Giants Outfield Debate: Who Deserves Time?

April 26, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard The Giants suddenly are faced making a decision on what to do with an embarrassment of riches, with four outfielders that will fight for three spots, once Hunter Pence returns. Justin Maxwell, Angel Pagan, and Nori Aoki will be left for the reigning champs to fill left and center, with Pagan certainly holding down center. What was once a seemingly incurable flaw for the Giants has…


Sabean’s Method Proven to Succeed, Not Please

April 2, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Despite the Giants’ poor spring, three rings seems to have management perfectly content with its staff. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Giants are nearing contact extensions with manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean. Sabean routinely draws the ire of many Giants fans during the winter with his lack of movement, signing only complementary players after the fiasco with that left-hander from Oakland. Look…


After Giants DFA Brown, What to Expect From Justin Maxwell

March 31, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard The Gary Brown era, if you want to call it that, is over before it started in Sacramento. The Giants decided to designate the speedy outfielder for assignment on Tuesday, leaving the hot-hitting Justin Maxwell a spot on the active roster. Anyone who has watched the Giants play this Cactus League season would have noticed his presence, leading the depleted offense with 14 RBI’s, a…


Padres: The Key to the Giants’ Season (Plus a Bold Prediction)

March 30, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Yep, you read that right. This offseason, the Padres finally did something about being the most depressing franchise in professional sports. Matt Kemp? Justin Upton? Wil Myers? That wasn’t enough for San Diego, who went out and picked up Derek Norris and James Shields as well. But is it enough to pass the reigning champs for second place in the NL West and a possible Wild Card…


Position “Battles” and Things to Watch in Spring Training

February 15, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Spring training is a time of hope. It may be false hope for 29 of 30 MLB teams and delusional for most, but every team and player gets a fresh start. Don’t tell that to Clayton Kershaw. Maybe he’ll just be October Kershaw forever. Giants fans can dream, can’t they? This sense of hope pervaded the Giants’ clubhouse in 2014, especially during their magical run…


Examining the Giants’ Fifth Starter Situation

February 3, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard The Giants recently re-signed right-handed pitcher Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year, four million dollar deal, a move that added depth to the rotation but also muddled the fifth starter situation. Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Hudson, and Jake Peavy are all slotted into their spots in the rotation. This leaves Ryan Vogelsong, two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, and possibly even long reliever Yusmeiro…


Brandon Crawford: Breakout Candidate?

January 18, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Brandon Crawford has been a solid, if somewhat frustrating player throughout his career. His glove at shortstop is stellar, but he fails to make the routine play at times. He made 21 errors in 2014, despite flashes of brilliance that would make even Andrelton Simmons jealous.   Crawford showcased his top-tier footwork, arm, and hands on that play. He clearly has the tools to become the best shortstop in…


Dillon Gee Not a Logical Fit for the Giants

January 13, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard According to Ken Rosenthal, the Giants, along with the Rockies and Padres, are interested in a trade for Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee. The Giants are in need of depth at starting pitcher, but the recent acquisition of Travis Blackley essentially fills this “sixth starter role.” The Giants have other options for which they would give up less, and receive about the same or more production. Giants…


Giants Squandering Yusmeiro Petit’s Potential

January 8, 2015

By: Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard Postseason hero Yusmeiro Petit was overlooked in the playoffs, not starting a single game. In spite of this, he still shined.  Being overlooked has been the only constant in a tumultuous career for Petit, bouncing around from the Marlins to the Diamondbacks, Mariners, and Mexico before settling in with San Francisco. He found his place as a long reliever for the Giants in their title run, posting a…


New Year’s Resolutions for Stanford

December 31, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard After a poor 2014 season, Stanford has several areas it can improve upon. 8-5 is simply not enough for Cardinal fans after such a sustained period of success under Jim Harbaugh, and later, David Shaw. Sure, they were just a few plays away from beating three ranked teams in USC, Notre Dame, and Utah. However, if they controlled the line of scrimmage…