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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)
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford rounds third after his walk-off home run on June 27, 2018 at AT&T Park. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Gorcey: If the Giants make a run, it will be because of Brandon Crawford

Just after Brandon Crawford's Wednesday walk-off landed on the the green siding…

San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford rounds third after his walk-off home run on June 27, 2018 at AT&T Park. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
U-18 U.S. National team member Andrew Paoli plays for the San Francisco Glens. He's a rising UCLA sophomore and a San Jose native. (Courtesy S.F. Glens)

Bonta Hill: Soccer development is alive and well in San Francisco, despite U.S. absence from World Cup

With ratings and attendance down in Major League Baseball amid a desperate…

U-18 U.S. National team member Andrew Paoli plays for the San Francisco Glens. He's a rising UCLA sophomore and a San Jose native. (Courtesy S.F. Glens)
2018 NBA Draft pick Jacob Evans (right) holds up his jersey with Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

A free agent market with few spenders opens a myriad of options to the Golden State Warriors

It’s going to be a fascinating NBA summer, with fewer than 10…

2018 NBA Draft pick Jacob Evans (right) holds up his jersey with Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy — his second in two years — after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)

Bonta Hill: It’s time to scrap the NBA Awards show

Commissioner Adam Silver and the NBA deserves credit for its attempt to…

Kevin Durant holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy — his second in two years — after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)
Hunter Strickland exits the game after failing to complete the top of the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in April of 2017. He gave up three runs in the ninth to lose it for Andrew Suarez on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gorcey: Some unwritten rules should be stricken from the record

Like most baseball fans (and former catchers), I used to love the…

Hunter Strickland exits the game after failing to complete the top of the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in April of 2017. He gave up three runs in the ninth to lose it for Andrew Suarez on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Longtime A's general manager Billy Beane was instrumental in building the team that was an annual playoff contender in the early 2000s. He could be on the outs after 2019.

Bonta Hill: It’s time for the Oakland A’s to embrace change

In some cases, organizational change is a good thing. The Golden State Warriors…

Longtime A's general manager Billy Beane was instrumental in building the team that was an annual playoff contender in the early 2000s. He could be on the outs after 2019.
Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) lays the ball up against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 27. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors NBA Draft Preview: Who do the Warriors pick at No. 28?

For the first time since selecting Harrison Barnes in 2012, the Golden…

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) lays the ball up against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 27. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Giants should deal Madison Bumgarner or restructure his deal before it’s too late

To say things are getting weird down at 24 Willie Mays Plaza…

Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)