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

Despite loss, Sharks 'in a good spot' headed into bye week


Despite loss, Sharks 'in a good spot' headed into bye week

SAN JOSE – Despite what was technically their sixth loss in the last eight games, the Sharks seemed to put more stock in the point they gained in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins on Sunday night at SAP Center, rather than the one they left on the table.

They have that luxury. 

The Sharks will enter their bye week five points ahead of Edmonton and Anaheim for first place in the Pacific Division, and figure they’re due for some time off after a short summer followed by a World Cup for some, and a brutal condensed NHL schedule for all.

“[We’ve] showed up and played hard,” Joe Pavelski said. “We’ve been in a lot of games. Games we’ve lost, we’ve battled. There hasn’t been any cheat in [our] game. Defensively, we’ve been strong. There’s a lot of good areas in our game that we like right now.”

Playing in the second of a back-to-back against a Bruins team had was coming off of its own bye week, the Sharks fell behind 1-0 on a first period goal by Ryan Spooner, but notched a Patrick Marleau equalizer in a second period in which they outshot the Bruins 16-9. An evenly played third period gave way to overtime, where Brad Marchand scored on a breakaway to give the Bruins their fourth straight win since changing head coaches.

The Sharks spoke before the weekend about finishing the final two games strong before the respite. They ended up gaining three of four points, including Saturday’s 4-1 win in Arizona, and were pleased with their effort against the Bruins as they capped off 10 games in 20 days since the All-Star break.

“It was an important push into this break,” Pete DeBoer said. “To go in up [five points] on the next closest team is a real testament to our group.”

Paul Martin said: “I thought we played pretty well, considering the back-to-back with some travel, and a team that was waiting for us.”

Perhaps the most encouraging performance came from Martin Jones, who was one of a number of Sharks players that was looking particularly fatigued lately. The goaltender entered the game with a 1-0-2 record, 4.46 goals-against average and .837 save percentage in his last four starts, including getting pulled after the first period in Boston just 10 days ago.

Jones was impressive, though, making a vital pad stop on the dangerous David Pastrnak in front of the net midway through the third period to keep it a 1-1 score.

“It was a good game. Two teams playing hard,” Jones said. “We can take a lot of positives from that one. It was a good hard game, just didn’t go our way tonight.”

Overtimes have been an issue lately, though. The Sharks have lost their last four games decided during the three-on-three, all coming within the last two weeks. As satisfied as they are with their cushion in the division, it could have been cushier.

Against the Bruins, Tuukka Rask denied Brent Burns on a two-on-one in overtime, and Marchand scored off of the ensuing faceoff, blowing the zone past Pavelski and Marc-Edouard Vlasic and corralling a long toss from Torey Krug before sliding it home.

“We get to overtime, shootouts – we expect to get that extra point,” Pavelski said. “We haven’t found it lately. We’ll just keep looking for it.”

DeBoer said: “The points are critical, they’re valuable. I don’t read a lot into [overtime decisions], we’ve won our share over the time I’ve been here. We had a chance to win tonight, too. … I concentrate on the effort, and I thought we got better as the game went on.”

Being focused and energized, as they have been most of the season to this point, shouldn’t be a problem when the season resumes next Saturday in Vancouver. The Sharks are in prime position to win their first division title since 2010-11, and a return trip to the Stanley Cup Final is a distinct possibility.

Losing six of eight won’t be nearly as acceptable coming out of the break as it apparently is going into it, but that’s not something to worry about now, even after another defeat. 

“There are some games you wish you could get back and get those points, but we’re still in a good spot,” Marleau said.

Trading Cousins is the ultimate Kingstastic move

Trading Cousins is the ultimate Kingstastic move

There was a lot of complaining about the lack of defense in this year’s All-Star Game, as though last year’s All-Star Game didn’t happen.

But the Most Valuable Player, which was putatively Anthony Davis for scoring a record 52 points in front of his home crowd, was actually the man with the fewest minutes of all.

Yes, the man, the god, The DeMarcus Cousins. The Very Definition Of A Sacramento King, By Becoming An Ex-Sacramento King.

Cousins, now the second-best player on the New Orleans Pelicans, played only two minutes Sunday, the lowest total by any All-Star since Connie Hawkins in 1971, ostensibly because he told head coach Steve Kerr he was a little ouchy, but more likely because the Kings were frantically trying to trade him and didn’t want him hurting himself in a game with even no contact whatsoever.

Not during the All-Star Break, mind you. DURING THE ALL-STAR GAME ITSELF! Adam Silver must have been vomiting hedgehogs into a bucket at the very thought.

As it turns out, the Kings, who have sworn up and down that they would never consider trading Cousins, did that very thing, closing a deal to send Cousins and forward Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for a first and second-round pick in the upcoming draft, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway (who is likely to be waived in true Kings fashion) and 2016 first-rounder Buddy Hield.

You remember Buddy Hield. He’s the guy who clocked Cousins in the joy division going around a Cousins pick during the last Pelicans-Kings game, and got tossed for doing so.

In other words, the Kings prefer the guy who punched their best player in the goolies to their best player. This is so Kingsy.

But on the back end, Cousins’ agent, Jarinn Akana, said Cousins is disinclined to sign a long-term contract with his next team, making him a rental who could some day return to Sacramento in a Groundhog's Day remake that would cause the Oroville Dam to get up and walk off the job.

This too is so Kingsy.

This is the greatness of the Kings. They blew up the All-Star weekend during the game itself. They blew it up trying to get rid of their best player when they are within fighting distance of their first playoff spot in 11 years. They blew it up after saying they weren’t considering trading the dynamite at all.

Kingsy, Kingsy, Kingsy. It’s Kingstastic!

And the best part of it all is that the trade leaves everyone deflated and confused and ultimately angry, while the Kings undervalued their only marketable player to invest in a future they have mocked for decades.

You know what we;’re talking about. Gimme a K! Gimme an I! Gimme an N-G-S, throw an extraneous Y on the end of it what does it spell?

Yeah. Right.

It’s remarkable thing, being a King. While we have all amused ourselves with the machinations of the thick-as-two-short-planks New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony, the Kings have been Kinging this way for most of the last 35 years.

And now, they have decided to feed their obsession with the Golden State Warriors by running even further away from them, by tossing their only bargaining chip for a future player or players that they typically ruin, and Buddy Hield, who just found out that even at these prices life can still be cruel.

Give them their due, though. The Kings could win the NBA title and hock the trophy. They could be invited to the White House when the President is off playing golf. They could increase their Forbes valuation to $5 billion and declare bankruptcy.

Because they are the Kings, and that sentence has rarely meant more than it does now.

Not because they traded Cousins. Trades happen all the time. Wilt Chamberlain got traded twice.

But the Kings handled this with all the skill of a pickpocket with feet where his hands should be. They lied unconvincingly. They talked hard business and ended up with a nebulous deal that guarantees nothing except more speculation come summer. And they have nothing else to trade between now and . . . well, whenever they stopped being so damned Kingsy.

For New Orleans, it is a roll of the dice, an attempt to make the playoffs with a two-headed monster in Cousins and Davis. It may be too much to giver, but without knowing how the Kings will screw up those picks, it remains speculative at best.

Indeed, this is subtraction by subtraction, the standard Kings deal. And whatever the Kings have gained in this trade (hey, you never know), we remain safe in saying that they did it in such a Kingsy way that they may never top this.

Until the next time they do anything at all. Never doubt the power of Kingsiness.