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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.
2 days, 5 hours 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!
4 days, 11 hours ago on Giants Make Wrong Statement With Vogelsong Signing
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.
1 week, 3 days 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.
2 weeks ago on The Giants' 2013 Hot Stove Can Still Sizzle
Good "detective" work, Richard. You excel at that. And now the Giants are no longer fooling your readers.
2 weeks, 3 days 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.
2 weeks, 6 days 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."
2 weeks, 6 days 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 weeks, 3 days ago on Giants Arrive at Tipping Point for 2014 and Beyond
Bloomsbergs Billionaires: Giants ranked sixth in Major League Baseball at 1.2 billion.
1 month, 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?
2 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!
2 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
6 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).
7 months, 1 week ago on Minor League Mailbag submissions
Well, Chris, no one that I have read has ever mentioned Devin Harris, a ballplayer 25 years of age, playing for the Giants in Advanced A Ball. The statistics this year on him are utterly fantastic (see new article on him in the Giants official website). So how ome this is the first we've heard of him? How good is he? And how is it that 25 year old is playing in a league usually reserved for youngsters? I would be very interested in your responses. And thank you, in advance.
Are there any minor league pitchers in the Giants farm system who are ready, or nearly ready, to becoming a Giants starting pitcher? Please comment. Why? Because I forsee that Tim Linceum is through as a reliable pitcher, at least as a starter, and both Zito and Vogelsong are of a questionable status due, if nothing else, to age. Are there any pitchers ready to step in this season. Thanks in advance, Chris.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Post your questions for the Minor League Mailbag
Really appreciate your making the effort, Chris, to inform us re Giants' minor league baseball.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Early season scouting report: San Jose Giants v. Visalia Rawhide, 4/11/2013
@TSF My mistake. I meant, according to McCovey Chronicles Giants' minor league affiliates expert.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on GIFs: Dioner Navarro’s bad day at work
@TSF @Robert Haymond Quite a sensible reply. I think you are right. I long for the days when we had the up and coming Zach Wheeler. A very shortsighted transaction on our part. I wish they had consulted me. I would have put an immediate stop to it and just considered 2011 a "lost" season. At any rate, waiting until the All-Star break for Tim to come around is too long. Amongst all the theories and discussions I've read about Tim, yours appears to be the most accurate. As to our farm system pitchers, by the All-Star break we'll know more and, I think, the short-term solution lies there, at least as described by Bay Street Ball's Giant's minor league affiliates expert.
Yes, the Giants won a dirty one but, in my estimation and more important is Tim Lincecum's continued performances or, shall I say, poor performances. I just don't think he has it anymore. Will he come out of it? Maybe. Barry Zito has found some (baseball) redemption. But, if he does, it may take several more years. In the meantime, at the end of the year, he will be a free agent, free to sign anywhere but...who will want him? Actually, the Giants need to replace him this year. Yesterday's ballgame is an illustration of a dirty game but one which Lincecum made possible due to his ongoing poor pitching. While he has been celebrated in San Francisco, the sheen is off his pitching arm to reveal...what...well I can't use the term "dirty" again. At any rate, let's get used to it, Tim Lincecum is no longer a bonus to the SF Giants and we need to see that he is replaced...this year, not next.