Spring Training 2017: Giants Host Reds as Spring Winds Down, Season Nears

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Greek Giant

The Giants begin the final week of Spring Training with a game against the Reds in Scottsdale. Ty Blach proposed to his girl on Greek Independence Day, March 25, 2017. She said yes!

 

Barry Bonds took some BP and hit more than a few moonshots….

 

  • Baldheadslikk1

    I bet he could hit 15 HRs this year if he played 140 games !

  • DrLefty

    Happy 30th Birthday to Buster Franchise!

  • DrLefty

    Speaking of catchers and Buster, Jon Heyman had a weird Twitter thing going yesterday where he was arguing that, out of respect, 34-year-old Yadi Molina ought to be the highest-paid catcher this year in AAV. To the many Giants fans (including Alex Pavlovic) who responded, um, no, he said “Well, Buster signed his deal early in his career, apples and oranges.”

    That’s not the point. Molina is no longer than the best catcher in baseball. He’s not even the second-best. The Cardinals should pay him $20+ million at 34 out of “respect”? Yeah, good luck with that.

    • Matthew

      Heyman is a lazy dude. And his GPS stops working at the Mississippi

      • DrLefty

        True that. 👍🏻

        • Matthew

          The Cardinals contingent at work have been riding out these Molina years in a Mini-Cain type of way. The difference is that Cain seems to be well-loved and accepted as a guy giving it everything he has.

          Yadi is increasingly seen by the general fan base (according to my “sources”…do you like that?!) as selfish in many ways. In their mind, there is some really bad, hard headed, in game decisions and barking at teammates that has jumped the shark.

          No doubt Hall of Fame guy, and should be able to ride this out with a decent finish. But Heyman is on a butt kissing dose of crack

      • paul in p.v.

        He might think twice if they were his pesos.

    • Keep’n It Real

      I saw it.

      Heyman is kind of off his rocker, because “out of respect” doesn’t justify an $8M+ bump at 34 years old.

      I’m curious…who do you feel is the second-best? Yadier seems healthy and he had a good WBC. I still think …regardless of 2016 stats…that Yadier’s reputation alone makes teams not run against him.

      • DrLefty

        On MLBN’s “Top 10 Right Now,” The Shredder had Molina as the 6th best catcher. The list was:

        1. Posey
        2. Lucroy
        3. Grandal
        4. Ramos
        5. Martin
        6. Molina
        7. Cervelli
        8. Realmuto
        9. Perez
        10. Castillo

        I think I’d probably also have put Lucroy at #2.

  • Lunch_Box

    My first memor of Posey playing in the bigs? Well his very first MLB off of Weaver at Dodgers Stadium in 2009, of course. Can’t believe it’s been over seven season already.

  • 610nm

    Shulman has some interesting graphs and stuff in his story about Buster’s Birthday.
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Buster-Posey-at-30-Giants-leader-on-his-path-11025919.php?t=783e176db9&cmpid=twitter-premium
    The chart at the end may explain why Buster doesn’t seem too interested in playing more often at 1B?

    • channelclemente

      Great article. What impressed me most was the simple comment he made about his state of mind, and baseball.

      ““Sometimes I wish I could get back to that mind-set. Sometimes I do
      strive to get to a certain point, more so than being in the day and what
      I need to accomplish that day.””

      In the context of where he is now, and where he was as a young player, just trying to stay on the field. He’s a rare player that seems introspective, and comfortable in his own skin. Good man.

      • Matthew

        I hope the blog’s usual suspects take the time to read this…and then step back an realize what they are witnessing in this amazing young man. The absurd criticisms that we hear too often are beyond misguided.

        Buster Posey is the greatest catcher in the history of this franchise. He is the man who “captained” and led this franchise to 3 titles this decade…the first one before he even realized how good and important he was…he was just doing his job.

        Some fans always want more of something – some want more power…some want more speed…those “some” don’t realize that any wants are outweighed by all of the positives he provides as a player and a leader.

        We are so fortunate to live through the Buster Years

        • 610nm

          To Paul, CC, and Matthew alike. Yes, Shulman might have perceived that people would be looking back on this (and other) articles after Buster retires, and did a wonderful job with it. I hope a lot of that drop off in catchers in the first graph is because many catchers start to move out from behind the plate at 30. There was a very impressive mugs gallery of catchers who stayed at C for 7,8,9 years after 30.

          IMO, Buster Posey is creating a generation of Giants fans, akin to what Mr. Mays did for me.

          • paul in p.v.

            What jumps off that chart is the longevity of Berra, Fisk, and Rodriguez. Baring serious injury, Posey should join them.

          • channelclemente

            I wonder how much the vast increase in player salaries will truncate that?

          • Matthew

            Well, I think – in general – players are taking much better care of themselves, with nutrition, sports science, and other methods. Posey isn’t a money chaser…and couple that with the loyalty of this ownership group. Buster will last

          • 610nm

            Buster’s current contract runs to age 34 (35 with option), if I remember the article correctly. He might be planning to remain primarily a C to the contract’s end, and then just hang it up, with all the money he’d ever need in the bank?

            I often wonder where the next generation of coaches and managers are coming from? Buster seems like a person who would like the challenge of managing, but he’d have no financial reason to follow in Bochy’s footsteps. I do find it interesting that Barry is interested in coaching, but baseball is in his DNA.

          • paul in p.v.

            Great point.

        • DrLefty

          I read this a few days ago and wrote to Hank to say what a great piece it is. I told him that he’s having a very, very good spring camp this year. 🙂

        • buyselltrade

          Who is going to be the franchise player when Posey is gone?

          I mean an every day player not Bumgarner.

          We can hope that there is a generous overlap with Buster Posey.

          Await a new SF Giants star to rise from the aether.

          • paul in p.v.

            Arroyo.

          • valleyfloorryan

            I was thinking along the lines of their first round pick in 2019. That guy is going to be a stud!

          • buyselltrade

            How about Beede, 1st round 2019, and Bumgarner as top of rotation 2021?

            Plus a CF with speed, power, high OBS, and high BB/KO.

          • valleyfloorryan

            Beede may choogle along in the middle of rotation and eat some innings, pick up some wins…

            Maybe there’s Caribbean signee somewhere out there that we don’t know of or do know of. One name to watch is the mysterious Sandro Fabian. We’ll see what he’s about this year, hopefully at Augusta.

          • buyselltrade

            All for a Sandro Fabian surprise (the name is great).

            The Giants gave up very fast on Lucius Fox and Carbonell and Villanova never were.

          • buyselltrade

            I am not so sold on Arroyo alas.

          • paul in p.v.

            That was a swag. I’d really like it to be Chris Shaw!

          • buyselltrade

            For sure a slugger would be cool but Shaw may not have the multi-dimensions of a franchise player.

          • valleyfloorryan

            He is limited. And does have some work to do.

          • paul in p.v.

            Buzz-killers.

          • valleyfloorryan

            Maybe Bryan Reynolds tears it up and hits 25 HRs per year !

          • totalfan62

            That’s my vote tambien, hermano.

          • paul in p.v.

            He seems to have Buster’s demeanor.

          • channelclemente

            Then we lose for a while to get high draft choices.

          • buyselltrade

            But we don’t want to lose.

            Stars are not always top ten picks.

            Also a franchise player could be obtained via trade.

          • channelclemente

            I won’t quote you the odds of a franchise player from drafting at/near te bottom. They’re grim. I will suggest, if the Giants can learn to better evaluate high school talent (a big question mark) they may have a wider pool of talent to choose from.

          • totalfan62

            True that re high school players. Mike Trout was (I think) 25th player picked on the first round. Also remember that Crawford and Belt were 4th/5th round picks.

          • buyselltrade

            I really like Mike Trout (and Crawford and Belt).

          • valleyfloorryan

            also have to learn the art of steering prep stars away from college commitments with overslot bonus.

          • buyselltrade

            Bumgarner and Cain are the last two successful Giants that were #1 HS picks.

            They were also fast to mlb.

          • 610nm

            I believe I will nominate Joe Panik. But Buster’s shoes will be hard to fill.

          • buyselltrade

            My thought at one time was that Panik would string together many full seasons like his first two partial seasons.

            Now I am not so sure but think Panik still has a good present and future.

            Hope Panik has a monster all star 2017.

          • channelclemente
        • crawnik

          I love Buster.

    • paul in p.v.

      Really great article. Schulman really did his homework.

      But what’s up with that photo of Bench? Was his head really that huge?

  • crawnik
    • Matthew

      whole lotta Belt in the 2 and craw in the 5 lately…looks good from heeeeere

      • 610nm

        Bum hitting 8th is a good vibe, too.

    • valleyfloorryan

      One can spy the opening day lineup from Bochy’s final spring lineup machinations:

      Span
      Belt
      Pence
      Posey
      Crawford
      Gillaspie ??
      Panik ??
      Park… oh never mind, two many LHH, I give up!

    • 610nm

      I just noticed this says “Fed X” under the reserves!

  • Michael Scott

    How pathetic is this?
    ” To Mr. Manger,
    Adam is sick today wit the snifles so he wil not be able to hit againt today’s picher. It has noothing too do with who is the picher,
    Thanx,
    My mommie”

    • HaakAway

      I would love to have your Final Eight for the 25-Man. Right now you have:
      Gorkys, KT, Osich, Mac, Rugg, Blach, Hill. Change any and add at least one; two if you think Nunez will. be on the DL.

      • Michael Scott

        I have no idea how this works.I’m a moron. I’m out.

        • HaakAway

          Just list who makes the 25-Man and ignore anything else I said. Take off your shoes and use your toes if you have to.

          • 610nm

            Even Thor Scott could have done it!

          • Michael Scott

            Span, Panik,Posey, Pence,Belt, Nunez, Parker, Crawford, Hundley, Gillaspie, Hernandez, Marrero, Rollins, MadBum, Cueto, Moore, Smarge, Blach, Kontos, Osich, Okert, Strickland, Law, Melancon, Ramirez….
            OR…

          • valleyfloorryan

            Where’s Nunez? Rollins?!? You’re going to force some folks to pop their nitro caps.

          • Michael Scott

            Nunez is on my list. As to Rollins, he was on my first list, so I am going to eat it.

          • valleyfloorryan

            My bad, on Nunez. Need to eat more carrots. I’m going get some extra fiber in my diet with Rollins too. Oh well. And personally, I don’t believe in the 3/25 do-over list. What you get is what you get. If my first shot isn’t good enough, so be it. I probably have Ricky Romero in the rotation. Oh well.

          • easy to digest

          • channelclemente

            Ready to go to WAR I see. No Cain?

          • HaakAway

            Beautiful.

          • Michael Scott

            Darts always work for me

    • Once said by John Kruk facing the Big Unit…

    • channelclemente

      Always ~ sometimes.

  • Keep’n It Real

    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter 31s31 seconds ago
    Raiders to Vegas: 31-1 Miami opposed, per source.

  • just peachy.

    Heading to the game soon! I’ll be on the lawn, and my friends and I made a birthday sign for Posey.

    • Use SPF 29.5 on the lawn …

      • just peachy.

        Got my 30 on!

  • 45 players who have won both NCAA and NBA championships

    Warrior Reps
    Mo Speights helped the Florida Gators win a national championship in 2007 and played a reserve role to help the Golden State Warriors win an NBA ring in 2015.
    Brandon Rush
    Brandon Rush played a major role in helping the Kansas Jayhawks win an NCAA championship in 2008 and came off the bench to help the Golden State Warriors win an NBA championship in 2015.

  • valleyfloorryan

    I believe that Chef suggested that Nunez should not be written off for the OD roster – that he may be healed in time. Hard to say, but he got his hacks in yesterday, it’s just a matter of getting the throws in. I wonder if he’ll be ready or if they’ll hold him back from upcoming ST games in order to retro his 10 day DL and have him ready as soon as possible in April.

    mileage varies from shoulder to shoulder.

    • 610nm

      I hope Nunez is not another Freddie Sanchez – he seems a dynamic player and I look forward to seeing him on the field. A good prospect for lead off hitter, too.

      • Michael Scott

        I doubt that he will lead off, until/if Span fails.And as I have posted before, I think that he fits better in an RBI slot.

        • valleyfloorryan

          need him to break up the LHH towards back of lineup too…

          Span
          Belt
          Pence
          Posey
          Crawford
          Nunez
          Panik
          Parker
          Pitcher

          …something like that, pull names out of hat when necessary. Parker can be the Giants version of Joc Pederson.

          • Michael Scott

            I like your LU.

          • valleyfloorryan

            that’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me all day. thank you. right back at you.

      • valleyfloorryan

        type of player that can turn a game around when he gets on base – or in the field as well.

        Freddie sure could hit though. Batting title to prove it.

        • steve k

          freddie was my guy. loved the way he played. his first 3 AB’s in the 2010 WS? 3 doubles, all off cliff lee.

  • Alphonse and Gastone + Laurel and Hardy + Abbott and Costello all wrapped into one

    http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2017/03/25/220944530/video-hilarious-fubon-guardians-dropped-catch

  • Teacher makes Boo Boo

    When Marc Rzepczynski wrote his name in kindergarten, his teacher thought it was gibberish
    http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2017/03/22/220468818/when-marc-rzepczynski-wrote-his-name-in-kindergarten-his-teacher-thought-it-was-gibberish

  • just peachy.
    • just peachy.

      Buster saw our birthday sign and waved. Mission accomplished!

      • Matthew

        Take it to the Morganna level!!!

        • channelclemente

          TMI.

          • Matthew

            It’s only kissing…we can handle that!

          • channelclemente

            That’s ‘just peachy’. LOL

          • just peachy.

            Ok you’re welcome guys. I should have attended every game

          • Sgbssfg

            Someone give that girl season tickets. Larry?

          • just peachy.

            I wish! There’s a couple cute guys near me but they look like bros

        • just peachy.

          The camera guy just filmed me with my poster don’t know when they’ll show it though

  • channelclemente
  • paul in p.v.

    Boyz got their Hittin’ Shoes on today.

    • Mr. Sarcastic

      ‘just peachy.’ in attendance seems to be what they needed.

      • just peachy.

        I’m spreading the good juju

        • Mr. Sarcastic

          Make sure you get to plenty of games at AT&T this year as well!

          • just peachy.

            I plan on. Going to at least 2-3 games amonth

          • Minimum

        • RobDeer

          Peachy!! Well done.

  • 610nm

    Hunter Pence no doubt relieved to have joined the bash.

    • Matthew

      Can’t follow the game…did Crazy Eyes go deep?

      • Peter Johnson

        Double in left center gap, drove in 2 . Hill just did the same 8-0 giants . Hwang Homerd 10-0.

        • Matthew

          He did it for you, Brother

      • paul in p.v.

        2Ber, LF gap, 2 RBIs.

      • 610nm

        The 1st guy to go deep is Hwang.

  • valleyfloorryan

    Hwang and Hill want roster spots?

    • Peter Johnson

      Gorkys too .

      • valleyfloorryan

        Span has gotten himself tuned up just in time, right Pete?

        • Peter Johnson

          Looks like it .

          • valleyfloorryan

            Amen to that. Giants offense needs him getting on base with combo of strong average and steady rate of walks – taking pitches, working counts, doing the things a leadoff hitter does with the exception of stealing 20+ bags.

    • Hill use to MURDER the Giants in high leverage spots when he was with the DSnakes

      • valleyfloorryan

        He’s a local-Visalia guy. Hwang is less local.

        • That was a tough one for you to detect? 🙂

        • Matthew

          We’re all local to someone! ( Buffett-like, huh?)

  • There goes the Ping Pong Shut out at 10 to 1, ooops I mean 10 to 2

  • Joe Ritzo the announcer is a man of many hats.

    • paul in p.v.

      Ritzo is very good.

  • BB9 – thatta Babe Gee Raf – that was a large fly inside the facility.

  • steve k

    get bum out please

  • 9K’s – 7inn. Have a seat Madison

  • J-Park hitting for the Bum …. soon …

    Bum-to-Boch “Comeon Boch, let-me swing it”

  • Peter Johnson

    Just read a tweet from Jim Bowden, that Pagan will make a decision who to sign with in 48 hours, and the Giants were one of the teams , wow .

    • “one of HIS teams” – but not one of their … guys …

    • DrLefty

      Oh, gawd, please no.

    • DrLefty
      • channelclemente

        A rumor isn’t fake news.

        • RobDeer

          Especially if it eminates from the White House.

          • valleyfloorryan

            How ’bout from the Red House, Jimi?

          • RobDeer

            The one over yonder?

          • channelclemente

            I’d worry more, myself, about the folks who convert an interesting rumor to a fact with absolutely no facts in evidence beyond that it fits their favorite narrative. Something one see’s frequently….. in baseball.

      • Matthew

        I want to see the look on Baggs face if they sign Pagan.

        • The Oracle

          It would probably be similar to the look on my face.

    • Kevink109

      Maybe more interesting- if the Snakes don’t contend might consider re-build- AJ Pollock may be available by deadline- that may be worth at least half the farm?

      http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2017/03/26/d-backs-paul-goldschmidt-aj-pollock-form-strong-core/99415512/

      • 22’sSweetSwing

        the bottom half of the top 10

  • Tres doubles @ The Gorks

    Grady Span RBI

  • DrLefty

    On the Coast Starlight, somewhere south of Portland, listening to the Giants game and catching up on my reading. The SI baseball preview has a scouting report on the Giants that looks like Efrain wrote it.

    The scout mentions the Giants’ lack of depth in the OF and Span getting old, but then skips to his main point: Belt bashing. It’s time for Belt to step it up, he’s making $79 million. If he gets off to a slow start, Posey will be spending a lot more time at 1B. Then off on a Joe-Mauer-Posey-should-move-to-1B-sooner-rather-than-later riff.

    Belt was a 4-win player last year and an All-Star. He led the team in HRs, OPS, OBP, and SLG. And Posey is playing the best defense of his career behind the plate. But yeah, Belt’s their biggest problem, and Posey’s moving to first the minute Belt gives the Giants an excuse.

    They also suggested the Giants should trade Beede for Ryan Braun or J.D. Martinez. I know Efrain didn’t write that part. He likes Beede.

    • Currently the only real decent thing about SI – is there site called SI Vault ….

    • Efrain

      You’re right it does sound like me! (except for the whole Beede thing as you point out)

      I must add that Belt was ONLY ADDED to the AST because of fan voting, not because numbers were anything extraordinary.

      So yes, AS in name only.

    • paul in p.v.

      LOLs.

  • “Because WE knew”

    Reliever David Hernandez wasn’t out of work very long. Just two days after being granted his release by the Giants, the veteran right-hander agreed to a deal with the Braves.Atlanta announced the deal on Sunday.
    The 31-year-old Hernandez was due a $100,000 retention bonus if he was still with the Giants on March 28. But the Giants informed him that he would not be making the Opening Day roster, so he asked to be released so he could pursue other opportunities.

    • Efrain

      old news.

      What are you insinuating you knew?

      • Nada: “Sincere” posted “because you know” ? the other day when I posted – “he will be signed by a AL or NL team. (Because eeegads teams NEED pitching.

        No big thing. Even Stevie Wonder knew.

        • RobDeer

          We had a Sincere sighting? Was there a parade? Balloons? Clowns?

          • Joe Pesci showed up….”Funny how….funny like a clown”?

            P-P-P-A-D
            R-R-R-E-S
            P-A-D
            P-A-D

            _______________

  • DrLefty

    Strick out after two pitches? Bochy partying like it’s 2016?!

    • channelclemente

      That’s sort off flat Earth’ish don’t you think. He’s putting these guys from the pen into late inning scenarios like they’ll face during the season, IMO.

      • Mr. Sarcastic

        I hope there will be several 11-2 leads in the late innings that require burning another bullpen arm…

        • channelclemente

          The issue as you know, minus the snark, has absolutely nothing to do with the score.

        • Michael Scott

          This the perfect time to do it.

      • DrLefty

        I get that they have a big lead in a late Cactus League game and he’s tinkering. At the same time, I’d hope that during the season, Strickland (or whoever) would just pitch an inning unless/until he really doesn’t have it. Two pitches, one out, and a hook–that’s the approach that killed the bullpen last year.

        • channelclemente

          The bullpen committed suicide last year. But to your point, I think Strickland was part of the issue that inning, but the bigger issue by far was Osich.

    • Michael Scott

      Don’t see the problem.

  • DrLefty

    Yadier Molina has been in the majors since 2004 and has almost twice as many plate appearances as Posey does. Posey’s career WAR: 33.5. Molina’s: 33.3.

    • Peter Johnson

      I do not go by WAR, but Molina was a below average hitter in the early part of his career, was mostly defensive specialist, in his late 20s early 30s he became a good hitter, but now he is breaking down with injuries .

    • Efrain

      suffice to say they are both the best. Yadi is already in HOF conversations. Buster is inching in.

  • Michael Scott

    A Parker/Hernandez platoon might be in the making.

  • buyselltrade

    Good to see Gorkys Hernandez, Hwang, and Hill all have good days at the plate in the same game.

    Anticipating opening day.

    • channelclemente

      I’d like to see them against competitive pitching. The Dodgers scored 20 runs against these Reds a day or so ago.

      • RobDeer

        Parade Rainer-on-er

        • buyselltrade

          An optimist sees the “Hacking Hitter H’s of ’17”.

          • DrLefty

            This is the time of year to be an optimist!

        • channelclemente

          I gots to know.

          • RobDeer

            Reading that made me hear Lenny Kravitz in my head.

          • channelclemente

            Which Lenny appropriated from Dirty Harry.

      • DrLefty

        They beat up on the Rox’ Jonathan Gray the other day. I think he’s supposed to be their Opening Day starter. And the Reds’ starter today had been having a great spring.

        • channelclemente

          Sounds like the first page of a recitation of Cain’s.

      • valleyfloorryan

        Hard to extract any meaning from these late Cactus League games. Everybody is ready to move on to games that count. Tomorrow should be extra meaningless. I believe hitters pretty much swing at anything over plate, should be expeditiously played. Thursday & Friday should be pretty interesting in SF and OAK. Saturday will probably be expeditious as well.

      • Michael Scott

        In spring training, according to Kruk, if a pitcher throws 30 pitches in an inning, it’s a good thing.
        If a batter has a good spring, it’s a bad thing- don’t wanna leave those hits in AZ. Save some for when the real games begin.
        According to BCM- Kruk has come down with dumbitis.

      • Michael Scott

        ******

    • The Oracle

      I predict that Hernandez, if given the opportunity, will prove that he can’t hit big league pitching.

      • HaakAway

        NotMyGuy™ may apply here.
        He did hit .324 in his most recent month of work in the MLB.

        • The Oracle

          He hit .289 in 38 ABs during Sep/Oct of 2016.

          • HaakAway

            He must have gone 0 for October. I just remember September. Even so, his strength is his defense. Hitting around .250, catching a few late inning fly balls that Parker would have missed and stealing a few important bases is enough to be a Fourth OF.

          • The Oracle

            I think he’ll be much closer to Jimmy Rosario than Blanco.

          • HaakAway

            Just for fun let’s match predictions.
            I think he hits .250, is plus in Defensive Runs Saved and gets 10 SB’s.
            What are you thinking he will do for 2017?

          • The Oracle

            Struggle for a while before being sent down or released.

          • channelclemente

            Fight for wOBA not BA, LOL

          • HaakAway

            My25ManGuy… you only gave me four picks. Want to give me your full predictions now?

          • channelclemente

            Nah. I’ll pass. No sense in me padding someone else’s moment of glory.

      • RobDeer

        Did you enjoy that?

        • The Oracle

          Does that offend you? I don’t think he’ll be able to do the job. I think his history supports that conclusion. The fact that it appears he will make the 25 man is maybe the best indication that they’re vulnerable in the OF.

          • RobDeer

            I don’t get offended. I’m a Teflon deer.

          • The Oracle

            I don’t know why people seem to be assuming he can do the job. At best, he’s a big question mark.

          • RobDeer

            I’m not going to dispute that. But I could also see him being a Blanco-esque player, always providing strong defense while hitting just enough to not make him an offensive liability.

          • The Oracle

            I think he’s going to make fans realize that a guy like in-his-prime Blanco is pretty rare.

          • RobDeer

            We shall see.

          • Lunch_Box

            Blanco was a decent hitter during all but the last season with the Giants. Aside from the decent numbers in Sept. 2016, I doubt he can consistently hit well off the bench or if an OF gets injured.

        • HaakAway

          RobDeer you need to pick one more guy for your 25-Man since Smith is on the DL. Just let me know before they make anymore cuts or any injuries happen. Let me know if you need a list of the seven you have; I could send it tonight.

          • RobDeer

            I actually saw someone with the exact picks I had so I just cut bait. The last four days have ruptured pretty much all of my vital organs. And it seems like a camel took a dump in my mouth, so that’s nice. But I’ll still find enjoyment in seeing the results.

          • HaakAway

            Got it. Get better soon.

          • RobDeer

            I’m being dramatic. Just long bachelor party weekend in Tahoe. I have no one to blame but my inner child.

          • Sunnyside?

      • Boo

    • Lunch_Box

      Still not sold on Hernandez being a dependable pinch-hitter. No question about his glove, but does he bring at least a mediocre bat? Before today’s game, he was hitting below the Mendoza Line.

    • totalfan62

      How does Hwang NOT make the Opening Day 25-man?

  • Buster Posey’s good friend Hunter Pence https://www.facebook.com/Giants/videos/10154359391231828/

  • RobDeer

    If anyone feels like throwing up, put on MLB Network. They’re about to have a segment on the Cubs they billed as, The Zen Way: The Art of Winning Baseball.

    • RobDeer

      Luckily, I need to throw up so I’m not changing the channel.

      • 610nm

        I can’t really rise (sink?) to this level of humor. Up arrows all around, though. But I did see a TV ad tonight showing pictures of various Cubs, ending with Maddon holding the trophy. My one thought, immediately, is we gotta take that thing away from those people.

    • RobDeer

      Ah, taken from Verducci’s new novel. I’m sure many of us are gonna run out and pick that up. Maybe have 2hole sign it, for posterity’s sake.

      • Matthew

        If the pages are soft enough, I might use it

    • Lunch_Box

      Funny…does the Art of Winning Baseball involve playing over 100 years of not reaching the title?

      • Matthew

        The plan, officially is:

        LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLW

    • Matthew

      What color and consistency is deer barf? I’m guessing chunky mauve

  • just peachy.

    I love spring training! I’m going to the Cubs stadium tomorrow. 😳

  • Lunch_Box

    Om KNBR Bobby E. said that they’ll let the 5th spot in the rotation play out. How hard is it not to pencil Cain in there? Too bad his contract is screwing up the final roster.

    • Definitely a difficult decision. And it can’t be based on performance or the prospect of Blach having a bust out season considering the league has very little on him, or the fact he brings energy to the mound. No. Something more sinister is at work here. I can smell it. Can’t quite put my finger on it, but most certainly has an odor. Contract for sure has an odor, but there’s more to it.

      • Bapah

        Are you saying you see something sinister in the offing? I think something much more pragmatic may be at work.

        • One can only hope.

        • Michael Scott

          Bochy is under ineventestion

          • Bapah

            Being left-handed, I feel that’s definitely sinister.

      • Matthew

        It might be deer barf that you smell. Rob isn’t feeling well

    • Efrain

      They are used to it. They allowed Lincecum to do the same for a couple of years, thus the 13 man staff was born.

      • Bapah

        I relented on my 13 man pitching staff pick after Peter shamed me in public.

      • livfreerdi

        Someone even said, if they don’t use the 5th starter, they wouldn’t take the opportunity to bolster the bench … rather, carry an 8th reliever they dont need

    • DrLefty

      I don’t understand “play out.” Are Blach and Cain going to RPS it for the start on April 7? 🤔

    • Baldheadslikk1

      lolololol

  • Lunch_Box

    Gregor B. got released by AZ. Should the Giants take a flyer?

    • Peter Johnson

      He injured his obliqe

    • paul in p.v.

      Absolutemente.

    • Michael Scott

      I hoped that we would see him in a DBack uniform. But now I want him back. He could be ready in Sacto if needed.

    • Matthew

      I’m in….

      It will also serve to reunite Chef and I via our united dedication to White Shark.

    • Sgbssfg

      Yes, we have seriously run low on Venezuelans.

      • DrLefty

        Gorkys is Venezuelan. So is Albert Suarez.

        • Matthew

          Just go with it.

          Where is Machi?!?!

          • steve k

            last i heard he was in des moines, signing his name on the snow..

        • Bapah

          Are you still “training”?

          • DrLefty

            De-training in Davis in about an hour now.

        • Sgbssfg

          The 2014 40 man roster had 9 Venezuelan flags.

        • Matthew

          By the way…I am SO jazzed that you stopped at Chateau Ste. Michelle….promise me if you guys do it again, give he a heads up and I’ll make sure my buddies Marina and Peter take special care of you

          • totalfan62

            Jealous…

          • DrLefty

            Beautiful spot. And we have a Cab Franc and a Riesling to remember it by! 👍🏻🍷

          • totalfan62

            Two of our faves: Chateau St. Michelle Chenin Blanc and Riesling.

          • Bapah

            They used to make (20+ yrs ago) a wonderful Chenin Blanc.

        • Anti-Lasorda

          Suarez ain’t making the team. Doesn’t have to accept assignment.

    • The Oracle

      Blanco on the decline is still better than Gorkys.

      • Michael Scott

        I can’t hope that Gorkys fails, but he is Mendoza Line hitter in his short time in the bigs before last year.

        • The Oracle

          That almost sounds like you agree with me.

          • Michael Scott

            Gorkys happens to be a Russian oligarch in disguise.

          • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

            His handle is a dead giveaway.
            I guess “Wladimir” wasn’t available that day.

      • Gorks is better at the plate/better arm

        • Michael Scott

          Not better at the plate in the bigs. Was last year an outlier ?

          • Under Muelens and Decker I believe Gorks can improve.

    • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

      I think their Sacramento affiliate could definitely use him. Between Blanco, Wynton Bernard, and Austin Slater, Gregor would get a good run in center field and be first up should anything happen to Span or Hernandez.

    • livfreerdi

      Arizona thinks too much of its roster

      • Michael Scott

        Ah, I see that you’re a leftover from Gregor’s Whipping Boy years.

  • Matthew

    Welll… we can have Blanco and Pagan…Vogey is available still, right? If the A’s release Jairo, then Bochy can have most of his crew back!!

    Shhhh. It’s just a little joke

    • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

      It’s a joke that Pagan doesn’t have a job yet. Tough year for several positional, often defensive limited free agents.

      • Matthew

        He will certainly have a job in the next few days…musical chairs underway

        • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

          I forget which stop makes the most sense for him. PHI? TOR? BAL? TBR? ATL?

          • Matthew

            No on Toronto or TB…bad on the legs. What about AZ with Gregor hurt?

          • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

            That’s a good fit. Another of their outfielders, Socrates Brito, is out with injury.

          • ATL

          • totalfan62

            I’ve heard no buzz here re Pagan. If I do, I’ll share.

      • The Oracle

        If you take a seat when it matters most, other teams take notice.

        • Injury

          • The Oracle

            I don’t think the players quite saw it that way.

          • Aside from what Melky did – it is doubtful that any player chimed in about Pagan.

            By the way – Baggarly and Pav’s confirmed that Bochy in no way pushed any criticism for the down the stretch losses or post season losses onto his coaching staff, neither the ones who remained nor Kelly or Hayes.

          • The Oracle

            How did they confirm that? I read it when it happened.

          • Thinking that I “missed” something that you referred to – I did something simple. I asked them.

            Organizations don’t keep leaders who have thrown subordinates under the bus.

          • The Oracle

            It was a Bochy quote. When the going got tough, he tried to share the blame.

          • Not true at all.

        • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

          with his numbers, if he was a “high character, team first” guy, he probably could have gotten something close to 2/20 million in a better market.

          • totalfan62

            $10MM a year for a 36 year old declining player, who quit on his team last postseason? I’d be really surprised if he gets any deal.

          • Efrain

            he’ll get a deal within a month.

          • totalfan62

            If so, probably a low base with performance based incentives. If I were a GM I’d wonder how much I get from Pagan vs. my best AAA OF. We’ll see.

        • livfreerdi

          One of my favorite teams needs a LFer, and it isn’t interested, so what can I say?

    • Anti-Lasorda

      Timmeh needs a job too. Huff is unemployed.

  • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

    Bobby Evans got nothing on this “Bop”…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW4fWaTRt2c

    • steve k

      the late, great terry kath (the guy with the prince valiant haircut) could play some nice git..
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btq4MnwvQgM

      • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

        25 or 6 to 4 ?

        • steve k

          funny, but now it’s 25 or 6 to one here.

          • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

            you best take a sleep walk…

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vyu7jAnwZs

          • steve k

            if there’s one thing you can take to the bank, no matter what he’s calling himself that particular day, it’s that my pal is going to mention the great jeff beck, when the convo shifts to git box wizards..

          • totalfan62

            And with good reason, yes?

          • steve k

            yes sir, w/o doubt..

          • totalfan62

            It’s twenty after one here in the ATL. Been awake since 11:40, as a nasty thunderstorm blew through. Lots of thunder, lightning and rain, but all’s well now.

          • 2holehitting

            25 to one, the Giants Vegas odds of winning the WS?

          • steve k

            no, the time of day. that’s the supposed meaning of the song title.

      • totalfan62

        They all raved about him at their R&R HOF induction. The guitar solo in “25 or 6 to 4” is outstanding.

      • Noce

        This is the music I cut my teeth on. Our music teacher arrange all this music from the recordings and we played it in jazz band. Chicago, Tower of Power, Blood Sweat and Tears, Earth Wind and Fire, ect. They all gently guided me into real jazz. Chicago live from Carnegie hall has a great version of “Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon”. Your bringing back memories.

        • steve k

          there’s nothing like good music, as well as sports, to bring back memories. if i didn’t mention it earlier, it’s good to see you back, champ..

          • Noce

            Thanks Steve

  • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

    Surprising Dodgers camp news:

    Hyun-Jin Ryu will break camp in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Apparently he’s been looking good, shoulder seems fine, and did quite well in Cactus League. Thought there was a chance that he was done. On the other hand, Scott Kazmir may very well be cooked.

    • Svelte?

      • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

        probably still husky – but pitching aptitude very high on that guy.

    • Moooooooooose

      Got 5 innings today for the first time this spring!

  • Michael Scott

    Good series on Amazon Prime- Sneaky Pete. With Giovanni Ribisi and Bryan Cranston. Peter Gerety is terrific.
    BCM says check it out.

    • radicalpro

      I’ve heard good things about it. It’s on my list. I recently started watching The Americans. Terrific show, worthy of all the praise. A little slow at times but high drama, intensity, top notch acting and production values.

    • The Oracle

      Does it have zombies?

  • radicalpro

    Getting really excited for Gigantes beisbol. I’m a little biased but I hope Hwang can learn to play a passable OF (and 3B!) and make the squad. Not sure why it’s a given that Conor makes the team. I thought he was pretty underwhelming last year offensively and defensively, and he only plays one position. I know he was a post-season hero but so was Morse in ’14 and he didn’t stick. Unless they’re really worried about Nunez shoulder.

    • Peter Johnson

      He hit great all last year, his outs were even hit hard, he hit great in the post season , and is hitting great this spring, and his defense has improved greatly as well , you sound like a hater, and most of Hwang’s HRs this spring have been wall scrapers to RF, that would be outs at AT&T Park .

      • giantc

        But the Giants play 1/2 their games on the road where opposite field power plays well — save maybe Petco.

        • Peter Johnson

          Scottsdale very short to right field and with the heat and dry air, like Krukow says in every game played at Scottsdale , Right Field is the live field .

    • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

      Am also hoping to see Hwang learn to play a passable LF (this is what Sac. is for). I’ve been intrigued by the guy ever since Jeff Passan put together his top free agent list and had Hwang listed in the 20’s, mentioning that he has pop and on-base skills; and that he may be a guy that can play OF. Just glad Bobby Evans took a flyer on the guy. You don’t know until you try.

  • Raiders moving to sin city is disgusting. Makes me sick to think that they’re leaving Oakland. Sad day for the Bay Area.

    • The Oracle

      It’s business. Oakland was smart not to bend over backwards to keep the Raiders, but the city also did very little to hang onto them. The stadium is the worst in professional sports, a situation that has existed for years. I don’t fault the Raiders for leaving.

  • Anti-Lasorda

    Alex Spanos still lives in Stockton. He has no stadium for his football team and his son pulled into LA to share a stadium that will be a joke and a disaster. More LA fans will drive to Vegas for Raiders than watch Bolts. Why not fix this problem and instead of going to LA. Share Levi’s with the 9ers. Even call them San Jose Chargers.

    • Alonzo Stagg!

      • Noce

        You get my attention when you mention my alma mater.

      • Anti-Lasorda

        Torn down by Dean Spanos at the UoP campus. Very sad. No more Pacific Football without new digs. There are rumors, but if Deano can’t get a stadium for the Supa Chargers the likelihood he could cobble a deal for a UoP/City of Stockton shared use stadium as report is shall we say Kate Moss on coke……

  • Ham & Egging It
    • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

      Yes indeed. The vast majority of people completely forget about their past – and by design. And most don’t sit down with a regression therapist to unearth little gems, superficially hidden. Cool stuff though, this wheel of life, this time loop. Knew someone, passed away, and it is pretty convincing that his son had been his father in a past life.

      I’d say Buster was Johnny Bench in a past life, but Bench is still alive.

  • DrLefty

    How cute is this? A Giants preview from a fifth-grade baseball blogger. He’s not half bad, either. Looks like he’s done all of the teams.

    https://twitter.com/carterhudblog/status/846462603383603200

    • buyselltrade

      Some minor errors and omissions but about the same quality as some professional sports writers.

      You are an early riser!

      • DrLefty

        I am in general, but I spent the night in an Amtrak sleeper, and let’s just say it’s not the Ritz. Woke up early.

      • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

        That’s pretty good work by that kid. Max Mercy in a past life.

        • HaakAway

          Ryan … I need your final picks again; somehow I lost yours and only recall that you cut JRoll like I did.

          • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

            You can roll with my original picks if you want, if you have em. May as well keep JRoll on my roster. 

          • HaakAway

            Sorry to miss the changes you made.
            You and ChefMike are the only one on him now and wouldn’t that be a story? At least add one pitcher to replace Will Smith.

          • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

            Okert !

            I’ve got to head to work – maybe I’ll type up a roster prediction with a cup of joe at my desk later. Have a good day, Haak.

    • 610nm

      It’s always a good start to the morning to be reminded about Bumgarner taking Kershaw deep. And it looks like Carter has an entry for MyGuy, too.

    • Skweezplay55

      Nicely done! I like his lineup too. Kuip discussed the Belt batting 2nd/Craw batting 5th experiment this morning. He said it’s better having Belt batting second because he looks at a lot of pitches, and you would rather have your No. 2 hitter do that than your 4-5 hitter. Do you agree? Is that just Kuip’s way of saying taking called third strikes is a bummer with guys on base?

      • Michael Scott

        In my Giants ideal LU, I have Belt/Pence in the 2.

      • The Oracle

        The only time it might really matter how many pitches someone looks at is if the guy on base is a major threat to steal. Taking pitches would give them a better chance to pick their spot. Otherwise, production is all that matters. There have been plenty of excellent 4-5 hitters that took a lot of pitches.

        • buyselltrade

          A base stealer is best followed by a hitter that takes pitches as in more opportunities to steal bases.

          Hitters that take more than the average number of pitches also tire the pitcher earlier in the game and gets the batting order into the bull pen faster. Getting to the bullpen in innings 5-6-7 is better than the starter 7-8-9 innings.

        • Skweezplay55

          That’s what I thought.

      • DrLefty

        No, I don’t think it’s an excuse. Baggs had a detailed article about the lineup, too, and it sounds like Bochy’s paying a lot of attention to the research and analytics this year. It was interesting.

  • Foothills rye aka Lolium m.

    Giants may not only look for CFers (recently cut) on minor league deals this week, but also LH relievers.
    Braves cut one of those, Paco Rodriguez, former Dodger that naturally comes with NL West experience; been recovering from TJ, has pitched, this spring, and once upon a time was pretty good in a deceptive way.

    • Anti-Lasorda

      LHer is obvious, CFmaybe a good call though not as urgent with Ruggy looking more hitterish.

    • 12xu

      Dumpster-diving season has begun.

  • Efrain

    I profess growing up in SF was never a Raiders fan, but I did appreciate the squads of Stabler and Biletnikoff.

    But I feel for Oakland, losing the team twice now AND having to deal with them for two years before they actually leave. The fanbase should grow some balls and just not show up for any of the games the next two years, not give Davis any more money.

    Vegas just smells bad from here. How long will it take for a gambler to get hold of a backup WR or CB to “drop” a pass a the “right” time.

    • Anti-Lasorda

      who says that doesn’t happen already? Sports teams going to Vegas, and the Donaghy thing, Italian soccerscandal, WTP tennis busts etc… should remind you that gamblers have fixed sports 1919, and still do today.

    • Keep’n It Real

      In a perfect world…fans would stay away…but they’re too invested in the rebuilding of this team that’s about to take a huge step or two. Best team since Rich Gannon was the QB.

      They’ll be a lot of moaning for awhile and then fans will start going to Vegas in the same manner they used to drive to the LA Coliseum. Vegas will be a better destination for any fan making that trip.

      I only slightly blame Oakland this time around, because they were right in not bending over to take on more debt that would build cash-poor Mark Davis a stadium. If Oakland should be blamed at all, it would be spending time with Lew “I want to move to San Jose” Wolff…instead of maybe making more time for the Raiders. This said, 80+ games with the A’s is a better investment for the City (jobs, parking, etc.)

      The first move to LA was Oakland’s fault. They had a deal with Al Davis and they pulled it off the table…after Pete Rozelle (still having AFL/NFL negative feelings towards Davis) convinced them to do so. He told Oakland Officials “Al can’t move”, so they pulled the offer. They made that bed and the courts ultimately supported Al’s response.

      • Matthew

        This is solely the blame of Goodell, the other owners, and the expected greed of them all. I get it – it’s a business built on profits. This is just another reminder that any and all blather about “fans” is deflection bullshit

        • The Oracle

          Which businesses aren’t built on profits?

          • Matthew

            I said that.

    • The Oracle

      Gamblers are everywhere, not just in Las Vegas.

      • channelclemente

        So are bees, but few would choose to move into a beehive.

        • The Oracle

          The risk of someone being compromised isn’t any greater there than anywhere else. Money travels well.

          • Matthew

            You are correct, but there IS a certain draw that Vegas – the real estate – has on gamblers. That is THE key reason the NFL is moving there…they see the future, and it’s much more legalized gambling ($$$$) and they want to have a presence in the epicenter.

          • Keep’n It Real

            Super Bowl site too.

    • Noce

      It also enhances the image of gambling in the NFL. The NFL gets a boost from all those playing fantasy football which was legitimized by FanDuel and DraftKings. One way to take this is “Hey world we think you ought to spend your money gambling. especially on football”. It’s now a revenue stream for the NFL. Something has to replace the ratings they lost.

  • buyselltrade

    Nationals released Nathan (who did not allow a run in a short stint with the Giants in 2016 and is one of the better relief pitchers of all time).

    He pitched in more games than any other Nationals pitcher this ST (12 games 11.3 innings, 3.86 ERA, 3 BB, 9 K).

    I would like the Giants to sign him despite his age and injury history.

    • Lunch_Box

      I don’t have a lot of faith in some of the Giants relievers (Strickland), but I would sure have Nathan return to the Giants.

    • Matthew

      “Did not allow a run” was the biggest Asterisk Stat of all time…he was a BP Guy.

      What role would you want him to fill?

      • buyselltrade

        12th (last) man in bullpen, RH RP. Like last year.
        Maybe he has a season or part of a season useful?
        Nathan had one bad outing last year where he gave up two hits and no outs and earned a blown save when two runs scored. Other than that he only gave up one hit in 6 games.
        Nathan strikes me as a player of great will.

        • Matthew

          He IS of great will..so is Cain. So are many others. But I personally don’t think Nathan is better than any of the 12 in top consideration, and if it meant losing one of those for a 47 year old reliever, it’s not worth it…it’s akin to sending Kelby down so we can have the elusive “influence” of Grandpa Rollins.

          Just my take. Nathan is a great guy, and was a great Giant…but that was then

          • buyselltrade

            Nathan is “only” 42 with a 47 year old – two Tommy John surgery right arm.

            I always liked Nathan and thought it was a mistake when he was traded by the Giants.

            Nathan has missed time but has yet to be a “bad” pitcher when he has pitched.

            Cain and Rollins have been almost exclusively “bad” players; the success that Cain had last year was offset by the importance of his role and the same outcome is likely for 2017.

            I will be the first one to jump on the Cain bandwagon should he truly have success.

            Let Nathan come back to the Giants and pitch until he actually fails. The degree of potential blocking is much less than the situations you cite.

            I don’t think Nathan as arm 12th is near the impact of Kelby who is main speed and middle infield back up.

            I admit I am overly fond of Nathan.

            Nathan was an AS 4 of 5 seasons, had a poor season but was still closer for Detroit, took off a year for Tommy John, and then pitched 10 games last year and did not give up a run and K’ed a good % of batters with good control. Nathan had one bad outing after being off for over a year. Nathan had a better ST 2017 than many pitchers including most of the current Giants bull pen.

            No way is Nathan a long term solution. Also I do not think that Nathan will be signed by the Giants.

          • Matthew

            Hey, we all have those faves! I wanted Lincecum to get more chances than he deserved because of my fondness to what history he created for my lifetime love of this this team…old arms just scare me, that’s all. Maybe he’s got some Don McMahon in him!

      • paul in p.v.

        I was really hoping for him last year, but he was going on guts alone – really OTH. Los Gigantes already have enough dead wood in the dugout, and apparently some great young arms in the sticks waiting to get promoted.

  • Lunch_Box

    Gregor Blanco has been re-signed by AZ and optioned to the Diamondbacks AAA team.

    • valleyfloorryan

      Reno Aces ! You Sacramento folk can check on him when the Aces come flying in.

      • RobDeer

        Spent Sunday nite in Reno. I forgot what an utterly dismal, cowtown-ish, speed-addled, everyone operating on three brain cells, kinda town that is. Just effin brutal.

        • valleyfloorryan

          Sounds like you wiped out several million of your own brain cells over the weekend and fit right in.

          • RobDeer

            It was definitely the right pace.

        • The Oracle

          I lived there for three years and liked it. In my experience, the people there were nicer and less superficial than I was used to growing up in the Bay Area.

          • channelclemente

            LOL.

          • The Oracle

            Care to explain that, or at least put it into graph form?

          • channelclemente

            LOL. some more

          • RobDeer

            Yes, everyone was nice. But I’ve never met a special person who wasn’t nice. I’d shoot myself before living in Reno for three years.

        • paul in p.v.

          Most depressing ‘Biggest Little City’ in the States.

    • Michael Scott

      Still suffering from the oblique injury that hampered him last year.

  • valleyfloorryan

    After listening to Kuip, and having considered many of Chef’s remarks, I think this will be the opening day lineup vs. Greinke and the remainder of the 25 man on Opening Day.

    Span CF
    Belt 1B
    Pence RF
    Posey C
    Crawford SS
    Panik 2B
    Gillaspie 3B
    Bumgarner P
    Parker LF

    Bench: Hundley, Hernandez, Nunez*, Tomlinson, Hill*

    Arms: Cueto, Moore, Samardzija, Cain, Blach, Kontos, Osich, Okert, Strickland, Law, Melancon

    * I think Nunez may stick around, using that off day Monday to get mostly right and keep his bat and legs available. Hill surprises me too, but I have to give more weight to what Kuip says than what I may think about Ruggiano.

    • totalfan62

      We should have a much better look sometime today.

      Gotta start researching for my 2017 MyGuy team.

      • HaakAway

        MyGuyTipOfTheDay™
        At San Jose, Joe Ritzo has podcasts reviewing the possible players they will have. Other teams in the Farm may also do that.

        • Noce

          When is MyGuy due?

          • HaakAway

            April 15 is our date that sticks with us all. That allows the MiLB rosters to settle and gives you two weeks of the MLB games to make a call.

          • RobDeer

            Thx

          • HaakAway

            You have Okert, Osich and Blach in your 25-Man but with Smith on the DL you can add one more pitcher. Let me know and I will add it in if no cuts or big news happen.

          • RobDeer

            I’ll add Gearrin. Don’t I have Morse on there, too?

          • HaakAway

            No Morse

        • RobDeer

          When is the MyGuy deadline?

    • Matthew

      So…in essence, Cain bumps Gearrin. You could say it’s Blach bumping Gearrin.

      I’m trying to understand the logic if that happens….is it the lack of a long man? That isn’t necessarily a core attribute of Blach or Cain…and Kontos could conceivably fill that role.

      But, my main point is -I would rather see “Cain or Blach”, not “Cain and Blach”.

      • channelclemente

        Now you have a speaking acquaintanceship with the word ‘unrequited’.

      • valleyfloorryan

        “it’s a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart”

    • 2holehitting

      Parker then Bumgarner. Parker is not the base runner Pagan was for creating a top of the order look.

    • HaakAway

      I gave you this update since nothing has really changed since our Saturday night deadline and you give good weather and animal husbandry reports.

      • valleyfloorryan

        Thanks, although I feel like this is cheating. I have on good authority this as the final cuts.

        If dgg was around, I probably would have posted a cute calf and cow picture; the third and final successful (no assistance required) delivery of the season.

        • JStreet

          Well you have been busy, Lon.

  • channelclemente

    The Cubs have the video feed on today’s game on MLB.TV.

    • Matthew

      I’m so excited to hear Len Kasper and his annoying conceit as we hear a bunch of camp stories about these madcap, fun loving kids led by Will Farrell Maddon and his supreme motivational tactics

      • The Oracle

        The Cubs are the best story in baseball right now, and I doubt the stories are much different than those Giant fans have told each other about their team. You’re just especially sensitive to it because you have to hear it all the time from the people you work with.

        • Matthew

          …and from Len Kasper…and Sports Illustrated…and MLB Network…

          Telling each other is great. No issues. i give my coworkers space and the platform. The media gushing is expected, but i don’t have to like it, right?

          • The Oracle

            Not at all, but they’re still a great story: a team full of young stars, playing in an historic park, that prior to last October no living fan had ever seen win it all.

          • Matthew

            I am truly happy for all the older lifelong fans…the millineals taking selfies who don’t know the players names are completely annoying. I sound like an Oracle

          • Noce

            Unforunately, you have that with every team. But baseball needs to increase the fan base and accepts all levels of fans.

          • The Oracle

            All bandwagon fans everywhere, who really don’t anything about the team they’re supposedly rooting for, are annoying.

          • channelclemente

            But essential if you think butts in the seats are important to a teams financial health.

          • RobDeer

            Meant to relay this yesterday but I shut down for 18 hours. During his interview yesterday, Verducci spoke with almost childlike awe when informing the viewers that Madden has a special system that NOBODY else in baseball uses when it comes to matchups. He calls it the Matrix. No, I’m not making this up. On the positive side, Keanu Reeves playing Joe Maddon is gonna absolutely blow away Pitt as Beane.

    • paul in p.v.

      Myrtle: Who is care.

      • channelclemente

        ??

        • paul in p.v.

          Disqus won’t allow me to upload my cat’s photo of disdain.

          • channelclemente

            LOL. Kitty disdain can be humbling.

      • HaakAway

        vs. TheGoodGiantsGuys™

  • channelclemente
    • paul in p.v.

      He doesn’t have time for such frivolities.

  • valleyfloorryan

    I know you guys don’t care a rat’s caboose about the A’s and their fan-base, but when are they going to move out of Oakland, or get a new stadium built?

    Best guesstimate for either location and/or timetable?

    Thanks, I’ll take answers off the air.

    *** bonus question ***

    Where will Sonny Gray be dealt, if dealt, in July?

    • Matthew

      The Raiders leaving helps Kaval and the boys get a new waterfront stadium. They stay.

    • winebaroness27

      I think they stay in oakland…
      best news ever for the A’s—- raiders go to vegas

  • valleyfloorryan

    Yusmeiro Petit to make the Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles on Katella and State College opening day roster.

    • HaakAway

      Thanks for the Good FormerMyGuy™ info.
      Heston was demoted to AAA for Seattle.
      Duffy was rehabbing last I heard.

  • just peachy.

    Cain vs Arrieta today. Don’t know if my good juju will make a difference today.

    • valleyfloorryan

      Today’s game may last and hour and a half.

      • Or in #18’s case – 18 minutes.

    • Michael Scott

      If you want Matt to do well today, you will be censured by the TWG board of directors.

      • channelclemente

        Abel’s revenge.

        • Skweezplay55

          A Biblical reference!

          • channelclemente

            The risk of being a Baptist minister’s son, Biblical references and a nose tuned to the odor of BS.

          • Skweezplay55

            I’m a Baptist minister’s son too! I get your drift.

      • Peter Johnson

        Hypocrite, you do not have him on the 25 man roster, love him so much, put him down for the 5th spot in the rotation, I even have him as the 5th starter, not because he deserves it .but can not see Management not giving him that spot, to start the season at least .

    • Matthew

      Go all Annie Savoy on Arrieta to distract him

  • crawnik

    Lineup for final game of the Cactus League:

    Span CF, Belt 1B, Pence RF, Crawford SS, Parker LF, Gillaspie 3B, Hundley C, Tomlinson 2B, Cain RHP

    • Michael Scott

      SO- is this a good sign for KT? All the others are guaranteed to make the 25-man.

  • Ham & Egging It
    • channelclemente

      Man that sob is hard to listen to.

      • Ham & Egging It

        I think the Cubs-Cards season series will be good for at least 2 bench clearing brawls.

        • channelclemente

          At least. Cubs – Cards can be ‘energetic’.

          • Ham & Egging It

            The NL central’s hegemony has finally changed boots.

          • valleyfloorryan

            Hegemony or survival, seems the Pirates are selecting survival.

  • Matthew

    For the record – I don’t know of a single fan who wants Cain to do poorly. I think every Giants fan would love nothing more than a resurrection.

    But, I don’t think many of us EXPECT him to do well. So, because of that, we get the usual comments that infer we are rooting for his failure. Absurd. Tired. Lazy.

    • RobDeer

      The problem is, many of us simply don’t want him to start the year in the rotation. I think that’s justified. So, in order to make sure it happens, you need him to get really shellacked. Like today. Another 6 inning start of giving up four runs just might solidify his spot in the rotation, as absurd as it seems.

      • Matthew

        I am on the Blach Train. I’m just commenting on the smarmy double negative stuff…

        How did the deer barf session go? Hope you’re well!

        • Peter Johnson

          Stop this pitty party for a man that will pocket 140 Million dollars .

          • Matthew

            That isn’t pity. Think about it. How is hoping a Giants player does well “pity”?

    • paul in p.v.

      One thing for sure – this will be a trial-by-fire for Matt.

    • valleyfloorryan

      Is that like Jon Heyman reporting? You want him to come up with a good, thoughtful, well-researched article on West Coast teams, but he let’s you down every time?

    • Keep’n It Real

      I would agree.

      Great Giant…but we’ve all seen that he’s not the 2012 Cain anymore. Many of us took the bait about the bone spurs and how surgery would make him whole again, but the results for a starter on a contending team aren’t there.

      Yes…there’s a lot of money being spent this year…and guys on the team may like “Cainer” a lot…but the best team option doesn’t include him as the #5 starter. This year’s NL West Race…and automatic 5 game series (versus 1 game)…could be decided by a game or two. The Giants can’t afford to give games away; while hoping Cain finds some magic.

      Let’s be real here (no pun intended)…are the Giants planning on re-signing Cain next year? No…because they got young guys that will definitely need a spot to flourish in the majors next season. Why waste those potential learning cycles on a guy that can be a long reliever…feel like he’s earning his $$$…and pitch innings on those rare occasions when the elite starters don’t have their stuff?

      As Monty Hall would say…

      “Matt. You originally chose Door #1…which was a Gold Watch and a day of your own to honor your Giants legacy. You decided to trade that for Door #2…which allows you to stay with the team as its long reliever. Do you want to keep that long reliever prize…or go with Door #3? Remember…Door #3 could be a zonk.”

  • Matthew

    I think I’m gonna like the new series Brockmire

  • JStreet

    Perfection is fun. You never know..