Splash Hits: The Regular Season Is Over

Should Barry Zito start in the postseason? « Bay City Ball – A Giants Blog
Nope, he shouldn’t. One can only hope Ryan Vogelsong sealed the deal in nabbing that playoff rotation spot with yesterday’s strong performance.

These Saber-Savvy San Francisco Giants | FanGraphs Baseball
Talk to Bobby Evans, Vice President of Baseball Operations, and you get a sense of a team with a strong process that includes inputs from both the old and the new school of baseball. And this isn’t some sort of new phenomenon in San Francisco.”

50th anniversary: Game No. 165 | The Hardball Times
Fifty years ago today, one of the greatest pennant races came to an end—with a game that was both great and greatly appropriate.”

Scouting Report: Giants Prospect Clayton Blackburn | Bullpen Banter
A scouting report on Giants pitching prospect Clayton Blackburn.

Let’s Talk About the Bullpen Instead – McCovey Chronicles
Do the Giants have a good playoff bullpen?

For NLDS, Reds’ lineup could be familiar | reds.com: News
The Reds featured Wednesday vs. the Cardinals what could very well be the lineup they show the Giants in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Saturday.”

Splash Hits: 8/25/12

Red Sox Hit Reboot, Dodgers Pick Up Pieces | FanGraphs Baseball
Headed to Los Angeles: Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto.

Chad Moriyama – Trade Analysis: Dodgers Blockbuster Improves Team But Carries Significant Risk + GIF Reactions
A Dodgers blogger’s take on the big trade.

Bruce Bochy aims at .500
After last night’s victory, Bruce Bochy is now at .500 for his managerial career for the first time in over ten years.

Third Street Kings » Matt Cain To Appear On Mythbusters
Matt Cain is going to be on an episode of Mythbusters.

Assessing Early Returns On Recent Giants Extensions: MLB Rumors – MLBTradeRumors.com
Aside from the Tim Lincecum contract, the Giants’ recent extensions have panned out well thus far.

Splash Hits: 8/21/12

The Cool Things That Madison Bumgarner Does | Getting Blanked | Blogs | theScore.com
Madison Bumgarner does cool things.

San Francisco Giants pitchers excel at ‘stealing’ strikes – ESPN
Giants pitchers have excelled at “stealing strikes” early in counts, as Chris Quick notes.

Scouting Report: Kyle Crick (RHP) | Baseball Prospect Nation
A scouting report on Giants pitching prospect Kyle Crick.

Pence’s Impatience Costing Him with Giants – Baseball Analytics Blog – MLB Baseball Analytics
Pence has been chasing lots of pitches since coming over to San Francisco.

Melky Cabrera’s Positive Test, Not Performance, Proves PED Use – Pinstripe Alley
There’s no concrete evidence to suggest that Melky’s use of PEDs was responsible for the uptick in his production.

What’s San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera worth now? – ESPN
Jayson Stark on what Melky Cabrera is worth now.

Splash Hits: Post-Melky Edition

Bay Area Sports Guy – Deflated Giants lose first game after losing Melky Cabrera
A recap of yesterday’s events, with video interviews of several Giants players.

Big, Important Opinions on Melky Cabrera – McCovey Chronicles
Not an easy topic, but Grant knocked it out of the park.

On Melky And Morality | Getting Blanked | Blogs | theScore.com
A well-reasoned look at the moral implications of Melky’s actions.

Baseball Prospectus | BP Unfiltered: Melky Cabrera, PEDs, and the Giants’ Playoff Odds
How much did Melky Cabrera‘s suspension affect San Francisco’s odds of appearing in October?

Is 50 Games Too Weak a PED Punishment? | FanGraphs Baseball
Alex Remington explores whether the 50-game suspension is too weak a punishment for PEDs.

Should S.F. sign Cabrera after this? – SFGate
Should the Giants re-sign Melky? I say absolutely yes.

Splash Hits: The Giants Are 61-50

Scouting Report Giants Prospect Kyle Crick | Bullpen Banter
A comprehensive scouting report on Giants prospect and Augusta GreenJackets pitcher Kyle Crick.

Bonds is right: No-doubt Hall of Famer – SweetSpot Blog – ESPN
It almost goes without saying, but Barry Bonds is deserving of Hall of Fame induction, and there’s no doubt about it.

2012: Year of the Catcher? – Beyond the Box Score
A brief piece I wrote on the strong showing that 2012 catchers have put together. Buster Posey, along with Carlos Ruiz, leads the way.

In (Almost) Support of Lyle Overbay – McCovey Chronicles
Should the Giants sign Lyle Overbay? At first glance, no. At second glance, maybe. At third glance, no.

New Theory: Ryan Vogelsong is a wizard « Bay City Ball – A Giants Blog
Go for the Ryan Vogelsong analysis. Stay for the Brandon Crawford GIF.

Emerging star Melky and Giants agree to pick up contract talks after the year – CBSSports.com
Melky Cabrera and the Giants will put aside contract discussions for now, reports Jon Heyman.

Splash Hits: The Giants Are 51-41

Welp, the Giants blew their chance at a sixth consecutive win, falling 3-2 to the Braves today. Madison Bumgarner pitched very well (7 IP, 8 K, 0 BB, 3 H, 2 ER), but two of the three hits he allowed left the yard — and that was the difference in the game. But who can complain about a series win on the road in Atlanta? The Giants are now 5-1 in the second half; I’ll take it.

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The Hall of Nearly Great

The Hall of Nearly Great is an ebook meant to celebrate the careers of those who are not celebrated. It’s not a book meant to reopen arguments about who does and does not deserve Hall of Fame enshrinement. Rather, it remembers those who, failing entrance into Cooperstown, may unfairly be lost to history. It’s for the players we grew up rooting for, the ones whose best years led to flags and memories that will fly together forever. Players like David Cone, Will Clark, Dwight Evans, Norm Cash, Kenny Lofton, Brad Radke, and many others.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I got an early copy a week ago, and I’ve worked about halfway through it so far. It’s just a fantastic collection of essays on a fantastic group of players by a fantastic crew of writers. (At full disclosure, I’m part of the affiliate program for the Hall of Nearly Great, so the added benefit is that I’ll receive a few bucks for every purchase that comes through this link; that’ll help go toward keeping this site up and running, so any support is appreciated — I’ll have to renew domain registration/hosting within a couple weeks.)

Will Clark Saved The Giants, And I Missed It
An excerpt from the Hall of Nearly Great, and a wonderful one at that: McCovey Chronicles’ Grant Brisbee on Will Clark.

An Inner Circle for the Hall of Fame | Baseball: Past and Present
A list of the best of the best: the top 50 players in the Hall of Fame. A certain Say Hey Kid received more votes than any other player.

Game Day Six-Pack: “Buster Posey Is The Perfect Human.”
In which I answered a Phillies blogger’s questions to preview the upcoming Giants/Phillies series.

Giants’ Schierholtz not happy – SFGate

Schierholtz said neither he nor his agent, Damon Lapa, specifically asked the Giants for a trade, but when asked if he would welcome a deal, Schierholtz said, “I think whatever the best fit for the team and me is would be ideal. I can’t really make those decisions. It’s all up to them. Whether I’m here or not I’m going to give my best effort every day and bust my tail.”

Lefty Malo – In Appreciation of Barry Zito
Here’s to Barry Zito.

Splash Hits: Matt Cain Achieves Perfection

Matt Cain And Perfection | FanGraphs Baseball
Wendy Thurm on Matt Cain’s perfect game.

El Lefty Malo – Covering Los Gigantes since 2003.
Retiring 27 Houston Astros in a row on a cool night in a friendly yard doesn’t prove anything, except that a guy with a hammer for an arm and a deep, cool reservoir inside can make baseball history with a little luck and a little help from his fast friends.”

Matt Cain is perfect « Bay City Ball – A Giants Blog
We’ve heard all of those things, and yet, start after start, Matt Cain has always been a joy to watch. In the truest sense of the word, he’s become a pitcher. And a damned good one, too. And he’s our guy. He’s still our guy. And he’ll always be our guy.”

Bay Area Sports Guy – A Perfect Game for Matt Cain
What was it like to watch Cain’s perfect game in the stands? First, it’s humbling to know we just saw something only 19 other crowds have witnessed since 1900. Second, AT&T Park felt like 2010 again — strangers were high-fiving each other and, for the first time in over a year, the crowd rose to the occasion and became part of the action again.”

50 Awesome Things About Matt Cain’s Perfect Game – McCovey Chronicles
Fifty awesome things about the Matt Cain perfect game. GIFs ahoy.

Joe Blogs: Cain Perfection
Joe Posnanski waxes poetic on Cain’s perfect game.

Splash Hits: Vogelsong, Stratton, Prospects

Well, it’s been quite a while since I posted some links. As I’m sure nobody wants to revisit today’s game, now feels like as good a time as any to end this drought. Without further ado…

On Ryan Vogelsong – McCovey Chronicles
Ryan Vogelsong: good at baseball.

Barry Zito’s Greatest Enemy: Inertia – Bay Bridge Banter – SB Nation Bay Area
Barry Zito was thrown out on the basepaths on Friday. Kind of like a nincompoop.

2012 MLB Draft: Giants Select Chris Stratton 20th Overall – Seedlings to Stars
S2S examines Giants first round pick Chris Stratton.

Episode 79: Texas Cainsaw Massacre | Giantspod
“In the seventy-ninth episode, Thomas and Danny break their non-podcasting streak to talk about Pablo Sandoval’s return, Ryan Vogelsong’s continued dominance, Brett Pill’s designation for assignment, Theriot’s hot streak, and a visit from Dr. Todd.”

The Diamond Reviews, Richmond Flying Squirrels | Stadium Journey
Stadium Review of The Diamond, Home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

2012 Top 15 Prospect List Review: Risers and fallers « Bay City Ball – A Giants Blog
BCB reviews its 2012 top 15 prospects.

Splash Hits: 2/22/12

It’s been a while since I put up a links post, and as such, I have some catching up to do…

Kevin Goldstein released his top 101 prospects list, with only one Giant showing up: Gary Brown at #18. Brown, of course, was also #1 on Goldstein’s top Giants prospects (which, by the way, is free to the public).

Additionally, Brown was the lone Giant on Baseball America’s 2012 top 100, coming in at #38.

Baseball Prospect Nation, meanwhile, ranked the top 150 prospects in baseball, and three Giants made the cut: Brown at #32, Crick at #130, and Joseph at #133. BPN also ran down the top 15 Giants prospects, and published a scouting report on Gary Brown.

Keith Law published his prospect rankings as well, with Brown coming in at #68 overall. The Giants’ farm system was ranked #26 overall.

If you can’t get enough of Gary Brown (which is actually understandable), Bullpen Banter has a nice write-up on him. He’s 55th on their top 100.

A trio of Giants prospects — Adam Duvall, Shawn Sanford, and Stephen Harrold — were profiled by Seedlings to Stars.

Over at MLB Daily Dish, Satchel Price has begun to do positional prospect rankings. Tommy Joseph was ranked 15th among catchers, with Hector Sanchez and Andrew Susac as honorable mentions.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com revealed his top 20 San Francisco Giants prospects.

Speaking of prospects, Minor League Ball wrote about how Pablo Sandoval was seen as a prospect.

Over at Baseball Prospectus, Sam Miller details the “worst game of 2011″ – one in which the Giants scored 15 runs(!)

J.P. Breen at Fangraphs ranked teams by WAR added through homegrown players since the 2002 draft. The Giants, at 97.9 WAR, were second in all of MLB.

Ryan Vogelsong‘s slider was one of the worst pitches of 2011, according to Eno Sarris.

Lastly, Ray Ratto of CSN Bay Area wrote an article about the blogger interview session with Brian Sabean.

Splash Hits: Barry Bonds, Bruce Bochy, Brandon Belt

San Francisco Giants Top 20 Prospects for 2012 – Minor League Ball
John Sickels’ top 20 Giants prospects.

An Incomplete Collection Of Barry Bonds Fun Facts – Baseball Nation
“Barry Bonds put up a lot of numbers. A lot of numbers that are almost literally unbelievable. Let’s dig into them just a little bit, because do you really have anything better to do? I know I don’t.”

BtBWAA 2012 Hall of Fame Vote: Seven Players Headed for Cooperstown – Beyond the Box Score
The contributors at Beyond the Box Score held a mock Hall of Fame vote. I voted for the first eight on the list.

Bruce Bochy: Hall of Fame manager? – SweetSpot Blog – ESPN
Is Bruce Bochy a Hall of Fame manager?

Jeff Sullivan: Barry Bonds’ Nemesis – Old Time Family Baseball
One of the many guest pieces over at Old Time Family Baseball, as part of a charity blogathon. Please consider donating to Doctors Without Borders.

Optioned to Fresno – A SF Giants Prospects Blog: Will Gary Brown’s Offense Survive the Move to the Eastern League?
Optioned to Fresno returns.

Is there an asterisk in Brandon’s future?
Brandon Belt comp: Roger Maris.