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Kenny Kelly

Gorkys Hernández: A tale of two halves

After an incredible start to the season, Gorkys Hernández fell off a cliff.

Stat Line

.234/.285/.391 451 PA, 15 HR, 40 RBI

Gorkys Hernández’s final line doesn’t look much different from last year’s. His wRC+ rose from 76 to 83, and his wOBA only went to .292 from .288. The jump in home runs is obvious. Going from 0 to 15 is remarkable on its own, but in terms of overall production, he was more or less the same hitter.

That doesn’t tell the whole story though. Hernández pulled the...

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Tuesday BP, 10/16/18

Will Leitch of MLB.com put out a list of each franchise’s best playoff performance of all time. Though I suppose “all time” is relative, considering the oldest inclusion is from 1970 and only a handful are before the 1990s. Still, I bet you can’t guess who tops the list for the Giants. Haha, of course you can. It’s Madison Bumgarner in 2014, obviously. Of this seemingly obvious choice, Leitch says: “This is an obvious pick, but at this point I’d like to remind you that Barry...

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Bryan Murphy

NLCS GameThreed

Chacín vs. Buehler — Can the Brewers overcome the Dodgers in LA?

The Brewers certainly brew their chance at a 2-0 as the series shifts to Los Angeles and now they might be in real trouble. The Dodgers have a bit of magic at home (except in the World Series) and while the Brewers did just fine on the road (45-37, including a 4-game split in LA at the end of July / beginning of August), there’s a very good chance they head back to Milwaukee needing to win two games. Heck, there’s a very...

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Giants reportedly interested in Cubs' McLeod

The Giants are reportedly showing interest in Cubs vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod for the vacancy in their front office that was created when former general manager Bobby Evans was dismissed last month.

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Kenny Kelly

Giants reportedly interview Amiel Sawdaye for head of baseball operations

Sawdaye, who is currently with the Diamondbacks, spent most of his career helping the Red Sox become annoyingly good.

A surprise name has been thrown into the Giants’ hunt for a new head of baseball operations. Earlier this morning, Bob Nightengale tweeted out that Amiel Sawdaye has interviewed with the Giants and will continue to be a contender for the job.

The #SFGiants brought in Arizona #Dbacks senior vice president Amiel Sawdaye to interview for their VP/head of baseball operations...

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Carmen Kiew

Who Is Ryder Jones?

Honestly, I still don’t know.

STAT LINE: 8 PAs, .375/.375/1.125, 2 HR, 3 RBIs

One of the top contenders with “briefest stint with the 2018 Giants” was Ryder Jones. Raise your hand if you remember seeing Jones this season?

I’ll wait.

Let me help jog your memory.

You saw him for one game in late July when Brandon Belt was on paternity leave, witnessing the birth of his second son, Augie. While his stint was what I’ll classify as “hella brief” , he sure made the most of it....

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Bryan Murphy

Monday BP, 10/15/18

Andrew McCutchen opined that instant replay reviews for certain stolen base attempts are downright silly.

You’re literally putting impossible standards on a runner trying to steal a base. If momentum takes your hand past the base but you are safe prior to the tag, you should only be called out if you slide completely past the base and the tag is applied.

— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) October 14, 2018

SB Nation’s Yankees site, Pinstripe Alley, wrote a whole piece on this and what...

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Arizona Fall League Roundup: Week 1

Of the Giants’ group of AFL prospects, only Melvin Adon really announced his presence with authority in week 1.

For most MLB fans, October means playoff baseball, the season of (usually) high drama, heroes, and goats that can change reputations forever.

But over in our baseball prospect niché, October means Arizona Fall League action is cranking up — that annual showcase that brings together the best near-major league ready prospects in baseball (well, the best position player prospects...

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Bryan Murphy

Championship Series Weekend Playoff MadnessThread

Dodgers-Brewers! Red Sox-Astros!

Mmmmm, let’s take a moment to inhale the aroma of last night’s miracle.

The @Brewers got an offensive spark from a relief pitcher.

You just can’t predict baseball. #TipOfTheCap pic.twitter.com/FxkZqTzeCv

— MLB (@MLB) October 13, 2018

And let’s give a moment of silence to The Narrative. We now know for sure that Clayton Kershaw is a bad pitcher in the postseason. The meanest among you will want to call him a choker or choke artist or reach into...

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Derek Holland was the work-horse of the Giants’ rotation in 2018

Holland led the team in innings pitched and starts, and he did a pretty solid job along the way. STAT LINE: 30 GS, 171.1 IP, 3.57 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 1.29 WHIP, 154 H/68 ER/67 BB/169 SO Derek Holland wasn’t expected to make the team out of spring training. He signed a minor league contract with the Giants last winter and received a spring training invite. At best, he was looking at possibly getting the fifth starter role. Injuries to Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija before opening day...

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Bryan Murphy

Weekend BP, 10/12-10/14/18

Rejection ain’t just an Australian talking about Regis Philbin in action.

Brewers owners Mark Attanasio denied Larry Baer permission to speak to his general manager, David Stearns, for the team’s open baseball ops position. While that’s not a stunning blow to the search process, it’s inconvenient.

There’s a good chance the Giants will be denied a lot of current front office people because nobody wants to help the Giants get better, and that makes total sense. Professional...

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Here's what Giants did in AFL on Thursday

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday.

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Report: Giants are looking at Chaim Bloom, Matt Arnold, among others for GM job

At the end of a disappointing 2018 campaign, the San Francisco Giants decided it was time to shake up the leadership of the baseball operations department. President of baseball operations Brian Sabean will work to find replacements for himself and Bobby Evans, who had held the general manager role.  It’s the end of a successful era in San Francisco that culminated in three World Series championships in a five-year span. Whoever takes the reins will be put in charge of one of the game’s...

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Bryan Murphy

Kim Ng is on the Giants’ radar

What does her inclusion mean for the team’s search for their next President of Baseball Operations?

Chris Haft (Giants beat writer for MLB.com) told MLB.com that the Giants will be interviewing current Major League Baseball exec and former Dodgers, White Sox, and Yankees front office exec Kim Ng for their open baseball operations job.

Earlier today, I tried to figure out who the ideal GM candidate would be. While there’s a clamoring Online for the next person to be a progressive,...

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Kenny Kelly

Jeff Samardzija and the injury-riddled season

Samardzija was just one of many Giants to get sucked into the wood chipper of the disabled list. His was one of the worst cases.

Stat Line

10 GS, 44 2/3 IP, 30 K, 26 BB, 6 HR, 6.25 ERA, 5.44 FIP

Jeff Samardzija’s 2017 was arguably his best season since 2014. The ERA didn’t look pretty, but Samardzija’s strikeout to walk ratio was one of the best in the majors. By fWAR, 2017 Samardzija would have led the 2018 Giants by a win and a half. The thing that dinged him was the outfield...

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Giants to interview MLB official for GM role

MLB official Kim Ng will interview for the vacant general manager job of the San Francisco Giants, a baseball source told MLB.com's Chris Haft.

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Watch: Hunter Pence cleans out his locker for the last time in San Francisco

What exactly does one hold onto over the course of a season? Especially their final season in the city that changed it all? Hunter Pence’s wife Alexis does a video on her YouTube channel at the end of every season that shows what Hunter collected throughout the year. This usually highlights some of the more fun moments or giveaways of the season, but this year it was a little more poignant. Throughout the video, the Pences talk about some of the strange and not so strange things that a...

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Pipeline names Giants' Prospects of the Year

The Giants believe that catcher Joey Bart and right-hander Shaun Anderson will form the battery of the future. Make that the near future. Bart and Anderson were selected as the Giants' Minor League player and pitcher of the year, respectively, by MLB.com.

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Bryan Murphy

Who’s the ideal GM for the Giants?

Beyond a list of names, what traits will this person need for a high-pressure, high-visibility job?

It has been all quiet on the GM front ever since Ben Cherrington withdrew his name from consideration. That’s bad for us because it means there’s less to write about with the entire franchise being in a bit of a holding pattern, and it’s bad for the team because teams are out there making trades already.

The Giants have about a month before they need to start making critical decisions...

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Sami Higgins

Thursday BP, 10/11/18

Today is Jon Miller’s birthday! Our legendary broadcaster has blessed us with another year of his presence and we are lucky for every minute of every game he calls. Especially in these times of terrible baseball. Jon and Dave can make even the dullest of shutout losses more tolerable by their banter and Jon’s ability to tell you something you didn’t know about a lengthy and varied number of topics.

Here’s Jon reliving his now infamous home run call for Buster Posey....’s good...

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