San Francisco Giants


Battle of the Bay series trophy
Every year the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco giants play four regular season games. Now they call it the “Bay Bridge Series,” the way the teams in Los Angeles have the “Freeway Series” and in New York they have the “Subway Series,” but the “Bay Bridge Series” started out as something different and for those of us who still remember it, it’s something any of us will forget anytime soon.  First I’ll start out with the big news. Thanks to NBC Bay Area’s Brody Brazil who tweeted a great idea to Cal Trans about using a pieces of the old […]

A’s, Giants will now fight over Bay Bridge Trophy during ...


My favorite day in baseball history: Game 4 of the 1989 World Series This day in baseball history in 1989 was the greatest day of my entire life. I was eight years old and it’s an entire series that I will never forget, the 1989 World Series. I know it’s hard to say it was the best day of my life, given the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake that devastated both San Francisco and Oakland. My heart goes out to every single person who wa injured or lost someone they loved that day but this series meant the world to me. […]

OTD in Baseball History: Athletics SWEEP the Giants in the ...


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2016 Division Series Coverage Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my daily coverage of both the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jay and the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs!! Here’s the deal on each Division Series after the conclusion of each day’s Division Series games**:  ALDS:  Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers (*the @ sign signifies the team with home field with advantage): Game 1: Toronto 10, Texas 1 – Texas ace LHP Cole Hamels got hammered by the Blue Jays’ lineup – […]

2016 Division Series: daily recaps & updates – Final Update! ...



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As was predicted it was a pitcher’s duel of almost epic proportions in New York on Wednesday night. Madison Bumgarner out pitched Thor, aka Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets, but just barely. With their closer, Jeurys Familia, in in the top of the ninth inning with the score still stuck at nothing all an unlikely hero emerged for the San Francisco Giants. Infielder, and not everyday player, Conor Gillaspie launched a three run home run off of Familia. Gillaspie was just a fill in for the night taking over for Eduardo Nunez who hasn’t played since September 25, […]

Giants advance with help from unlikely hero, Four Division Series ...


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This is likely a recap that you already know, if you follow baseball regularly. If you do not that’s ok. Last night’s American League Wild Card Game – while intense – is somewhat easy to condense (not meant to rhyme – sorry).  The AL Wild Card one-game playoff between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles took place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last night. The weather was nice and for the first time since 1985 (when Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox was the Jays’ skipper) the Blue Jays hosted an open air postseason game.  According to […]

Jays defeat O’s, MadBum vs. Thor


lineup, sweep, free agent contract, Josh Reddick
I recently discussed reasons why the Oakland A’s should keep veteran starting pitcher Rich Hill around, despite the left-hander’s age and the limited number of good starting pitchers on the trade market this year. With a plethora of teams in desperate need of starting pitching in order to take their season into October, Hill could easily bring in a good return, such as a contending team’s top prospect or prospects. However, as noted, it appears to be in the A’s best interest to try and work out an extension with Hill. He appears to want to remain with the Athletics, and they […]

The time to shop Josh Reddick is now



Battle of the Bay series trophy
Today marks the most annoying time of year in the Bay Area: The Battle of the Bay begins Today marks the beginning of the “Battle of the Bay” regular season contests between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. They are always intense games, more so for the fans than the players.  Both teams have passionate fan bases (although one team’s fans are much more knowledgeable than the others) and the cross-bay rivalry always gets heated.  It’s been a battle since the original “Battle of the Bay” World Series in 1989. The Athletics swept the Giants in four games.  […]

Battle of the Bay Preview: 2016


Eric Surkamp
Could Surkamp become a permanent part of the A’s starting rotation? Twenty-eight-year-old left-hander Eric Surkamp secured himself a regular season start, perhaps even a place in the Oakland Athletics rotation, while pitching in the A’s 4-1 exhibition game win over the San Francisco Giants at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on Saturday. Surkamp is now scheduled to start Friday at Safeco Field, against the Seattle Mariners and 23-year-old right-hander Taijuan Walker, thanks to his Saturday performance. He came into the game in the second inning to relieve injured starter Felix Doubront and pitched seven scoreless innings allowing the Giants potent offense […]

Surkamp may have earned opportunity to alter MLB career path


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What does a real MLB dynasty look like?   I’ve been wanting to write this piece for forever – I’ve started and I’ve stopped but this picture is an inspiration to finally write the story I need to write. The “even year” San Francisco Giants are NOT a dynasty and the above picture illustrates that, but I have examples beyond that, that help prove my point. DEFINITION OF A DYNASTY: According to the dictionary this is the definition of a dynasty: a succession of rulers who are members of the same family the period during which a certain family reigns That can be […]

What is the definition of a real sports dynasty?



dbacks, opt-out clauses, round table. Zack Greinke
At FanRag Sports Network‘s Major League Baseball site Today’s Knuckleball we often do a round table where a group of writers from the site all weigh in on certain pertinent questions regarding different events in Major League Baseball. This could be anything from trade deadline moves to the World Series to the offseason. This round table is has to do with what we, as professional baseball writers, thought about what has happened over the offseason from moves that have been made to predictions on what is still to come before Opening Day. To read the full round table discussion please follow […]

TKB’s best & worst of the offseason round table discussion


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How well can lefty-heavy rotations do in a season? It’s unusual in baseball for a team to have the majority of the pitchers in its starting rotation be left-handers. Lefty pitchers are more of a rarity and, therefore, usually a more-wanted commodity than right-handed pitchers. Having two, or maybe even three, is seen as a well-rounded rotation, but for a team to have four or five lefties in their rotation is almost unheard of. Almost. There have been teams in history though, who, like the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers, have had enough left-handed starters to fill a rotation (though with LA’s recent […]

History of lefty-heavy starting rotations


opt-out clauses, cespedes, committed to cespedes
Why hasn‘t anyone committed to Cespedes? Yoenis Cespedes is one of the biggest names free still left on the free agent market. He probably didn’t expect to find himself without a job in January but no one has committed to Cespedes yet.That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for outfielders; other big names are still looking for the right offer. Alex Gordon and Justin Upton are both looking for homes in 2016 and beyond. There are more than a few teams that are on the lookout for an outfielder as well, specifically for Cespedes. The Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, San […]

No one’s committed to Cespedes, For the Angels it should ...