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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

The Giants, a positive view

When I look at the Giants this time of year, I tend to take a critical view. Maybe you do, too. I’m talking pitching right now. I see all the innings Madison Bumgarner pitched last year. I’m aware Matt Cain and Tim Hudson had offseason surgery. I know Jake Peavy is 33. And I know I know nothing about Tim Lincecum. Giants starting pitching presents so many imponderables. And yet, it could turn out great. Bumgarner may be the best… Read More »

No Pablo Sandoval

The Giants clubhouse is quieter without Pablo Sandoval. His locker, now occupied by Andrew Susac, was smack in the middle of the room. He would sit there and talk and laugh. Mostly he talked in Spanish and the other Spanish-speaking guys laughed with him and took their cues from him. They all had fun. And he had special status. When asked about his departure, the other Giants are careful in what they say. They generally say they will miss him… Read More »

Peavy talks and Peavy sings

Here is an early link to my Saturday column about Jake Peavy. The full text runs below: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Very early Friday morning. Jake Peavy enters the clubhouse. He is singing, his voice passionate, his face filled with emotion. Sing, Jake. “But darling, oh darlin’/You’re the best thing I’ve ever seen/Won’t you roll me easy/Oh slow and easy.” He is singing “Roll Um Easy” by Little Feat. Lowell George wrote and performed the song and Little Feat and Lowell… Read More »

Bochy talks Giants on Friday

The Giants workout just ended. Pitchers threw to batters on three different fields. Jake Peavy pitched in Scottsdale Stadium – I watched him. Tim Lincecum pitched in the back field at Scottsdale Stadium and I did not see him. Reporters asked Bruce Bochy about Lincecum. “Looked good,” Bochy said, “threw the ball well. Good outing for him. Great delivery. Free and easy. Command of everything. He’s working on things, getting  ready for the season. He’s been very good with his… Read More »

Lowell spring training update

I told you I’m writing who is the face of the A’s franchise for Saturday. Scratch that. I’m audibilizing. I’ll write face of the franchise for Sunday no matter what. Hey, this is daily journalism and things change. For Saturday I will write either Peavy or Cain. Got that. Any ideas on who is the face of the A’s franchise. feel free to write me.

Greatness of Giants bullpen

Here is a link to my Friday column about the core of the Giants bullpen. The full text runs below: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The constant in the Giants’ greatness is the bullpen. OK, call it one of the constants. Bruce Bochy is constant and Brian Sabean is constant and Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner are constants and there are others. But the bullpen, the core of the bullpen, has remained constant and illustrious for three world championships. The bullpen constant… Read More »

Sizing up the competition — San Diego Padres

On Thursday, I drove to Peoria to eyeball the San Diego Padres.  They are the most improved team in the NL West and could challenge the Giants and Dodgers for supremacy in the division. When I got there, they were conducting a catcher’s drill. A coach would load two balls into a machine and the machine would shoot the balls high into the air – like a popup to the catcher in a game. The catcher had to catch one… Read More »

Face of the A’s franchise

On Friday I will write a column about the A’s. I’m interested in your opinion. I can phrase the question two ways and you can address either option. 1) Which player is the face of the A’s franchise? 2) Who is the face of the A’s franchise? Feel free to answer both questions if you think there are different answers.

Brett Lawrie vs. Josh Donaldson, etc.

IN TODAY’S column I wrote about the new A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie who replaces the old third baseman Josh Donaldson. Here is a comparison of key stats the past two seasons for both of them. Games played: Donaldson in 2014, 158 games; in 2013, 158 games. Lawrie in 2014, 70 games; in 2013, 107 games. Batting average: Donaldson in 2014, .255; in 2013, .301 Lawrie in 2014, .247; in 2013, .254 Home runs: Donaldson in 2014, 29; in 2013,… Read More »

Brett Lawrie appears and he talks

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Brett Lawrie. The full text runs below: MESA, Ariz. — Brett Lawrie talks really really fast. He is a verbal fastball. And he runs his words together justlikethis. You’re standing there with him on a Wednesday morning at the Oakland A’s new clubhouse in their new stadium and he’s sitting on a chair facing his locker and you’re learning about him because this is the A’s first full-squad workout and people… Read More »