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McCovey Chronicles

Brady Klopfer

A Giants fan’s guide to the 2020 postseason

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Who should you root for? Let me tell you.

If you’re missing baseball, fear not. There are only 184 days until the San Francisco Giants open the season against the Seattle Mariners. You only have to wait that long.

Or, if you’re impatient, there are also four MLB postseason games on Tuesday, and another eight on Wednesday.

It’s a tradition on McCovey Chronicles to rank the postseason teams in order of lovability, so fans know who...

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Brady Klopfer

Tuesday BP: One more word on that strike zone...

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Still bad!

Hello and happy Tuesday.

It’s been two days since the San Francisco Giants were eliminated. And while they deserve the brunt of the blame for that, it sure felt like they were on the receiving end of a truly horrendous strike zone.

But now that we’ve had two days to cool off from the frustrating game, we can say that ... yes, it was, indeed, a truly horrendous strike zone.

Rob Drake, everyone!

Umpire Rob Drake had an...

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Brady Klopfer

Monday BP: What’s your favorite memory from the season?

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Another one is in the books.

Hello, and happy Monday. I miss baseball. There are 185 days until Opening Day.

There will be time to reflect on what happened to end the San Francisco Giants season. Time to reflect on the three-game losing skid, the lost opportunities, the disappointing failures. And time to reflect on the surprising seasons, the breakouts and bouncebacks, and all the happy moments.

But right now I’m just grateful that there were...

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Brady Klopfer

Really? That’s how it ends?

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The Giants season ended, following one of the worst bouts of umpiring you will ever see.

If I had told you in mid July that every game this season would matter, you would have taken it.

If I had told you that every inning this season would matter, you would have taken it.

You didn’t expect the San Francisco Giants to be there, in the final inning of the final game of this nauseatingly bizarre season, with the postseason within view.

But they...

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Brady Klopfer

Giants eliminated on final day of the season

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A surprising season comes to an end.

The San Francisco Giants season is over.

The Giants entered Sunday — the final day of the regular season — needing a win over the San Diego Padres, and needing the St. Louis Cardinals to beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cardinals held up their end of the deal, but the Giants couldn’t hold up theirs.

It’s a disappointing end to the season after the Giants surprised everyone with their performance. In...

McCovey Chronicles

Brady Klopfer

Hunter Pence came to McCovey Cove on the first day of retirement

Welcome back, Hunter.

On Saturday, San Francisco Giants legend, two-time champion, four-time All-Star, and 14-year MLB veteran Hunter Pence retired from baseball.

In a touching video statement announcing the news, Pence said, among other things, the following:

I’m looking forward to being a Giants fan now. After every Giants win we’re lucky enough to hear “I Left My Heart in San Francisco;” know that my heart will always be in San Francisco.

He was not lying. One day after announcing...

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Brady Klopfer

9/27 Gamethread: Giants vs. Padres

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Drew Smyly vs. Adrián Morejón.

Well here it is. It’s the final game of the regular season.

Here’s what needs to happen:

The San Francisco Giants need to beat the San Diego Padres. The St. Louis Cardinals need to beat the Milwaukee Brewers.

So use your magical fan powers to try and make those things happen.

Game #60

Who: San Francisco Giants (29-30) vs. San Diego Padres (36-23)
Where: Oracle Park, San Francisco, California
When: 12:05 p.m.

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Pablo Sandoval recalled by Atlanta

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The Panda is going to to play on the final day of the regular season.

Pablo Sandoval’s 2020 season is not over. The San Francisco Giants icon has been called up by the Atlanta Braves for the final game of the season.

Snitker says Sandoval will be activated and play third base today

— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) September 27, 2020

Not only is Sandoval getting added to Atlanta’s roster, but he’s starting and batting cleanup. And just to make...

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Brady Klopfer

Sunday BP: It all comes down to this

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It’s the final game of the season, and the Giants fate is still up in the air.

The San Francisco Giants haven’t done themselves any favors in the last few two nights, losing in deflating fashion on Friday and pathetic fashion on Saturday.

And because the Giants didn’t do themselves any favors, they must now rely on someone else to do them favors.

The Giants need to win today, in their season finale against the San Diego...

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Brady Klopfer

Giants look lifeless when they most need life

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Well that was disappointing.

We’re at that mystical point in the season where I’m not sure if there’s any value in telling you what happened on Saturday night between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. Do you care what happened in the second inning, or the fourth? Are you invested in who played well, and who had an off-day?

Or are you just concerned with who won and what it means?

The Padres won, 6-2. They put 3 runs on Johnny...

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9/26 Gamethread: Giants vs. Padres

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Johnny Cueto vs. Zach Davies.

After last night’s demoralizing loss, the San Francisco Giants are not in as good of position as they hoped to be in. But they still control their fate as they head into the season’s penultimate game, against the San Diego Padres.

There are three ways that the Giants can get in the postseason:

They win on Saturday and Sunday. They win on Saturday or Sunday, but not both, the Philadelphia Phillies lose one of...

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Brady Klopfer

Mike Yastrzemski wins the Willie Mac Award

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The obvious choice was, indeed, the winner.

Just as we all expected, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski was named the 2020 Willie Mac Award winner. The San Francisco Giants announced the award on Saturday evening, prior to their game against the San Diego Padres.

The Willie Mac Award is given every year to the Giant who most embodies the spirit of the incomparable Willie McCovey, and is voted on by teammates, coaching staff, and fans.

Yastrzemski felt...

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Sam Coonrod placed on IL, Rico Garcia recalled

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A day after blowing a save, Coonrod’s regular season is done.

The San Francisco Giants are making a bullpen move ahead of the penultimate game of the regular season, a vital Saturday evening contest against the San Diego Padres. Right-handed reliever Sam Coonrod has been placed on the Injured List with a right shoulder strain, and fellow right-handed reliever Rico Garcia has been recalled from the Alternate Training Site. Though technically...

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Giants designate former All-Star Jeff Samardzija for assignment

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija is no longer with the San Francisco Giants organization.

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Hunter Pence announces retirement with emotional farewell video

Hunter Pence announced on Saturday that he is retiring from baseball following a 14-year career that saw him become one of the most beloved players in the sport.

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Giants' Hunter Pence Announces Retirement After 14 MLB Seasons in Twitter Video

On the eve of the final day of the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season, former San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has announced he will retire...

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Hunter Pence Announces Retirement

Longtime big league outfielder Hunter Pence announced he’s retiring from baseball (Twitter link). More to come.

Yardbarker: San Francisco Giants

Former Giants OF Hunter Pence announces retirement from baseball

At 37-years-old, Hunter Pence is content finishing up his professional baseball career.

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Brady Klopfer

Jeff Samardzija designated for assignment

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The right-handed pitcher’s time with the Giants has come to an end.

The San Francisco Giants announced on Saturday morning that right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija had been designated for assignment.

ROSTER MOVES:
• Jeff Samardzija designated for assignment and placed on unconditional release waivers.#SFGiants

— SFGiants (@SFGiants) September 26, 2020

Samardzija started Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader against the San Diego Padres, making his first...

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Hunter Pence retires

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The Giants just got a new fan.

On Saturday morning, Hunter Pence announced his retirement from baseball.

The outfielder had a 14-year MLB career, and spent parts of eight seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He signed with the Giants over the offseason for a second stint, but was designated for assignment in August. He didn’t catch on with another team, and on Saturday made the news official on his social media accounts.

Nothing can really...

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