1. San Francisco Giants Roster Moves: 5 Implications of Hector Sanchez Promotion

    Today's promotion of 21-year-old minor league catcher Hector Sanchez has several potential implications for the San Francisco Giants ...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 904 reads 13 comments

  2. San Francisco Giants Trade Scenarios: Brian Sabean's 5 Highest Priorities

    Assessing the San Francisco Giants' needs as the 2011 Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches is a bit like strolling through your neighborhood Big Box store: The sheer volume of opportunities can overwhelm you...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 514 reads 5 comments

  3. Ryan Vogelsong and the 9 Unlikeliest All-Stars in San Francisco Giants History

    San Francisco Giant pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is the feel-good story of the 2011 major league baseball season. Vogelsong's selection as an NL All-Star is the latest chapter in his emergence from utter obscurity...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 2,011 reads 2 comments

  4. San Francisco Giants: Power Ranking Each Member of the Giants' Bullpen

    The 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants relied on a deep, talented bullpen to buttress a stellar starting rotation...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 789 reads 0 comments

  5. San Francisco Giants: Power Ranking Their Starting Staff on 2011 Performance

    An uncommonly talented and durable starting rotation propelled the 2010 San Francisco Giants to their first World Series title in 52 years by the Bay. With all five starters returning, more of the same was expected in 2011...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 264 reads 0 comments

  6. The Unofficial 2011 NorCal Pro Sports Franchise Relevance Index

    Dallas is a football town. Yes, the Mavericks are reigning NBA champions. Yes, the Rangers are defending AL champions...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 667 reads 5 comments

  7. San Francisco Giants: Predicting the Ceilings for Top 10 Draft Picks of 2011

    Foretelling the potential upside of amateur draft picks is an exceedingly inexact science. Five teams passed on Barry Bonds before the Pirates selected him 6th in 1985...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 1,652 reads 3 comments

  8. San Francisco Giants: 6 Options for Replacing Freddie Sanchez

    It happened in the fifth inning of Friday night's eventual 3-2 walk-off win by San Francisco over Cincinnati . Giants second baseman Freddie Sanchez made a full-extension dive to his right to stop a ground ball from escaping the infield...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 1,395 reads 8 comments

  9. San Francisco Giants: 5 Reasons Brandon Crawford Is the Everyday Shortstop

    Until Wednesday, San Francisco Giants rookie shortstop Brandon Crawford had shown flashes of promise, but not enough (for me) to declare him a demonstrably better long-term option than Emmanuel Burriss...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 3,545 reads 3 comments

  10. San Francisco Giants: 6 Reasons to Forget Scott Cousins and Replace Buster Posey

    Five hits in 28 at-bats. .179 batting average. Zero RBI Those are the offensive (so to speak) stats compiled by San Francisco Giant catchers Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart in the ...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 968 reads 3 comments

  11. San Francisco Giants Trade Rumors: 7 Under-the-Radar Bats They Should Target

    A realistic assessment of the 2011 San Francisco Giants leads you to one inescapable conclusion: The club needs more offense. Prior to losing Buster Posey for the season, G.M...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 2,143 reads 8 comments

  12. San Francisco Giants Fans: Five Reasons Not to Push the Panic Button (Yet)

    What a week, huh? Buster lost for the season, swept at home by the Marlins , then a series loss at Milwaukee . Out of first place, heading into a tough four-gamer at St. Louis...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 538 reads 0 comments

  13. Dear Bruce: Could I Ask You a Few Questions?

    Saturday, May 28, 2011 Bruce Bochy Manager, San Francisco Giants 24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco, CA Dear Bruce, We don't know each other...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 740 reads 12 comments

  14. Posey's Loss Hurts, but Truth Hurts More: Sabean's Decisions Haunting Giants

    From a blog named "ThankYouBrianSabean": ON NOVEMBER 14, 2003, THE MINNESOTA TWINS TRADED A.J. PIERZYNSKI TO THE SF GIANTS FOR JOE NATHAN, FRANCISCO LIRIANO, AND BOOF BONSER. TWINS FANS EVERYWHERE WOULD LIKE TO THANK BRIAN SABEAN...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 482 reads 7 comments

  15. Buster Posey Injury: 5 Immediate Implications

    While the Giants ' medical staff sorts out the extent of Buster Posey's injury, the front office is already adapting to his likely absence for the rest of 2011...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 1,586 reads 2 comments

  16. 2011 San Francisco Giants: Is Their Fast Start an Illusion or Reality?

    Ever been to one of those Vegas shows where the artful illusionist wows the crowd with seemingly impossible feats of magic? The secret, experts say, is distracting the audience long enough that they miss the magician's sleight of hand...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 273 reads 0 comments

  17. Walsh's Reign: 10 Milestone Regular Season Games for the 49ers from the 1980s

    Thirty years ago this fall, the San Francisco 49ers made a stunning leap from mediocrity, winning their first NFC West crown in nine years en route to the first of five Super Bowl titles...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 591 reads 0 comments

  18. The Curious Case of Brandon Belt: What Are Sabean and Bochy Waiting For?

    Five consecutive wins and a bit of separation from the rest of the NL West has, for now, quieted anxieties about the Giants struggles to score runs...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 471 reads 0 comments

  19. San Francisco Giants: 6 Obstacles to a World Series Two-Peat

    Nothing gets the pessimistic juices flowing like watching two straight late inning meltdowns in Denver, then seeing your closer tweak his oblique (albeit during a comeback win over the hated Dodgers )...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 98 reads 0 comments

  20. 5 Things SF Giants GM Brian Sabean Should NOT Do in 2011

    The 2011 San Francisco Giants , like every other club in baseball, have evident flaws. To fix them, G.M. Brian Sabean faces a number of daunting questions: Should he give up any ...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 108 reads 0 comments

  21. MLB: Why San Francisco Giants Fans Should Be Happy with 2011 Start

    Call me a cranky old man,—my kids do, all the time—but watching the 2011 San Francisco Giants has, at times, been even more a torturous exercise for me than 2010. Yeah, yeah, I know—things ended up OK last year...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 28 reads 0 comments

  22. Memo to Lew Wolff: Time to Move Oakland A's Far Away from the Bay

    Forget Fremont. Or San Jose. Or even downtown Oakland. The best destination for the Oakland A's is the 916 (Sacramento) or the 702 (Las Vegas). Maybe even the 503 (Portland)...

    Barry Shiller Written by Barry Shiller about 3 years ago 266 reads 6 comments