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March, 2015 Athlete of the Month

Saturday, March 28, 2015

February is here.



      Breanna Stewart.  Runners-up: Russell Westbrook, Carey Price, Logan Stieber

9    3 down.  9 left.  Who will be 2015 Athlete of the Year?

January - Marshawn Lynch
February - Malcolm Butler
March - Breanna Stewart

Forever Giants: 2009 San Francisco Giants Year 52 (127)

Friday, March 27, 2015

2008 is here.

My WAR calculation is a combination of Baseball-reference and Clay Davenport; I believe it to be the "best" WAR number available for historical comparison. 8 WAR is an MVP quality season. The parenthetical is a career Giants WAR total with the eventual goal of a top 100 Giants of all time. The record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.



2009 86-76
C Bengie Molina .65 (5.55)
1B Travis Ishikawa 1 (1.35)
2B Emmanuel Burriss -.8
SS Edgar Renteria -.85
3B Pablo Sandoval 5.05 (6)
LF Fred Lewis 1.35 (4.35)
CF Aaron Rowand 1.25 (3.75)
RF Randy Winn 1.6 (15.6)
SS Juan Uribe 3.25
RF Nate Schierholtz .8
Uti Eugenio Velez 0 (-.95)
CF Andres Torres 1.9
C Eli Whiteside .1
1B Rich Aurilia -.95 (17.05)
1B Ryan Garko -.5
2B Kevin Frandsen -.5
C Buster Posey -.15
SP Tim Lincecum 7.6 (18.05)
SP Matt Cain 6.35 (20.2)
SP Barry Zito 2.4 (4.35)
SP Jonathan Sanchez 1.4 (1.95)
SP Randy Johnson -.15
RP Brian Wilson 2.05 (3.7)
RP Jeremy Affeldt 1.35
RP Sergio Romo .5 (1.25)
RP Madison Bumgarner .25

-Bumgarner. Posey. Affeldt all show up on this squad.  Sanchez throws the Giants first no hitter in over three decades, Randy Johnson's a Giant and wins his 300th game.  It's the best club in five years.

Forever Giants
1. Willie Mays CF 151 (40.25 NY, 109.75 SFG)
2. Barry Bonds LF 118.6 
3. Christy Mathewson SP 103.35
4. Mel Ott RF 101.7 
5. Carl Hubbell SP 67.05
6. Juan Marichal SP 63.35
7. Willie McCovey 1B 61.65
8. Roger Connor 1B 56.9
9. Bill Terry 1B 53.05
10. Amos Rusie P 52.95

11. Travis Jackson SS 47.25
12. Art Fletcher SS 45.3
13. George Davis SS 44.15
14. Mike Tiernan RF 42.1
15. Mickey Welch P 41.55
16. Buck Ewing C 40.9
17. Will Clark 1B 40.85
18. Larry Doyle 2B 37.15
19. Frankie Frisch 2B 36.8
20. Hal Schumacher SP 36.6

21. Bobby Bonds RF 36.4
22. Gaylord Perry SP 36.1
23. Jeff Kent 2B 35.95
24. Robby Thompson 2B 34.5
25. Matt Williams 3B 33.5
26. Johnny Antonelli SP 33.35 (22.3 NY, 10.05 SFG)
27. Orlando Cepeda LF 33.2
28. George Burns LF 31.1
29. Art Devlin 3B 30.7
30. Joe McGinnity P 29.35

31. Tim Keefe P 29.05 
32. Johnny Mize 1B 28.85
33. Freddie Fitzsimmons P 28.6
34. Jack Clark RF 28.5
35. Dick Bartell SS 27
36. Jim Barr P 26.45
37. Roger Bresnahan C 26
38. Greg Minton RP 25.75
39. High Pockets Kelly 1B 25.5
40. Alvin Dark SS 25.25

41. Ross Youngs RF 25.25
42. Chris Speier SS 24.9 
43. Jeff Tesreau SP 24.4
44. Jouett Meekin P 24.25
45. Darrell Evans 3B 24.1
46. Hooks Wiltse P 23.95
47. Hank Thompson 3B 23.75
48. Sal Maglie P 23.45
49. Freddie Lindstrom 3B 23
50. Gary Lavelle RP 23.3

51. Jim Ray Hart 3B 22.6 
52. George Van Haltren CF 22.1
53. Jason Schmidt SP 21.85
54. Bobby Thomson CF 21.75
55. Kevin Mitchell LF 21.1
56. Chief Meyers C 20.85


Here are the best seasons at each position for the first decade of the 2000s followed by the best Giant season to that date.

C Benito Santiago 2002 3.05
(NY-Buck Ewing 1884 6.5/SFG Dick Dietz 1970 4.75)
1B JT Snow 2004 3.25
(SFG Will Clark 1989 9.3)
2B Jeff Kent 2000 8.1
(NY-Rogers Hornsby 1927 9.65/SFG Jeff Kent 2000 8.1)
SS Rich Aurilia 2001 7.1
(NY-Dave Bancroft 1921/Travis Jackson 1929/Dick Bartell 1937 (7.15)/SFG Chris Speier 1972 7.15
3B Pablo Sandoval 2009 5.05
(NY-Mel Ott 1938 9.55/SFG Matt Williams 1993 5.8)
LF Barry Bonds 2001 12.1
(SFG Barry Bonds 2001 12.1)
CF Randy Winn 2005 3.5
(SFG Willie Mays 1964 11.05
RF Randy Winn 2008 5.1
(NY-Mel Ott 1932 7.85/SFG Bobby Bonds 1973 7.85)
SP Tim Lincecum 2008 8.15
(NY-Christy Mathewson 1908 12.2/SFG Juan Marichal 1965 10.15)
RP Robb Nen 2000 4.15
(SFG Greg Minton 1982 6.3)



Here are all the MVPQ seasons in Giants history.
1. Welch P 1884 9.05
2. Rusie P 1893 9.8
3. Rusie P 1894 10.85
4. Meekin P 1894 8.75
5. Mathewson P 1901 8.85
6. McGinnity P 1903 9.15
7. Mathewson P 1903 8.7
8. McGinnity P 1904 8.95
9. Mathewson P 1905 9.8
10. Mathewson P 1908 12.2
11. Mathewson P 1909 10.75
12. Mathewson P 1910 8.5
13. Hornsby 2B 1927 9.65
14. Terry 1B 1930 8
15. Hubbell P 1932 8.05
16. Hubbell P 1933 10.2
17. Hubbell P 1936 9.85
18. Ott 3B 1938 9.55
19. Stanky 2B 1950 8.05 
20 Mays CF 1954 10.2
21. Mays CF 1955 9.35
22. Mays CF 1957 8.4
23. Mays CF 1958 9.8
24. Mays CF 1960 8.55
25. Mays CF 1961 8.4
26. Mays CF 1962 10.15
27. Mays CF 1963 10.6
28. Mays CF 1964 11.05
29. Mays CF 1965 10.85
30. Marichal SP 1965 10.15
31. Mays CF 1966 8.45
32. Marichal SP 1966 9.7
33. Clark 1B 1989 9.3
34. Bonds LF 1993 10.15
35. Bonds LF 1995 8.4
36. Bonds LF 1996 10.5
37. Bonds LF 1997 8.25
38. Bonds LF 1998 8.95
39. Kent 2B 2000 8.1
40. Bonds LF 2000 8
41. Bonds LF 2001 12.1
42. Bonds LF 2002 11.7
43. Bonds LF 2003 9.75
44. Bonds LF 2004 10.9
45. Lincecum SP 2008 8.15

And here are the worst Giants seasons ever.
C Jack Boyle 1892 -2.2  
1B John Ganzel 1901 -3.4
2B Joe Gerhardt 1886 -3
SS Johnny LeMaster 1980/1982 -1.8
3B Travis Jackson 1936 -1.85 (SFG Pedro Feliz  2001 -1.6)
LF Jesus Alou 1966 -2.3
CF Johnny Rucker 1944 -3.75
RF Don Mueller 1957 -2.6 (SFG Ollie Brown -1.35 1965) 
P Fred Anderson 1916 -3.1 (SFG Terry Mulholland -2.9 1995)
RP Jose Bautista 1995 -2.85 

Forever Giants: 2008 San Francisco Giants Year 51 (126)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

2007 is here.

My WAR calculation is a combination of Baseball-reference and Clay Davenport; I believe it to be the "best" WAR number available for historical comparison. 8 WAR is an MVP quality season. The parenthetical is a career Giants WAR total with the eventual goal of a top 100 Giants of all time. The record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.



2008 68-94
C Bengie Molina 3  (4.9)
1B John Bowker -.7
2B Ray Durham .85 (12.15)
SS Omar Vizquel -1.1 (4.25)
3B Jose Castillo -.75
LF Fred Lewis 2.05 (3)
CF Aaron Rowand 2.5
RF Randy Winn 5.1 (14)
SS Rich Aurilia -.25 (18)
2B Eugenio Velez -.95
MI Emmanuel Burriss -.01
3B Pablo Sandoval .95
SS Ivan Ochoa -.95
LF Dave Roberts .2
1B Travis Ishikawa .35
SP Tim Lincecum 8.15 MVPQ (10.45)
SP Matt Cain 4.7 (13.7)
SP Barry Zito -.15  (1.95)
SP Jonathan Sanchez .95 (.55)
SP Kevin Correia -.5 (2)
RP Brian Wilson .65 (1.65)
RP Sergio Romo .75

-After 3 straight pythags in the 70s...we drop into the 60s.  Lincecum has an MVPQ season; Vizquel breaks the record for games at short and Pablo Sandoval/Sergio Romo join the club.

Forever Giants
1. Willie Mays CF 151 (40.25 NY, 109.75 SFG)
2. Barry Bonds LF 118.6 
3. Christy Mathewson SP 103.35
4. Mel Ott RF 101.7 
5. Carl Hubbell SP 67.05
6. Juan Marichal SP 63.35
7. Willie McCovey 1B 61.65
8. Roger Connor 1B 56.9
9. Bill Terry 1B 53.05
10. Amos Rusie P 52.95

11. Travis Jackson SS 47.25
12. Art Fletcher SS 45.3
13. George Davis SS 44.15
14. Mike Tiernan RF 42.1
15. Mickey Welch P 41.55
16. Buck Ewing C 40.9
17. Will Clark 1B 40.85
18. Larry Doyle 2B 37.15
19. Frankie Frisch 2B 36.8
20. Hal Schumacher SP 36.6

21. Bobby Bonds RF 36.4
22. Gaylord Perry SP 36.1
23. Jeff Kent 2B 35.95
24. Robby Thompson 2B 34.5
25. Matt Williams 3B 33.5
26. Johnny Antonelli SP 33.35 (22.3 NY, 10.05 SFG)
27. Orlando Cepeda LF 33.2
28. George Burns LF 31.1
29. Art Devlin 3B 30.7
30. Joe McGinnity P 29.35

31. Tim Keefe P 29.05 
32. Johnny Mize 1B 28.85
33. Freddie Fitzsimmons P 28.6
34. Jack Clark RF 28.5
35. Dick Bartell SS 27
36. Jim Barr P 26.45
37. Roger Bresnahan C 26
38. Greg Minton RP 25.75
39. High Pockets Kelly 1B 25.5
40. Alvin Dark SS 25.25

41. Ross Youngs RF 25.25
42. Chris Speier SS 24.9 
43. Jeff Tesreau SP 24.4
44. Jouett Meekin P 24.25
45. Darrell Evans 3B 24.1
46. Hooks Wiltse P 23.95
47. Hank Thompson 3B 23.75
48. Sal Maglie P 23.45
49. Freddie Lindstrom 3B 23
50. Gary Lavelle RP 23.3

51. Jim Ray Hart 3B 22.6 
52. George Van Haltren CF 22.1
53. Jason Schmidt SP 21.85
54. Bobby Thomson CF 21.75
55. Kevin Mitchell LF 21.1
56. Chief Meyers C 20.85

100 Best Players in Baseball - 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Not a fantasy list.  Although, since my first draft is this weekend, I should make one.


1.       M.Trout CF LAA 7.1
2.       C.Kershaw LAD 6.2
3.       F.Hernandez SP Sea 5.65
4.       R.Cano 2B Sea 5.6
5.       G.Stanton RF Mia 5.25
6.       M.Cabrera 1B Det 5.15
7.       J.Abreu SP CWS 5.15
8.       A.McCutchen CF Pit 5
9.       P.Goldschmidt 1B Ari 4.95
10.   B.Posey C SFG 4.75
11.   J.Votto 1B Cin 4.7
12.   K.Bryant 3B Chi 4.7
13.   T.Tulowitzki SS Col 4.65
14.   M.Scherzer SP Wash 4.55
15.   J.Donaldson 3B Tor 4.5
16.   J.Bautista RF Tor 4.4
17.   D.Price SP Det 4.35
18.   M.Carpenter 3B StL 4.35
19.   C.Sale SP CWS 4.25
20.   Y.Puig RF LAD 4.2
21.   A.Rizzo 1B Chi 4.2
22.   A.Wainwright SP StL 4.2
23.   J.Heyward RF StL 4.2
24.   S.Strasburg SP Wash 4.1
25.   K.Seager 3B Sea 4.05
26.   E.Longoria 3B TB 4
27.   A.Gordon LF KC 3.9
28.   B.Harper RF Wash 3.85
29.   J.Segura SS Mil 3.75
30.   M.Tanaka SP NYY 3.75
31.   R.Braun RF Mil 3.65
32.   A.Simmons SS Atl 3.65
33.   A.Beltre 3B Tex 3.6
34.   A.Rendon 3B Wash 3.6
35.   C.Gomez CF Mil 3.55
36.   J.Altuve 2B Hou 3.55
37.   J.Cueto SP Cin 3.55
38.   Z.Greinke SP LAD 3.55
39.   M.Machado 3B Balt 3.55
40.   C.Santana DH Cle 3.55
41.   J.Zimmerman SP Wash 3.5
42.   C.Utley 2B Phi 3.45
43.   J.Werth LF Wash 3.45
44.   J.Upton LF SD 3.45
45.   H.Iwakuma SP Sea 3.45
46.   M.Bumgarner SP SFG 3.4
47.   F.Freeman 1B Atl 3.4
48.   D. Pedroia 2B Bos 3.4
49.   E.Encarnacion DH Tor 3.4
50.   Y.Molina 3B StL 3.35
51.   D.Wright 3B NYM 3.35
52.   M.Holliday LF StL 3.3
53.   N.Walker 2B Pit 3.3
54.   J.Ellsbury CF Bos 3.25
55.   J.Weaver SP LAA 3.25
56.   A.Pujols 1B LAA 3.25
57.   M.Pineda SP NYY 3.25
58.   H.Ramirez LF Bos 3.2
58.   N.Arenado 3B Col 3.2
60.   J.Verlander SP Det 3.2
61.   J.Harrison 3B Pit 3.15
62.   G.Springer RF Hou 3.1
63.   S.Gray SP Oak 3.1
64.   M.Betts CF Bos 3.1
65.   B. Lawrie 3B Oak 3.1
66.   K.Davis LF Mil 3.1
67.   J.Lester SP Chi 3.05
68.   A.Gonzalez 1B LAD 3.05
69.   R.Martin C Tor 3
70.   C.Kluber SP Cle 3
71.   B.Zobrist 2B Oak 3
72.   C.Gonzalez LF Col 3
73.   C.Yelich LF Mia 3
74.   P. Sandoval 3B Bos 2.95
75.   J.Reyes SS Tor 2.95
76.   B. Belt 1B SFG 2.95
77.   K.Kiermaier CF TB 2.95
78.   J.Lucroy C Mil 2.9
79.   I.Kinsler 2B Det 2.9
80.   D.Fister SP Wash 2.9
81.   M.Harvey SP NYM 2.85
82.   A.Jones CF Balt 2.8
83.   Y.Gomes C Cle 2.8
84.   M.Brantley LF Cle 2.8
85.   D.Ortiz DH Bos 2.8
86.   C.Hamels SP Phi 2.8
87.   J.Shields SP SD 2.8
88.   A.Sanchez SP Det 2.75
89.   J.Quintana SP CWS 2.75
90.   T. Frazier 3B Cin 2.75
91.   W.Myers CF SD 2.75
92.   G.Gonzalez SP Wash 2.7
93.   A.Cobb SP TB 2.7
94.   J.Lowrie SS Hou 2.7
95.   S. Souza RF TB 2.7
96.   M.Kemp RF SD 2.65
97.   B.Hamilton CF Cin 2.65
98.   C.Davis 1B Balt 2.65
99.    I.Desmond SS Wash 2.6
100.  A.Eaton LF CWS 2.6

Forever Giants: 2007 San Francisco Giants Year 50 (125)

2006 is here.

My WAR calculation is a combination of Baseball-reference and Clay Davenport; I believe it to be the "best" WAR number available for historical comparison. 8 WAR is an MVP quality season. The parenthetical is a career Giants WAR total with the eventual goal of a top 100 Giants of all time. The record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.



2007 77-85
C Bengie Molina 1.9
1B Ryan Klesko .5
2B Ray Durham  -1 (11.3)
SS Omar Vizquel .95 (5.35)
3B Pedro Feliz 1.8 (5.8)
LF Barry Bonds 4.35 (118.6)
CF Dave Roberts .45
RF Randy Winn 2.9 (8.9)
SS Rich Aurilia -.05 (18.25)
2B Kevin Frandsen .7 (.3)
RF Fred Lewis .95
Uti Daniel Ortmeier .55
CF Rajai Davis 1.05
RF Nate Schierholtz 0
1B Mark Sweeney .45
SP Matt Cain 4.8 (9)
SP Barry Zito 2.1
SP Noah Lowry 2.35 (8.4)
SP Tim Lincecum 2.3
SP Matt Morris 1.15 (2.35)
RP Kevin Correia 2.5
RP Jonathan Sanchez -.15 (-.4)
RP Brian Wilson 1.25 (1)
RP Russ Ortiz .05 (12.85)

-The 50th San Francisco season; the 125th season of Giants baseball.  It's our third straight pythag in the 70s, first time in 30 years.  Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum join the rotation - and Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's record, finishing his career with 762 home runs and moves onto the Forever list, even in his final season, he's still the Giants best position player.  

Forever Giants
1. Willie Mays CF 151 (40.25 NY, 109.75 SFG)
2. Barry Bonds LF 118.6 
3. Christy Mathewson SP 103.35
4. Mel Ott RF 101.7 
5. Carl Hubbell SP 67.05
6. Juan Marichal SP 63.35
7. Willie McCovey 1B 61.65
8. Roger Connor 1B 56.9
9. Bill Terry 1B 53.05
10. Amos Rusie P 52.95

11. Travis Jackson SS 47.25
12. Art Fletcher SS 45.3
13. George Davis SS 44.15
14. Mike Tiernan RF 42.1
15. Mickey Welch P 41.55
16. Buck Ewing C 40.9
17. Will Clark 1B 40.85
18. Larry Doyle 2B 37.15
19. Frankie Frisch 2B 36.8
20. Hal Schumacher SP 36.6

21. Bobby Bonds RF 36.4
22. Gaylord Perry SP 36.1
23. Jeff Kent 2B 35.95
24. Robby Thompson 2B 34.5
25. Matt Williams 3B 33.5
26. Johnny Antonelli SP 33.35 (22.3 NY, 10.05 SFG)
27. Orlando Cepeda LF 33.2
28. George Burns LF 31.1
29. Art Devlin 3B 30.7
30. Joe McGinnity P 29.35

31. Tim Keefe P 29.05 
32. Johnny Mize 1B 28.85
33. Freddie Fitzsimmons P 28.6
34. Jack Clark RF 28.5
35. Dick Bartell SS 27
36. Jim Barr P 26.45
37. Roger Bresnahan C 26
38. Greg Minton RP 25.75
39. High Pockets Kelly 1B 25.5
40. Alvin Dark SS 25.25

41. Ross Youngs RF 25.25
42. Chris Speier SS 24.9 
43. Jeff Tesreau SP 24.4
44. Jouett Meekin P 24.25
45. Darrell Evans 3B 24.1
46. Hooks Wiltse P 23.95
47. Hank Thompson 3B 23.75
48. Sal Maglie P 23.45
49. Freddie Lindstrom 3B 23
50. Gary Lavelle RP 23.3

51. Jim Ray Hart 3B 22.6 
52. George Van Haltren CF 22.1
53. Jason Schmidt SP 21.85
54. Bobby Thomson CF 21.75
55. Kevin Mitchell LF 21.1
56. Chief Meyers C 20.85

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