Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Aaron Rowand and Miguel Tejada by the numbers

By now, we're all aware of what happened today to Aaron Rowand and Miguel Tejada. So, we're not gonna beat a dead horse - unfortunately, it didn't work out for either player. So let's give you a snapshot of these players while wearing the black & orange.

Aaron Rowand (11 years in the Bigs), in his four years as a Giant ... Rowand batted .253, 43 home runs, 189 RBI. His best season was in 2008, his first year as a Giant, .271 batting average, 13 home runs, 70 RBI.

Miguel Tejada (15 years in the Bigs), one year as a Giant, .239 batting average, 4 home runs, 12 RBI.

Aaron Rowand (SF Giants: 2008-2011)

Miguel Tejada (SF Giants: 2011)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Have the Giants hit rock bottom?

The SF Giants are now 5 games back from the Diamondbacks in the NL West, can they recover from a 5-game deficit  with such an anemic offense? The Giants must take the next two games against the Cubs to have any chance of making this weekend series versus AZ meaningful.

Friday, August 26, 2011

"Woody" - the good luck charm

Okay, we're all down that our beloved Giants are in a major scuffle right now. So today, the Sons of Johnnie LeMaster are unleashing the big guns ... pictures of Kirk "Woody" Reuter. For those of you that don't know, Woody always had a knack of winning pools, bets, and all other forms of wagers ... he cleaned house, and would just howl about it to his team mates. Several years ago, clubhouse manager, Mike Murphy posted a picture of Woody in the dugout, and the team started winning. So, in keeping with that tradition, we're posting some Woody pictures of our own. Let it be known, that if the Giants start a long winning streak - we get the credit!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Giants announce postseason ticket pricing for season ticketholders

Today, the SF Giants distributed invoices to their season ticketholders for the 2011 postseason. Prices seem near or slightly above from last year. Single game sales won't happen for at least another 3-4 weeks, and those prices will be higher than what season ticketholders pay.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

It's time for the Giants to unload some players from the 40-man roster

No question, this has been a horrendous 2nd half of the season for the Giants, but more apparent is that some players no longer serve a value to this team for any purpose. Most notably, Mark DeRosa and Pat Burrell, one might add Barry Zito to the mix but his situation is a bit more complicated compared to DeRosa and Burrell.

With September around the corner, and the obvious need to add some pop and speed to this lineup (i.e. waiver claims), it's time to cut the cord on DeRosa and Burrell. DeRosa has been an absolute bust since he signed with the Giants, and Burrell is a shadow of himself from last year. In all honestly, do the Giants think either one of these guys are going to contribute going into the final month of the season? We all know the answer to that question.

The front office needs to spark this team with some new additions, and cut the fat that's on this team. Activate Burrell, and then release him, and flat out release DeRosa.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Jason Schmidt & Marvin Benard to be added to Giants Wall of Fame

On Saturday, Aug. 27, at 3:30 p.m., the SF Giants will add two more players to their Wall of Fame that exists on the exterior wall of AT&T Park on King Street. Jason Schmidt and Marvin Benard will be added to the Wall of Fame.

Schmidt arrived to the Giants on July 30, 2001, when the Pirates traded him and John Vander Wal to San Francisco in exchange for Armando Rios and Ryan Vogelesong - yes, that Ryan Vogelsong! In six years with the Giants, Schmidt had a 78-37 record, 3.36 ERA, and 1065 strikeouts. In that time, he was a 3-time All-Star and placed 2nd for the National League Cy Young voting in 2003. Consequently, his best season was also in 2003, when he compiled a 17-5 record, 2.34 ERA, 208 K's, and a 0.953 WHIP.

Benard was drafted by the Giants in the 1992 amateur draft in the 50th round from Lewis-Clark State College. He played his entire 9-year big league with the Giants. In that time, he amassed a .271 career batting average, and 54 home runs and 260 RBI. His single best season came in 1999, when he belted 16 home runs, 64 RBI, 27 stolen bases and a .290 average.

Jason Schmidt (SF Giants 2001-2006)

Marvin Benard (SF Giants: 1995-2003)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Showtime orders two more episodes of The Franchise

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Showtime has ordered two more episodes of The Franchise. In its inaugural season, The Franchise has averaged 760,000 weekly viewers.

The additional episodes bring the series' total order to eight, not including a spring training preview special that aired earlier this year. With the Giants' current season hanging in the balance, Showtime opted to spring for two more episodes to bring viewers through August.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Additional residential developments to break ground near AT&T Park in 2012

BRE Properties (NYSE: BRE) announced today during their 2nd Quarter 2011 Results report that they planned on beginning construction in the second half of 2012 of approximately 360 residential units on the two parcels of entitled land they obtained in the Mission Bay district neighboring AT&T Park.

The cost of the construction is to cost around $220 million, and they expect the redevelopment to take place over 12-15 months. BRE traditionally focuses on the development, acquisition and management of apartment communities.

Monday, August 01, 2011

SF Giants increase their Dugout Store presence

In an e-mail distributed to season ticket holders today, the SF Giants have added two new Dugout Stores to their roster. I guess winning a World Series increases demand for apparel and souvenirs, you think?

The two new locations are in some prime real estate too ...

Union Square Dugout Store
(Next door to Lefty O'Doul's)
337 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-956-3704

Palo Alto Dugout Store
425 University Ave.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650-323-9790

We have the sense that the Union Square location is gonna make a killing considering the amount of tourists that flock to that area for shopping, and the fact that a decent sports shop isn't even remotely located in that area.

The temporary Giants Dugout store at the former Borders books location during the World Series

Augusta Greenjackets receive their 2010 World Series rings

As reported by The Augusta Chronicle yesterday, seven members of Augusta Greenjackets coaching staff and front office received their 2010 SF Giants World Series rings. In a private ceremony after their game, Fred Stanley, director of player development presented rings to the following individuals:

  • Lipso Nava, manager
  • Steve Kline, pitching coach
  • David Getsoff, trainer
  • Nick Brown, general manager
  • Jeff Eiseman, Ripken Baseball Group
  • Mike Anderson, team videographer
  • Robert Lehn, chaplain

I don't know how many other teams present members of their minor league staff with World Championship rings to thank them for their work for players that are on the big league club, but this sounded pretty cool to us.