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SF Leading The Way?

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on December 11, 2017

This is an interesting blurb from mlbtraderumors.com about something I didn’t think the Giants spent much time doing:

“Though baseball hasn’t publicly embraced sports science the way it has analytics, the Giants are looking towards that very field as a way to gain an advantage. A fascinating article by Ian MacMahan of The Athletic (subscription required and recommended) provides some insight into the goals of Geoff Head, San Francisco’s newly-promoted assistant director of player development. “Everybody in baseball is tired by August,” Head tells MacMahan. “But if we are a little less fatigued than our opponent, it gives us an advantage.” The field of sports science focuses heavily on factors such as hydration, nutrition, workload and sleep; experts attempt to put together a formula that will keep players performing at their optimal levels as often as possible. According to Dr. Glenn Fleisig, the main difference between sports science and analytics is that sports science focuses on the “physical and medical aspects of a player,” as opposed to gameplay-based statistics. Less than half of all MLB teams currently have a dedicated sports scientist on their staff, and heavier use of sports science data could lead to big improvements by baseball players. As MacMahan puts it, “no one hits a home run sitting in the dugout nursing lead-filled legs and a tight back.””

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  1. Flavor said, on December 11, 2017 at 5:53 am

    • gianthead said, on December 11, 2017 at 9:07 am

      Being the 6th OF may be motivation…

  2. willedav said, on December 11, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Nutrition stuff is something I always wished I knew more about when I was HS b-ball coach. If you are playing at night, when/what is optimal to eat btw time kids are off school and when you play?
    I was assistant to a club team, and head coach brought in a former teammate of his who was at U of Portland. He talked about it a little, how coaching staff controlled what they ate and drank on the road…at least when they were together.

  3. willedav said, on December 11, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Ellsbury, lol. He’s 34, hits LH, and put up numbers almost exactly equal or worse than Span, with only 7 bombs .260 BA .750 OPS. And of course makes twice as much $$$.
    The Giants just can’t go this route. It’s not the money, they need better hitters regardless of glove to score more runs.

    • Macdog said, on December 11, 2017 at 8:44 am

      I’m with you, Ellsbury is nothing more than a left-handed Pence. The best thing he does to reach base is via catcher’s interference, I saw him do it several times last season.

    • gianthead said, on December 11, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Point is not to try and get Ellsbury…it is to try and pry Clint Frazier from the Yanks. If the price is half of Ellsbury’s remaining contract without them taking Belt…I say F No. If they pay half of remaining Ellsbury and take lets say an expiring Spam back or even an expiring Pence, then we pay just 2 more years of Ellsbury at $11 mill, then I jump on it.

      Frazier could be very very very special. Ellsbury wont be needed for offense but to be an above average center fielder…

  4. willedav said, on December 11, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Stanford womens v-ball is in contention at Final Four for another title too. Their longtime coach retired last year after winning championship (again, 4th I think). I went to HS with this guy, John Dunning.

  5. gianthead said, on December 11, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Aren’t the Warriors the fore-runners in pushing sports science???

    • snarkk said, on December 11, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Yes, they are out front. Giants should have contact with their training staff…

  6. gianthead said, on December 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    For once, I think the front office will finally ne active at a Winter Meeting. Can they land 2 outfielders???

  7. dirtnrocksnomo said, on December 11, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I don’t think this is something new for the Giants. I remember some talk about sleep and travel scheduling during the 2010-14 championship runs.

  8. alleykat69 said, on December 11, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Didn’t they get enough sleep 😴 last year,they sleepwalked thru 98 losses?

    • snarkk said, on December 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Maybe Murph replenished the greenies box last year with Tic Tacs and didn’t tell anybody …

  9. djloo27 said, on December 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

    After the Stanton theft Yanks should just bite the bullet on Ellsbury.
    Headley and Gardner come off their books next season. They’ll survive.

    I’ve reduced my blockbuster to Betances, Hicks, and a solid prospect for Panik and Parker.
    I think Hicks could really blossom big time…

  10. dirtnrocksnomo said, on December 11, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Stanton in the media today confirming that Booby should go home and play with his kids.

  11. Flavor said, on December 11, 2017 at 12:22 pm

  12. unca_chuck said, on December 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    All I can say is at least Stanton ain’t a Dodger.

    Yet.

  13. unca_chuck said, on December 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Micah, I don’t think the Giants stood a chance no matter what we offered. That’s all I’m getting from this talk. StL and SF were bargaining chips that he used to get out of Fla. Stanton pretty much wanted the Yanks and only the Yanks. He wants to be the next Derek Jeter and go hunting in the wilds of New York City.

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on December 11, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      I agree but still think Booby’s a nincompoop. Sending Opie to do business isn’t a good look for the club.

  14. Irish Kevin said, on December 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Bleacher report…Report: Marlins ‘Threatened’ Giancarlo Stanton to Accept Giants, Cardinals Trade

  15. Macdog said, on December 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    • zumiee said, on December 11, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      And yet, Sabean said a few days ago that the Giants are not the kind of team that has the patience to do a total rebuild.
      It sounds like we’re going to be one of those teams kind of stuck in the middle, which is really the worst place to be.

  16. unca_chuck said, on December 11, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Right. Just look at the Phillies. Their last winning season was 2011 while they struggle with bloated contracts and aging players. They are us.

    • zumiee said, on December 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      The Phillies did finally go all in on the rebuild at some point last season. Their whole lineup was new names to me.
      Their new manager, Kapler, is a gung-ho intense dude. I wonder how his style will go over with the young Phillies.

  17. Flavor said, on December 11, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Sabean/Evans/Bochy can’t do it. Don’t know how to do it. Baer is going to have to clean house at the management level if they want to go in a different direction like re-building.

  18. Flavor said, on December 11, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    • xoot said, on December 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      that is terrific

  19. willedav said, on December 11, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Jeez Warriors up 21 on Portland without Pachulia Curry and Green. Bell west Young Iguodala playing well and chance for Durant and Thompson to be more selfish.

  20. djloo27 said, on December 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    MLB Network’s coverage of the Winter Meetings looks like a hidden camera at a gay mixer…

    • dirtnrocksnomo said, on December 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Lulz

    • Flavor said, on December 12, 2017 at 5:34 am

      gold.

  21. willedav said, on December 11, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Lillard (Oakland’s own) got his and he’s fun to watch just not enough help at D end.

  22. snarkk said, on December 11, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    So, Theo Epstein and Cubs just roll under media radar, pick up Morrow as FA, and nobody even knew that was in the works — and boom!; it’s done. That’s the way to do deals. If deals are constantly on Twitter feeds, that’s when you figure nobody knows a friggin thing about it and likely the featured team will not get the deal it’s publicly after…..


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