Hello and happy Saturday.
On Friday, the San Francisco Giants media coverage got a little bit less bright. The incomparable Henry Schulman, who has covered the Giants for the San Francisco Chronicle for 23 years, and written about baseball professionally for 32 years, is calling it a career. Or at least calling beat writing a career.
Dear friends and readers, I hit the professional lottery getting to cover the #SFGiants for more than 30 years. But now it's time for me to move on. I am leaving The Chronicle and retiring from daily journalism. My story: https://t.co/cKXomPt3Ac— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) December 11, 2020
Schulman has been a vital part of Giants coverage during that time, and I’m sure anyone reading this has consumed his dry wit and sharp eye at some point during their journey as a Giants fan.
You should read his goodbye, which features the following passage:
You won’t be rid of me for good. I still have some feature stories that will run before (and maybe after) my last day. I also plan to keep my quill and inkwell handy. No, really, I file my stories in calligraphy. The copydesk hates it. I will haunt the press box at Oracle Park and work at my leisure.
I still want to write baseball, but not on daily deadlines. Maybe I’ll also start that novel I’ll have no patience to finish, or work as a pourer in a wine-tasting room. I always thought that would be a cool retirement job, as long as the winery doesn’t investigate a little product “shrinkage” here or there.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Barry Bonds hitting zany dingers on a Japanese variety show: a recap (Dec. 23, 2014 — Doug Bruzzone)
- Roger Munter on what we know and don’t know about the new Giants Minor League system (There R Giants)
- Alex Pavlovic answers mailbag questions, including if the Giants will make a big splash with an international player (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Kerry Crowley has some Giants notes, including how Farhan Zaidi can now focus on bigger moves (Mercury News)
- John Shea on the pros and cons of if the Giants signed Trevor Bauer (SF Chronicle)
- Mark W. Sanchez on the Giants bullpen starting to take form (KNBR)
- Eric Longenhagen on the top 50 draft prospects for 2021 (Fangraphs)
- Alex Pavlovic on the hectic few hours that Darin Ruf experienced before re-signing (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Mark W. Sanchez on how the Giants missed out on David Dahl (KNBR)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 110 days until Opening Day.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.