does in the coming days. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: With Garoppolo down, it’s time to evaluate, not tank

It’s amazing how one play can snatch excitement away from an entire…

Niners fans should do like Jimmy Garoppolo and remain calm. He’ll be the quarterback of the future no matter what the front office does in the coming days. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates a touchdown with Daniel Kilgore against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 26, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: 49ers are playing the long game

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked six times on Sunday,…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates a touchdown with Daniel Kilgore against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 26, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Breida, pictured center in 2017, had a big day running the ball for the San Francisco 49ers in the 2018 home opener. (Mike Siegel/Seattle Times/TNS)

Postgame 49ers: The good, the bad, the ugly against the Lions

SANTA CLARA -- The San Francisco 49ers' 30-27 home opener win against…

Matt Breida, pictured center in 2017, had a big day running the ball for the San Francisco 49ers in the 2018 home opener. (Mike Siegel/Seattle Times/TNS)
Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)

Oakland Athletics at home in the playoffs? It could be pretty special

OAKLAND -- As soon as the last fans exited the Oakland Coliseum…

Stephen Piscotty in April of 2018. (Courtesy: Oakland Athletics)
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden stands on the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday, August 24, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Departure of the (Khalil) Mack was the wrong call

I refused to envision a scenario in which the Oakland Raiders traded…

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden stands on the sidelines during the game against the Green Bay Packers at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday, August 24, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looks into the crowd before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Thursday, August 9, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: What should be expected from the San Francisco 49ers in 2018?

The excitement surrounding the 2018 San Francisco 49ers is understandable, considering there…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looks into the crowd before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Thursday, August 9, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman runs through a drill during practice on Aug. 22, 2018, at the team's Santa Clara practice facility. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Bold predictions for a new NFL season

The NFL season is just around the corner, so it’s time to…

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman runs through a drill during practice on Aug. 22, 2018, at the team's Santa Clara practice facility. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey connects on an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Buster Posey isn’t a Hall of Famer

We no longer have to watch Buster Posey hit weak grounders and…

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey connects on an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis warms up before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Khris Davis may fall short in MVP voting, but he’s been a big piece of the Oakland Athletics’ renaissance

Anywhere east of Oakland, you don’t hear too many folks chirping about…

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis warms up before the game against the San Francisco Giants at Oakland Coliseum on Friday, July 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Marshawn Lynch runs through a drill in Napa during a July 28 practice on the first day of Oakland Raiders training camp. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Raiders are Schroedinger’s football team

If you’ve never heard of Schrödinger’s cat, this attempt to explain the…

Marshawn Lynch runs through a drill in Napa during a July 28 practice on the first day of Oakland Raiders training camp. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Nick Hundley notched four hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Nick Hundley was in the wrong during his fight with Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig

After two, drama-filled wins over the Los Angeles Dodgers, the up-and-down San…

Nick Hundley notched four hits, including a home run, and three RBI in the Giants' 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Barry Bonds addresses the crowd at his number retirement ceremony on August 11, 2018. (Courtesy / San Francisco Giants)

Barry Bonds is human after all, misses father during San Francisco Giants number retirement ceremony

AT&T PARK -- During his 16-minute, 45-second address to fans on Saturday,…

Barry Bonds addresses the crowd at his number retirement ceremony on August 11, 2018. (Courtesy / San Francisco Giants)
The Oakland Athletics celebrate Jonathan Lucroy's walk-off hit as Pablo Sandoval walks off the field on July 21, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: It should be a disappointment if the A’s don’t win it all

Legendary Bay Area rapper Earl Stevens, better known as E-40, recorded a…

The Oakland Athletics celebrate Jonathan Lucroy's walk-off hit as Pablo Sandoval walks off the field on July 21, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics' DH Khris Davis warms up in the on-deck circle against the Giants at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Explaining the A’s — How the Oakland Nine became contenders

  It’s August, and the Oakland Athletics are 64-46, sitting 18 games…

Oakland Athletics' DH Khris Davis warms up in the on-deck circle against the Giants at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Terrell Owens took a shot at the 49ers when confronted by TMZ's cameras. (Courtesy Collision Conf/Flickr)

Terrell Owens not attending Canton ceremony is shameful

The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, during Hall of…

Terrell Owens took a shot at the 49ers when confronted by TMZ's cameras. (Courtesy Collision Conf/Flickr)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers to home against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: San Francisco Giants are stuck as trade deadline looms

Tuesday afternoon on the Greg Papa Show on 95.7 The Game, Jon…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers to home against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey connects on an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Second half preview: Should the San Francisco Giants trade Buster Posey?

At the start of July, the San Francisco Giants were 44-40, in…

San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey connects on an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie celebrates with teammates after a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels on April 7, 2018.  (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Bonta Hill: A’s are the hottest team in baseball

Before about three weeks ago, seemingly every conversation about the Oakland Athletics…

The Oakland Athletics' Jed Lowrie celebrates with teammates after a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels on April 7, 2018.  (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
DeMarcus Cousins has a new home. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Bonta Hill: DeMarcus Cousins’s deal with the Golden State Warriors is a win for both parties

Draymond Green said it all: Bada bing, bada boom. That’s how the…

DeMarcus Cousins has a new home. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)