Glaring Differences between A’sand Giants Managers and Management   5-11


To Billy Beane, the manager may not make a difference   but  don’t tell that to suffering A’s fans, who after nearly four years have had  more than  enough of  Bob Geren.  Now, previous Beane managers Macha and Howe  are looking good, by comparison; at least they were winners.

MLB San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series Championship Carousel

Why would a manager continue NOT to play his best hitter, Ryan Sweeney (.364 as of 5-11) on a regular basis, at least while he’s hot?.

Instead ,  Geren continues to run out  ‘Mendoza line’  hitters like Ellis, DeJesus and Barton – and even worse, Geren is batting Barton second!.          A smart manager like Giants’ Bochy will play the hot hitters.  Geren just runs out the same players, hoping one day they’ll hit. GM Beane has his favorites and will resign an Ellis for 6  mill, saying we need his defense.   And,  don’t blame the low averages totally on the A’s  hitters, themselves.

I’ll bet just a manager change would bump up players’ averages.  These guys are not .200 hitters but, among other things, Geren doesn’t inspire.. He is  bland, deer-in-the-headlights kind of guy.       Perhaps they don’t have a lot of other choices – and Geren isn’t doing anything to inspire these hitters, As we’ve seen with Apier , Holliday and so many others, when we trade guys away away they suddenly get better!

2010 San Francisco Giants Commemorative Collector Plate Collection2010 San Francisco Giants Commemorative Collector Plate Collection

Nearly half a century after moving to the City by the bay, the San Francisco Giantsâ„¢ made their loyal fans proud by clinching their first World Series® victory! Now, bring the excitement of that historic win into your home with the San Francisco Giantsâ„¢ plate collection. Available from The Bradford Exchange, your collection begins with Issue One, 2010 World Series. Your collection continues with Issue Two, 2010 NLCS Champions, followed by Issue Three, 2010 NLDS Champions. Soon, you will receive Issue Four, Road To The Playoffs and additional San Francisco Giantsâ„¢ plates, each a separate issue to follow.‡Handcrafted of Heirloom Porcelain®, each plate in this collection features actual 2010 World Series® images, truly capturing the excitement of the game. Plus, a rim of genuine platinum borders each plate, highlighting Giantsâ„¢ logos, team names and more. Each edition is strictly limited to only 5,000, so don’t delay. Celebrate the 2010 World Series Championsâ„¢ and order now!

A’s now have a lineup of yes men. As a caller to the great Rick Tittle  just said , the A’s have assembled a team of ‘yes’ players.  Gone are the Milton Bradleys. These guys won’t complain.  While hot hitting Sweeney sits, he doesn’t complain. Maybe the A’s need someone to speak up  and say…

Where’s the bunting? Where’s the clutch hitting? Where are the little extra s ? The A’s  pitching staff currently has a better ERA than the Giants and hitters are comparable but under-performing for above reasons. So, the A’s again are playing .500 ball  to the undoubted frustration of pitchers – and hitters, even if they won’t say it publicly.  The Giants are getting those walk-off games with late inning  strategy. Get a walk, put pressure on the pitcher. Steal a base, Sacrifice. Score a run and win the game, like last night 5-10 against Arizona, one of several walk off wins for the Gianits this past week.   (By the way, if the Diamondbacks were paying attention they could have reversed the winning run if they noticed one of the Giants ‘high-fiving’  Darren Ford  a few feet before he crossed the plate to score the winning run. Credit Rick Tittle for  paying attention to that).

So, Geren continues into his fourth year, without a winning record – the first manager under Beane to have a losing record – and  FOUR years…


YOU WATCH – When Beane finally gets rid of his buddy, Geren, one day – it will have to happen unless Beane  leaves first -  the players’ averages and overall play WILL IMPROVE significantly. It’s hard to play for a minor league manager, a guy you don’t respect.


While we like Giant’s Bochy, the Giants  are winning against weak teams.  As mentioned, Arizona with another poor manager, Kirk Gibson, and the teams on the recent road trip, New York and Pittsburg.

As for Colorado, they really choked  In their two series against the Gaints and will certainly be gunning for them next time…    And, yes, the Giants are still playing on… dare I say it… yes, STEROIDS. Not all the players but the Giants continue to ‘win at any cost.’ Even after Barry Bonds, GM Brain Sabean continues to go for the Roids players .  After noting in previous blogs how convicted steroid user, Jose Guillen , brought in  last September , was enough to make the difference in the Giants going to the playoffs; then  with the addition of alleged users like Ross,  also brought in late in the year, Renteria, Uribe now we were reminded that Mota was a convicted user with the Mets , before the Giants acquired him  a couple years back.

This is not to say that  all these guys-and probably others-  are not still users, but once a user almost always a user, we say.   It’s likely another new Giant, Tejada , may have cleaned up his act – and it shows… The Giants probabl y wish he was still on the juice.  Look how Manny Ramirez  fooled everyone for years  – and got away with it once- only to finally quit baseball in frustration after he was caught a second time.

MLB San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series Championship Carousel

MLB San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series Championship Carousel

The San Francisco Giants™ have defeated the Texas Rangers™ to earn the title of World Series® champs! Now a thrilling San Francisco Giants carousel, available from The Bradford Exchange, helps you commemorate this momentous occasion with a rousing celebration of sight and sound. The San Francisco Giants 2010 World Series Champions™ Carousel creates an unprecedented way to honor your favorite winning baseball team with lights, music and motion! But be sure to ACT NOW, as this edition is limited to only 2,010! Officially licensed by Major League Baseball Properties, this collectible San Francisco Giants carousel is handcrafted to create an exacting illuminated replica of AT&T Park, surrounded by a rotating victory parade. Rising above the stadium is an impressive marquee, highlighting the scores from the NLDS® and NLCS® series, and from the World Series games. Inspired by the actual World Series trophy design, down to its 30 metal flags, this unique San Francisco Giants carousel is a must-have collectible for any fan and an ideal way to commemorate the World Series champs. Demand is sure to be intense for this limited edition, so don’t wait. Order now!

Isnt’ it inter esting how the Giants suddenly went from a .500 team through the first half of last year to  the world series after the acquisition of Ross and Guillen.  More than a coincidence I say.   Spread the goods around , just like Bonds  (Benitez, etc)  did back in ’03 the previous time they went to the playoffs.I  know I have no scientific proof what was actually going on with the Giants behind the scenes. I  just  see the many steroid connections with the Giants – for more than with any other team -  and it has gone on for many years.  I suspected Bonds in the beginning while others were still ignoring his quickly-expanding physique. And now, we’re starting to see injuries in guys like Ross, who was one of the sudden  superstars of last September and the playoffs, and even Brain Wilson – who really knows?

I know  most people today  – especially Giants fans – could care less whether their players  use steroids.   ( And I know, you could say the A’s started it all back in the 80s with McGuire and Conseco – and , as a former A’s fan, I lost all respect for the A’s of those years, including manager Tony LaRussa, who had to turn a blind eye.

Today, I am neither a Giants fan  nor an A’s fan, for the different reasons.  For the Giants, its’ years  of lousy trades, making excuses, and STEROIDS. Now , add the announcers  to the mix. The times I have listened to Giants’  games have been like audio saccharin. Perhaps John Miller’s best days are bhind him, as I can’t understand how he mad e the broadcasters Hall of Fame being such a homer.  Similarly, the new guy, is just as bad. I can just turn on the radio and tell instandly who’s winning –WITHOUT THE SCORE – by the tone of their voices.  There’s a definite down tone to their voices when they’re losing – and , often, it’s  umpire’s fault.  The ball-strike calls usually seem to go against the Giants when they’re losing., according to Miller and  ‘flem.’   And  ,  I get really tired of Miller’s over-use of the word ‘indeed.’ INDEED!  Maybe there was good reason to drop Miller and Morgan from the Game of the Week broadcasts this year.  Miller may be a nice guy – and he does  a great VinScully impression – but it seems like he made have changed his style, becoming more of a ‘homer’ when he joined the Giants broadcasters.   Wouldn’t be surprised if  Baer and company told him to give it a little more ‘home’.  And then there’s  ‘Krook’ , who’s the worst of all. He may know his baseball but it’s Excuse City when it comes to the Giants. Only his buddy, Kuiper, seems to truly give a more unbiased approach to the game of all the broadcasters.  ‘This is John Miller , your (pregnant pause) G-g-g-iants b-b-b-b-roadcaster.!

Whereas the  Golden State Warriors didn’t give Keith Smart a chance, firing him after one year, the A’s are way over due! How long will the misery go on. What a shame to see an above average team wallowing  in mediocrity, due largely to the manager. Oh, and by the way, Billy, swallow your pride and play Sweeney more. So what if you the guys you traded for, DeJesus and LaRoche aren’t as good hitters and you can get Milton Bradley back now – he’s on waivers –  but we know you won’t having given away  Apier to get Bradley the first time.

more A’s- Giants at

Geren only non-winning manager, Geren Can’t win


Like These Deals? Don't Miss Absolutely Coupon Updates (No cost or obligation.) -Better Business Bureau top rated affiliate of Coupon Country