Giants Bid Farewell to the Kung Fu Panda

It was a bittersweet day for Giants fans, as they waved a solemn goodbye to one of the most beloved players in the history of San Francisco sports. This morning it was announced that third baseman Pablo Sandoval had agreed to a five-year contract with the Boston Red Sox for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million. Thus ends an more »

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A’s Sign Billy Butler to Three-Year Deal

Hopefully A’s fans had a big appetite worked up when they woke up this morning, because Billy Beane treated them to a big ol’ Country Breakfast. The Oakland A’s made their first big move of the offseason, diving into the free agent market to sign designated hitter Billy Butler to a three-year contract worth $30 million. Butler figures to become more »

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An Unorthodox Proposal for the Giants’ Offseason

The 2014 baseball season is still warm in our memories, and the entire Giants fanbase is still popping Excedrin from the post-championship hangover, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too early to look ahead to the 2015 season. More specifically, it’s not too early to become a wild-eyed armchair GM and start proposing semi-crazed personnel decisions for the oncoming season. Despite winning the more »

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Pablo Sandoval Rejects Giants’ Qualifying Offer, Becomes Free Agent

It’s not exactly stop-the-presses material, but, in case there was ever any doubt, Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is officially a free agent. In what is largely procedural fooferah, the Giants extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Sandoval, which he rejected yesterday, making him a free agent and immediately making it fair game for the other 29 teams in more »

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World Series Heads to San Francisco Tied 1-1

It’s an event that has become refreshingly familiar for Bay Area fans. The red, white, and blue bunting will be broken out at AT&T Park once again as the World Series returns to San Francisco for the third time this decade. The Giants and Royals will begin the three games at China Basin with the series tied at one game more »

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2014 World Series Rundown: Giants vs. Royals

Welcome to perhaps the most unlikely World Series in recent memory. The matchup between the Giants and Royals for the 2014 title certainly won’t be mistaken for a clash of titans along the lines of the Yankees-Dodgers matchups of the 1950’s. Both teams failed to win 90 games this year (the first time ever two such teams faced each other more »

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Travis Ishikawa: The Unlikeliest Hero

A few years ago, circa 2010, I used to tell anyone who would listen (there weren’t many) that I considered Travis Ishikawa to be the most one-dimensional player I had ever seen. He did one thing really well on a baseball field: play defense at first base. In all other aspects of the game, I argued, he was charitably mediocre. more »

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Giants Beat Dbacks in 9th, Gain Ground on Dodgers

If the Giants are content to cede the National League West to the Dodgers and settle for one of the National League Wild Card spots, they certainly aren’t showing it. Rookie Matt Duffy singled in the go-ahead runs in the ninth as the Giants defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks this afternoon, 4-2, to take the series from the Dbacks and pull more »

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