1. Why the San Jose Sharks Need Manny Fernandez

    After finishing the regular season with the best record in the NHL last season, the San Jose Sharks failed to get past the first round of the playoffs. One of the reasons for their early departure was below average goaltending...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 721 reads 11 comments

  2. MLB ASG: Is Home-Field Advantage in the WS Such a Bad Idea?

    After witnessing one of the oddest sights in all of sports in 2002—a baseball game ending in a tie—MLB Commissioner Bud Selig elected to make a change to the Mid-Summer Classic...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 288 reads 10 comments

  3. Why Randy Johnson May Have Saved Jonathan Sanchez' Career

    Let's just be honest, nobody around baseball figured Jonathan Sanchez would be the first San Francisco Giant to throw a no-hitter since 1976. If anyone was willing to venture a guess, the most likely Giant would be either Tim Lincecum or perhaps Matt Cain

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 389 reads 3 comments

  4. San Francisco Giants: Is Travis Ishikawa Here to Stay?

    After raking a three-run triple in his first at-bat of the season, Giants first baseman Travis Ishikawa was seemingly invisible at the plate for nearly six weeks...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 420 reads 3 comments

  5. San Francisco 49ers: Five Players Who Will Be Key in 2009

    For the second time in three years, the San Francisco 49ers will head into the regular season with heightened expectations following a 7-9 finish from the previous campaign...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 1,589 reads 14 comments

  6. San Francisco Giants Are Failing at Maximizing Their Talent

    With the 2009 San Francisco Giants essentially shocking all of Major League Baseball by continuing to hold the second best winning percentage in the National League, one would think the orange and black were maximizing their talent...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 382 reads 38 comments

  7. San Francisco Giants: Wednesday's 7-0 Loss Was Poorly Managed

    For the first time since 2005, the San Francisco Giants have a chance to be in the playoff race down to the final week of the season...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 306 reads 11 comments

  8. Why the San Francisco Giants Will Not Make the Playoffs

    Before I begin, let me plainly state as clearly as possible, I hope I'm dead wrong about this. My beloved San Francisco Giants are two full games up in the National League Wild Card race and ...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 840 reads 23 comments

  9. San Jose Sharks: Names That Would Look Good in Teal

    With the disappointment that was the 2008-09 season for the San Jose Sharks, numerous fans were clamoring for general manager Doug Wilson to make a splash on the first day of free agency...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 1,117 reads 7 comments

  10. San Francisco Giants: 13 Pitchers and Four Bench Players...or 12 and Five?

    For those of you who haven't heard, the 2009 San Francisco Giants are built on pitching and for the most part, their pitching has been nothing but dominant...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 553 reads 9 comments

  11. San Jose Sharks: Free Agent Update

    With the NHL salary cap destined to take a significant decrease after the 2009-2010 season, Sharks GM Doug Wilson has been wise not to over-pay for big-name free agents during the first few days of free-agency...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 706 reads 0 comments

  12. San Francisco Giants: Bruce Bochy's Odd Decisions Continue to Frustrate Fans

    With a chance to take three out of four games against one of the best teams in baseball, it would make sense to keep your team's hottest hitters in the lineup...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 452 reads 20 comments

  13. San Francisco Giants: July Is the Month To Catch the Dodgers

    After a dropped foul ball and a questionable non-strike call helped the Cardinals snap San Francisco's three-game winning streak, the month of July didn't start off the way the men in orange and black would have preferred...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 245 reads 7 comments

  14. If Pitching and Defense Win Championships, Giants Need to Stand Pat

    I'll tell you what, although watching Albert Pujols hit two gigantic bombs last night was exciting, I would still much rather watch Jeremy Affeldt's intense celebrations after clutch double plays...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 432 reads 10 comments

  15. San Jose Sharks: On the Eve of Free Agency

    If the San Jose Sharks don't want their 2009-2010 season to end in the disappointment that saw defenseman Douglas Murray console teammate Jeremy Roenick last year, then general manager Doug Wilson is going to have to get creative in free agency...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 440 reads 13 comments

  16. San Francisco 49ers: Log-Jam at Wide Receiver; Let Crabtree Sit

    Heading into training camp, and looking forward to the start of the regular season, the 49ers have a log-jam at wide receiver...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 2,488 reads 83 comments

  17. Giants 7, Brewers 0: Sadowski Goes Six, Schierholtz Stays Red Hot

    For the first time all season, the San Francisco Giants used their sixth starting pitcher. After numerous poor performances by Jonathan Sanchez, the Giants brought up Triple A starter ...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 201 reads 8 comments

  18. San Francisco Giants Have Issues at Second Base; Give Frandsen One Last Shot

    From 1997-2002 the San Francisco Giants were set at second base with a player who is arguably one of the best ever to play the position...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 221 reads 9 comments

  19. San Jose Sharks: Draft & Free Agency: What Will Doug Wilson Do?

    With the NHL free agency period right around the corner, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has some decisions to make heading into Friday's draft...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 670 reads 10 comments

  20. Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy: A Frustrating Duo

    Being already the 23rd of June in the year 2009, the current MLB season is over 40 percent complete. This year's San Francisco Giants stand at 37-32, a record that few predicted for ...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 400 reads 13 comments

  21. San Francisco Giants: When Will Enough Be Enough?

    Perhaps it would be wise to write an article about something other than the continued struggles of Jonathan Sanchez...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 338 reads 2 comments

  22. 49ers Still Lack a True Goal-Line Back

    Coming into the 2009 offseason, NFL analysts were dissecting the San Francisco 49ers and the various holes on the roster. Most of the discussions were centered around the offensive line, free-safety position, and the pass rush...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 1,291 reads 29 comments

  23. Jonathan Sanchez is the San Francisco Giants' Achilles' Heel

    Being away on vacation this past week, I thought I could take a break from Giants baseball. However, despite being on the East Coast (first in Boston and now in Maine), I have been able to continue to somewhat follow my favorite boys in orange and black..

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 250 reads 7 comments

  24. San Francisco Giants: A Gut-Wrenching Feeling Every Fifth Game

    Despite the San Francisco Giants currently in the midst of playing some of their best baseball of the season (9-3 in their last 12), the Giants and their fans are still dealing with major inconsistencies with their No...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 391 reads 14 comments

  25. 300 and 37: Johnson Wins No. 300, Cain Wins Series for Giants

    Mark the date June 4 2009, it may be the last time you will ever see a pitcher reach 300 career victories. However, I will let my fellow Giants writers delve into the significance of what 300 victories means to Randy Johnson and his historical career...

    Andy Bensch Written by Andy Bensch about 7 years ago 79 reads 2 comments