Rolling aging veterans in the twilight of their careers is the new cool: San Francisco Giants in 2018.

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Second biggest payroll and clear underdogs. Only in San Francisco.

I have them just beneath the wild cards. Better than last season, but not good enough.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 16 February 2018 21:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

i have been MIA on ILx but wanted to comment on the moves the Giants have made this off-season. after the depressing 2017 season i wanted them to tear it down and start over but big market teams don't do that. Stanton was an interesting possibility that didn't work out. getting McCutchen and Longoria as a back up plan is not half bad. the Giants still have questions especially the four and five starters but i would rather them try something like this then what a lot of tear it all down teams have been doing around the league. Hot Stove was very boring this year unless you are a Giant fan, for us it has been pretty exciting. i'm looking forward to this year after all and didn't think i would be close to that after the end of last season.

hi everyone!

Bee OK, Thursday, 22 February 2018 02:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

huge sad news. the Giants have lost Grant Brisbee to the national media. i do not want to share!

https://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2018/2/14/17005102/mccovey-chronicles-site-news

Don’t think of this as a goodbye. Think of this as an annoying roommate moving out and being surprisingly cool to hang out with on a limited basis...

I always wondered if I would choose to follow the Giants full time or if I would do national baseball full time if I had the choice. Recently, I got that choice, and it made me realize just how much I wasn’t looking forward to covering the Giants more than I already was. I’m running out of jokes, insight, and creativity. I’m running out of different ways to say a team stinks or that relievers are unpredictable. I’m running out of ways to gloat about three championships in five years. I’m sick of my own voice when it comes to the Giants, and I’m living in constant fear that everyone else has, too.

I’m not leaving the site. This reads like a buildup to me saying, “Aaaaand I’m out of here. Later, nerds,” but I promise that’s not how this ends. I’m just not going to do nearly as much as I’ve been doing...

One of the reasons I waited so long is that I wanted to make sure that the person taking over was paid fairly. Not full-time money, but enough to where I wouldn’t feel like a fraud for passing all the responsibility for this site to a college kid making $200 a month because that’s the only shitty model that today’s media environment allows. I’ve spent 13 years building this site — yes, this site is a surly teenager — and you’d better believe that I care about how it evolves and changes.

It’ll be great, I promise. Note that this won’t be like when Jeff Sullivan left Baseball Nation but still pretended like he was going to write for Lookout Landing forever. That’s because he’s a fraud who claimed that he cared about his readers. I, for the record, have never claimed that. And I’m planning to stick around and write about the Giants.

Just not, you know, every damned day. Several times a day. Seven days a week.

Because, friends, that was kinda breaking me.

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to the new, improved McCovey Chronicles.

Grant started it all and he will be sorely missed.

Bee OK, Thursday, 22 February 2018 02:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

i forgot the most important thing, get well Orlando Cepeda!

Bee OK, Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

0 ER 6 E lose 6 - 5

"Remember last year, when the first spring game ended with the Giants coming back in the ninth inning and hitting a walk-off homer when they played the entire 2016 season without doing that? That was such a good omen."

Bee OK, Saturday, 24 February 2018 03:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ha, Bee, with your message I really thought something bad happened to Grant. Like cancer or car accident.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 24 February 2018 03:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

Don't know why Giants aren't jumping on Lance Lynn.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 24 February 2018 03:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

good news:

The Giants issued a statement Monday morning updating his condition: "The Cepeda Family would like to thank the baseball family for its concern and well wishes for Orlando. We are pleased to report that Orlando continues to make significant progress every day and is showing major signs of improvement."

Bee OK, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 00:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Grant Brisbee is still writing for the Giants just about everyday:

Tim Lincecum will not be going to the Dodgers. He is instead signing a major-league deal with the Texas Rangers, a team that is not the Dodgers. This is probably best for everyone involved, except for the Rangers fans who will have to remember the very real, fleeting hope they felt when Lincecum’s brain seized up on him in the first inning of Game 1 of the 2010 World Series. This will be followed by memories that the same pitcher mowed them down in Game 5.

Did we mention that the Dodgers weren’t the team that signed Lincecum? That seems important.

...and while that might be disappointing to those of us hoping for a reunion, there’s going to be more Tim Lincecum in baseball next year, and that’s an excellent thing.

Man, I hope he kicks ass.

Bee OK, Thursday, 1 March 2018 03:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Looked up stats on Lance Lynn and he does get a lot of fly ball outs, which I would think could play well in SF.

earlnash, Thursday, 1 March 2018 23:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

i'm ready for baseball already.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 00:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

nothing to say yet. not sure if i'm going to get Extra Innings this year or just get it thru MLB.TV, still deciding. i almost took the year off but the Giants did enough to keep me interested.

Bee OK, Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

FUCK

Bee OK, Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Giants lost Jeff Samardzija yesterday and now Madison Bumgarner suffered a fractured left hand after the line drive that hit him in Friday’s last tune up game.

Bee OK, Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

i'm so depressed right now

Bee OK, Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

How serious is the mad bum thing?

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

@extrabaggs
Bumgarner having surgery tomorrow to insert pins in fractured pinky knuckle. It will be 4-6 weeks then he has to have pins removed. This is not going to be a short DL stint. But he expects to pitch before the All-Stsr break.

4:32 PM - Mar 23, 2018 · Scottsdale, AZ

Bee OK, Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

= fucked

Bee OK, Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

jeez thats bad

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Saturday, 24 March 2018 02:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

Sucks. Two seasons of prime madbum lost

Karl Malone, Saturday, 24 March 2018 04:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

Mark Melancon still feels something wrong in his surgically-repaired pitching arm and will not take the mound again before opening day.

RIP 2018

Bee OK, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

i'm excited, baseball is back

Go Giants!!!!!!!!!

Bee OK, Thursday, 29 March 2018 01:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

nice win over Kershaw to start the season.

Bee OK, Friday, 30 March 2018 02:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

Cueto is pitching tonight, the game is so much better when he is good!

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

they are playing the game locally in the Los Angeles market. man are the Dodgers broadcaster bad.

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

i'm probably bias but without Vin, wow.

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

knee-jerk reaction, unfair and sorry, just not interested in the Dodgers.

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 03:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

6 innings, one hit combined by Giants and Dodgers.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 31 March 2018 03:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

these two games have been so intense

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 03:59 (eight months ago) Permalink

MLB is better with great pitching.

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

who is this Tony Watson guy?

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

Panik

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

wow, baseball

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

paniiiiiikkkkkkkk

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

WIN

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

who are these guys?

Bee OK, Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

its two games but strickland seems to have that little extra stuff

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Saturday, 31 March 2018 04:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Might go to game on Wednesday

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 31 March 2018 14:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just drove by Amoeba. No sign of Shakey

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 April 2018 00:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

i have paid that Amoeba's rent before, man have i spent a lot of time and money there.

Bee OK, Sunday, 1 April 2018 23:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

still miss living in San Francisco.

Bee OK, Sunday, 1 April 2018 23:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just got to the park. What’s I miss?

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

What’d

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 April 2018 00:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

good game to go to.

Bee OK, Thursday, 5 April 2018 01:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

Cueto is still an Ace1

Bee OK, Thursday, 5 April 2018 01:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

one thing i figured, he had a off year last year.

Bee OK, Thursday, 5 April 2018 01:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

Guys behind me mixing up The Residents and The Replacements

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 April 2018 01:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

how full is that place tonight? can't really tell by TV.

Bee OK, Thursday, 5 April 2018 02:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pretty full

Rudy’s Mood For Dub (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 5 April 2018 04:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

:(

that makes me sad. i hope he picks it back up for at least a while longer, one last time at least.

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 04:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

yeah same. also I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as a coach or manager one day.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 04:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

these Giants starters have to throw shut outs in order to win. they should be better on offence but have trouble scoring runs. and all this after being the best offence for scoring runs in spring training.

Bee OK, Thursday, 19 April 2018 03:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

spring training doesn’t mean much, especially in Arizona.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 19 April 2018 13:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

At tonight's Angels vs. Giants game

Bee OK, Sunday, 22 April 2018 02:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

last night's game didn't turn out so well.

Bee OK, Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

on my way now to toda\y's game and hope for different results. the Giants have yet to win a series this year so hopefully i'm the spark that finally pushes them over the top.

Bee OK, Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

You need to cheer louder bee

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

run onto the field to inspire them

WilliamC, Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

cheering doesn't help the players on the team
supporting from the very core of your heart is what helps them. it amplifies their inspiration receptors

Karl Malone, Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

Haha

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Sunday, 22 April 2018 18:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

whatever it is it worked

Bee OK, Monday, 23 April 2018 23:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

fist series win all year and boy is Trout good.

Bee OK, Monday, 23 April 2018 23:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

btw, i was buying beer so i only saw like two of those pitches.

Bee OK, Monday, 23 April 2018 23:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

Mac Williamson might be the Giants savior this year.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 05:10 (seven months ago) Permalink

i jinked it

Bee OK, Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

maybe it's 'cause he didn't play today

never bench big mac

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

Beat LA!

Bee OK, Saturday, 28 April 2018 02:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

a win last night

Bee OK, Sunday, 29 April 2018 05:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

and a split today

Bee OK, Sunday, 29 April 2018 05:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

will take it

Bee OK, Sunday, 29 April 2018 05:16 (seven months ago) Permalink

three out of four against the bums. great weekend.

Bee OK, Sunday, 29 April 2018 23:46 (seven months ago) Permalink

baseball sometimes can be fun.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 1 May 2018 05:35 (seven months ago) Permalink

can't beat San Diego these last few years and when they do win it has to be some heroic stuff.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 05:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

having to live without Bumgarner is hard enough but if they lose Cueto for a bit of time then it is probably over. i don't think they have the starting pitching depth to tread water for a long time.

Bee OK, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 06:02 (seven months ago) Permalink

to be fair, not many teams can compete after they lost their first two starters.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 2 May 2018 16:08 (seven months ago) Permalink

Only lost Cueto for about six weeks, considering the alternative this is great news

Bee OK, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 05:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

'm so depressed right now nothing worse than getting swept in a 4 game series on top of all that setting a franchise strikeout record

Bee OK, Friday, 11 May 2018 05:57 (seven months ago) Permalink

Strikeouts have been up for the Giants all year, probably at least partially because the team has embraced the launch angle revolution, but this goes beyond that. We’re well past Tip Your Cap territory. This is Chronicle Feature Story About Alonzo Powell And Rich Schu Staying Up All Night territory.

Bee OK, Friday, 11 May 2018 06:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

of course we can't sweep the Reds. at .500 and that is just about right for this team.

Bee OK, Thursday, 17 May 2018 02:46 (six months ago) Permalink

to echo Ross tonight.

night ILB.

Bee OK, Saturday, 26 May 2018 04:05 (six months ago) Permalink

Pence back as a fourth outfielder

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 June 2018 16:32 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

forgot about how bad the matt cain $127.5M 2013-17 extension was

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 23:45 (four months ago) Permalink

Mays, Marichal & McCovey must be proud to share that wall

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 July 2018 23:56 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

hello ILB, it has been a long, long time.

i was supposed to go to tonight's Kershaw vs. Bumgarner game but sadly it's not going to happen. my co-worker, supposedly, lost his wallet over the weekend and said that without ID he couldn't access the tickets. i'm sad as i have never seen either pitcher live before and was really looking forward to going to Dodger Stadium for the first time to see a baseball game.

Bee OK, Monday, 13 August 2018 23:51 (four months ago) Permalink

of course i miss that game.

Bee OK, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 05:28 (four months ago) Permalink

the Giants vs Dodgers last night turned into a baseball brawl with you guessed it correctly, Puig in the middle of it:

https://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2018/8/15/17691924/rewatching-the-tape-from-last-night-giants-dodgers-puig-hundley-fracas

Bee OK, Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:20 (three months ago) Permalink

round three tonight and i have lunch on this game!

Bee OK, Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:21 (three months ago) Permalink

that's a horrible article and i'm sorry for posting. fuck Bryan Murphy, i miss Grant Brisbee more and more everyday.

Bee OK, Thursday, 16 August 2018 01:52 (three months ago) Permalink

and goes into extra's. not sure what i'm doing but no matter it's been a fun three days for this .500 club.

Bee OK, Thursday, 16 August 2018 05:23 (three months ago) Permalink

i know i haven't posted on this board for like three months but not even a hi?

Bee OK, Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:27 (three months ago) Permalink

ayo bee. dodgers series was really fun. every game had some quality drama.

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Thursday, 16 August 2018 23:32 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAJnF96KdxQ

After Madison Bumgarner hits Ryan Braun with a pitch in a contentious AB, Craig Counsell gets ejected and Jonathan Schoop hits a grand slam

Andy K, Monday, 10 September 2018 15:18 (three months ago) Permalink

good stuff.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 10 September 2018 20:15 (three months ago) Permalink

madbum is a weirdo

Machine Gunk Jelly (Spottie), Monday, 10 September 2018 20:36 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
one month passes...

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