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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Bumgarner, Kershaw & core issues

To read my Sunday Giants column click here. The full text runs below: LOWELL COHN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | April 9, 2016, 10:11PM SAN FRANCISCO Sometimes the story isn’t what you think. The story Saturday at wet, gray AT&T Park was supposed to be the pitching matchup Madison Bumgarner vs. Clayton Kershaw. It was an important game, an event, more than just a regular-season game. It was a statement confrontation between rivals and between the rivals’ best pitchers. Bumgarner and… Read More »

Rain delay

At 12:50 it’s barely raining. Still haven’t announced starting time. But I’m sure managers don’t want to start Bumgarner and Kershaw and then have to sit them down or even take them out. This is tricky.

These Giants can hit

To ready my Giants column click here. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO Home opener for the Giants. Has everything. Including a 12-6 Giants win. Dodgers in town. Dodgers undefeated. Dodgers haven’t given up a run. Dodgers have aura of invincibility. Sellout crowd. Of course. Giants-Dodgers one of the great rivalries in sports. Anywhere on Earth. Crowd sees the Giants fall behind fast. Dodgers beating Jake Peavy’s brains out. Loud thacks. Rockets all over the place. Jumping on Peavy… Read More »

Johnny Cueto and the Giants

Link to my Wednesday Johnny Cueto column. Text below: Now, the Giants pitching rotation is set. Well, almost set. They picked up Johnny Cueto as a free agent, are paying him a cool $130 million if Cueto sticks around for six years — he can opt out after two years. You and I should have such an opt-out clause. Add Cueto to new addition Jeff Samardzija and the Giants have five respectable to good to great starting pitchers, if everything… Read More »

What do we make of Samardzija?

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the Giants and Jeff Samardzija. The text runs below. And I hope this works: Impossible to get down on the Giants. Best sports franchise in the Bay Area — with the Warriors closing on them fast. Best general manager in the Bay Area, Brian Sabean (whatever his new title is) — with the Warriors’ Bob Myers closing on him fast. But it’s fair to ask questions. Like this one: Hey, Giants,… Read More »

No Greinke for Giants

No second guessing Brian Sabean for  not signing Greinke. Sabean is the best and we leave it at that. But still, what exactly is the Giants starting rotation? Interesting to see who the Giants pick up, because they need someone or sometwo.

San Francisco Giants say goodbye

Here is a link to my Tuesday Giants farewell column. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO Giants management said goodbye on Monday. CEO Larry Baer and General Manager Bobby Evans and manager Bruce Bochy came to the interview room at AT&T Park for the final time this season, participated in a state-of-the-team Q&A. The Giants have a superior lineup going into next season. But their starting pitching is not superior. The Giants need to improve the rotation, make it… Read More »