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

Writer Nick Peters, honored in Baseball Hall of Fame, dies at 75 — Nick Peters, who covered the Giants for 47 years for three newspapers and was honored at the 2009 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, died at his Elk Grove (Sacramento County) home Monday. Known as "The Greek" throughout the baseball community, Mr. Peters had a long battle with a rare form of Parkinson's Disease but continued following Bay Area sports, including the Giants' three championship runs.

Hall honor for Nick Peters, Giants beat writer — Nick Peters loved visiting the Hall of Fame as a longtime beat writer for the Giants - covering inductions, attending veterans committee meetings, stopping off on Giants road trips between New York and Montreal. No matter how baseball allegedly loses popularity to football and the NBA, you wouldn't know it in this town.

Brandon Crawford fields with flair - when he has to — Near the end of infield practice, Brandon Crawford will field a routine grounder between his legs. Or use his glove like a Ping-Pong paddle to swat a grounder to the second baseman. Giants infield coach Ron Wotus sees all this and throws down his cap, flings his arms in the air and makes disgusted expressions.

Barry Bonds: more of a Giants presence — Barry Bonds isn't scheduled for another stint in the Giants' training camp, but talks are underway for the homers king to take an expanded role in the organization. "There's definitely a desire to do something a little more than just coming down to spring training," Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said.

Brandon Belt an option in the Giants’ outfield, Bruce Bochy says — Brandon Belt an option in the Giants' outfield, Bruce Bochy says With Hunter Pence's broken arm and Angel Pagan's sore back, the Giants are considering several internal alternatives in the outfield. [...] a move to left field by Belt would open the possibility for catcher Buster Posey to play more first base and Hector Sanchez or Andrew Susac to get more time behind the plate.

Vogelsong’s sharp outing shows depth behind Giants’ starters — Vogelsong's sharp outing shows depth behind Giants' starters Ryan Vogelsong worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday, the best start by a Giants pitcher thus far in the Cactus League. Manager Bruce Bochy said Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit, neither projected to be in the rotation, will be stretched out in the final weeks of spring training as insurance in case one of the starters isn't ready.

Gregor Blanco always ready to step up for Giants — In the 2014 postseason, after Angel Pagan's season-ending back injury, he was there. [...] in place of Pence, Blanco seems targeted to open the season in right field. No trips to the disabled list. "The thing that stands out for me is the versatility, the ability to play all three positions at such a high level," Posey said.

To turn team around in ’80s, Giants started at the top — Brandon Crawford walks into the clubhouse wearing street clothes and a backward baseball cap. When I spoke with ex-Giants manager Roger Craig for the Al Rosen obituary, Craig shared a story of how he and Rosen tried changing the team's culture when they took over late in the disastrous 1985 season.

Bochy says it’s time for Giants to shape up sloppy play — Bochy says it's time for Giants to shape up sloppy play All the hitting woes, pitching woes and defensive woes finally got to manager Bruce Bochy. "I'm just very thankful we're at this point of spring training and not about to open the season," Bochy said Tuesday after the Giants' latest bummer, a 10-0 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Romo happy free agency didn’t take him away from S.F. — Free agency should be a celebration of accomplishment, a point in a ballplayer's career in which he's fruitfully rewarded for a lifetime of hard work, dedication and an extremely high skill set. "The uncertainty was something I didn't take too much of a liking to this offseason," Romo said Monday, reflecting for the first time on his initial experience in the open market.
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Mar 27, 2015

RT @hankschulman: Bochy steamed about sloppy play. Timmy's bad throw. Blanco missing cutoff. Stranding leadoff triple. "And it's not just tonight." #sfgiants

Mar 26, 2015

RT @susanslusser: #Athletics Drumbeat: updates: Doolittle, Reddick, Crisp. Other topics: "razzmatazz:" and J.P, Sportman's great name:…

Mar 26, 2015

RT @hankschulman: Rare evidence the #sfgiants once beat the A’s in a spring training game. (Like a Bigfoot sighting).…

Mar 26, 2015

RT @markasaxon: After Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe paid Tommy Lasorda a visit at his golf cart, Tommy yelled "Hey who's got my key!"

Mar 26, 2015

RT @TBTimes_Rays: On The Heater blog, MLB commissioner Manfred says stadium is #Rays' biggest issue, calls on local government to help…

Mar 25, 2015

RT @MarcosBreton: My column on the life & career of Nick Peters, who covered @SFGiants for 47 years & went to @BaseballHall. #sfgiants http…

Mar 24, 2015

@Buster_ESPN I like this one: Marichal 243 wins, 244 complete games.

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