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OFF THE WOHL: Giants need to shake things up with big bat out

San Francisco Giants starting shortstop Brandon Crawford was supposed to provide solid defense, but has committed six errors this season.

Alex Grotewohl

May 9, 2012

After the season San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff had in 2011, many fans were wishing never to see his face again.   The versatile lefty, who was in many ways the engine of the Giants’ offense during the transcendent 2010 campaign, made $10 million while only accumulating a .306 on-base perce...

OFF THE WOHL: Brian Wilson out for season, but Giants OK

Alex Grotewohl

April 18, 2012

San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, known almost as much for his larger-than-life whiskers and Taco Bell commercials as for his performance on the mound, has fallen victim to structural damage in his throwing elbow. The hurler, who has become one of the most recognized faces in professional sports...

OFF THE WOHL: Posey needs to stay behind the plate for Giants

Alex Grotewohl

April 4, 2012

Giants’ fans are well aware of how important catcher Buster Posey’s bat is to the San Francisco lineup. Without his presence in the cleanup spot, the team looked shakier than Rick Santorum’s grip on reality. Posey’s injury in 2011 was all it took for the Giants to hit rock bottom. If skipper Br...

Off the Wohl: Braun’s innocence could help Bonds

State Hornet Staff

February 29, 2012

Retired baseball legend Barry Bonds is many things to many people. To some he’s a hero of the game. To others he’s a self-righteous blowhard with a larger-than-life ego. But in his years since leaving the game, he’s come to fill one role exceptionally well, if unwillingly: The role of scapegoa...

Off the Wohl: Free agency strips fans of loyal players

Alex Grotewohl

February 8, 2012

Major League Baseball is a business. Except when it's not. San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain was faced with this duality at a press conference Friday. When asked about his potential free agency being just a year away, he made it clear it would take a doozy of an offer from the Giants if the team ...

Off the Wohl: Beane to rebuild A’s by trading off high-paid pitchers

State Hornet Staff

February 1, 2012

In case you haven't seen "Moneyball," Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is a genius. In a good, old-fashioned tale of redemption, Beane took a lineup peppered with has-beens and a front office with no money and carried them right to the edge of glory. Spoiler alert: They never made it. Bu...

Off the Wohl: Giants aim to rebound after woeful 2011

Alex Grotewohl

January 25, 2012

A wise man once said baseball is a simple game. You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball. Any team worth its weight in pine tar and fungo bats does all three things well. Some "help" from a young Susan Sarandon doesn't hurt either, but you can't always get what you want. For the past h...