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Speaking of castoffs and misfits, our recent Giants team reminded me of the collectible "Pound...

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Speaking of castoffs and misfits, our recent Giants team reminded me of the collectible "Pound Puppies" toys sold in the 1980's. Maybe Tonka should bring them back or sell them with player "name tags". I'd collect them over lame Beanie Babies bears anyday. For instance: Top row (left to right): Freddy Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner, Aubrey Huff, Pablo Sandoval. Bottom Row (L to R): Andres Torres, Buster Posey, Cody Ross (needs eye black), Nate Schierholtz (needs facial stubble) C'mon Giants brass...make it happen...and don't ream us on the prices, please.

Mariners join It Gets Better campaign

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H/T LL. Further evidence that the Mariners and Giants (and their fanbases) were just separated at birth.

The Giants have promoted catching prospect Hector Sanchez from High-A San Jose to Triple-A...

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The Giants have promoted catching prospect Hector Sanchez from High-A San Jose to Triple-A Fresno. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the Giants "want to see what they have in Sanchez before making a deal" for a catcher. The 21-year-old is skipping over Double-A after batting .301 with an .832 OPS in San Jose. Even though Sanchez wasn't ranked among Baseball America's top 30 Giants prospects coming into the season, GM Brian Sabean considers him "a legitimate prospect. He's a very mature kid and he can swing the bat. What better place to get a baptism by fire?" But, in the same breath, Sabean also gave Eli Whiteside, who has taken over the everyday role with Buster Posey out, a vote of confidence. "The manager, coaching staff and pitchers really trust this guy," Sabean said of Whiteside. "They really admire him, and that means a lot."

Giants vs Reds Series Preview

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No one will be watching tonight with NBA Finals today and Sunday night but can't wait for Edison Walkquez vs Jonathan Walkchez.

Kevin Goldstein Trolls the McC?

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Or at least it seems that he might from this quote: Gary Brown, San Francisco Giants, 2010 (No. 24 overall) "But he doesn't walk!" That was the nearly universal cry from the blogosphere when the Giants selected the Cal State Fullerton star last year. Nobody seemed to care about the .438 batting average or the .695 slugging or the top of the line speed with outstanding center field defense, all they cared about were the nine walks in 210 at-bats, as no walks equals bad player, right? Here's the thing: When you have a guy hitting .438, do you really need to talk to him about his approach? With 21 walks over 240 at-bats in his pro debut, he's already making adjustments, and his .363/.430/.529 line in 56 games for High-A San Jose should get him to Double-A this year and in San Francisco as early as late 2012.

Giants take Jewish Community High player in 49th Round

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Sosnick, a senior at Jewish Community high school here in the City, was drafted by the Giants late in the draft Wednesday.

RIP Jose Pagan

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Jose Pagan, the Giants' first World Series shortstop in their San Francisco history, died Tuesday in Sebring, Fla., of Lewy body dementia. He was 76

Here are some photos from Pablo Sandoval day in Fresno. His swing looked decent and it was...

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Here are some photos from Pablo Sandoval day in Fresno. His swing looked decent and it was interesting to see him in a Grizzlies uniform for the first time.