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National baseball writer/columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, 27th year covering Giants, A's, 32nd year covering ball.

Pablo Sandoval leaning toward Red Sox - Padres have highest offer, SF Giants still in hunt — I hear Pablo Sandoval has received his highest contract offer from the Padres but is leaning toward accepting an offer from the Red Sox, though events could change in a hurry. Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans, who spoke with agent Gustavo Vasquez on Thursday morning, had suggested the third baseman could make his decision before Thanksgiving and that the Sandoval camp asked the Giants to submit their best offer.

Ray Sadecki dies at 73 - acquired by SF Giants for Orlando Cepeda — Ray Sadecki, a left-handed pitcher the Giants acquired in the ill-fated 1966 Orlando Cepeda trade, died Monday in Arizona from complications of blood cancer. He was 73. Mr. Sadecki had a successful 18-year career, winning 135 games and the 1964 World Series opener, but he was known among Giants fans for a trade considered among the worst in franchise history.

Giancarlo Stanton is too good for the Marlins - that goes for Pablo Sandoval, too — Giancarlo Stanton will have a long, lonely - and filthy rich - life in Miami. It's impossible to trust the Marlins' decision makers on this one. Stanton's new 13-year, $325 million contract apparently comes with an assurance from management that the Marlins will go all out trying to build a steady winner and remain consistent with bringing in top-grade talent so that Stanton won't stand alone on a hapless club.

Alvin Dark, Giants, A’s World Series manager, dies at 92 — Alvin Dark, All-Star shortstop and Giants, A’s World Series manager, passes away Alvin Dark, manager of two Bay Area World Series teams and captain of the 1951 New York Giants who made a legendary comeback to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant, died early Thursday morning at his home in Easley, S.C.

Alvin Dark dies - former Giants shortstop, manager, mentor of Willie Mays — Alvin Dark, manager of two Bay Area World Series teams and captain of the 1951 New York Giants who made a legendary comeback to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant, died today at his home in Easley, S.C. He was 92.

On Pablo Sandoval and other SF Giants issues — Last thing the Giants wanted to hear is that Pablo Sandoval is seeking a six-year deal. Jumping from an offer of three years to four or even five is one thing. Leaping to six is extreme.

Rookies contributed this year, could have roles next season, too — Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who cherishes every Giants World Series title a half-century after missing one for himself by a few feet â€" where were you in ’62? â€" loved the makeup of the latest champs.

Sandoval says he wants to stay, but he’ll have options — The Giants held another World Series parade through San Francisco on Friday, the official close to the 2014 season, and Pablo Sandoval and his teammates bid farewell to hundreds of thousands of fans.

Pablo Sandoval: ‘I want to wear that (SF Giants) jersey the rest of my career’ — Pablo Sandoval doesn't just want to return to the Giants. He wants to retire as a Giant. "I want to wear that jersey the rest of my career," Sandoval said moments ago. After Sandoval and his teammates rode in the World Series parade, he spoke about his free agency and desire to return to the Giants, saying he loves the team, his teammates and the fans.

Today’s SF Giants parade - who, what, when, where, why (you can figure out why) — Today's parade starts at noon, rolling from the foot of Market near the Ferry Building down Market to the Civic Center, ending on the steps of City Hall. It'll run two miles and about 90 minutes. Then the speeches will last another 90 minutes, unless the mayor goes a little long.
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Nov 22, 2014

I also heard Sandoval will indeed decide next week and that all 3 offers (#redsox, #padres, #sfgiants) are on table:…

Nov 21, 2014

Doesn't brag. Doesn't promote. Doesn't pop off. Doesn't network. Doesn't try to get noticed. How will Ron Wotus ever get a managing gig?

Nov 20, 2014

RT @VicTafur: Carr takes a knee and Raiders win for first time this season. 24-20.

Nov 19, 2014

Always a chance Sandoval emotionally is ready for a change, feels nothing more to prove with #sfgiants, ready to settle closer to home.

Nov 19, 2014

Butler said he already contacted Reddick about wearing No. 16. "I'll find out what he's into," said Butler, who's ready to negotiate a price

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