The curveball: Resurrection of a lost art

This is my March feature. In the 1980s, the slider replaced the curveball as the breaking ball of choice, and the curveball almost died. It faced extinction. Say mass for the curveball. On second thought, hold that mass. People who know say the curveball is coming back to life. Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti is someone who knows. He spoke about the unexpected resurgence of the curve at the Giants’…

March 14, 2015

Giants built for postseason, but can they get there?

This is my Sunday column on the Giants. WARNING — this is a baseball column. 49ers’ fans, feel free to skip this. The Giants are built to dominate the postseason, but they are not built to get there this year. In the postseason, the Giants can pitch Madison Bumgarner one hundred times and the other starters only three or four innings, and the incredible bullpen can handle the rest. The…

February 14, 2015

Giants at the break, 5 up 5 down

This is my Monday column on the Giants. WARNING: This is a baseball column. 49ers fans — feel free to skip this. It’s the All-Star break, meaning it’s time to make sense of the Giants, the best team in baseball during April and May and one of the worst teams in baseball since June. Are the Giants good or bad? Are the Giants going anywhere this season? TOP-FIVE REASONS FOR…

July 14, 2014

The case for baseball’s best player

This is my Monday column on the best position player in Major League Baseball. In honor of Tuesday’s All Star Game and all the great players participating in it, answer this question: Who is the best position player in baseball? I don’t mean the player having the best month or season or season and a half. Lots of guys have been great for a season or two before they got…

July 15, 2013