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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on July 15, 2015

Easily the best part of the all star game was Aroldis Chapman pumping his 100+mph fireballs at the hitters over and over. The reactions from the AL players in dugout was priceless.

This was the best tweet of the night in my opinion:


Chapman’s fastball is about 15 mph harder than mine. That’s the same difference between me and mo’ne davis.


The Open is nearly upon us. Without question my favorite tournament of the year. In fact, one of my favorite events of the year. It blows my mind that Tom Watson hasn’t won a major in 32 years. My favorite golfer growing up, this will be his last Open, a tournament he’s won 5 times. The winds will be howling and with weather like that it’s nearly impossible to predict a contender no matter how many picks you get. I’ll be getting up early on Sat and Sunday to watch…..


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  1. dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2015 at 9:52 am

    When I was a kid my dad’s idea of quality time was 18 holes of golf when we would see him. Since I didn’t golf at all 11 months out of the year it was incredibly frustrating. As a result I don’t care much about the game.

    Re-post from the last thread because…well just because.

    A good article on the defending champs below. Some noncontroversial statements that I enjoyed;

    “Although he plays in by far the worst home park in the majors for home runs, Belt’s .203 Isolated Power ranks fifth among National League first basemen over the past two seasons.2 Combine that pop with a still-strong .352 OBP and the third-best defense in the majors at his position,3 and the 27-year-old ranks among the best all-around first basemen in the league.”

    Just to pile on the Belt Wars:

    Player 1 .270/.345/.453, 11.1 WAR and is 27 years old
    Player 2 .268/.357/.427, 11 WAR in his 16 year career

    Can you guess the number on the jersey?

    • xoot said, on July 15, 2015 at 10:30 am


      • xoot said, on July 15, 2015 at 10:31 am

        oh, and player 1, 9

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2015 at 12:15 pm


  2. chipower9 said, on July 15, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Trade Belt! Sorry…could not resist.

  3. chipower9 said, on July 15, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Great read from Grantland. Thanks for the share. Now let’s plug those holes that were mentioned and win number Four in Six! Why not…

  4. dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Yeah, chi. I thought the article was good. As usual its all about the pitching. If Peavy and Cain perform the trade line focus should be the bullpen and bench depth. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sabevans stand pat.

    • chipower9 said, on July 15, 2015 at 10:53 am

      Agree on the focus (if Cain and Peavy perform, and they have looked good over the recent small sample size). Not sure we can shore-up the bench internally. I still would love to see them go get Parra. This does two things:

      1) Provides insurance in case Pagan can not go everyday (and if his performance does not improve, he should NOT be out there every day).

      2) Provides bench depth, and allows the team to jettison Maxwell (I think we have seen the best he can bring). I think IF-wise, they are okay with bench depth with Arias around (sure there are drop-offs, but he can play pretty much any IF position).

      • dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2015 at 11:16 am

        Yeah, Parra would be a good pick up. The BP can be addressed in house imo.

      • chipower9 said, on July 15, 2015 at 12:35 pm

        I agree overall on the BP, the exception being that if Casilla, Romo, or anyone else currently on the 25 cannot close games “consistently,” then they may need to look at getting a front-line closer (Chapman and Papelbon have been mentioned in various rumors).

  5. blade3colorado said, on July 15, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Many say the “Giants did a mind fuck with Belt.” However, the excellent column Dirt provided about our home grown infield also reminds us, that most Flappers LOVED Aubrey Huff and wanted him signed . . . and damn the costs. After he was re-signed, I can’t recall any Flappers that complained about this signing. I apologize if some of you did.

    Anywho, fast forward to this situation (more eloquently explained by the Grantland column:

    “This wasn’t something the Giants did all that well a few years ago, though. In the afterglow of the 2010 World Series, Sabean & Co. got swept up in a state of championship euphoria that clouded their judgment. One of the best players on that 2010 club was first baseman Aubrey Huff, who posted a .290/.385/.506 season that earned him his own seventh-place MVP finish. Huff was also a subpar defensive player who turned 34 at the end of that year and was just one season removed from a miserable 2009 campaign. Yet the Giants signed him to a two-year, $22 million extension anyway. Huff soon crashed back to earth in 2011,1 made 95 more plate appearances in 2012, and retired at the end of that season.

    Beyond its shortsightedness, the Huff signing kept a talented, young first baseman waiting in the wings for too long. Brandon Belt had absolutely destroyed minor league pitching during that same 2010 season, batting .352/.455/.620 across three levels. But the presence of Huff on the major league roster kept Belt either shackled to the bench or confined to the minors for most of 2011, triggering cries of #FreeBelt in the biggest seamhead corners of Twitter. Once given the chance to play more regularly in the big leagues in 2012, Belt thrived, posting numbers 19 percent better than league average, per wRC+.”

    My point? The Giants had a significant investment in Huff. Unfortunately, he face planted. Consequently, the Giants weren’t “mind fucking” Belt, but rather – trying to determine if they could salvage any use out of Huff. Did Belt have issues with his swing. Yes, he did and I wont even go into that episode, but the bottom line is that Belt recognized himself he had issues with his swing and changed it after discussing a similar problem with a Philly player, who’s name escapes me at the moment (Domonic Brown???).

    • chipower9 said, on July 15, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      I do believe a few here made some grumblings about signing Huff to his two year 22 mil contract, but that ship has sailed. Given all this, I say trade Belt. 😉

    • snarkk said, on July 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      As I’ve said before, JT Snow has said publicly that the Giants brought Belt up too fast. I’ll believe JT, as he’s had interactions with Belt, before I’ll put any credence in some writer. Belt had around 600+ total minor league ABs in all levels before they brought him up the first time, he powered through the minor leagues as it was. Look at Freddie Freeman’s stats, he had more than 2x maybe 2.5X the minor league experience Belt had before getting called up, including full seasons at AA and AAA. Belt never had that. Belt came up as Huff was hurt or was flailing or whatever was going on, did well for a while, then cratered, and they sent Belt back down to re-tool his swing, the first of many things management did to F with his game and mind. IMO a lot of fans forget that Belt got sent back down. Then, when they brought him back, they continued to mess with his swing on the fly while he was trying to figure out hitting MLB pitchers. I admit I didn’t read this Grantland column, but the excerpt seems FOS to me…

      • Carstie Clausen said, on July 15, 2015 at 7:57 pm

        Team and organization should do some serious sweetening with #9 or the least we’ll see will be a for sure walk when his F.A. comes ripe. Traded to a club with the correct configuration to its field venue and he could become the next Cepeda. That looms as his potential as a hitter ~ as a fielder a couple jumps up. Should a festering discontent develop and grow on his part he would rapidly become available to someone looking for a nice payoff. So for SF and Belt its sweeten the pot in whatever ways it takes ~ or make him available but for a fetching price ~ say a quality late innings reliever plus a young outfielder with some of the speed we need for CF and at least some slash power and high OBP from the get-go ~~ a quality which Belt brought to the Giants and then got “corrected”. The power factor may or not fully develop ~an outfield anchor for the long term, in other words.

  6. dirtnrocksnomo said, on July 15, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Yeah, blade. Dominic Brown. Good thing they didn’t talk too long because that dude is sucking ballz this year. I think it was over the series last weekend when Jon Miller was mentioning that the Phillies made the Pence trade in part because they thought Brown was a star in waiting.

    I think it was Pawlie that worried about the Giants taking the same path as the Phillies as far as bloated contracts for under performing players. I was a bit worried too but the Giants have been able to make sound financial moves (Pence & Posey) while, for the most part, avoiding bad ones (Sandoval). Peavy, Cain and the bullpen deals are certainly questionable but they are either short duration deals or coming to an end soon. Really the only deal I was totally against was Peavy. Anyway, throughout his tenure, Sabean has been able to build teams in drastically different ways and it is pretty amazing.

    • zumiee said, on July 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

      That got me thinking….what deals were I totally against at the time. Not all that many, in hindsight. The DeRosa one for sure. Hated that deal from the get-go.

  7. alleykat69 said, on July 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I’m in with Parra cause of our OF uncertainties with Pagan? Pence? Aoki? Added depth wouldn’t hurt as all.
    Don’t want Paplebon at all, Strickland is every bit better them him. But I really want Chapman and jettison Casilla, and use both Blazers Strickland and Chapman to close where match ups come into play..

    • Carstie Clausen said, on July 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Offer Cincinnati Casilla plus two of the approximately 10 quality pitchers SF currently has stacked at Richmond. A good half of them are prospects, more relievers than starters. So the Reds get one of each. They also get a very exciting Low A prospect in a scarce commodity, a young catcher with pop.

      It would be a fairly fat haul for Cincy as they could pop Casilla in as their closer who would continue to be good most games plus two pitching prospects and a catcher who already has scouts and prognosticators’ attention. In a rebuilding mode it is never stupid to keep those AA and A batteries in stock.

  8. wilcojoe said, on July 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Yeah looking forward to the Open as well. Gotta be tough for you west coasters, Flav. I think Spieth tees off at 1:30 your time. That’s 1:3Oam for you Yankees.

    • unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      I wouldn’t watch the giants if it was on At 1:30 am let alone golf

      Well, if it was the playoffs. . .

  9. blade3colorado said, on July 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Baseball in many ways is the last bastion of “doing it the old fashion way.” I think most of us like that aspect of the game. Things like the DH make most of us cringe. Eliminating strategies such as the defensive shift is another.

    So I’m reading this article about 8 jobs which will be eliminated due to technology (read robots) and guess which job may be eliminated related to baseball (as well as all sports)? Journalists. Yep, those pesky sports writers. In fact, this may be applicable to serious news as well, sans opinion pieces. Oh yeah, snarkk’s job will also likely be eliminated, unless he wants to litigate. It’s all here . . .

    Me? I’m waiting for umpires to be unemployed. Ha. 🙂

    • unca_chuck said, on July 15, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      The flappers will take over. .

    • xoot said, on July 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      while killing some time this morning in the waiting room of my kid’s orthodontist I saw this. Haven’t read a Time magazine in a while. Basically the article says that many employers now use algorithms to determime if an applicant, or current employee, “fits.” True or False: Representative democracy does not promote a just and fair society.

  10. djloo27 said, on July 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t see the Giants making a deal. The team is getting healthy, Belt’s not going anywhere, and the trade value of all their veteran relievers is way down. Plus, they almost never trade anything off their active roster anyway. Hard to believe there’s another Scutaro or Pence miracle sitting out there…

  11. Bozo said, on July 16, 2015 at 4:01 am

    The true meaning of the All Star game.

    • wilcojoe said, on July 16, 2015 at 5:07 am

      Love it!

    • blade3colorado said, on July 16, 2015 at 8:11 am

      LOL . . . Loved this so much, it is on my Facebook page.

  12. wilcojoe said, on July 16, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Tiger finishes his first round +4, leaving him third from last, when conditions have been prime for low scoring. Instead of preparing for his next major, he may want to consider just preparing for the Senior Tour.

    • alleykat69 said, on July 16, 2015 at 7:26 am

      As of now W/J, Tiger would struggle on the miniature golf tour!

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