Ray Ratto

A longtime proponent of contempt as a prelude to any human relationship, Ray Ratto has been a drone at Comcast Sports Bay Area since 2010. He previously had two spells at San Francisco Chronicle (1986-1990, 2000-2010) and the San Francisco Examiner (1973-1981), as well as the Peninsula Times-Tribune (1981-1986). He also has written for ESPN.com and CBSSports.com. A Bay Area native, Ratto attended several schools, and was thrown out of none of them, yet another indictment of our sagging educational system.

Ray Ratto Insights

  1. Lakers incapable of providing Warriors with a benchmark win

    Article

    Thu, 31 Oct 2013

    Without Kobe Bryant, these aren't the Lakers to help the Warriors provide their fans the good old artificial high that comes from beating one's betters.

  2. Re-invigorated Kings face toughest test next

    Article

    Tue, 29 Oct 2013

    The Kings' recent relocation scare is, in many ways, the best thing that could have happened to the franchise. But now comes the hard part.

  3. One-dimensional Raiders still an upgrade

    Article

    Sun, 27 Oct 2013

    With an upcoming schedule that consists mostly of teams that are in disarray, the Raiders can continue to play half a game and fake the rest.

  4. London may never experience 49ers-Raiders matchup

    Article

    Thu, 24 Oct 2013

    Raiders and 49ers fan bases will have to tidy up behavior before the matchup can be exported to other lands. It isn't all that appealing an incentive.

  5. Was Lincecum's new deal a baseball or marketing decision?

    Article

    Tue, 22 Oct 2013

    Tim Lincecum's deal was most likely a combination, with the baseball coming first and the marketing component used to buttress the baseball.

  6. After Kanye's proposal, AT&T Park will never be the same

    Article

    Tue, 22 Oct 2013

    Ray Ratto's view of AT&T Park has been permanently sullied following Monday's huge announcement on the shores of McCovey Cove.

  7. Why the A's keep losing playoff series

    Article

    Fri, 11 Oct 2013

    Since 1992, The A's are 1-12 in games they could have closed out a series. Senior Insider Ray Ratto details just what's dooming the club.

  8. 49ers go back to the future

    Article

    Sun, 6 Oct 2013

    The 49ers are what we thought they used to be: A defense first, running game second grindhouse that gets done what needs to be done.

  9. Gray, Vogt treat Tigers like Triple-A lineup

    Article

    Sat, 5 Oct 2013

    Stephen Vogt is too happy to be here to know how to front off his excitement after completing the best story he will ever tell his children.

  10. A's done in by nine uncharacteristic innings

    Article

    Sat, 5 Oct 2013

    The A's were done in Friday night by nine moderately uncharacteristic innings and one very uncharacteristic one from Bartolo Colon.

  11. It's Bill King's time

    Article

    Wed, 2 Oct 2013

    Every year Bill King doesn't win the Ford C. Frick Award, the qualities of his work fade further. The late A's broadcaster has waited long enough.

  12. Allen can't ignore falloff from Pryor to Flynn

    Article

    Mon, 30 Sep 2013

    Dennis Allen can't say what he knows is true without losing the locker room and eventually his job, but he eased closer to that level of vocal exasperation than ever before after Sunday's loss.

  13. Crisis point reached in SF after latest tragedy

    Article

    Thu, 26 Sep 2013

    A Dodgers fan was fatally stabbed late Wednesday just blocks from AT&T Park following the Giants-Dogers game.

  14. Each year brings new pressure on Wilson, Sharks

    Article

    Tue, 24 Sep 2013

    Each year brings not new hope, but new pressure on general manager Doug Wilson and his Sharks to reach a Cup final.

  15. Torres' absence creates hole in Sharks' firmament

    Article

    Tue, 24 Sep 2013

    The Sharks were thrilled when they picked up Raffi Torres. But after a suspension and a blown ACL, he has become a near-hologram.

  16. How will the 49ers fix this?

    Article

    Mon, 23 Sep 2013

    For the moment, the 49ers are just another team with just another team's set of problems. What do they intend to do about it?

  17. Harbaugh, York, 49ers receive badly needed comeuppance

    Article

    Sun, 22 Sep 2013

    From their on-field play, to the mess that has replaced Aldon Smith, to injuries and everything in between, Sunday was a bad day for the 49ers.

  18. Coliseum sewage problems growing tiresome

    Article

    Sat, 21 Sep 2013

    The A's and Raiders appear to be stuck with O.co for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, they dance on a tightrope over a gigantic port-a-loo

  19. A's owner Lew Wolff blames the customers

    Article

    Wed, 18 Sep 2013

    A's owner Lew Wolff's comments to USA Today didn't sound much different than Charlie Finley's did back when he was the most reviled man in town.

  20. Raiders win, and do A's groundskeeper a favor

    Article

    Sun, 15 Sep 2013

    Neither end zone was marred by cleat marks before Monday's Angels-Athletics game, and the areas inside both 30-yard lines were freer of pockmarks, gouges, divots and body parts than usual.