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According to ESPN, the Giants farm system rates #25 out of thirty in all of major league baseball. That's an improvement as last year it rated #26 and, in the three preceding years, #26, #23 and #20. So the farm system has been consistently poor. Unless the Giants make a miracle revival, there is little hope for the immediate future. Banking on "miracle revivals", however, is a poor bet.
1 month, 1 week ago on SF Giants Elect to Spend Good Will, Save Money
Giants made another "big move", the kind that really piques our interest: They signed David Huff from the Yankees.
1 month, 1 week ago on Two MLB Headlines, Two Teams Headed in Opposite Directions
I wanted to give the Giants the benefit of any remaining doubt regarding their (SF) intention to win, maybe in 2015 so I studied the recently published list of the best one-hundred major league prospects as viewed by MLB. There were two, only two, Kyle Crick in 32nd place and Edwin Escobar in 95th place. So it seems that the prospects for a winning team emerging from the Giants farm system and replacing the old fellows and has-beens now on the roster is comparatively poor. I'd say we need new management or else a dose of energetic non-support by veteran fans and new over the 2014 and 2015 seasons which would discourage management and frighten investors and, as a result, change the direction of how this team is handled. Bruce Bochy's constant glorifying the potential of the Giants also does not help the situation and his insincerity is transparent; I know, he wants to keep his job and remain on the right side of management. This team is a non-winner; it caters to ownership profits and fan-based "event ecstasy".
It's really depressing, Richard, but accurate.
Yes, Richard, it seems that the Giants are self-congratulating while trying to fool their fans into thinking that they are serious contenders whereas, in fact, the plan is to draw fans, as usual, into the ballpark for a "trendy" happening rather than for competitive baseball. Your comparison to the Dodgers in the above article is both relevant and cogent. The best I can figure out is that the Giants are waiting on their up and coming rookies, particularly their pitching contingent now in the minor leagues, and hope to let this season just "pass" into oblivion. In 2015, they'll drop their older veterans and players who prove incapable, spend the needed money and become competitive once more. That's the best I feel I can hope for.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Two MLB Headlines, Two Teams Headed in Opposite Directions
The "case" has been solved, Richard. Thank you very much. Matt Cain's superficially mediocre year had me worried, that is, until now. In actuality, Matt Cain appears to be perpetually unlucky, lack of run support, even less than what his colleagues on the Giants seem to receive. At some point, do you think you could investigate his whole career record. I wonder whether I'm right, I mean, about lack of run support and perhaps then fielding support (lack of double plays, errors).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Case Solved: Why Matt Cain Went 8-10 in 2013
As long as watching the Giants play baseball in AT&T Park is a festive event in a city known for festive events, then the nature of the game played there, win or lose, is non-essential. The Giants management knows and capitalizes on this. When, and if, the crowd gets drowsy watching highly paid athletes performing poorly, however, then the fan base will erode and management will be forced to step in and actually create winning, or, at least, competitive, baseball. This turn of events is not likely to take place, if at all, for a few years yet. In the meantime, serious San Francisco baseball fans are troubled, their passion obstructed.
3 months ago on Giants Make Wrong Statement With Vogelsong Signing
"Believe me, it's not that I'm smarter..." Wrong, Richard, you are smarter, significantly smarter. And thanks for the chuckle, paragraph two!
Now that Vogelsang has signed up for one year, the Giants no longer "need" starting pitching. That's it. Maybe a few more cracks at the relief corps but expect nothing more. It is in the Giants current financial interest to remain mediocre. And don't expect much from the farm system; their farm system is amongst the poorest. No, the Giants are very profitable and do not need winning nor exciting teams to draw crowds. That, I am afraid, is the way it is.
3 months, 1 week ago on The Giants' 2013 Hot Stove Can Still Sizzle
Richard: While your comments and responses have been, to this point, quite consistent, you are now failing due to a practically indescribable urge to want the Giants to do so well that your objectivity has simply plunged. It's forgivable, of course, but I'm here, as a Reader, to remind you: The Giants are cheapskates and are going nowhere in 2014 and perhaps beyond. Why, "beyond"? Poor farm system and refusal to make the commitments to spend money on quality. Proof? Tim Lincecum signing plays to the fan base, not to quality baseball.
Good "detective" work, Richard. You excel at that. And now the Giants are no longer fooling your readers.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on SF Giants On a Spending Spree? Not So Far
I think your questions and concerns have been answered, Richard: 1) Signing Tim Lincecum to a two-year contract; 2) Signing Tim Hudson to a two-year contract. Does it seem to you, Richard, that the Giants are in a "renew themselves" stage? Definitely not to me. Same old-same old.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Giants Arrive at Tipping Point for 2014 and Beyond
Keep dreaming, Richard. The Giants are not, repeat, NOT, going to go out and bid on a top starter. As usual, they're going to try and "get by". In fact, that ought to be the Giants nickname: "Get-by Giants."
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Giants Sign Tim Hudson: The Price is Right, What About the Arm?
Deliberate and inciteful article, Richard, far better than the usual strudel. Thank you.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Giants Arrive at Tipping Point for 2014 and Beyond
Bloomsbergs Billionaires: Giants ranked sixth in Major League Baseball at 1.2 billion.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Giants Plan So Far: Bring Back the 2013 Losing Team
I, too, am disgusted with the Giants' lack of creative thinking and dealing, Richard. It is the same, tired old thing. But I always try to keep in mind that baseball is a business and, for the Giant ownership, a superb one. Tim was brought back because ownership believes that the fans want him and would not forgive management if he were let go even if he were the same mediocre pitcher elsewhere. The continued signing of other over-the-hill ballplayers or never-make-it athletes just means that the Giants are not required to be competitive to fill their seats. What that leaves is even greater profits for shareholders. It's sad to say but that's what it's all about.
Has any manager ever tried this interesting concept, Richard, or even a variant?
5 months ago on Designing a Mathematically High-Tech Batting Order Part 2: The Mobius Strip Theory | April
I've also been saying that (about the miserly Giants), Richard, but without the research to back me up. And, in fact, thank you for the research! As to the Giants spending money to create a first-class team, I doubt if they will, doubt if they have to. Why? Because all those crazy San Francisco fans make stadium sellouts inevitable. No matter how mediocre, the team will make a lot of money, a great deal of money, so what's the compelling reason for management to shell out funds which they can keep as profit for themselves? Will a first-class LA team make any difference to them or to SF fans? I don't think so!
5 months ago on Why Giants Fans Should Root for the Dodgers in the 2013 Postseason
I missed the blog when it wasn't updated, wondered what occurred. Now I know. Good things for you and your wife, mother-to-be. Of course, no more blog is difficult for us few folks who follow it all the way from Israel (where I reside). I've found the mcoveychronicles.com for Giant news and, as well, espn.com, for intelligent general news. I do enjoy hardballtimes.com for historical information about baseball. Do you or your readers have any other suggestions re the Giants or baseball in general or history? Much appreciated, any references whatsoever. And all the best, Chris. Regards, Robert Haymond
9 months, 1 week ago on All good things…
More information on Devin Harris: He was profiled on the Giants official website because he had homered in six consecutive games while playing for San Jose, A+ (Advanced A Ball).
10 months, 1 week ago on Minor League Mailbag submissions