Giants' Zito 'frustrated' by unnamed sources


Giants' Zito 'frustrated' by unnamed sources

March 2, 2010

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The executives at Showtime are surely pleased with Barry Zito.The Giants, according to a column in Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle that cites only unnamed sources, are not. So, two days after drawing the ire of manager Bruce Bochy by walking five of the 13 batters he faced in his Cactus Legue debut, Zito spent a good portion of his afternoon trying to sort through the latest in a long line of unsavory episodes since he signed his massive free-agent contract with the Giants before the 2007 season."Crazy," is how Zito described it to
The column essentially claims that Zito has fallen completely out of favor within the organization, not only in danger of losing his spot in the starting rotation, but also in danger of losing his job. The Giants are so "exasperated" with Zito, the column asserts, that they might release him and eat the 64.5 million he's owed for the remainder of his contract. Oh, and they're said to be hacked off because he reported to camp out of shape.It's reality-TV gold, a nasty little melodrama certain to be part of Showtime's premier episode in the series that follows the world champions on their quest to defend the crown.But how much of it is reality?Nobody's quite sure. Zito, who was called into Bochy's office for a closed-door meeting upon his arrival at Scottsdale Stadium on Wednesday, certainly isn't."Obviously it was a shock," Zito told of seeing the column. "I'd love to know who these sources are, but I know enough about the media to know that we'll probably never know who they are. It's a little frustrating, because I pride myself on being accountable. I have a bad game? I'll wear it. I deserve to. No excuses. Left off the playoff roster? I wore it. Kept working, didn't complain, was a good teammate. I had nobody to blame but myself. I'm not going to hide from anything I do, good or bad. Unfortunately, not everyone's as big on accountability as other people."So all I can go on is what people tell me face-to-face, and everybody I've spoken to with the Giants seems as surprised by all of this stuff as I am."Bochy told Zito that he'd never heard anyone bring up the possibility of releasing him, and before the Giants' night game against the Diamondbacks, Bochy shot down any suggestion that the team is concerned with Zito's physical condition."Not at all, not at all," Bochy said. "The guy's never missed a start in his career because of injury. We know how hard Barry works. That's not a question in my mind."Zito told that the contention that he's out of shape was the most troubling aspect of the report. The rest, he said, is "out of my control.""All I can control is how I pitch, and I didn't pitch well the other day," Zito said that. "But it's what? March 2? I've been in the big leagues a long time now. I know what adjustments I need to make, how to get ready to make my 30, 32 starts during the regular season, and that's where my attention need to be. My spot in the rotation, all the other stuff, I told Boch, 'That's your call. I can't control those decisions. He basically told me he had no idea where this whole thing came from."Nobody does except these unnamed sources, I guess."

Did Kendick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Did Kendick Lamar take shot at Kevin Durant on latest single?

Hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar's new album "The Heart Part 4" drops on April 7, but his lyrics are already making waves.

Lamar, who hails from Compton, California, appears to take a shot at Kevin Durant for his decision to leave the Thunder and join the Warriors this past offseason in free agency.

From the single titled "IV":

     Tables turned, lessons learned, my best look
     You jumped sides on me, now you 'bout to meet Westbrook
     Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you
     Just know the next game played, I might slap the s--- out you
     Technical foul, I'm flagrant, I'm foul
     They throwin' me out, you throw in the towel

If the Warriors face the Thunder again this season, it will be in a playoff series. Golden State swept Oklahoma City 4-0 during the regular season, winning 122-96 on Nov. 3, 121-100 on Jan. 18, 130-114 on Feb. 11, and 111-95 on March 20

Their average margin of victory was just under 20.

Why the Raiders 2013 draft class was disbanded

Why the Raiders 2013 draft class was disbanded

Reggie McKenzie has owned three top 5 picks since becoming Raiders general manager. He used one on Khalil Mack in 2014, another on Amari Cooper a year later. McKenzie got a defensive player of the year and a two-time Pro Bowl receiver.

Pretty nice haul.

His first big draft pick came in 2013, when a 4-12 record the previous year earned the No. 3 overall selection. He turned that into the No. 12 and No. 42 overall selections – the Raiders didn’t have a second-round pick, and also gave up a fifth-rounder in the deal – that garnered cornerback DJ Hayden and Menelik Watson.

Both guys were beset by injury early on, setbacks that kept them from realizing potential identified during the pre-draft process. The Raiders got some quality players from the 2013 draft class – Latavius Murray was a two-year starter and Pro Bowl rusher -- but none of them remain Raiders after their rookie contracts.

Sixth-round tight end Mychal Rivera was the last leave, signing with Jacksonville on Wednesday. The Raiders wanted a few back – Watson and Stacy McGee, in particular – but all of them ended up elsewhere.

That’s not ideal. McKenzie prefers to draft, develop and reward. That didn’t happen for his 2013 draft class. While he didn’t have a first or second round pick, the 2012 draft class has been gone some time now.

He compensated well for that veteran talent void in free agency, bringing in Bruce Irvin, Kelechi Osemele and others of that age.

McKenzie’s draft record after 2013 has improved dramatically. A 2014 group that includes Mack, Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson was franchise altering. The 2015 bunch stands strong, and 2016 has talent but can’t be evaluated quite yet.

Let’s take a look at the 2013 draft class and why it didn’t work out:

CB DJ Hayden (No. 12 overall)
Current team:
Detroit (1 year deal, $3.75 million; $2.25 million guaranteed)
Comment: The Raiders didn’t pick up Hayden’s fifth-year option, proof their first-round pick didn’t work out as planned. Hayden was drafted despite a heart condition stemming from a practice injury in college, but a series of soft-tissue injuries slowed him down. He was ineffective at times, though he played better in his final season as a nickel back.

OL Menelik Watson (No. 42 overall)
Current team:
Denver (3 year deal, $18.3 million, $5.5 guaranteed)
Comment: Watson was an athletic, nasty offensive lineman the Raiders hoped to keep, someone who showed real potential when healthy. Those moments didn’t come often for a player who lost 2015 to injury and never made it through a full season.

LB Sio Moore (No. 66 overall)
Current team:
Free agent
Comment: Moore made an instant impact as a rookie working off the edge. He started on the weakside in 2014, but never seemed to recover from a late-season hip injury. He didn’t fit in well with new head coach Jack Del Rio, and he was traded to Indianapolis before the 2015 season began, he has bounced around ever since, playing as a reserve and special teams player. He remains on the open market.

QB Tyler Wilson (No. 112 overall)
Current team:
Out of football
Comment: Tyler Wilson never fit in at the NFL level and didn’t give the Raiders anything for a mid-round selection. Wilson lost his No. 3 job to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, spent most of 2013 on the practice squad, and was signed by Tennessee late in the year. Wilson was the highest 2013 draft pick to not make the opening day roster.

TE Nick Kasa (No. 172 overall)
Current team:
Out of football
Comment: The converted defensive end struggled with injury, and suffered a season-ending knee injury during the 2014 preseason. He spent the year on injured reserve and didn’t return to the active roster.

RB Latavius Murray (No. 181 overall)
Current team:
Minnesota Vikings (Three year deal, $15 million, $3.4 million fully guaranteed)
Comment: Murray was the most productive player in the draft class. He missed his rookie year with an ankle injury, but assumed the starting spot by the end of his second season. Murray exceeded 1,000 yards and made the Pro Bowl in 2015, and had nearly 800 yards and 12 touchdowns the following year. He wasn’t a perfect scheme fit for the Raiders, who didn’t pursue him once he hit the open market. Murray signed with the Vikings, and should be a major contributor in that offense.

TE Mychal Rivera (No. 184 overall)
Current team:
Jacksonville Jaguars (Two year deal, worth up to $6.75 million)
Comment: Rivera was a vital receiving option on bad Raiders teams, but fell out of favor under Jack Del Rio. That cut his opportunities way down, giving way to 2015 third-round pick Clive Walford. Rivera has receiving skill but isn’t much of a blocker, and his exit was no a surprise after he was a healthy scratch several times in 2016.

DT Stacy McGee (No. 205 overall)
Current team:
Washington (Five year deal, $25 million, $9 million guaranteed
Comment: McGee flashed interior talent when healthy in 2016, and cashed in with Washington on the first day of unrestricted free agency. The Raiders hoped to bring him back, but he got far more than they were willing to pay. McGee developed well during his time in Oakland, which ultimately priced him out of town.

WR Brice Butler (No. 209 overall)
Current team:
Dallas Cowboys (One year deal, $1.1 million, $300,000 guaranteed)
Comment: Butler was an occasional contributor during two seasons with the Raiders, though the athletic pass catcher was a bit too inconsistent. He finished the 2015 as the fifth receiver, and McKenzie got something for him via trade. Butler remains a Cowboy, and signed a new contract with them this offseason.

DE David Bass No. 233 overall)
Current team:
Free agent
Comment: Bass was cut after the 2013 preseason, but he hung on during the next four seasons with Chicago and Tennessee as a reserve and special teams player.