Sabean vs. Beane

In my Tuesday column I ask who is a better GM, Beane or Sabean. Here is a link. The full text runs below: Who is a better general manager, Billy Beane or Brian Sabean? The Sporting News recently ranked all 30 big-league managers, ranked Beane No. 1 and Sabean No. [...]

By | June 3rd, 2014|8 Comments

How fans view Bochy and Sabean

Here is the opening to my Sunday column about Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean: If Bruce Bochy were managing the Mets or the Yankees or the Phillies — happily he isn’t — fans and writers and sports-talk radio hosts/morons in New York and Philly would be ranting about what a [...]

By | August 4th, 2013|4 Comments

Giants stand pat

Here is the opening to my Thursday column about what the Giants did not do at the trading deadline: Brian Sabean said the offers for his potential free agents were “embarrassing.” His notable free agents after this season will be Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez and Hunter Pence, but the floundering, [...]

By | August 1st, 2013|12 Comments

Sabean on defending the world’s championship

At Giants Media Day someone asked Brian Sabean about defending the world's championship. "To get in the playoffs," he said, "that's our goal. We’re not going to start this year -- 'we’re going to be the defending champions and repeat.' Our goal is to get in the playoffs. We think [...]

By | February 8th, 2013|3 Comments

American League vs. National League

At Media Day, someone asked Brian Sabean if the National League is underrated. "I think so," he said. "If you watch our games much like our series against Detroit, you have to play baseball in this league. There are a lot of close games. When you play a lot of [...]

By | February 8th, 2013|2 Comments

In praise of Sabean

I still get emails telling me what a mediocre general manager Brian Sabean is, how he's made some bad signings and how he overpays for players and how he never got a power hitter for this year's team and how he let Carlos Beltran get away. All I know is [...]

By | October 23rd, 2012|27 Comments

Sabean and Dusty Baker

During a commercial on Comcast on Tuesday I talked to Brian Sabean about Dusty Baker's health -- an irregular heart beat and a mild stroke. Sabean told me he had phoned Dusty Monday night and they spoke a long time. Sabean said he feels confident Dusty will be OK. "He's [...]

By | September 26th, 2012|4 Comments

Rating Bay Area GMs: your call

This Sabean topic sure has legs. I appreciate how passionate all of you are either pro or con on Sabean. Here's a quiz. Rate these five GMs in order of best to worst and give a reason: Baalke, Sabean, Beane, Myers, McKenzie. I will stay out of the discussion. This [...]

By | August 1st, 2012|27 Comments

Sabean vs. all other GMs

When I posted an item praising Brian Sabean yesterday, I knew I'd get some negative response. Fair enough. Some people even wrote that Billy Beane is a better GM and that the Giants winning the World Series under Sabean doesn't mean all that much. Let's be clear about this. Winning [...]

By | August 1st, 2012|38 Comments

Sabean is controversial

Brian Sabean is a controversial sports figure around here. If I praise him, I get replies telling me I'm wrong and detailing some of his bad contacts -- which have been very bad. Still, he's had good contracts and he got the Giants in the Series twice and he won [...]

By | July 31st, 2012|21 Comments