1. Eri Yoshida: Female Knuckleballer Wins Professional Baseball Game

    In case you missed it, on August 9th, Japanese knuckleballer Eri Yoshida won the first professional game by a female pitcher since Ila Borders won single games in the Northern League in each of the 1998 and 1999 seasons...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 283 reads 0 comments

  2. Giants Get Orlando Cabrera, Lose Thomas Neal

    I don’t like this trade nearly as much as I liked the Carlos Beltran deal, or for that matter, the Jeff Keppinger trade. The Giants gave up too much for a player who doesn’t look like he has much left...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 25 reads 0 comments

  3. It's 1968 in Japan

    Those of you who follow baseball history know that 1968 was MLB’s Year of the Pitcher, at least since clean baseballs came into exclusive use in 1920. Carl Yastrzemski led the AL with the lowest average to win a batting title (...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 15 reads 0 comments

  4. Panik Pounds Plebes

    I resisted the urge to title this post “Panik Attack.” If Giants’ 2011 1st Round pick Joe Panik ever amounts to anything, we will hear oh so many bad puns based on his name for a very long time...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 15 reads 0 comments

  5. Giants Pull Trigger and Bring Down Carlos Beltran

    The Giants have reportedly traded their top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler straight up for Carlos Beltran and $4M toward the remaining $6.5 of Beltran’s of 2011 salary...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 8 reads 0 comments

  6. San Francisco Giants Sign 1st-Round Pick Kyle Crick

    The San Francisco Giants signed their supplemental first-round pick, a high school right-hander, two days ago for a $900,000 bonus...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 247 reads 0 comments

  7. Sometimes Scott Boras Does Add Value

    I like to complain about how Scott Boras has conflicts of interest with many of the players he represents because he represents so many players...

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  8. The Japanese Leagues Are Getting Better

    For the last decade, my feeling has been that on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, MLB as a ten and AAA as a one, then the Japanese NPB is a four. I would now rate NPB as a five...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 17 reads 0 comments

  9. What to Make of Jose Bautista

    We’re just past the half-way mark of the 2011 season, and Toronto’s Jose Bautista is still third in the AL with a .329 batting average. Bautista’s lusty batting average I find a lot stranger than the sudden power surge...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 21 reads 0 comments

  10. The VogelSong: Hope Springs Eternal

    There’s no way Ryan Vogelsong should be pitching this well. Since leaving A-ball twelve years ago, Ryan’s best seasons (or parts thereof) were ten starts at AAA Indianapolis in 2006 (2...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 20 reads 0 comments

  11. Wishful Thinking

    I saw this post on mlbtraderumors.com , which says that the Giants are one of six teams listed on Mark Ellis’s no-trade list and the Giants have already had internal discussions about acquiring him...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about 3 years ago 13 reads 0 comments

  12. The Sad Saga of Tagg Bozied

    Robert Tanios Taggert Bozied, better known as Tagg, is possibly the best hitter in North America who has not played even one game in the major leagues. His story, which I will set forth as follows, is one of bad decisions, bad luck and bad health...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 3 years ago 70 reads 0 comments

  13. Minor League Memories

    Someone just posted a comment to a piece I wrote about the Independent A leagues back in April of last year . I wrote a long response, which I’ve decided to turn into a blog post of its own...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 3 years ago 15 reads 0 comments

  14. More San Francisco Giants' Draft Picks

    With their sandwich pick (No. 49 in the Draft), the Giants grabbed their high school pitcher. He’s a tall right-hander (listed as 6’4″, 220 lbs, but he looks even taller in the scouting video from MLB...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 3 years ago 23 reads 0 comments

  15. Giants' Surprise with Joe Panik as 1st Round Pick

    All the mock drafts I saw had the Giants taking a high school pitcher or outfielder with the 29th pick of the 2011 MLB Draft. Shows what they know. The Giants surprised a lot of people by taking St...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about over 3 years ago 27 reads 0 comments

  16. Texas Rangers: A Couple of Nice, Small Moves for the Team

    Coming off a season in which the Rangers went to the World Series for the first time in franchise history, the team has made a couple of small moves that should improve, if only slightly, the 2011 squad...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 586 reads 0 comments

  17. Los Angeles Dodgers Sign Juan Uribe, San Francisco Giants Get Miguel Tejada

    The Dodgers signed Juan Uribe to a three-year $21 million contract today, and the Giants responded by inking Miguel Tejada to a one-year $6.5 million contract (plus incentives)...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 772 reads 4 comments

  18. Los Angeles Dodgers Sign SP Jon Garland

    The Dodgers just signed Jon Garland for 2011 at $5 million with $3 million in performance incentives and a guaranteed $8 million in 2012 if he pitches 190 innings in 2011. My first thought on hearing this was Garland must want to play in L...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 446 reads 1 comments

  19. MLB Rumors: Whoever Signs Adrian Beltre Will Regret It

    I saw a post on mlbtraderumors.com quoting uber-agent Scott Boras as stating he has never seen more interest in a player than he is currently receiving for client Adrian Beltre...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 2,655 reads 7 comments

  20. Oakland Athletics and Billy Bean Post High Bid for Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s have won the bidding for Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. As yet unsubstantiated reports indicate the A’s offered roughly $17 million for his services to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, Iwakuma’s old team...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 762 reads 2 comments

  21. Chicago Cubs: How about a Fukudome for Rowand Trade?

    I saw a post on mlbtraderumors.com today stating the Cubs are interested in moving Kosuke Fukudome this offseason. That won’t be easy, given the $13.5 million in 2011 salary Fukudome has coming to him under the last year of his contract...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 747 reads 3 comments

  22. World Series 2010: An Abject Apology To San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean

    Over the years, but mostly 2005 through 2008, I have said or written many things critical of Brian Sabean. I can’t take them all back now, but I want to publicly state that I was wrong, oh so very wrong...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 82 reads 0 comments

  23. Texas Rangers-San Francisco Giants: Anything Can Happen in a Series Like This

    Well, the Giants and the Rangers did it. Two teams that have never won the World Series (at least since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958) will have a chance to win their first...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 277 reads 0 comments

  24. The Dickson Baseball Dictionary

    My friend Jack gave me a copy of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary today, edited by—you guessed it!—Paul Dickson. It was published in 1989 by Avon Books. Here are a few selected definitions for your enjoyment: angler ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 65 reads 0 comments

  25. San Francisco Giants Finally Do It

    It took until the last game of the season, but they did it. Now, it’s the same as if they’d won the division by 10 games, so bring on the Braves! It feels like it’s ...

    Default-user-icon-comment Written by Tom Dubberke about almost 4 years ago 240 reads 0 comments