Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Ray Black in the Orange and Black?

This guy was hitting 101 mph on the radar guns in the Arizona Fall League, per mlb.com. 

 RP: The Scottsdale Bullpen: Ray Black, RHP (Giants' No. 25 prospect); Twins RHPs Nick Burdi (No. 10) and Jake Reed
The Scorpions' bullpen featured two of the AFL's hardest throwers in Black and Burdi, and both right-handers used their triple-digit fastballs to pile up strikeouts. Black fanned 16 batters over nine innings while consistently hitting 101 mph and even bumping 103 in one of his final outings.

The reporter was even more impressed with shortstop prospect Christian Arroyo --
 SS: Christian Arroyo (Giants' No. 2 prospect)
Arroyo followed a strong season at Class A Advanced San Jose with an equally impressive showing in the AFL, hitting .308 with three home runs and three doubles in 19 games for Scottsdale. The 20-year-old right-handed hitter employs an aggressive approach and has some swing-and-miss to his game, but he also finds the barrel quite a bit -- thanks to excellent hand-eye coordination and a deep contact point -- and has good pop for his size, with the potential for 12-15 home runs at maturity. Arroyo has good actions and hands at shortstop but range that's a cleaner fit at second base, although his bat makes him attractive at either middle-infield spot.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Dodgers blow off Clayton Kershaw

So Andy Van Slyke opens his big mouth to say that his son - the marginally talented Scott - believes that Clayton Kershaw went to the Dodgers front office and told them to trade Yasiel Puig.

The LA Times is now reporting it probably won't happen despite Puig's "underwhelming" work habits. 

Well, players don't have to get along for a team to win. But its nice to see the arrogance of Dodger management blowing up in its face....

As the Dodgers were playing their final regular-season games last month, they received word that a sidelined Yasiel Puig could return to them in time for the playoffs.
On the surface, a positive development. But that wasn't how the news was received in the clubhouse.
Multiple players said at the time their preference was for Puig to remain at the team's spring-training complex in Arizona. They feared his oversized personality and underwhelming work habits would disrupt them more than his breathtaking talent would help.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brandon Crawford signed to 2021

The Giants have signed Brandon Crawford to a 6-year deal worth $75 million. 

Only Buster Posey is also signed through 2021. 

Here's part of Chris Haft's story for mlb.com --

The accord relieved the Giants of the burden of negotiating with Crawford through his final two arbitration-eligible seasons and covers four years of his potential free agency, A source familiar with the negotiations said that Crawford will receive a $1.2 million signing bonus, $5.8 million next year, $8 million in 2017 and $15 million annually in the contract's final four years.
Crawford and Giants general manager Bobby Evans deferred public comment until Wednesday, when a news conference will be conducted at AT&T Park to announce the deal officially. But the significance of the pact, which the Giants and Crawford's agents began discussing early this year before tabling talks during the season, appeared obvious.
"The Giants feel he's the glue of the middle of that infield, and the glue of that team," said Rich Aurilia, one of Crawford's more successful predecessors as San Francisco's shortstop. Indeed, catcher Buster Posey is the only other Giant signed through 2021. Aurilia pointed out that Crawford will be 34 years old when he enters the final year of his contract, young enough to remain spry and nimble defensively.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Spending the SF Giants money

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports believes the Giants are going to spend a lot of money in the offseason --

Giants people are saying they are playing things to "close to the vest," which is often a tipoff that they have big plans. Besides their three-year streak of winning the World Series in even years, there are clear holes to fill in the rotation and the outfield, which just so happens to be the two greatest areas of strength on the free-agent market.
The Giants are believed to like Zack Greinke, but it might take some kind of special pursuit (not to mention dollar outlay) to outbid the rival Dodgers, who have made Greinke their No. 1 target. The Giants have suggested to some they might actually try to sign two pitchers, which would presumably mean two below the very top group, which includes Greinke, David Price and Johnny Cueto. They've been linked to their own guy, Mike Leake, plus Jeff Samardzija. Those two together could receive about what Greinke gets by himself -- something in the $160-million range.
The Giants have been considering outfield star Yoenis Cespedes, but they are a bit concerned that his regular-year finish might cause his price tag to rise by $50 million, or more. They also have liked Justin Upton before. But in all cases, there's some suspicion they'd prefer to keep outfield pay to the range of $90 million, which is what they paid their own star Hunter Pence, who helped them win a championship before signing that deal (and two now).

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Hasta la vista, Juan Perez

Monday, November 02, 2015

Pitchers and catchers report in 108 days

Thanks for reading during this past season, which had the extra kick of being able to refer to "the World Champion San Francisco Giants"

I kept pulling for the Mets during the postseason for one simple reason -- it's because the Mets prevented the Dodgers from going to the World Series despite the Dodgers being gifted Game 2 by sheer incompetence by the umpires. How can a play in which Cheating Chase Utley doesn't even start his slide until he's past the bag not be ruled a double play? I'm also sick and tired of Dodger fans defending Utley, when we all know they'd be whining their heads off -- justifiably, I might add -- had someone broken Golden Boy Corey Seager's leg in the same manner.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Eric Hosmer recalls last year's Game 4

It was a thing of Beauty

Eric Hosmer of the Royals mentioned during the postgame tonight that the Royals won't get over-confident with a 2-0 advantage over the Mets. "We were up 2 games to 1 last year and had a 4-1 lead in Game 4," he said. It's all true -- Vogelsong gave up 3 in the third; Machi got the last out and Petit then pitched 3 shutout innings as the Giants scored 1 in the 3rd, 2 in the 5th, 3 in the 6th and 4 in the 7th --