Tuesday, March 31, 2009
At best, Frandsen has the upside of C.J. Watson. He is mediocre at everything and has nothing to do with building a playoff caliber team. Bruce Bochy said Emmanuel Burriss outplayed Frandsen which is like saying Monta outperformed Watson for the starting point guard position. The Giants pushed Frandsen to the majors a few years ago to prove to the fan base that they were trying to get younger. Fortunately for Frandsen, he was the best the organization had at that point so he got his cup of coffee in the show. Now that the Giants have someone with a little upside and talent, they no longer need to have Frandsen playing for the big club.
Is this move a sign that the Giants are ready to start thinking logically about playing real talent and not wasting at-bats on guys that will not help the team win now or ever? Probably not but it does show that someone knows what they are doing on the third floor at 24 Willie Mays Plaza.
Now, somebody tell Sabean to call the Tigers and offer Cain for Cabrera.
(Two good moves in one season is probably too much to ask for. I guess all this positive thinking is clouding my realistic judgment.)
The Warriors lost to the Memphis Grizzlies at home. What? I know, I thought the season had already ended. Kawakami dissects the differences between quitting and tanking, and the Warriors aren't tanking.
Apparently, Ray Ratto has joined the blogosphere, and I wasn't informed? Any-hoo , the Tigers released Gary Sheffield and will be paying his $14.5 million contract this year while Shef plays for some other team, like the A's. Nice.
Joey Devine's arm is not 100%, uh-oh.
Native son, Kevin Frandsen, has been cut. Tough luck, he was going to get his chance to prove himself last season and tore his achilles.
Bruce Jenkins offers his USA WBC dream team, with an interesting cameo.
Now that A's owner Lew Wolff is calling his pal Bud Selig for a feasibility study on a new ballpark, I wonder if the A's will be the Seattle Supersonics of the MLB?
Singletary v. Nolan in the opener? Kind of. The preseason opener.
Monday, March 30, 2009
- Buster Posey looks good ... he better for $6.2 mm
- Fred Lewis will not be playing center - good news considering he is a mediocre outfielder as-is
- The A's are in BIG trouble without Duchscherer
- This is the best Warriors article I could find.
- The worst NCAA tournament ever - congratulations selection committee
- Could Marvel Smith be the answer for the Niners?
- Marleau won't play this week.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Susan Slusser reviews Orlando Cabrera's rough 2008. And leftovers.
Ray Ratto on the A's and Giants: They are who we thought they were.
Edgar Renteria wonders why countries like Italy and South Africa were invited to the WBC, but not Colombia?
Stiglich says The Duke is likely DL bound.
Giants season ticket sales are down 25%. That shoule be viewed as a victory given the nature of the roster. I hope Bill Neukom thanks God everyday for Tim Lincecum.
The 49ers Parys Haralson: Best stats per dollar earned on the roster.
MT-II's latest "Stay or Go?", Corey Maggette. I think we all know the answer, right RT?
Mark Purdy says don't count on Nellie making the Hall of Fame. That's fine withe me, but can we gt Mullin in there, please!
Kawakami revisits his NBA draft preview from last year and
Sharks lose on the road. The team really spoiled us at the beginning of the season. I know they're #1, but it sure doesn't feel like they're playing like it.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
- The only story worth reading about Jamal Crawford is the one where he opts out a promises not to resign with the Warriors. Of course, you could read this article.
- Koski says "let the Aztec Nation rejoice, we are going to MSG".
- Blake Griffin the next Amare!? Stop laughing. A local sportswriter really thinks this. I promise you that I will hold him accountable.
- Wilson gives the Giants an edge according to the Mercury. I was unaware he could hit.
- This is what I am talking about. Who is hungry!?
- Seriously, is there a sportswriter that is more of a biased, homer than Henry Schulman!? As long as the two best players in the country hate each other, they will never have a team in the WBC. We are a couple weeks away from the baseball season and this is the garbage we get from the Chronicle.
- The Sharks should demand that the hockey season is shortened to a month so they can have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. As it stands, they are starting to look like round 1 losers.
- Who wants more football? ME!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
- Cal is in the NCAA tournament ... who cares.
- Here is one man's picks for the first round. If he does poorly, nobody except for me will call him out because Bay Area sports writers are like the SEC ... no accountability. (BTW - I picked the Steelers to beat the Cardinals in the Super Bowl by a lot. I was wrong! Somebody call me out!!)
- A positive story worth reading.
- This article is pointless because Bobby Crosby has a longest swing in recorded history so it doesn't matter what position he plays. However, please open this link because ... what the F happened to the guy I use to know as Mike "Let go of my" Gallego. Yikes.
- Are they serious with this headline? Somebody send me the NY Daily News ... I am dying here.
- Words of advice for Mike Singletary from a guy that has never coached a day in the NFL. Thanks for that.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Kawakami reviews Baron's return to the Oracle. My thoughts: Who cares? Baron's just a rat that jumped from a sinking ship to sunken ship.
TK also says Ellis is getting back to his old self. If you read last week's debate, where I destroyed RT once again, the better Ellis plays the more the W's can get for him in a trade. Win-win.
Ratto has the tale of the tape between Cal and Maryland's coaches.
I guess someone has to write about the Women's NCAA and Stanford and all.
The MUST READ article of the week is Monte Poole's revelaing look at the Warriors' problems. Read it, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll curse the gods.
Nellie has masterfully spun his "trade Jamal Crawford" platform by saying neither Crawford nor Monta are good enough defensively to run point, so one has to go and it's not going to be Monta.
If you saw Warriors' President Robert Rowell passing out Kool-aid would you drink it? Matt Steinmetz already has.
Via Rob Neyer, Freakanomics blog has some interesting NCAA tourney stats.
John Shea looks at the A's Landon Powell, drafted before Kurt Suzuki, but now behind him.
Bruce Jenkins has some suggestions for the WBC.
Scott Ostler looks to see who will be the most valuable Bay Area baseballer. Ostler says Linceum is the easy, lazy pick. Oh, really? I thought it was obvious that he's miles better than every other A or Giant.
Baggs is back and he looks at the rise of Jesus...Guzman, that is.
Schulman adds to the legend of Jesus' mighty home run.
Next stop on the MCC projection train? Aaron Rowand. Mmmm, mediocre.
If you have the MLB Network and you want to see their A's spring training piece, it was on last night. Don't sweat, it's being replayed tonight at 9 PDT.
After some brief NIT coverage, Jenkins praises Harold Reynolds and bashes Joe Morgan.
Gwen Knapp says the Broncos loss is the Raiders gain. Whatever, the Raiders are still the Raiders.
Nancy Gay recaps the Kiffin-Davis reunion from yesterday.
Jason Jones tackles a reader's question: Will Mario Henderson move to RT?
Jerry Mac chatted with Raiders fans yesterday.
Matt Maiocco and Bee-Rows talk about the 49ers bringing in Steelers OT and Skyline High alum Marvel Smith. If he's healthy and he signs, the 49ers could end up doing something I was sure they wouldn't do, draft a QB at #10.
Obligatory Sharks link.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
- The WBC is a waste of time. Here are a few suggested changes.
- The Big Unit misses a start and it is termed "normal" by Bruce Bochy. You got that right.
- Wait a second, Jerome Williams is still getting paid to play baseball!? It's official ... we are not in a recession.
- What has happened to the Warriors? Didn't sign Baron, signed Maggette and traded for Crawford. Easiest question I have been asked in years.
- Internal strife is the cause of the Warriors "collapse"? False. Acquiring selfish players that a guy working full time in finance can see is a bad decision is the reason for the collapse. However, you cannot call this season a collapse when nobody picked you to be any better than you are right now.
- Future headline: Broncos are a complete mess ... beat Raiders 21-17.
- Ann Killion thinks Alex Smith is no longer overpaid? If he is making more than any of the group sales guys, he sure is.
- I am starting to believe that the Sharks cannot choke in the playoffs because no one is expecting them to win.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Kawakami breaks down his bracket.
What's difference between Cal and St. Mary's? Money, says Ratto.
Mark Purdy says Mike Montgomery is back where he belongs.
Lane Kiffin looked more insane than the Raiders until Al Davis upped the ante.
The Raiders signed Khalif Barnes to a one year contract. Oakland will not be drafting a Tackle with their first round pick.
MT-II busts out his awesome post game notes. Plus, next Warrior for the "Stay or Go?" column, Jamal Crawford.
Janny Hu's post game notes.
Kawakami's post game notes and in typical Kawakami style.
Big mistake by Andrew Baggarly giving Dan Brown the keys to his blog while he's away. Brown gets all defensive with Edgar Renteria.
The Sharks get some of their big guns back tonight.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Let’s get one thing straight – most of the Warriors “fans” bitching about Monta Ellis and the entire team are people who have no idea who Chris Mills is and think Run TMC was a rap group. For those of us blindly loyal Warriors fans we realize that the team has not seen a non-playoff Warrior team with this most potential in the last 20 years. Monta Ellis is critical to the team reaching its lofty potential with which some of us see.
Winning the NBA championship is about having a few great players and role players that complement the star player’s inefficiencies. Without Monta Ellis, the Warriors have ZERO great players. I don’t need a TI-82 to realize that obtaining a few great players is a lot easier when you already have one.
The last time the Warriors had a great player (Webber) after a dysfunctional season, the Warriors fell into an abyss for 13 years. While predicting 13 years of future futility if Ellis departs might be a little extreme, the idea of this team going nowhere for the next 5 years doesn’t seem farfetched.
All I hear from Warriors fans and handcuffed/uninformative writers is that Anthony Randolph could turn into an IT player. Obviously, we have a few more years to see if he is the one that the prophecy talked about but I ask you – where are the Warriors if they jettison Monta and Randolph lives up to his potential!? Still Nowhere
Monta is one of the very few players that can get his shot whenever he wants it and makes it when he is fully healthy. Not to mention, he has AI like fearlessness which is required of an elite player. The 2007/2008 version of Monta could (will) return next season and the Warriors are set to build up some much-needed confidence for the coming seasons.
The one-two punch of Monta and Randolph could be something special for years to come. There is no reason to break that up after one lost season. A core of Biedrins, Ellis and Randolph could be just the foundation the Warriors need to finally move into the upper half of the Western conference in a couple years. There is no reason to blow up the young core right now so stop suggesting it Koski!!
Monta Ellis is the most attractive asset the Warriors have (Biedrins is essentially “untouchable”) that can create payroll flexibility or bring in a marquee player through a trade. Sure, I’d move Corey Maggette and Jamal Crawford for a bag bricks if I could, but that is not gonna happen any time soon. Also, Ellis’ attitude since he’s signed his contract worries me. There will be deals to be had this upcoming offseason when owners in the NBA will be looking to shed payroll as the salary cap actually goes down next season. Monta is an attractive asset to other team’s because his contract can be considered reasonable when you think of his upside. Ellis’s contract doesn’t even crack the NBA’s top 30 player salaries this season and he’s just about to hit the peak years for a guard in the Association. Ellis presents the perfect opportunity for another team to acquire him via trade, market the move to their fan base as a n attempt to be competitive when it’s purely a cost saving maneuver. The current Warriors lineup has potential to be okay and possible make the playoffs, but just making the playoffs is only acceptable if you haven’t been in 13 seasons. It’s time to build a real contender and the first step is to trade Monta for a marquee player.
Here are some possible trades to consider:
Scenario Number 1:
Monta Ellis and Kelenna Azubuike to the Hawks for Joe Johnson.
Joe Johnson and Monta Ellils are both 20+ppg shooting guards. Johnson is scheduled to make almost $15 mm next season and the Hawks could get a nice two for one in this deal. The Warriors have to pay Johnson, but it’s the last year of his deal and we all know how well he played in the up tempo Suns’ offense. Johnson could also be a valuable trading piece before the deadline as a nice scoring option with an expiring contract would likely attract numerous contenders.
Scenario Number 2:
Monta Ellis and Corey Magette/Stephen Jackson for Dirk Nowtizki
This trade verges on the insane and a lot would have to happen to make this plausible, but hear me out. Yes, I realize Mark Cuban and Don Nelson are as close to being friendly as the Hatfileds are with the McCoys. But, Mark Cuban has expressed his displeasure with the product of basketball the Mavs have displayed lately and even went as far to say he wouldn’t be opposed to blowing things up. Another two for one deal for the Warriors that would send two solid players to Dallas that would fit in on their roster and keep the team competitive. For the W’s Dirk would be reunited with Nellie and would comprise a frontcourt of Biedrins, Dirk and Randolph with Turiaf and Wright as the reserves. W-O-W.
Scenario Numebr 3:
Monta Ellils and Kelenna Azubuike for Steve Nash
This one is another reuniting deal that actually gives the Warriors a legitimate, if not old, point guard who thrived under Nellie. Granted, he’s a matador on the defensive side, but at least he’s a “real” point guard who can dribble and pass. Having a distributor like Nash on a team with a young core like the Warriors would be great for player development. The Suns unload Nash’s large contract, pick up a young shooter in Ellis and a solid, small forward in Buke who outplays his contract.
Monta Ellis for Mike Conley and Marko Jaric
Memphis may be the stingiest team in the NBA right now, but they’ve got to sell tickets like everyone else. Their roster is horrible - Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo being the only respectable talent on their team. Memphis was a team that always had rumored interest in Ellis before his extension.. Jaric is despicable, but his wife is hot (Adrianna Lima) and his contract would be movable. This would be the essential salary dump move. Using a baseball analogy Giants fans are familiar with, Conley may be a Joe Nathan in waiting. Good player that just needs a change of scenery.
John Shea with the Bocock update you've been waiting for all Spring.
The McCovey Chronicles projection bonanza continues with Randy Winn and Jonathan Sanchez.
As Ray Ratto says, St. Mary's is in Patty Mills' hands.
MT-II says Brandan Wright wants to get back on the court and also has some interesting notes from Warriors' practice last night.
The Bears choked last night against USC.
Gwen Knapp looks at the effects of a (Surprise!) Florida State football academic cheating scandal.
Andre Smith is looking more and more likely to be a 49er come April. One request for Smith, keep your shirt on.
Run DMC is ready for the Raiders' offseason program.
The Sharks' downward spiral continues.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
A Giant wins one for Puerto Rico. This is a big season for Jonathan Sanchez. His development this season will determine his role moving forward. The front office will decide whether he's a valuable piece for the future or a chip to bargain with. I've got high hopes for Sanchez this season. This season he'll be under the tutelage of Randy Johnson, a future Hall of Famer who has a similar delivery to the young Puerto Rican. Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez and Johnson. Take the over on the Giants' SO total for the season and start making your "K" signs.
McCovey Chronicles projects Matt Cain's 2009. I like the Bill James projection, 213 IP, 192 K, 92 BB, 3.55 ERA, 13-11. Maybe his win total could be higher if Travis Ishikawa turns into Will Clark circa 1987?
The A's were off yesterday, but Sussan Slusser has some random stuff to keep you informed.
Kawakami has Bonds-ARod comparisons.
Bruce Jenkins looks at Dusty Baker's Reds and likes what he sees.
Warriors Fast Break has a player by player recap of last night's win against the Nets.
Ratto says if you are waiting for the Warriors to do something the "right" way, you're wasting your time. I Couldn't agree more.
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma women's basketball players and daughter of former 49er Bubba Paris, said she'd pay her scholarship from the school if the Sooners don't win the NCAA women's championship. And this is news, why? It's not like Oklahoma is hurting for money or can't sign other players because of Paris' scholarship. Instead of giving the money to the University she should donate it to a local charity and see if the University would match. THAT would be news worthy.
Monta, who? There's a new flavor in town, and his name is ICE. Actually, it's Anthony Randolph, but Ice would make a good nickname. Gerald Williams has been retired for a few years so I think "Ice" is available.
It's almost playoff time in the NHL, which means things are getting tight in San Jose.
The coach is cranking it up at practice these days.
A new football league will begin games this fall. Originally, the UFL was going to challenge the NFL, but now the league seems more intent with being a developmental or feeder league for the pros.
Matt Maiocco tries to answer the "Why don't the 49ers go out and get...?" question.
Andre Smith's pro day didn't go so well and the Raiders will likely be passing.
Jerry Mac has an excellent piece with his Top 10 AL-time Raiders.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
MT-II says Nellie plans to go big down the stretch. I'll believe it when I see it.
From MT-II's blog, "Should He Stay or Go" starts off with Monta Ellis. I say go, but with conditions. See if you can move another GSW contract(Crawford, Maggette, Jackson, please somebody) with Monta and get back an expiring contract and a real point guard. There’s no way I would have said “Go” before the season started, but Randolph seems like the real deal and Monta is pissed at the organization for their actions after his dumb ass innjury. Monta has speed and quickness, but lacks size and maturity. He's expendable. Build around Randolph/Jackson/Biedrins. Biedrins is super solid with a value contract. Meanwhile, the W’s are stuck with the contracts of Maggette, Stack Jack and Crawford.
I agree with Steimnetz, the Warriors havea power forward. They NEED a point guard.
Janny Hu's back!!!! Marcus Williams? He won't be back.
Warriors Fast Break breaks down Ellis as a point guard and what the starting lineup "should" be.
Gwen Knapp checks in on the Ellis-PG fiasco.
Bruce Jenkins says it's cirsis time.
Ratto says Alex Smith is out to prove himself.
Cam Inman thinks is a bad call for Smith.
Ann Killion says it's a fresh start for Smith.
Matt Maiocco wants to know if we'll see the "real" Alex Smith.
Dan Brown has the Q&A with Smith from his press conference.
Jason Jones says the Raiders might pick up the Pace.
Jerry Mac poses the questions that must be answered before the Raiders sign Pace.
Now that Buster Posey is in the big leagues, he's got to learn how to call a game.
Surprise, surprise. Lew Wolff is sticking up for Bud Selig and he's blaming the MLBPA for the Steroid Era. To make things clear, one of the 30 MLB owners who pays Selig's salary is defending him while blaming the union. Excuse me while I roll my eyes.
Henry Schulman needs more WBC like Bruce Dickinson needs more cowbell. If anybody else watched the Domincan Republuic this WBC, did they have a horrible defensive performance, or what? OVER-RATED!!!!!
McCovey Chronicles has even ventured into WBC territory.
Apparently, Lew Wolff wants to win and he told Billy Beane to get 'er done. The cynic in me says that Lew Wolff is concerned with winning now, so he can sell the team. The Fremont deal fell through and now he's stuck in the Black Hole at Mount Davis for the forseable future. Portland A's?
Buster Olney looks at the young A's pitchers. Olney's blog is behind the ESPN Insider pay-wall, but here's a taste of what he said:
The Athletics could contend for the AL West title, if their rotation can be effective. Justin Duchscherer had a strong start to his 2008 season, but he's had some arm trouble this spring. Sean Gallagher is talented, but needs to be more consistent. Dana Eveland had a nice season in 2008, but has to show he can back it up. The 23-year-old Gio Gonzalez worked in 10 games for Oakland last season.
The most talented guys on the staff, however, might be Cahill and Anderson -- both 21 years old -- or the 22-year-old Mazzaro; all three have thrown well this spring. Anderson has allowed a couple of runs in 5 2/3 innings; Mazzaro has thrown five innings with seven strikeouts and no walks; and Cahill has allowed just three hits and a couple of runs in eight innings. Here's a link to the Athletics' spring stats.
Tim Kawakami's Top Ten sports figures in the Bay Area.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
- If you are still watching the Warriors, you have a problem. Once they started mailing it in, I started watching college basketball.
- Ellis is felling healthy ... his game is not
- Here is your team to watch out for in the tournament.
- Giants logic: when your team has zero chance at the playoffs at this point, play the guy with no upside at second over the guys with big upside. Brilliant stuff.
- This guy is going to be better than his brother.
- If you could rank the best baseball beat writers in the country this guy would finish dead last. I am not sure if he even bothers to watch the games.
- Free agent signings so far in the NFL
- Just in case you missed it, the Criminals are back!!
- That's right. Two of the best soccer days of the year are today and tomorrow. AS a special treat, I give you an article on my favorite team.
Monday, March 9, 2009
John Shea talks to Tim Lincecum about the World Baseball Classic.
Bruce Jenkins slobbers all over Billy Beane's crotch.
Scott Ostler thinks pro athletes should give back a little more during these times.
Baggs checks in with Fred Lewis. Bengie Molina tried to get a haircut when the Giants faced the Angels.
Susan Slusser catches up with former Athletic, Kirk Saarloos.
Joe Stiglich looks at Brett Anderson, who's battling for a rotation spot.
Jerry Mac says the lack of noise from the Raiders this offseason is good news.
Cam Inman says the Radiers and 49ers don't need T.O.
Marcus Thompson is in search of a new banner for his blog.
Tim Kawakami wants to know what Robert Rowell did with the $3 mm fine to Monta Ellis?
Thursday, March 5, 2009
- Just in case you have been under a rock, the Giants season has a very good chance of looking very similar to the Warriors season.
- The most valuable person at The Chronicle gives us a muted silver lining to the whole Manny thing
- Writing articles just to piss people off should be reserved for Skip Bayless.
- If Nomar can make $1 mm a year, we are not in a recession yet
- I hate everything about the Warriors right now
- This made me laugh out loud - Nothing sums up the Warriors season better than the guy who writes the fan blog for the Mercury missed the last two games. Awesome!!
- The Sharks are now tougher - the ability to lose in the Conference Finals now in reach
- Is there anybody who thinks that Warner wasn't playing the Niners when he came up here? Thank you Captain Obvious
- Next stop ... Raiders.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Apparently or amazingly, the Warriors aren't one of the 12 teams applying for help from the NBA's line of credit.
Rob Neyer looks at the 44 worst contracts in baseball, the Giants have 4(!) of them.
Kawakami compares the free agent situations between the Giants and 49ers.
The Big Unit was visited by the president...of the baseball hall of fame.
Ann Killion says Bonds still belongs in baseball.
McCovey Chronicles projects Edgar Renteria.
Justin Duchscherer might miss opening day.
The 49ers are still in play for Warner.
Mike Sando answers a readers' question about the 49ers taking a QB early in the draft. I don't think there is any chance the 49ers draft a QB with their #1. They are more likely to trade that pick to a team that wants a QB.
The Raiders re-sign two, add another.
Tom Cable will speak today about Marquise Cooper.
Injuries hurt the Sharks last night in Dallas.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
- Is Kurt Warner really the answer for the Niners!?
- Nothing funny about the situation off the coast of Florida
- For those of you die hard Raiders fans, Ekejiuba is staying with the team!!
- I would like to thank the most biased man in sports reporting (Henry Schulman) for this pointless post. If the fact that a guy writing a blog post about the Giants-A's shortstop situation and fails to mention anything about their contracts doesn't bother you, then I would appreciate it if you stopped reading our website. you obviously enjoy being a mindless lemming
- Crosby would welcome a trade but no team in MLB would.
- The next great Giant: Madison Bumgarner
- It is sad that it is news that this article is considered news. I feel like an idiot just posting it
- Wait a second, you are telling me this Randolph guy deserves playing time!?
- The Sharks are looking to make a trade. No word on if it is for the Red Wings.