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Bryan Murphy

World Series Game 2: Nats @ Astros

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Strasburg vs. Verlander

The improvisational roadshow that is Major League Baseball foisted another bad Astros apology on us complete with Jeff Luhnow, the smartest man in baseball, to opine that “we may never know” the intent behind his asshole AGM’s outburst after the ALCS clincher.

Meanwhile, Jeff Passan reports:

Major league umpire Rob Drake tweeted “I will be buying an AR-15 tomorrow, because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this...

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Bryan Murphy

Kevin Pillar was the best version of himself in 2019

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Superman lived up to the expectations.

Stat line

Overall: .259/.287/.432, 21 HR, 88 RBI, 85 wRC+, 1.5 fWAR
With Giants: .264/.293/.442, 21 HR, 87 RBI, 14/19 stolen bases, 89 wRC+, 1.8 fWAR

What you think about Kevin Pillar as a baseball player might say something about the way you view baseball. If you see a player with a .293 OBP, you might think that player has extremely negative value and should not be allowed anywhere near Major League Baseball. If you...

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Sami Higgins

Wednesday BP, 10/23/19

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Good morning, McCoven!

The World Series is here! And baseball is nearing its winter slumber. The time has come for us to make predictions for who will win, in how many games, and who will be MVP.

And in keeping with my tradition of being a day late on literally everything, I probably should have had you all do that yesterday. You know, before it actually started. But better late than never, that’s I always say. Let’s get your boldest predictions in...

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Giants continue to vet candidates to replace Bruce Bochy

The Giants continue to vet candidates to be Bruce Bochy’s replacement. After sitting down with Cubs first base coach Will Venable last Friday, the organization recently spoke with Astros bench coach Joe Espada over the phone, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). It doesn’t appear they have yet met in-person with Espada, who Heyman quips has been “pretty busy” in recent weeks. Not only has Espada had postseason work to handle, he’s also twice interviewed with the Cubs...

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The Nationals eke out a nail-biter in Game 1

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The battle of aces didn’t live up to the hype, but it was still entertaining!

For the second time in three years, the Houston Astros are in the World Series. And for the second time in three years, a member of the Houston Astros organization did something incredibly dumb and offensive that’s cast a shadow over the whole thing. The Astros are an exciting team, with a lot of incredible talent—some old (Justin Verlander, Zach Grienke), some new (George...

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Bryan Murphy

World Series Game 1: Nats @ Astros

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Scherzer vs. Cole

Here it is, the final series of the season. We’ll be sad when Baseball’s gone, but it’s also time for a break, right?

Exciting times ahead for the Nationals . . .

Ladies and gentlemen, your first-ever Washington Nationals #WorldSeries roster.#STAYINTHEFIGHT pic.twitter.com/FS6dH6D33u

— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 22, 2019

. . . Meanwhile, the Astros are trying to be a rare team not named the Yankees to win two...

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Kenny Kelly

Aníbal Sánchez is the Nationals’ Zito

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Will Washington’s fourth starter, like Barry Zito before him, take down a Justin Verlander before the season is through?

This World Series between the Nationals and Astros has no doubt reminded Giants fans of the 2012 matchup against the Tigers. Three of the Detroit’s vaunted rotation have reunited in this year’s Fall Classic: Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, and Aníbal Sánchez. The focus has been on the starting pitching because in addition to...

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Arizona Fall League Wrap Up: Week 5

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The clock is winding down

With the final days of the Arizona Fall League approaching (the last regularly scheduled game comes on Friday with the Championship Game Saturday night) players are getting their last chances to make an impression before heading off to long overdue rests.

And one player we know who absolutely made an impression was Jacob Heyward, who this week made history of a dubious kind.

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Sami Higgins

Tuesday BP, 10/22/19

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Good morning, McCoven!

In case your Tuesday morning wasn’t already punishment enough, I have some more for you in the form of the Sporcle quiz for the 2019 San Francisco Giants roster! Do you want to hate yourself for how many players you forgot about? Do you want to hate yourself for the amount of players you DO remember? Then this is the quiz for you!

I’m not going to name any of the names, of which there are SIXTY FOUR. But I...

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Watch: Shaken: The story behind the earthquake that shook the 1989 World Series | MLB on ESPN

30 years after the earthquake that shook the 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants, former broadcasters and players, including Al Michaels, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart, Dennis Eckersley and Will Clark, remember the disaster. Bob Ley and Chris Berman also reflect on ESPN’s coverage of the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. ?

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Giants ownership leaving managerial decision solely to Farhan Zaidi

The Giants have identified at least seven serious candidates in their search for departed manager Bruce Bochy’s successor. Regardless of who ultimately gets the job, it appears it’ll be president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi making the call. Giants ownership is putting “the entirety of this decision” in Zaidi’s hands, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic writes (subscription link). That isn’t the case for every team with a managerial opening, as we’ve seen with the...

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Bryan Murphy

2019 World Series Preview . . .

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It’s the last series of the year. The Astros are Iron Man, the Nationals are Captain America. Who will win?

The best overall team in baseball against a team that should’ve been in the World Series years ago. What’s at stake? The Astros are trying to cement their status as the team of the future. The Nationals are fighting to preserve their history-altering run.

From the Giants fan perspective, you can’t go wrong rooting for either team. Both have...

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Giants interview Cubs first base coach Will Venable

Cubs first base coach Will Venable interviewed with the Giants on Friday for their managerial vacancy, Henry Schulman and John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle report. He had previously been rumored to be of interest to the San Francisco organization. Venable, who’ll turn 37 at the end of the month, wrapped up a solid big-league career in 2016. Since, the Princeton grad has worked in the Cubs organization, serving as the first base coach on Joe Maddon’s staff. With this reported...

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Giants Rumors: Mark Kotsay Considered Favorite for Manager Job

There is reportedly a favorite in the San Francisco Giants ’ manager search. According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic (h/t Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports ...

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Jaylin Davis, Austin Slater, and Chris Shaw all did real well in the minors in 2019

There were no pictures of any of the three of them together, so here’s Austin Slater | Photo by Jay Anderson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The majors, though, were somewhat more difficult. Stat Lines Jaylin Davis: .167/.255/.238, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 39 wRC+, -0.4 fWAR Chris Shaw: .056/.150/.056, 0 HR/RBI/SB, -36 wRC+, -0.3 fWAR Austin Slater: .238/.333/.417, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 1 SB, 100 wRC+, 0.7 fWAR Davis and Slater were example of the Giants’ relentless churn through outfielders, with...

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Sami Higgins

Monday BP, 10/21/19

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Continuing on in our series of looking back at random games, I pulled up the old random number generator and it gave us (I kid you not) game 69.

/insert “nice” replies here

Anyway, the 69th game of this season found our favorite baseball squadron facing the Milwaukee Brewers at home on June 16th. It was a Jeff Samardzija Father’s Day start. Unfortunately for all of our dads, though, it was not one of his best of the season. He allowed four...

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Kevin J. Cunningham

How would the Giants system fare in the proposed MiLB realignment?

Fans take in a game at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, Oregon, on August 17th, 2019. | Kevin J. Cunningham

MLB’s proposed changes to Minor League Baseball would have some interesting effects on the those who would be Giants.

On Friday, Baseball America dropped a bomb of a report about Minor League Baseball: A radical proposal by MLB would eliminate 42 minor league teams and drastically realign and change the way Minor League Baseball and affiliations work.

Now, this is all preliminary and...

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These infielders at some point wore a Giants jersey

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images More like (In)Field of Harsh Reality, amirite? Yangervis Solarte .205/.247/.315, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 49 OPS+, -0.2 rWAR This is your periodic reminder that Bryan Murphy, managing editor of McCovey Chronicles and my son… … believed that Yangervis Solarte would be the best get of the Giants offseason. Boy, was he ever wrong! Solarte lasted only 78 plate appearances before becoming one of the churn’s first victims. Role on the 2019 team Team MVP, obvs....

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Kenny Kelly

The dejuiced playoff ball plays an awful lot like the juiced ball at Oracle Park

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Almost immediately, baseball fans noticed that the ball was carrying differently in the postseason, but everything looked normal to Giants fans.

Arguably, the biggest story line to come out of the postseason has been the apparent change in the ball. Over at Baseball Prospectus, Rob Arthur showed that the postseason baseball has significantly more drag which is causing it to not travel as far. As of October 10, Arthur calculated that there...

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The pitchers who would be traded

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We were promised trades this season. These relievers were the sacrificial lambs.

Sam Dyson

With the Giants: 49 G, 51 IP, 47 K, 7 BB, 3 HR, 2.47 ERA, 2.72 FIP

With the Twins: 12 G, 11.1 IP, 8 K, 6 BB, 3 HR, 7.15 ERA, 6.83 FIP, and a potential investigation

Of all the relievers the Giants traded this year, Sam Dyson was the best. After a mediocre season in 2017 that had some wondering if the Giants should even bother to tender him a contract, Dyson...

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