Thursday, August 16, 2012

Your 2012 Giants: The Melky Aftermath: Survalist Mode

Brian Sabean was interviewed today (transcript of highlights via Schulman).  First the news about roster moves.  Justin Christian was brought up to take Melky's roster spot as 4th OF and Eric Hacker to take Brad Penny's spot (I guess Otero is back down too) as long reliever.  Here is the interview parts with my comments, as I usually do it.

He said he learned of the suspension Tuesday morning then informed manager Bruce Bochy. Sabean said the Giants had no idea was coming.

ogc:  I still think that they had to have gone to Melky's agent to check on the Baggarly rumor.  This is what a GM has to say publicly, I believe.

Asked if he had any anger, Sabean said, “Not at all. If anything, I was so taken back it was deflating. I was actually in the meeting when Bruce (Bochy) talked to the players and I kind of got emotional because I didn’t see this coming. We’ve all been around the game a long time. We’re used to making changes and adjustments. All been around game long time. Used to making changes and adjustments, as we do in life. This is one of those things where you’re punched in the stomach, but you no choice and you’ve got to move on.”

ogc:  Usual stuff that a GM has to say.

He said there was nothing “too compelling or interesting” on the waiver wire and that Gregor Blanco will be the left fielder for the immediate future.

ogc:  Whether not compelling or too costly in prospect, either way, it means Blanco is our starting LF.  Hopefully playing regularly will return him to May goodness.

Though Sabean said he was not angry, the disappointment in his voice was clear when he discussed the suspensions of Cabrera and Guillermo Mota and said, “We’ve got two players who should know better.”

ogc:  Amen to that, Brian, amen.

On whether he can envision Cabrera in a Giants uniform again: I can’t answer that now. There’s a lot of blanks to fill in as a result of this.

ogc:  Got to keep the door open, see what falls out in the aftermath after a few months, more importantly, see what the market is for him, hopefully means that if he is fairly priced, the Giants will still pursue, but if someone is bidding stupid money (I'm watching you Magic!), then adios.  It is just too early for the team to say anything without hamstringing future moves they might take.  They need to see how things work out.

On the late-July rumor that Cabrera would be suspended: When it first came out I think we were all taken aback if it was rumor or had any substance. After that I can’t speak to it.

ogc:  Ah, can't speak to it, could mean don't want to speak to it because they found out the info via other channels.

Denying that the Hunter Pence acquisition had anything to do with fears the Giants would lose Cabrera: We tried to acquire him at the deadline last year and he was was going to be a Giant if we could find a way to do it this year.

ogc:  Well, it would be deflating to a player if Sabean said that he only got the player because we were losing a player later.  Just stuff a GM has to say, whatever the truth is, and most probably truthfully, they did pursue him last season. 

But looking at it from a realistic viewpoint, once the rumor came out, I don't see how the Giants could not have contacted Melky's agent and ask if there was any truth to this matter, or at least ask if the team should worry or not.  Once known, you double your efforts and offer more than before, which is the way negotiations work, you start low and offer more until both sides agree.

How the Giants can win the division without Melky: It remains to be seen. If you had told me we’d lose (Brian) Wilson, lose Panda twice, lose Mota out of the bullpen, now losing Melky…We’ve got a survival instinct. It’s seemingly a good group. They don’t lack for effort and they don’t lack for character. Right now it’s about winning series. The Dodgers are 5-1 in their last six games and we’re 3-3. They’ve won their last two series and we’ve won one. It’s greater than just the lineup. We’ve got to pitch better than yesterday and win more games at home, which we haven’t been doing lately.

ogc:  A GM of a contending team has to be positive, but he also pointed out the negatives that the team has to work on, as well.  Pretty much standard GM stuff to say here, not the greatest question to ask, though I guess it had to be asked anyway.  And he pointed out the issues of the team, so he didn't whitewash it either.  But this is pretty much my point on my prior post, we have survived a number of losses this season already and still did well, so why not this one too?  This is the Survalist Mode that I was addressing the title.
On calling up Double-A center fielder Gary Brown: I don’t see it in the short-term, no. He’s still learning in Double-A. He’s more proficient against left-handed pitching and he’s struggled from time to time against righties. We also know he’s a center fielder at this time. That’s not on the front burner of our thinking.

ogc:  This makes sense too.  Why not try Blanco, who has had success in the majors, first?  If he's struggling for two weeks, at that point it's basically September, so you bring up Brown for the September expansion of the roster and see if you can catch lightening in the jar.  Otherwise, he can be a great asset off the bench.  Plus, this is a sign that they prefer to leave Pagan in CF for now, let him be (hopefully) comfortable and thus productive, leading off for us in CF.  They could be trying to be careful not to upset things too much, right now, given what just happened.  But if Pagan and Blanco are both riding cold bats come September 1st, it would not surprise me if Brown came up to be our starting CF, and they would share a platoon in LF.

On recent hitting upticks for the Brandons, Belt and Crawford: I think they’ve got a lot to be proud of. We stuck with them. We gave them as much playing time as they can handle. Now they’re seeting th fruits of their labor. It was just a matter of time. We hope that time is now. It’s good for their sake, too, because they put a lot into it. Both of these guys are kids who want to do well for the team. It bodes well for them now and for us in the future.

ogc:  Good that they recognize that both are doing well.  Good to show public that the Giants have been supporting both of them and not holding them back as some in the Giants fanbase seem to think.

If the thought of a failed drug test had anything to do with tabling extension talks in mid-July: It was a conceptual conversation and it never really went anywhere They pushed for doing something at the end of the year. I don’t know the timing of that against the question.

ogc:  Again, Sabean and the Giants must have known, but as an agent, if you want to be viewed as ethical and trustworthy by MLB teams, once you were aware of the drug suspension looming, you tell the team that you are tabling the discussion until after the season, so that you don't stick the team with a huge contract with a drug-tainted player.  That would pretty much hurt any future negotiations by this agent in the future if he treated the Giants in that way, every other team would be leery of dealing with such an agent. 

As Shankbone noted in the comments on the other post, this "conceptual conversation" implies that the Giants never talked dollars and cents, per se, with the agents.  I still think that the 3 years, $27M was purely a media member's educated guess presented as rumor, though I suppose it could be that Quentin's contract was brought up by somebody and turned immediately by Melky's agents. 

ogc thoughts

No really big news, that's the way most Sabean interviews are, mostly PR stuff a GM has to say, to standard questions that the media feels they have to say but know there is a snowball's chance in hell that the GM will ever answer the question truthfully.

Christian and Hacker were obvious choices based on the players we lost (Cabrera and Penny).  Also pretty obvious that Blanco would get the first shot, he did so well in May playing that position.  Someone in the news noted that perhaps Cody Ross is available again:  could lightening strike twice?  We'll see.

Most interesting answer was regarding Gary Brown, though that was expected as well.  He noted Brown's issues, so that was interesting.  Also interesting is that they are giving Blanco another chance.  There are always someone interesting on the waiver wire, though maybe that team is asking for too much, and still the Giants would rather give the unproven guy a chance, belying the image of Sabean and Bochy being tied only to veterans (though Blanco as a long enough history already as a major leaguer, but not as a starter, recently).  And while they didn't see Brown as the answer right now, his answer leaves the door open to Brown being brought up and being the answer later, as needs change.

Also interesting is that the Giants have not automatically written off Cabrera for good.  He's now maybe a part of the puzzle in 2013, but the Giants will take a look at how the offense works with Cabrera and with a productive Pence and Belt, hopefully, and maybe decide that they can live without his bat after all, or maybe realize that they need him.   It will take time to see better what's up.

2010 vs. 2012

A commentator (Ratto) notes that the Giants are different from two years ago, but forgot to note one huge difference:  the team is only one game out now, whereas they were a few more games out back then (at roughly same games, same time of month), but roughly 6 games back in a matter of days, roughly 5-6 games back to the end of August.   They had a lot more to make up, they also had a lot more parts not working.

So yes, there are a number of question marks - Lincecum, Belt, Sandoval, Pence, Casilla - but at his moment in 2010, we didn't have 4 pitchers as Ray noted, Lincecum was in the midst of a pretty bad stretch where he was completely lost and we had no idea what type of pitcher he would be in September.  Heck, Bumgarner, Zito, as well as Lincecum was horrible in September, there were a lot of question marks (remember, Madison was still an unproven rookie at that point, maybe the league figured him out) with the pitching than one might think, if we were told we had Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner, Sanchez, and Zito.  The team was very unsettled and not looking ready for the playoffs, let alone the World Series.  Especially since nobody had won it before at that point.  Then they went on that great streak in early September.

He also lists Posey's leadership as a question mark.  I find that hard to believe of a player who publicly answered, "Why not now?" when asked if the Giants could win after all the losing tries before, and at the victory parade, exhorted his teammates, in the midst of a celebration, to "lets get back to work and make another run again".  Then again, the media is privvy to the clubhouse environment, and I know I saw such a question from another media member before, so maybe there is something to that. 

Still, he seems like a leader to me, one that would be forceful when he sees necessary.  He clearly didn't back down when the media asked him about the catching situation with Lincecum, when he could have let it slide with no comment or one of those generic team-friendly quotes.  He was team-friendly yet very forceful that he can handle anyone at any time.  So maybe he is not leader-ish enough to be noticed in the clubhouse, but maybe he is in privte moments with his teammates.

And I would think, he must be some kind of good leader to take over as a rookie catcher and lead the pitching staff to that historic run in September, then lead the team in the playoffs and World Series.   Not everybody can do that, and I would think that only a natural born leader can do that.


  1. I think you covered it there, OGC. Got nothing to add, but wanted to say good post.

  2. “We’ve got two players who should know better.” - exactly. It's kinda funny, the mainstream media has PED users as evil, more sober heads have them as just stupid. Not sure which I'd rather be called. Yahoo et al is doing a lousy job of pillorying players.

    And yeah, I have to laugh - read Schulman before this, and "can't speak to it" rang just as obvious to me. Primo lingual gymnastics - Sabean gets a hand for that one. Can't say whether it determined the acquisition of Pence, but they knew. Cracks me up.

  3. Great summary OGC. You corrected me on Christian not being with the big club a couple days ago, and look, here he is again.

    Sabean does a good job of keeping things low key. Never gets any credit for it, just the classic quotes that get blown up. I like the "We've got two players who should know better" one.

    I think its a little doubled edged truth, I bet they did really want Pence last year. Sabean does not trade for rentals, they just didn't have the horses. And damn that trade is looking extra extra good right now.

    Pagan is warming up, having a nice August. I have read a couple places that he is pissed at Melky big time. Two things on that - one, he is a very comparable player (at the beginning of the season nobody knew which guy would put up better #s and they have similar profiles) and two, he translated the denials and was pretty close to Melky. Obviously Melky was looking at 40-60MM and above, Pagan is looking at something much smaller. I can see a little resentment on that level, if he is playing it straight. Glad we have Pagan right now, and the hedge for next year. He finishes well, maybe that qualifying offer is back on the table.

    Your Cody Ross item - I love it, its a pipe dream, but I love it. That would be an all time kick.



1984 Draft (1) 2007 Draft (15) 2007 Giants (52) 2008 Draft (22) 2008 Giants (53) 2008 season (6) 2009 Draft (18) 2009 Giants (87) 2009 season (24) 2010 Decade (12) 2010 Draft (11) 2010 Giants (137) 2010 NL ROY award (1) 2010 season (19) 2010's (3) 2011 Draft (9) 2011 Giants (84) 2011 season (8) 2012 Draft (11) 2012 Giants (93) 2012 season (11) 2013 Draft (3) 2013 Giants (39) 2013 season (5) 2014 (1) 2014 draft (5) 2014 Giants (79) 2014 season (16) 2015 Draft (4) 2015 Giants (50) 2015 season (10) 2016 Draft (1) 2016 Giants (45) 2016 season (6) 2017 Draft (3) 2017 Giants (27) 2018 Draft (8) 2018 Giants (50) 2018 Season (8) 2019 Draft (1) 2019 Giants (27) 2019 season (2) 2020 Decade (1) 2020 Giants (9) 25 man roster (10) 25th man fallacy (1) 3B (1) 40 Man Roster (10) 49ers (1) 51/49 decisions (1) 6-man rotation (5) 89 Quake (1) 89 World Series (1) A-Ball (1) A-Gon (1) A-Rod (3) A's (6) AA-Ball (1) Aaron Rowand (25) Abiatal Avelino (1) accomplishments (1) ace pitcher (2) ace starter (1) Adalberto Mejia (6) Adam Duvall (5) AFL (4) aggression (1) Albert Suarez (5) Alen Hanson (3) Alex Dickerson (2) Alex Hinshaw (3) Alex Pavlovic (1) Alexander Canario (2) All-Star Game (1) almost perfect game (1) Alonzo Powell (1) Amphetamine (3) analysis (22) Andre Torres (14) Andres Torres (2) Andrew McCutchen (2) Andrew Suarez (5) Andrew Susac (11) Andy Baggerly (2) Andy Sisco (1) Andy Suarez (9) Angel Joseph (1) Angel Pagan (17) Angel Villalona (30) Anniversary (1) appendicitis (1) Aramis Garcia (2) Arbitration (19) Armando Benitez (5) Armando Gallaraga (1) art of failure (1) Asia-Pacific signing (1) assessment (1) Astros (3) At the Rate They Are Going (1) ATT Park (1) Aubrey Huff (20) Austin Jackson (2) Austin Slater (5) Award (4) BABIP (3) Bam Bam Meulens (1) Barry Bonds (30) Barry Zito (77) baseball (1) Baseball America (3) Baseball Prospectus (6) Baseball Prospectus Bias Against Giants (4) baseball strategy (9) Baseball Study (17) baserunning (2) batting peripherals (1) batting stance analysis (1) batting title champion (1) Beat LA (9) bench players (4) Bengie Molina (14) Benjamin Snyder (1) Bert Blyleven (1) best manager (2) best practices (2) Beyond the Box Score (1) Bias Against Giants (1) Big 6 (9) Big Picture (3) Bill Hall (1) Bill James (1) Bill James Handbook (2) Bill Mueller (1) Bill Neukom (21) Billy Beane (3) biography (1) Blake Riverra (1) blog news (3) Blog Philosophy (3) Bob Howry (2) Bob Mariano (1) Bobby Evans (4) Boston Red Sox (1) Brad Hennessey (5) Brad Penny (2) Brandon Bednar (1) Brandon Belt (50) Brandon Crawford (25) Brandon Hicks (1) Braves (5) breakout (2) Brett Bochy (4) Brett Pill (9) Brewers (1) Brian Anderson (1) Brian Bocock (2) Brian Cooper (1) Brian Horwitz (3) Brian Ragira (2) Brian Sabean (50) Brian Wilson (14) Bridegrooms (6) Bruce Bochy (36) Bucky Showalter (1) bulllpen (8) Bullpen (33) Business Plan (21) Buster Posey (102) Byran Reynolds (2) Byung-Hyun Kim (1) Cained (4) call-ups (3) Candlestick Park (1) Cards (13) Career Prospects (4) Carl Hubbell (1) Carlos Beltran (4) Carlos Gomez (1) Carney Lansford (2) Carter Jurica (1) Casey Kelly (1) Casey McGeHee (3) catcher injury (5) catching (3) CBT penalty (1) CC Sabathia (1) censorship (2) CEO (2) Chad Gaudin (5) Charles Culberson (5) Charlie Culberson (3) Chase Johnson (3) cheating (1) Chillax (1) Chris Brown (1) Chris Gloor (1) Chris Heston (19) Chris Lincecum (1) Chris Marrero (1) Chris O'Leary (1) Chris Ray (4) Chris Shaw (4) Chris Stewart (4) Chris Stratton (30) Chris Strattton (1) Christian Arroyo (7) Christmas (1) Christopher Dominguez (4) Christy Mathewson (1) Chuckie Jones (2) Clay Hensley (3) Clayton Blackburn (10) Clayton Tanner (3) Closer (9) closer by committee (3) Coaches (4) coaching changes (1) Cody Hall (2) Cody Ross (8) Col (1) Comeback Award (1) Commissioner (1) comparison (1) competitive advantage (1) Competitive Balance Tax (2) Competitive Cycles (1) competitiveness (2) Conner Menez (1) Connor Joe (3) Connor Nurse (1) Conor Gillaspie (25) contender (1) contract extension (3) contract negotiations (2) contract signing (7) Coordinator (1) core competency (1) Core Rotation (1) Cory Gearrin (5) Cory Guerrin (1) Cory Hart (1) Craig Whitaker (2) Cubs (1) Curt Young (1) cuts (1) Cy Young Award (5) cyber-relief (1) D-backs (16) D-gers (36) D-Rocks (3) D-Rox (17) D.J. Snelten (3) Dallas McPherson (1) Dan Ortmeier (11) Dan Otero (2) Dan Runzler (6) Dan Slania (3) Dan Uggla (1) Daniel Carbonell (1) Daniel Slania (2) Dany Jimenez (1) Darren Ford (1) Dave Righetti (1) Dave Roberts (11) David Aardsma (1) David Bell (1) David Huff (2) David Loewenstein (1) Decade of the Giants (12) decline (1) Defense (10) Deferred Money (1) deleted comment (1) Denard Span (3) depth (1) Dereck Rodriquez (7) Derek Holland (18) Derek Law (11) Detroit Tigers (1) DFA (3) DH (2) Dick Tidrow (2) dictionary (1) direction (1) Dirty (1) DL (3) dodgers (15) Donald Snelten (1) Donovan Solano (1) Draft (11) Draft Analysis (26) Draft Bonus (7) draft list (3) draft philosophy (1) draft signing (3) Draft Strategy (11) Draft Study (9) Draft Success (4) drafting (4) Dres (16) Drew Pomeranz (1) DRS (1) Dynasty (3) Earl Weaver (1) Edgar Renteria (13) Eduardo Nunez (4) Edwin Escobar (5) Ehire Adrianza (26) Eli Whiteside (4) Elimination game (1) EME (2) Emmanuel Burriss (18) end of an era (1) epic season (6) era (1) Eric Byrnes (1) Eric Surkamp (6) Erik Cordier (1) Eugenio Velez (12) evaluation (3) Evan Longoria (3) Evan Longoriia (1) extension (7) fan outrage (2) fan rants (2) fanfest (1) FanGraphs (2) Farhan Zaidi (20) felony conviction (1) Fielding (5) Fielding Stats (4) finger injury (3) first post-season press conference (3) Francisco Peguero (4) Fred Lewis (3) Freddie Lewis (17) Freddie Sanchez (4) Freddy Sanchez (7) Free Agency (8) Free agent possibilities (25) Free agent signing (18) Free agent signings (21) front office (3) Gabe Kapler (1) Game Score (3) gamer-tude (1) Garrett Williams (1) Gary Brown (26) Geno Espinelli (1) George Kontos (10) Ghosts of Giants Drafts (2) Giants (10) Giants Announcer (1) Giants blogs (3) Giants Chat (4) Giants Classic Rotation (1) Giants Defense (3) Giants Draft (15) Giants Drafts (8) Giants Farm System (32) Giants Franchise record (2) Giants Future (64) Giants GM (9) Giants Greats (3) Giants hitting manual (1) Giants Leadership (1) Giants manager (1) Giants No-Hitter (5) Giants Offense (32) Giants Offseason (21) Giants Pitching (7) Giants President of Baseball Operations (3) Giants Strategy (41) GiDar (1) Gino Espinelli (1) glossary (1) Gold Glove Award (1) good players (4) good will (1) Gorkys Hernandez (2) Graphical Player (1) great players (4) Gregor Blanco (18) Gregor Moscoso (1) Gregory Santos (1) Guillermo Moscoso (2) Guillermo Mota (2) Guillermo Quiroz (1) Gustavo Cabrera (4) Hall of Fame (10) Hall of Shame (4) Hank Aaron (5) Happy Holidays (2) Hate mail (1) healthy (1) heart-warming (1) Heath Hembree (8) Heath Quinn (1) Hector Correa (1) Hector Sanchez (12) Heliot Ramos (9) Henry Sosa (8) HGH (1) Hidden Game (1) high expectations (1) high school focus in draft (1) high velocity hitters (1) high velocity pitchers (1) hiring (2) hiring process (1) Hitter's League (1) Hitting (18) Hitting Coach (1) hitting mechanics (3) hitting pitchers (2) hitting streak (1) Hitting; (1) Home Run Career Record (7) Home Run Hitting Contest (1) Hunter Bishop (4) Hunter Pence (25) Hunter Stickland (1) Hunter Strickland (9) Ian Gardeck (1) Idea (4) IFA (1) improvement (2) Indictment (1) Infield (1) injury (7) instant replay (2) instructor (1) Interesting Question (1) International Free Agent Pursuits (5) International Signings (5) interview (4) Investment (1) Ivan Ochoa (2) J2 (1) Jack Taschner (4) Jackson Williams (3) Jacob Dunnington (1) Jacob Gonzalez (2) Jacob McCasland (1) Jae-gyun Hwang (1) Jake Dunning (2) Jake Peavy (39) Jake Smith (1) Jake Wong (1) Jalen Miller (1) Jandel Gustave (1) Japanese Starters (1) Jarrett Parker (10) Jason Heyward (1) Jason Maxwell (2) Jason Stoffel (1) Javier Lopez (5) JC Gutierrez (3) Jean Machi (6) Jeff Kent (1) Jeff Samardzija (28) Jeff Suppan (1) Jeremy Affeldt (12) Jeremy Shelley (2) Jerome Williams (1) Jesse English (2) Jesse Foppert (1) Jesus Guzman (4) Jimmy Rollins (1) Joaquin Arias (14) Joe Panik (18) Joe Torre (1) Joey Bart (5) Joey Martinez (2) Johan Santana (1) John Barr (1) John Bowker (22) John Thorn (1) Johneshwy Fargas (2) Johnny Bench (1) Johnny Cueto (31) Johnny Monell (1) Johnny Rucker (1) Jonah Arenado (1) Jonathan Mayo (1) Jonathan Sanchez (49) Jordan Johnson (1) Jose Canseco (1) Jose Casilla (1) Jose Guillen (3) Jose Mijares (3) Jose Uribe (2) Josh Osich (9) JT Snow (1) Juan Perez (6) Juan Uribe (9) Juggling Monkey (1) Julian Fernandez (7) Julio Urias (1) jury (1) Just Say No (1) Kelby Tomlinson (5) Kendry Flores (2) Keury Mella (2) Kevin Correia (2) Kevin Frandsen (22) Kevin Gausman (1) Kevin Pillar (2) Kevin Pucetas (10) KNBR (1) Kung Fu Panda (30) Kyle Crick (16) laid off (1) Larry Baer (3) Larry Ellison (1) Lead-off (2) leadoff (1) left-handed (1) Lew Wolff (1) LHP (1) Lineup (17) lineup construction (4) Lineup position (1) links (1) Logan Webb (2) Lon Simmons (1) long relief (2) Long-Term Contract (22) long-term planning (3) losing streak (1) Lucius Fox (3) luck (2) Luis Angel Mateo (2) Luis Matos (1) Luis Toribio (1) lunatic fringe (1) Mac Marshall (1) Mac Williamson (12) Madison Bumgarner (185) Mailbox (1) Malcolm Gladwell (1) management change (3) management issues (5) managerial value (5) Manny (1) Marc Kroon (2) Marco Luciano (3) Marco Scutaro (12) Mark DeRosa (8) Mark Gardner (1) Mark Melancon (4) Marlon Byrd (1) Martin Agosta (7) Marvin Miller (1) Masahiro Tanaka (1) Mason McVay (1) Matsuzaka (1) Matt Cain (160) Matt Daniels (1) Matt Downs (2) Matt Duffy (8) Matt Graham (1) Matt Holliday (1) Matt Krook (2) Matt Moore (15) Matt Morris (2) Mauricio Dubon (2) Mechanics (4) Media (16) Media Bias (17) media hypocrisy (1) Media Trade Idea (3) Medical (1) Mediocy (11) Mediots (6) Melk-Gone (1) Melky Cabrera (14) Melvin Adon (1) memories (1) mental (1) Merkin Valdez (8) Message in a Bottle (1) methodology (2) MI (1) Michael Main (1) Michael Reed (1) Michael Trout (1) middle infield (2) Miguel Cabrera (2) Miguel Gomez (1) Miguel Tejada (5) Mike Fontenot (3) Mike Ivie (1) Mike Kickham (9) Mike Leake (11) Mike Matheny (1) Mike Morse (10) Mike Yazstremski (2) milestone (1) minor league (1) minor league contract (4) minors (11) mismanagement (1) misnomer (1) mistakes (2) MLB (2) MLB stupidity (2) MLB Success (7) MLB Trade Rumors (1) MLBAM (1) MLBTR (1) MLE (1) Mock Draft analysis (8) Modus Operandi (1) MVP (2) Natanael Javier (1) Nate Schierholtz (45) Nathanael Javier (1) Nationals (1) Naysayers (2) Negotiations (1) Neil Ramirez (1) NewPQS (8) Next Gen (1) Nick Hundley (2) Nick Noonan (27) Nick Pereira (1) Nick Vander Tuig (2) Nick Vincent (1) NL Champions (2) NL West (29) NL West Division Title (20) NL West Future (1) NLCS (22) NLCS MVP (2) NLDS (8) Noah Lowry (14) non-roster invitees (2) non-tenders (3) Nori Aoki (4) NPB (1) NRI (1) Oakland A's (4) OBP (1) oddities (1) Offense (3) offensive era (1) ogcPQS (6) Omar Vizquel (3) one-run games (3) Opener (1) Opening Day (6) opening day pitcher (3) opening day roster (11) Optimism (1) Osiris Matos (2) Outfield (3) overturned (1) Ownership (7) Pablo Sandoval (97) Padres (1) Panda (6) Pandoval (1) passing (1) Pat Burrell (15) Pat Misch (5) Payroll (11) PECOTA (1) Pedro Feliz (12) PEDS (10) Perfect Game (2) perjury trial (1) personal (2) Personal Reminiscence (2) Pessimism (1) Pete Palmer (1) Pete Rose (3) Peter Magowan (2) Phil Bickford (3) Phillies (7) philosophy (1) Phoenix Theory of Rebuilding (1) Pierce Johnson (2) Pitch Count (3) pitch framing (1) pitch value (1) Pitcher hitting 8th (1) Pitchers League (1) Pitching (25) pitching analysis (3) Pitching Rotation (86) pitching staff (5) plate discipline (1) platoon players (1) Play Ball (1) player budget (2) player development (2) playoff (2) playoff analysis (1) playoff hopes (37) playoff roster (2) playoff rotation (5) Playoff Success (25) Playoff Win Effective (3) Playoff Win Efficient (2) Playoffs (44) postmortem (2) PQS (107) press conference (2) pressure (2) priorities (1) Projected Record (6) projection (2) projections (2) promotion (2) prospect (3) prospect analysis (6) prospect handling (1) Prospect of Note (3) prospect promotion (1) prospect study (2) Prospects (46) quality starts (1) questions (1) radio great (1) Rafael Rodriquez (8) Rajai Davis (2) Ralph Barbieri (1) Ramon Ramirez (3) Randy Johnson (10) Randy Messenger (2) Randy Winn (14) Rangers (5) Ranking (4) rant (1) raspberry (1) Ray Durham (5) re-sign (2) Rebuilding (4) Rebuilding Myths series (1) rebuttal (1) Red Sox (1) Reds (5) rehab (1) reliever (3) relievers (1) Relocation Concession (2) Research (2) resource scarcity (1) rest for starters (1) Retired (3) Retirement (3) return (1) Reyes Moronta (3) RHP (1) Ricardo Genoves (1) Rich Aurilia (7) Rick Peterson (1) Rickie Weeks (1) Ricky Oropesa (3) right-handed (1) risk mitigation (2) risk profile (1) Roberto Gomez (1) Rockies (2) Rod Beck (1) Roger Kieschnick (13) Roger Metzger (1) Ron Shandler (2) Ron Wotus (1) Ronnie Jebavy (1) Rookie of the Year (1) Roster (4) rosterbation (2) Rotation by Committee (1) ROY (2) Royals (3) Rule 5 (2) Rule 5 Draft Pick (5) rumors (9) run differential (1) run prevention (1) run production (1) runs support (1) Russ Ortiz (11) Russell Carleton (1) Ryan Garko (2) Ryan Klesko (4) Ryan Rohlinger (2) Ryan Theriot (3) Ryan Vogelsong (93) Ryder Jones (2) Sabean Naysayers (7) Sabermetric Thoughts (6) sabermetrics (5) SABR (1) Salary speculation (3) SALLY (1) Sam Dyson (7) Sam Selman (1) Sam Wolff (1) San Jose Giants (1) San Jose Relocation (3) Sandro Fabian (2) Sandy Rosario (1) Santiago Casilla (9) scenarios (1) Scott Boras (1) Scott Harris (1) Scott McClain (2) Scott Shuman (1) Scouting (2) Sean Hjelle (5) season review (1) secret sauce (2) Sergio Romo (17) Seth Corry (6) SF Giants (2) Shilo McCall (1) Shohei Ohtani (1) Shohei Otani (2) Shooter (1) shutouts (1) Signature Song (1) signing (13) Silly-Ball (3) South Atlantic League (1) South Bay Rights (1) SP usage (1) spin rate (1) splits (2) Sports Illustrated (1) Spring Training (16) stabilized stats (1) standings (1) starting CF (1) starting lineup (19) starting pitching (93) starting rotation (4) Statcorner (1) State of the Giants (1) statistics (2) STATS (1) Steamer (1) Stephen Vogt (1) Steroids (7) Steve Edlefsen (4) Steve Johnson (3) Steve Okert (8) Steven Duggar (7) strikeout rate (2) Sue Burns (1) sunk costs (1) superstition (1) tactics (1) talent evaluation (2) Tax (1) team culture (1) Team of the 2010's (2) Team of the 2020's (1) Team of the Decade (4) Team Speed (1) Team Support (1) Thank You (2) The Evil Ones (tm) (1) The Giants Way (2) The Hardball Times (1) The Hey Series (19) The Hey Zaidi Series (3) Thomas Joseph (3) Thomas Neal (9) Tigers (4) Tim Alderson (17) Tim Hudson (39) Tim Lincecum (195) TINSTAAPP (1) Todd Linden (3) Todd Wellemeyer (6) Tommy Joseph (3) Tony Watson (4) Top 100 Prospects (1) Top 14 Roster (1) Top Draft Position (4) top Giants prospects (3) top player list (1) top prospect list (6) Trade (11) Trade Analysis (22) Trade Idea (9) Trade PTBNL (2) Trade Rumors (30) trading (1) training staff (2) Training Tool (1) Travis Blackley (1) Travis Ishikawa (47) Trevor Brown (5) Trevor Gott (1) tribute (1) Tristan Beck (1) turning point (1) Ty Blach (23) Tyler Austin (1) Tyler Beede (10) Tyler Cyr (1) Tyler Horan (1) Tyler McDonald (1) Tyler Rogers (2) Tyler Walker (2) umpire mistake (3) Umpires (3) USA Today (1) utility (1) Voros McCracken (1) Waiver Roulette (1) Waldis Joaquin (5) walks (1) Wall of Fame (1) WAR (3) Warrior Spirit (1) Wendell Fairley (10) What-If Scenario (3) wild card (1) wild card race (1) Will Clark (1) Will Smith (7) Will Wilson (3) Williams Jerez (1) Willie Mac Award (1) Willie Mays (1) winning on the road (1) Winter League (1) winter meetings (3) World Series (27) World Series Champions (13) WS Ring Bling (1) xBABIP (1) xwOBA (1) Yankees (1) Yusmeiro Petit (40) Zack Cozart (2) Zack Wheeler (9) Zaidi MO (2) Zaidi Rotation (2) ZiPS (1) Zito Role (2)