Truly Epic MLB Playoff Wars Building in the NL and AL Central Divisions

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It’s usually around mid-August when the global Major League Baseball picture starts to come into sharper, more precise focus. As…

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The 2019 MLB Trade Deadline: Award-Winning Analysis and Some Other Stuff

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The recent MLB trade deadline is being described in terms of what the Big Three franchises did or didn’t do…

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The SF Giants Serve Up a Delicious Problem

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The 2019 menu for the San Francisco Giants looked to be pretty well laid out. This season they were supposed…

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A Critical Mid-Season Turning Point for the SF Giants and Farhan Zaidi

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The Major League Baseball landscape in San Francisco is a contorted mishmash as we pause at the All-Star break to…

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A Short History of MLB Stats: Here’s Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Headed

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No other professional sport on planet earth is more defined and illuminated by statistics than Major League Baseball. As the…

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In the SF Giants Dugout the Veterans are Leading by (Worst) Example

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With the recent embarrassing outburst by demoted San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Derek Holland criticizing his team’s leadership, the discord…

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The SF Giants and the First Rule of Holes: Just Stop Digging

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After the first three weeks and 20 games into the 2019 season, the San Francisco Giants appear on the surface…

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For the SF Giants “Rebuild” Doesn’t Begin to Describe What’s Happening

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The San Francisco Giants are definitely not rebuilding. Because a “rebuild” suggests that there was something worthwhile there in the…

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“Playing Pepper” Adds Spice to the 2019 MLB Season

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“Playing Pepper” is back. Despite the best efforts of science to stop its virulent spread, Daniel Shoptaw’s annual review of…

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2019 MLB Teams: False Positives and Completely Wrong Negatives

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Every year we get all worked up about the success or failure of various MLB teams, based on what we…

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The SF Giants: Smoke, Mirrors, and Bryce Harper

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One way or another the San Francisco Giants intend to get a piece of superstar free agent outfielder Bryce Harper….

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How Peter Magowan Saved The San Francisco Giants

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With the death yesterday of Peter Magowan, a principal member of the SF Giants ownership group, the story of how…

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Debunking Two Losing MLB Strategies: The “Open Window” and Having a “Core”

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We often hear the following tired clichés when baseball commentators, front office executives or field managers are talking about the…

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The Real Business of Baseball: Managing the Revenue Revolution

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The recent news that team spending on Major League Baseball payrolls decreased by $18 million in 2018 compared to 2017…

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National League Playoff Spots Will Be Hard to Come By in 2019

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As we assess the moves made during the recent MLB Winter Meetings, and the many free agents still on the…

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SF Giants: Two Iconic Stars, Two Critical Questions to be Answered

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The addition of new President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi doesn’t change the difficult immediate outlook or profound long-term challenges…

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SF Giants Turn an Era-Ending Double Play

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Right now it’s difficult to envision the full effect of the San Francisco Giants’ recent hiring of former Dodgers General…

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New SF Giants Executive Team Will Inherit an Organization in Disarray

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Once the San Francisco Giants go through the process of selecting a new President of Baseball Ops and a new…

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Giants Hall of Fame Slugger Willie McCovey Dies at 80

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Willie McCovey 01/10/38 – 10/31/18 Willie McCovey debuted with the San Francisco Giants on July 30, 1959 at the age…

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A Giants Cove Exclusive! We Have the LA Angels’ Written Exam for Manager

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Hold on to your authentic MLB-branded reversible ball caps! We recently got the news that the LA Angels of Anaheim…

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Let’s Take a Peek at the Seamy Underside of the National League

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As we plunge headfirst into the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, I ask…

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The Biggest Challenge for the SF Giants is Changing their Culture

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When San Francisco Giants Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer announced on September 24th that the team’s General Manager Bobby Evans…

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Misleading and Irrelevant MLB Stats Still Roam the Earth

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You would think the sports section of a metropolitan newspaper would use modern analytical statistics to support their Major League…

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It’s Time for a Revolution in Baseball Broadcasting

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2018 has been another tremendous Major League Baseball season, featuring great division races, elite-league teams, young superstar players and dramatic…

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The Myths About MLB Player Injuries Are Alive and Well in 2018

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Once again this season we’ve heard the same tired cliched comments about MLB player injuries: > “Wow is it me…

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Who’s Leading the War Against Baseball? Amazingly, it’s Former MLB Players

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We live in a time when ideology is more important than our basic institutions. When traditions and foundational beliefs are…

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2018 SF Giants Poised to Spiral into NL West Obscurity

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As we complete the first full week after the 2018 All-Star Break, there’s a lot to suggest that the current…

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Two National League Teams with Opposite Opportunities to Reboot

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It’s odd to think of the 2018 New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers as being in similar situations as…

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The 2018 MLB Trade Deadline: What the SF Giants Will Do — What they Should Do

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After the first 69 games of the 2018 season, the San Francisco Giants are 34-35, in third place in the…

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