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Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 15, 2018

Well, we covered a lot yesterday. Howard Stern. P-Con. The issue of Smargarine and his rumored fatness. I’m gonna have to give him a gander again, I didn’t see that first time through. At least he got a great new nickname out of it (credit: Loo). We even had a Chris Castellani rant. He’s kinda worn on me. I feel bad for that kid. He’s got a lot of anger that he’s not really expelling effectively. I guess it’s better than bottling it up.

Anyway, Smargarine is fat? Like “Derek Law fat”? Does Law still have those titties? Just once I’d like to see the “Social Medials” come in with pipes flexed and their phones turned into Bochy at the door….


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  1. willedav said, on February 15, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Saw a story on fantasy ball on cbs site that DBacks are going to have a humidor this season, as inspected and approved by mlb.
    Pitchers have complained that dry air there makes balls harder to grip.
    Fantasy guys immediately noted HRs at Coors have dropped like 25% over the years post humidor. A lot of hits still fall in due to size of OF, but HRs there way down. So column and short interview with guy dooms fantasy guys on DBax, even somewhat on Golds who rakes everywhere.

    Thoughts? Breaking pitches more affected than others? Overblown doom or will previously friendly AZ turn into pitchers yard? Other teams look into this?
    Disclaimer—Idk anything about science like physics. In college days ’70s I got lib arts hist degree with zero math and one course each of bio and chem.

    • PaulinAsia Banh Bao said, on February 15, 2018 at 8:36 am

      I seem to remember some big signings of pitchers by the Rockies that went bust in a hurry because they couldn’t get their breaking pitches to actually break in the drier air… Neagle? Hampton? Something like that. I also seem to remember someone like Peavy saying that about pitching in AZ. Heavy curve-ball pitchers often struggle in environments like that…

    • willedav said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:22 am

      F/G column on this today too; more thoughts on AZ becoming pitcher friendly yard. “Function of a humidor…essentially lessens exit velocity.”

      And in other news, Lincecum not only ex-Giant to have showcase. Peavy planning one around May 1.

  2. snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Kruk says this morning that Pablo is a shoe in to make the 25 as a bench player.

  3. snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Pablo as utility guy means the bench will be the weakest in the NL West . Again..

    • willedav said, on February 15, 2018 at 10:49 am

      12 pitchers so: 8 position starters including AJ in CF means—Pablo Specs Hundley for sure plus Gorks and I guess one more OF. Like to see Shaw Slater or both get on board. Boch loves Pablo and Gorks so I guess they are stuck with them. Supposedly AJ was NOT signed to be everyday CF so idk who is. Very weak agreed.

      • zumiee said, on February 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

        And sometimes they go with 13 pitchers, and the bench is even weaker, if that’s even possible.

  4. alleykat69 said, on February 15, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Then why didn’t they make a pitch for a real Centerfielder like Keon Broxton? Who controllable with a cheap contract.Brew crew needs was looking for pitching, Beede,Blach are Stratton should of been in the mix for that trade..

  5. zumiee said, on February 15, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    I’m still amazed that the Giants started last season with Adrianza on the roster, and Specs in AAA. That’s some seriously incompetent GM-ing.

    • snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Defense allegedly. Although I never saw that agent 000’s glove was anything special…

  6. willedav said, on February 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Broxton has his share of red flags. BA of .220, 175 Ks in less than 500 PAs. Plus he made 7 errors last year in CF, kinda high for OF. 20 bombs sure, but I doubt he would get near that many at way less friendly ATT. If Giants had him he’d likely bat 8th with his .299 OB and wouldn’t really improve bench much. No way SF gives up anyone above A prospect for him.

    • alleykat69 said, on February 15, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Agree to disagree WillieD,
      I see Broxton as a player who potentially could have a breakout year. He’s by far Milwaukee’s best defensive outfielder who would cut balls off in the gaps at ATT that Jackson wouldn’t come close to.Also had 20 plus steals 2 years in a row,which I guess means nothing in are red light only baseball ball philosophy.Hes aggressive in the OF which might cost him a error are 2, but I see him as a Gold Glover in the very short future..

  7. willedav said, on February 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Watching Smrdz do his Gearrin impression thought about this yesterday. Used to joke with Snarkk about Javier Lopez being “best value.” Sit on butt for 7 innings, get up throw some warm ups in pen, come in game face 1 guy and your off to showers, tho no idea how you work up much of a sweat.

    well, SP is pretty good gig too, as 4 days out of week you do some pregame prep and then sit on the rail with your buddies and make fun of guys like Gearrin. Consider Cueto:
    Last year 25 starts 150 innings for $21 mil plus. That works out to $850 grand per start. Considering he lasted an average of 6 innings, which might take 2 hours. you’re talking $400 grand an hour and a 4 hour work week.

  8. snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    IF Blanco and Pablo make it on the 25 outta Scottsdale, what an indictment on the farm system. Nobody else wants these guys. Dbacks said adios to Blanco. So by definition their bench would be better than SF. Why not Noonie– he’s a FA now. He’s better than either one of those dudes and can play both their positions. Wasnt there a mutual lovefest with SF when he got traded? Pablo would be a LH pinch hitter– he’s useless right handed…

  9. dirt said, on February 15, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Seems like they would go with Tomlinson for backup at SS & 2b before another OF. Or Gomez. Haven’t seen much said about that guy.

  10. zumiee said, on February 15, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    The thing I couldn’t stand about Agent OOO is that a bench player often has pinch-hit appearances late in games, against good relievers, and OOO had no chance against those relievers. At least Specs can give a decent AB usually against those relievers. He may or may not get a hit, but he clearly has a clue at the plate.

  11. zumiee said, on February 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Looks like Adrianza is still with the Twins as a back-up infielder.

  12. unca_chuck said, on February 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    It killed me when they sent Specs down last year while the hologram outfielders played their way to oblivion.

    Specs in the OF couldn’t have been ay worse, and he sure hits better than any of those stiffs.

  13. unca_chuck said, on February 15, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Pablo on the bench wouldn’t worry me too much. At least he’s proven he can hit. The caveat being he’s under big titty weight. Or 280. Whichever is lower.

    • snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      I take Specs over Pablo, unless Panda has a miraculous return to being a professional hitter this ST….

  14. wilcojoe said, on February 15, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    According to Baggs, Sabean to take over day to day GM duties. Damn paywall of the Atheltic won’t let me read the story. Anyone with a subscription willing to give a synopsis?

    • xoot said, on February 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      strange piece from Baggs–sort of dashed off, full of rhetorical tricks instead of substance. But he’s beating the competition and follow up stories can fill in I guess. Here’s what I take to be the core:

      [quote] Sabean is back in a hands-on role.

      “I will be more involved with Boch and the major league staff and the major league team, and whatever else I can get to — the draft, travel in the minor leagues — will follow suit,” Sabean said in an interview with The Athletic.

      “But our charge right now first and foremost is to get this major league club back to where we need it to be. And it’s going to take all of us. Boch always had a great saying: nobody’s smarter than all of us put together. And that’s the way we’re approaching this year.”

      So Sabean will be back on his share of road trips. He won’t skip a homestand in favor of special assignments to the complex in the Dominican or to reconnect with his scouting roots in the Cape Cod League or work out of an office at the minor league complex in Arizona.

      He won’t be Marlon Brando’s Jor-El, ensconced in his Fortress of Solitude, an occasional apparition dispensing counsel to Evans when summoned.

      Whether it’s strategizing over the day-to-day roster needs, contemplating the batting order, deciding whether to skip a starter or simply decompressing after games in Bochy’s office, Sabean’s voice will be heard again. And as much as the Giants pride themselves in their collaborative approach, prioritizing raised hands over iron fists, it is expected to be the final voice.

      “Fortunately, we’ve got a lot of experience together, and we kind of dovetail each other’s strengths,” said Sabean, who turns 62 in July and, like Bochy, is under contract through 2019. “But it’s obvious I’m going to be more visible and around.”

      So will Evans, who remains the GM and retains wide authority. He will continue as the organization’s point person for trade discussions, free-agent negotiations and other player acquisitions. He will continue to oversee and direct all aspects of baseball operations from minor league player development to staff hirings and firings.

      From what I’m hearing, Sabean’s marching orders from ownership are not a pure reflection on Evans as much as a reaction to the widespread failure that led to a 98-loss season.

      I also got wind that ownership was none too pleased last August when Sabean, while scouting a game in the Cape, spoke to a USA Today reporter writing a piece about the league and was quoted as saying this: “Quite frankly, our major league club’s so bad, we’re going to have some high draft picks next year. It’s two-fold: I want to get as far away from San Francisco and our big league team as I can, and get back to my roots in summer scouting.”

      Now Sabean is being held closer to home, and held to account. [close quote]

  15. djloo27 said, on February 15, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see what kind of shape Panda’s in when he reports…

    • willedav said, on February 15, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      he’s already there.

  16. alleykat69 said, on February 15, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Glad Sabean is taking back the reins.Though at times I’m suspect he was still calling the shots anyway.Ownership needed to fix the blunders of Booby who’s put on “double secret probation” till further notice..

  17. Flavor said, on February 15, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    again, if PCon is reading these tweets and taking them literally he’s just gonna get himself into a world of trouble…

  18. Flavor said, on February 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm


    • Macdog said, on February 15, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      Haha, Baggs obviously got PO’d at what was an expected overreaction to that headline.

    • zumiee said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Baggs has to understand that’s a two-sided coin. A lot of times, internet news headlines are set up as controversial click-bait, to drive up traffic.

    • snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      Baggs doth protest too much, methinks…

  19. mrsprtdude said, on February 15, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Athletic is very good. Giants Niners Dubs plus other national writers.Worth the $50!!

  20. xoot said, on February 15, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Baggs and Melissa Lockhard had great Giants stuff on the Athletic for a while, but it’s tapered off recently. I’m hoping for a good ST.

  21. Macdog said, on February 15, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Lincecum had his showcase today, reportedly threw 90-92 over about 25 pitches in a 10-minute session.

    Also, Nunie signed 1-year deal with the Red Sox.

    • snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Shocking, the Noonie / SF bromance wasn’t so strong after all…

    • djloo27 said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      Sounds a lot like his first showcase…

  22. snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Sabean has his hands all over the current state of this organization. He got credit for the highs, he gets credit for the lows. It’s not like he’s been a hermit on Easter island since 2014. He has as much or more of the blame than Evans for the cratering last season from a crap roster led by a joke of an outfield, and the currently crappy farm system. Those two things were the result of a few years of dropping the ball in the FO…

  23. willedav said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Here’s what Kerry Crowley of mercnews said today re: Sando:
    Though he doesn’t appear to be in peak physical condition, at first glance, Sandoval’s weight doesn’t seem as if it will be an issue this spring.”
    idk quite what to make of that but…

  24. snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    His best days are behind, but I’m looking foward to seeing Cutch play in STraining. It’s been a while since the Giants have had an OFer with that pedigree. If the Gyros can get 20-25 HRs from him, that will be boss…

  25. zumiee said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Arrieta’s % of hard-hit pitches has gone up the last two years, 25% to 32%.
    The players’ agents are so screwed trying to battle all the analytics the teams have now.

    • snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      I still don’t have a good handle at all on how all that info is measured, recorded, and who compiles it…

  26. zumiee said, on February 15, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    I can’t imagine any team wanting the 90-92 MPH fastball Lincecum. He doesn’t have the kind of control needed for that to work. His delivery wasn’t built for that.

  27. snarkk said, on February 15, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I smile when I see that Timmeh is going to be invited to somebody’s camp. I would love it if he were to come back and actually be a contributor to an MLB team. I’m reading that he is “ripped” and looked great today, which doesn’t mean much when it comes to being an effective pitcher, but at least he’s obviously been working a lot towards what is probably his last shot at MLB…

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