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National baseball writer/columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, 28th year covering Giants, A's, 33rd year covering ball.

Marcus Semien has come home to play by the bay

sfchronicle.com — On Sept. 17, 2004, Semien saw his favorite player, Barry Bonds, hit his 700th home run off San Diego's Jake Peavy. In 85 big-league games in 2013 and 2014, Semien hit .240 with a .293 on-base percentage, eight homers and 35 RBIs in 326 plate appearances.

Speed up baseball? Tenace says batters should swing instead

sfgate.com — The former catcher and coach is back in the public eye after deciding to sell his memorabilia, including stuff from his championship years with the '70s A's. Turns out, Tenace would have fit perfectly in today's game because of his versatility (he played catcher, first base and a few other spots) and high on-base percentage.

Baseball games to be quicker-paced this year

blog.sfgate.com — MLBPA, MLB ANNOUNCE PACE OF GAME INITIATIVES, REPLAY MODIFICATIONS Rule Will Require Players to Keep a Foot in the Batter's Box; Timers Will Track Breaks During Non-Game Action Only; Managers May Invoke Replay from Dugout Baseball Commissioner Robert D.

Madison Bumgarner has a new contract, and it fits like a glove

blog.sfgate.com — Madison Bumgarner will have a new look in 2015. He swapped a Rawlings for a Mizuno and got a multiyear contract out of it. The World Series MVP cut a deal with Mizuno and will be placing a Mizuno Pro Limited Edition GMP100BK glove over his right hand when taking the mound.

Gene Tenace, A’s World Series star, auctioning off memorabilia

sfgate.com — he hooked up with an auction house to sell some of his most prized possessions. "We've been kicking it around a couple years, and I made the decision," Tenace said from his home in Redmond, Ore. People ask if my health is OK and if I have a financial problem.

John Shea: Josh Phegley expects to get with A’s OBP program

sfgate.com — A's acquire a hitter, I fast forward to his on-base percentage. Collecting high OBP hitters is routine for the A's, who realize the value of a-walk's-as-good-as-a-hit philosophy. Zero walks and one sacrifice fly, which counts against an OBP but not an average.

Strike thwarted Felipe Alou’s dynamic Expos

sfgate.com — Every time the Giants win a World Series, Felipe Alou can't help but reflect on his 1994 Montreal Expos, the best team in baseball that had its dreams shattered by a labor dispute. Alou has been elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, part of a five-person class that includes former A's player Matt Stairs.

Barry Bonds embraces 'wonderful’ honor

sfgate.com — Few understand the history of Bay Area sports like Barry Bonds, who has lived it and made it. Bonds, 50, Major League Baseball's career home run leader and a seven-time National League Most Valuable Player, was an overwhelming choice for the Bay Area Hall despite being bypassed for entry to National Baseball Hall of Fame in each of his first three years of eligibility.

USF can’t quite catch No. 2 Gonzaga at finish

sfgate.com — The Dons played second-ranked Gonzaga even in the first half, carrying a 38-38 score into intermission, and grabbed the lead a few times in the second period, but the Zags did enough in the second half to hold on for an 81-70 victory, their 17th in a row.

Shea: Belt hopes to provide healthy dose of power

sfgate.com — Belt hopes to provide healthy dose of power [...] a more in-shape Belt, who's training like no other time in his career, including more functional workouts and a better diet. Or at least play with more consistency while staying clear of long stints on the disabled list, an absolute necessity for a team that lost two big run producers.
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Mar 02, 2015

Can't blame Bogut for pass. No one was close, and Curry gets it if he doesn't stop. Bigger thing is Bogut not stepping up to help on Jack.

Mar 01, 2015

@knbrmurph @hbryant42 Neither dark, dingy nor dusty. Not the Pink Pony I remember.

Mar 01, 2015

RT @StoneLarry: RIP Minnie Minoso. Wish he had gotten into Hall of Fame while he was alive.

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