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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Mike Leake to Giants

Brian Sabean and the Sabettes usually make the right move. That’s what they did this time. They needed a starting pitcher. They got Mike Leake who will eat up innings, rest the bullpen and almost surely win. Tim Hudson moves to the bullpen. It’s unclear he can warm up fast enough to be a reliever, but the Giants are allowing him to retain his dignity instead of designating him for assignment. Good for the Giants on both counts.

SF Giants need starting pitcher

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the Giants. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO Forget Wednesday’s Giants game. They won 5-0 over the horrible Milwaukee Brewers, and it was a very good win. Think about the Major League Baseball trading deadline that looms. It ends Friday at 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Before then, the Giants would be wise to get one more starting pitcher. Someone to put in the rotation. The Giants could make the… Read More »

Giants must turn on the lights

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the Giants home opener. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO In the game part of the opening-day program at AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants couldn’t hit. In the hitting part of baseball, the Giants couldn’t hit. Any way you slice it, the Giants couldn’t hit and can’t hit. Will they ever hit? These are the world-champ, last-place Giants who can’t hit. They lost their home opener to Colorado 2-0.… Read More »

Giants home opener on deck

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Giants’ much-anticipated home opener. The full text runs below: Get ready for the San Francisco Giants’ home opener. Expect world-class festivities for the world-champ Giants. Expect beautiful weather for the opener, for the day opener. Openers should always be day games. Openers are special. But are the Giants special? Well, that’s a good question. The Giants have a losing record — 3-4. They are in last place. They have lost… Read More »

Giants grossly unprepared

Here is an early link to my Thursday column on the Giants’ messed-up pitching staff. The full text runs below: When I attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn, Mrs. Bernstein, my 10th grade English teacher, said we always should include a topic sentence in our essays. It was a rule. So, here’s today’s topic sentence: The Giants entered this season grossly unprepared. Is that topic enough for you, Mrs. Bernstein? In the last 40 years, I’ve learned to suppress topic… Read More »

SF Giants preview

Here is a link to my Giants preview plus some cool stuff my editor put together. The full text runs below: In the winter of 2014, long before the baseball season started, Giants president Larry Baer was putting on his makeup. Edit that. The makeup person at CSNBayArea was putting on Baer’s makeup while Baer sat in the makeup chair getting the final touches before a TV appearance. Me, I already had my makeup on. I was talking with Baer… Read More »

Is Pablo Sandoval a jerk?

Here is an early link to my Tuesday column about Pablo Sandoval. The full text runs below: Pablo Sandoval may be a jerk. Oh, let’s not pussyfoot around. He is a jerk. His jerkiness has nothing to do with the Panda. The Panda is a fun-loving, gracious, wonderful person Giants fans took to their hearts. The fans knew the Panda. The fans didn’t know Sandoval. They are getting to know him. Sandoval and the Panda are opposites. You probably know… Read More »

Al Rosen

Al Rosen died. I want to pay homage. He was a tough nice man. He spoke honestly and he didn’t fib. He wasn’t big but he seemed very big. He made the Giants relevant. He brought up Robby Thompson and Will Clark. He hired Roger Craig. He let Craig manage without interference. He had been a great baseball player and after that he was a man of business. A man of the world. He always was available to talk honestly.… Read More »

Missing Hunter Pence

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Hunter Pence. The full text runs below: The feel-good parts of the story are all there. Hunter Pence is in great spirits after Corey Black broke his left arm with a fastball. And Black is contrite and expressed sorrow to Pence on Twitter. That still leaves the Giants with a hole in their batting order and a big problem in the cavernous right field at AT&T Park. The Giants were power… Read More »

Giants’ rotation, good or not so good?

Here is a link to my Friday column about Giants’ starting pitching. The full text runs below: Do the Giants have the best starting rotation in the National League, or one of the worst? Their 2015 season depends on how they answer that question. With the Giants everything depends on the pitching. That includes the bullpen. It’s just that the bullpen is superb. The starting rotation is the issue. Let’s look at the cons and then the pros. The five… Read More »