Mychael Urban Nov. 30 MLB chat transcript


Mychael Urban Nov. 30 MLB chat transcript

Nov. 30, 2010

Editor's Note: Mychael Urban chats regularly. Be sure to join him for free-flowing Giants and A's discussion.
Mychael Urban CSN
Let's roll ..From EDDIE
so whats next for the giantsMychael Urban CSN
http:www.csnbayarea.com112910Urban-Giants-Weigh-Options-in-Wake-of-Lolan... From Brandon
Any chance of the G's snagging Gordon Beckham?Mychael Urban CSN
Bobby Evans, VP of baseball operations, says "all options will be explored." Beckham isn't a shortstop, though, so he's probably not high on the radar.From niballin
If Giants were to go after Jason Bartlett, who do you think they would send in a package for a trade deal?Mychael Urban CSN
That's way too vague a question, sorry. I don't know what the Rays' top needs are. But the Giants wouldn't give up a starting pitcher for Bartlett, and everyone's looking for relief help, which I think the Giants can accommodate.From Jigsaw
do you see the Giants right now if they are to not lose any of their key players as a team that can repeat the title?Mychael Urban CSN
Right now they don't have a starting shortstop or third baseman, so no. Not right now.From rachie
do you see sabean trading for jose reyes, jason barttlet or another SS. what are some realistic options? Miggy??? he's probably seen better days.Mychael Urban CSN
Tejada has obviously seen better days. He's 36. As for the other guys, again, the Giants will be looking into all of them. It's too early in the process to give you a more definitive answer than that. The Winter Meetings in Florida next week will be telling. I'll chat from there next Tuesday at noon, too. In the meantime, Giants and A's fans, if you have any coverage ideas for me, feel free to suggest them at murban@comcastsportsnet.comFrom @sfg1ants
any chance Aybar could be had from angels for less than the whole farm?Mychael Urban CSN
If the Angels think they could ask for the farm for a .253 hitter with a sub-.310 on-base, they're high.From Terry Teagle
Uribe's numbers be as an everyday 2b for LA next year?Mychael Urban CSN
.250, 20, 77From Billy Beane
Why would I ever consider an aging Lance Berkman over a young and promising Daric Barton?Mychael Urban CSN
Berkman is, or at least has been, much more of a power guy than Barton is or will ever be. Not saying I'd choose Berkman over Barton. From ScGiants28
You seem lazy today? whats up?Mychael Urban CSN
That's a first, someone accusing me of being lazy. You see anyone else in this market writing EVERY SINGLE DAY during the offseason while covering two teams? I don't. From As fan
Do you not like us anymore? See Mychael Urban CSN
I love A's fans. I love covering the A's. Cool execs, cool players. I wrote about the A's last night and will do so again today.From Ronny
Do you think the Giants should go after J. Reyes? Who would they have to give up to get him? A package built around J. Sanchez?Mychael Urban CSN
If he's available, the Giants will be talking to the Mets for sure. And yes, I imagine Sanchez would have to be a part of that deal. And I'd pull that trigger as long as it wasn't something crazy like Sanchez and Belt. Sanchez and Crawford? Absolutely.From @SubtleStatement
I don't get it. The Giants can't really be out priced in getting Carl Crawford! To me, Carl Crawford and whatever shortstop is way better than Miguel Tejada and our current outfield. Carl Crawford seems like the no brainer add. Please make sense of this.Mychael Urban CSN
Crawford is looking for about five years and more than 100 million, and the Angels, his top choice from what I understand, are determined to get him. I don't think the Giants can afford him.Mychael Urban CSN
It's amazing to me how fired up fans are already about 2011. Impressive passion. I thought the World Series win would put a lot of people in a who-cares-about-next-year mindset.From Espn
You guys arw doing a great job of trying to mimic us. Thanks

Mychael Urban CSN We spell better, too.

From Jigsaw next year if you could pick one team out of the Giants division to challenge them who would it be?Mychael Urban CSN
Right now, assuming they re-sign DeLaRosa, Colorado. Love the core there, and they'll add another piece this winter.From Billy
What are the chances the A's get the same equal treament on sportsnet central next year?Mychael Urban CSN
If they win more than the Giants, they'll get more coverage than the Giants. That's how every news organization works. And we'd love to see the A's AND Giants contend. Makes everyone's job easier.From Claude
Is Project Panda The Sequel underway?Mychael Urban CSN
Not really. They're basically putting it all on Pablo now. No more hand-holding. That obviously didn't work. So I think the general attitude now is, "Let's see exactly how badly this guy wants to be great."From
Which writer are you like: Keith Law or Rob Neyer? Mychael Urban CSN
It would be insulting to both of them to say I'm like them. Everyone in this business strives to be unique. Keith and Rob are two guys I have a great deal of respect for, and I'd hope the feeling is mutual, but I do take a very different approach than both.From D
What's the A's stats with Iwakuma?Mychael Urban CSN
The A's won't comment on the status until the negotiations are final or the negitiation window closes on Dec. 7, but the talks are definitely not dead, as was previously reported elsewhere.Mychael Urban CSN
I'd say the odds are decent they get him, but his agent isn't doing the guy any favors by calling Billy Beane out publicly. Bad move. From Ricardo
I understand that Uribe's numbers tailed off, and that he was a guy who had some big moments but might not be the guy for 162 games. What about his clubhouse presence, though? Strong influence with not only the Latin American ballplayers, but seems he kept everyone loose. Thoughts? Mychael Urban CSN
That's exactly why I think a guy like Tejada (as a utilityman) or Scutaro (as a starting shortstop) would be a great fit. Both great clubhouse guys who are well-respected by fellow Latin players. From lclmana
How solid is your tweet about the A's and Berkman and possible Barton trade? Mychael Urban CSN
My tweet was a rhetorical question. Only things I know for sure are right here
http:www.csnbayarea.com112910Source-As-to-Meet-with-Berkman-on-Tuesdalan... From Frank
How do you see arbitration working out for the Giants? Who do they keep and who do they let go?Mychael Urban CSN
Casilla, Lopez, Ross, Sanchez and Torres back for sure. Fontenot, Ramirez, Ray not locks. But they all might be offered contracts if the Giants think they could use some of the not-locks in potential trades.From D
If the A's don't pick up Berkman who else could they acquire to fill the power hitting void?Mychael Urban CSN
Beltre is still unsigned and wanted in Oakland. Don't think the feeling is so strong the other way, but that could change if the market for Beltre isn't as strong as he and agent Scott Boras expect it to be.From Wins, RBI, Avg
Do you find us useful?Mychael Urban CSN
Of course I do. Anyone who doesn't is foolish. But they can be a little misleading at times, particularly wins and batting average. Just my opinion. For pitchers, give me ERA, WHIP and IP. For hitters, I like RBIs, OBP and OPS.From stevef4546
Any chance Conor Gillaspe opens the season at 3rd base or does he need more seasoning.Mychael Urban CSN
No chance. Needs way more seasoning.Mychael Urban CSN
Connor had a nice showing in the Arizona Fall League (.306.3505 HR16 RBI in 20 games), but he hasn't yet competed at the Triple-A level, and the Giants want to see him hit there before they consider him. He's got some work to do defensively, too, from what I hear.From Eddie
I heard that the A's backed Jean Quan for Oakland mayor because she would be helpful in getting them a new stadium in Oakland near Lake Merritt. Have you heard thisknow any details?Mychael Urban CSN
I have heard it but don't have any details. Sorry.From Kade
do you think it would be wise for the Giants to go after Jason Werth (big batMychael Urban CSN
I like Werth and think he'd be a good fit in right field, with Ross in left and Torres in center. Not sure the money works for the Giants. Mychael Urban CSN
Werth, too, is a Boras client. Those guys tend to follow the money, and I think Werth will eventually get an offer the Giants won't want to match.From @sfg1ants
gut feeling, giants opening day lineup is...Mychael Urban CSN
Don't have a strong enough gut feeling about SS, 3B and RF to go there right now, and you know who the other guys will be.From lclmana
Percentage that Carter starts the season on the A's roster or is he going to continue to groom in Sacramento? I would like to think it is a 6040 split but more like 4060Mychael Urban CSN
That's going to depend on who Beane can bring in from the outside. If it's nobody special, Carter will get every opportunity to win a starting gig this spring. Otherwise, I could see him spending at least another month or two in Sacramento to prove he has a better handle to identifying and doing damage to a quality right-handed slider.From FatElvis
Pablo is listed at 246. How close is that to reality? If he were 246 would that satisfy the Giants? Would he be effective at that weight? In a perfect world, what would Sandoval come to camp weighing?Mychael Urban CSN
I'm reluctant to do this, but tell you what: I'm at about 235 right now and I'm no Adonis and quite a bit taller than Pablo. I'd say he was hovering in the 270-280 range by the end of the year, and I'd think the Giants want him to lose a minimum of 30 pounds this winter. Not sure if that's realistic given how short the Giants' offseason is, but he'd better be showing some significant progress toward whatever goal weight they have in mind by the time he shows up.From lclmana
I find it interesting that the A's claimed Encarnacion and made offer to Beltre, what does that mean for Kouz?? Mychael Urban CSN
That, too, depends on Beltre. If the A's somehow get Beltre, I think Kouz will be gone and Encarnacion might end up as the backup 3BDH.From @SubtleStatement
Why isn't Jorge Cantu being considered for the Giants? He plays 3rd and is only 28 years old. He's had great seasons.Mychael Urban CSN
Not sure I'd label any of his season as "great," but we don't know that Cantu isn't being considered as a utilityman. Bottom line is that the Giants top priority right now is at shortstop, and Cantu isn't a shortstop. Anything involving a non-shortstop is going to have to wait.From Giants Fan
You shouldn't like the A's as much as us... We're currently the World Champions and are the hotter topic.Mychael Urban CSN
Me "liking" a team more than another is a silly concept. My responsibility to the fans of both teams is to provide the best, most informative and, when possible, entertaining coverage I can. And I do. Covering two teams ain't easy, folks. That's why nobody else does it. And it's almost a no-win because the fans of both teams will feel slighted at some point when the other team is the focus. But I love it. Both sides of it. I'm lucky to do it.From Dwayne
Who do the Giants replace Freddy Sanchez with after 2011? Is there a nice prospect to put at 2B in 2012 or is that going to be a spot that's filled through free agency?Mychael Urban CSN
Nick Noonan, a first-rounder in 2007, is more than a year away.Mychael Urban CSN
Brock Bond might be ready by 2012. He had a nice season at Fresno last season, and Evans seems to think highly of his potential.From Jigsaw
is their any other team you would like to cover besides Giants and A's?Mychael Urban CSN
I'm all about the "experience," and I think it'd be a trip to cover the Yankees -- for one season only -- just to see what that circus is all about.From Brig
It seems safe to assume the A's will contend in the AL West this year. Can we establish them as the team to challenge the Rangers?Mychael Urban CSN
Not until they add power.From Aubrey Huff
I love beer like you love ________?Mychael Urban CSN
cubic zirconiumMychael Urban CSN
kidding. my rock is real. hahaha.Mychael Urban CSN
That seems like a nice, light moment to end with. Remember to drop me a line at if you have any winter meetings coverage ideas, or if I didn't get to your question and you want to submit it to my MLB Mailbag. Also, don't forget to follow me in Twitter @MUrbanCSN and check out both of my Facebook pages. Thanks for joining, everyone. Great questions, great passion, funny people, good times. Join me again next week, same time, when I'll be chatting from the winter meetings in Florida (Disney World). Until then, peace, homemade stew and "Gonna Be a Blackout Tonight" by the Dropkick Murphys to all ... Mychael Urban CSN
OK, had to let one more question in because this clown is teeing me up
Our reporters routinely report stories in your 'hood first.Mychael Urban CSN
And yet here you are, logging into MY chat! Sucker!!!!Mychael Urban CSN

Stanford tops North Carolina on PKs, advances to NCAA final


Stanford tops North Carolina on PKs, advances to NCAA final

HOUSTON — For the second straight season, Stanford found itself depending on penalty kicks to advance to the College Cup final.

Like last season, the Cardinal came out on top. After each team converted its first nine attempts in the tiebreaker, Amir Bashti made it 10-for-10 for Stanford. Tar Heels defender Alex Comsia then sent his try over the crossbar to end it, giving Stanford a 10-9 win.

"They had just as many good chances as us, and it could have been a 1-0 game either way," Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn said.

Stanford (14-3-5) will face Wake Forest in the College Cup final on Sunday in search of its second straight national championship.

"It's not his fault. We could have done things in the game to have his back," North Carolina defender Colton Storm said of Comsia's miss. "It could have been any of us."

"It's the nature of the game," North Carolina coach Carlos Somoano said. "Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't. Sometimes there's moments you seize the moments, and sometimes it runs away from you."

North Carolina (14-3-4) had the two best chances of the game. Late in the second half, forward Alan Winn was denied by goalkeeper Andrew Epstein, who made a nice save with his legs.

Later, Epstein made the best save of the match in the final seconds of the second overtime on a shot from forward Tucker Hume. After gaining possession in the right side of the 18-yard box, Hume unleashed a shot that Epstein deflected wide with his legs.

"He made the plays to keep the game at 0, and he deserves credit," Somoano said.

After a flurry of corner kicks and a free kick in an attacking area, Stanford had the best opportunity to score in the first overtime on a header from Drew Skundrich, but he put if over goalkeeper James Pyle, who had six saves. Foster Langsdorf, the Stanford goal leader who scored in the team's first three tournament games and has 15 on the season, had three shots and two on goal but was unable to break the deadlock before the game went to penalty kicks.

"Any result like that is going to be tough to swallow," Storm said. "Stanford's a really good team. We each had our chances. National semifinal, it's going to be tough to swallow no matter what."

While Epstein was unable to stop any of North Carolina's penalties in the shootout, his saves late in the game enabled Stanford to continue its quest for a repeat.

"Andy's never really attracted much attention, but when you're his coach you appreciate him," Gunn said. "You can depend on him."

Stanford has won 15 of its last 18 games after starting the season with three ties and a loss. The Cardinal have yet to concede a goal through four tournament games, while North Carolina's season ends after a third consecutive tournament shutout.

After winning the first national championship in program history last season, Gunn praised his team for continuing to push forward this season.

"It's incredible," Gunn said. "You've always got to be optimistic. There's no point in being anything else. We started the year so well in January. I thought, 'These players are so hungry.'"

Rewind: Sharks fall behind early again, lose 3-2 to Ducks

Rewind: Sharks fall behind early again, lose 3-2 to Ducks

ANAHEIM – Spotting a team the first two goals is a difficult recipe for winning hockey games. That’s even truer when you’re the Sharks, and you’re having tremendous difficulty scoring more than two goals on any given night in the first place.

While the Sharks hung with Anaheim in a closely contested game at Honda Center on Friday night, the Ducks got that extra necessary score. Brent Burns and Kevin Labanc answered first period goals by Rickard Rakell and Antoine Vermette, but Hampus Lindholm’s marker with 5:38 to go in the third period was the difference.

For the fifth time in their last six, and ninth in their last 12, San Jose's scuffling offense couldn’t eclipse the two-goal plateau in a 3-2 defeat.

Coach Pete DeBoer said giving up the first two scores, like they also did on Wednesday in a similar loss against Ottawa, “is not optimal, obviously. But we battled back, and I thought the game could have gone either way. 

“I give our guys credit for battling back. … We didn't hang our head, we battled, and we're just finding a way to lose right now instead of win, which, we've been winning games like that."

For the second straight game, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski had numerous prime chances but couldn’t find a way to get one. An early third period opportunity stood out among the rest, though, when Pavelski was staring at a wide open net in a 2-2 game from close range.

Typically that’s an automatic score for Pavelski, who led the league in game-winners last season. But this time, it went five feet wide.

“Kind of rolls up, catches the blade, and it’s not even close,” Pavelski said. “Those are the moments you’ve got to cash in on. I haven’t done that.”

The Sharks’ best stretch came early in the second period, when they outskated the Ducks and peppered Jonathan Bernier while trailing, 2-1. The Ducks goalie turned them all away until Labanc squeezed one through at 8:40 after the rookie was nicely set up by linemate Logan Couture.

“He didn’t give me much room. You just want to get that off as quick as you can,” Labanc said. “Just took a quick shot, and it went in the net.”

In a game of momentum swings, though, the Ducks outplayed San Jose in the third. They took the lead when Joel Ward gave Lindholm a little too much room to pick his spot on a wrist shot from the top of the circle.

After looking like they were in good shape after two periods, Labanc thought the Sharks were “a little too confident” headed into the third.

“We stopped skating, stopped dumping the puck in, and working hard in the corners,” he said.

Pavelski bemoaned the fact that for the second straight game, a regulation loss in the final minutes, that the Sharks didn't even manage to get the point in the standings for forcing overtime despite fighting back.

"The last few games you have a chance to at least push it to the end," he said. "We're not giving up a whole lot."

The Sharks nearly did tie the game with Martin Jones pulled for an extra attacker, though. After Burns made a pair of remarkable shot blocks on Andrew Cogliano bidding for an empty netter, DeMelo and Ward each had whacks at the puck, but somehow it remained out. 
“A bunch of chaos, really,” is how DeMelo described it. “It was really tight. I think we were just inches away from getting the equalizer.”

Again, though, they just couldn’t find a way to get that third score.

“We were close,” DeBoer said, “but not close enough."