Saturday, August 19, 2017

My hometown is having a difficult time letting prep football go. It shouldn’t.

Novato High School is in the process of dropping its football program. Some alums are confused and concerned... but they’re trading on nostalgia, not facts. By Andrew J. Pridgen To try to understand Novato, California is to try to understand any small town experiencing growing pains as it attempts to transition into this century. The mostly white (76 percent), mostly...

Are the Dodgers historically good or just peaking early?

The answer may be both. By Andrew J. Pridgen Moments before the first pitch of the Dodgers/Giants dog days of summer game at Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles Saturday, Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers' primadonna emigre who has battled both attitude and injuries during his streaky five seasons in blue, sprinted out into right field… by himself. From the radio booth, Giants hall...

Do the Giants and Pablo Sandoval have an incurable case of biological imprinting?

In short, science says no. ...But that's far from the end of the explanation. By Andrew J. Pridgen Behavioral psychologist Nancy Kalish, Ph.D. recently wrote about a study she did on imprinting. Imprinting—for those who don’t read websites dedicated to celeb relationships, acai bowls, the best athleisure wear for a job interview and yoga poses in exotic parts of your living...

As Oakland parts out its team once more, Billy Beane’s legacy is assured only by the successes of his imitators

Oakland is in the midst of its second purge in three seasons. The difference this time is EVP of baseball operations Billy Beane hints he’s building a team to come online in time for a new stadium. But is that just more wishful thinking? By Andrew J. Pridgen Billy Beane is the only executive in baseball history who will ever be...

California Baseball Weekly: Seller Dwellers

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 future Mexican leaguers who play for the...

A Festival of Futility: There’s Going to Be So Much Shitty Baseball in the Second Half

Rob Manfred, please find a way to speed up the game ...till the end of September. Written by Kyle Magin Truly, baseball’s second half will be a tale of two leagues. Only three teams are more than 6 games out of playoff contention in the American: Chicago, Detroit and Oakland. The National, as it was in the first half, will be laughably replete...

California Baseball Weekly: Giants Trying to Bust Posey

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 Orthodox Taco Tuesday observants who play for...

The changing narrative on Barry Bonds in the dawn of the new age of the long ball

Will the Giants slugger finally get the recognition and redemption he deserves? By Andrew J. Pridgen Barry Bonds stood up from his seat on an unseasonably balmy July evening Friday in San Francisco to an impromptu standing ovation from a 2/3rds full stadium there to watch their last-place ballclub square off against the equally dead-to-rights Miami Marlins. AT&T Park, a...

California Baseball Weekly: The Giants have the best bullpen in baseball …for one week only

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 tryhards who play for the Padres. Best Record...

Iggy’s House

Andre Iguodala’s signing was critical for the Golden State Warriors. He is not the piece they need as much as they need him to not be that piece for anyone else. By Andrew J. Pridgen Andre Iguodala will earn almost $50 million in guaranteed money over the next and perhaps final three years of his career. He will be turning...

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