Tim Lincecum keeping spot in rotation is a non-starter

This is my Tuesday column. What a fall. We thought Tim Lincecum was a future Hall of Famer. A lock. Now he’s not even a lock to stay in the Giants’ starting rotation. Far from it. The man twice won the Cy Young Award by the age of 25 and threw a 95-mph fastball. He couldn’t control it, but he didn’t have to — it was 95. Here it is….

June 22, 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

Lincecum makes it look like fun

This is my Wednesday column on Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter. WARNING: This is a baseball column. Feel free to skip this. SAN FRANCISCO – Tim Lincecum’s curveball dropped 18 inches. Will Venable drove the ball into the dirt a foot past home plate. The ball bounced five times – it took forever getting to second base. Joe Panik didn’t panic. He took a knee, caught the grounder and flipped it to…

June 25, 2014

Tim Hudson stops the drop

This is my Thursday column on Tim Hudson and the Giants. WARNING: This is a baseball column. 49ers fans — feel free to skip this. SAN FRANCISCO – Before the first big game of the Giants’ season – a 7-1 win against the Nationals – someone played “Downtown” by Frank Sinatra over the clubhouse speakers. Tim Lincecum knew the words. He sang them under his breath and bopped his head…

June 12, 2014

Kaepernick’s foot faults

Here is my Saturday column on Colin Kaepernick. Watch Colin Kaepernick’s feet this Sunday. The 49ers play the Cardinals in Arizona and the game means very little to the Niners. Win or lose, the 49ers will make the playoffs. They’ll be a wild-card team if the Seahawks beat the Rams, and the Seahawks probably will beat the Rams. And the 49ers probably will beat the Cardinals. You already know the…

December 28, 2013

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