It’s no surprise Farhan Zaidi isn’t eager to land a “big-splash acquisition,” in his words. The Giants’ laundry list of problems can’t immediately be fixed with $300-plus million thrown at Bryce Harper. This will take a while. The Giants, with hard-to-move contracts and glaring holes in the outfield and rotation, aren’t in position to make a quick return to glory or threaten the Dodgers for division supremacy. Let alone league supremacy. On the other hand, there are reasons for optimism in 2019, not the least of which is the notion that the Giants play in a division that’s expected to be one of the two weakest in the majors. Welcome to the National League West, where second place is up for grabs. In light of Zaidi’s comments to The Chronicle’s Henry Schulman - the Giants’ new boss is focused on “which guys we think are productive players for us, and not which guys grab the most attention on the ESPN ticker” - … [Read more...] about SF Giants second best in West? Why not?
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Former Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito will perform Wednesday at Laxson Auditorium. (Ed Rode — Contributed) Former Oakland Athletics pitchers Barry Zito chats before the A's host Los Angeles Angels in the opening night game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, March 30, 2018. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds The San Francisco Giants' Barry Zito waves to the fans during a parade to celebrate their 2012 World Series Championship down Market Street in downtown San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-0 to claim their second championship in the last 3 years. (Dan Honda/Staff) Former Oakland Athletic and San Francisco Giant Barry Zito waves to the crowd after throwing out the first pitch to former teammate Ramon Hernandez prior to the A's game against the Atlanta Braves at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., … [Read more...] about Former SF Giants pitcher Barry Zito finds second career in music
At a time when complex thoughts are expressed and digested 280 characters at a time, nobody should be surprised that a man’s life of nearly 86 years can be distilled into a narrow story in a few hours. That story’s protagonist — or antagonist, depending on one’s view — is Charles Bartlett Johnson, who built a financial behemoth and a weighty philanthropic record over 45 years while becoming the San Francisco Giants’ largest shareholder. Until recently, only the most keen Giants fans had a clue who Johnson was. But now, controversy over his recent political activity — a pair of donations to candidates and causes that had some branding him a racist — pushed him into a spotlight he has studiously shunned. Johnson’s story naturally starts long before the uproar of the past few weeks. A man born the year that Franklin D. Roosevelt moved into the White House has a much more layered history. It includes growing up in a family of … [Read more...] about SF Giants co-owner Charles B. Johnson: The man beyond the politics
Charles B. Johnson, the billionaire Giants principal owner embroiled in a controversy over two political donations, defended himself Wednesday against charges that he is racist and criticized U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi for her “public hanging” comment. “I think she was stupid,” Johnson told The Chronicle by phone from Palm Beach, Fla., in an extraordinarily rare interview. “She said stupid things, particularly in Mississippi. I think the comments she made about the hanging was offensive.” Johnson, 85, also said the racist radio ad in Arkansas created by an organization to which he donated $1,000 was “unacceptable,” that he has made contributions to many African American office-seekers, most recently Utah congresswoman Mia Love, who lost her re-election bid, and that he is “a believer in racial harmony.” Also, while Johnson understands why Giants fans were upset with his two oft-criticized donations, he defended … [Read more...] about SF Giants principal owner Charles B. Johnson explains political donations
On a remarkable Monday that roiled one of San Francisco’s premier institutions, Bay Area civil rights advocates called for a boycott of the Giants over a political donation made by the team’s largest shareholder, Charles B. Johnson. Meanwhile, the Giants and Johnson scrambled to distance themselves from the controversial candidate who received the money. Civil rights attorney John Burris and the San Francisco NAACP chapter called for the boycott two days after The Chronicle reported that Johnson, who owns 26 percent of the ballclub, and his wife, Ann, donated a combined $5,400 to the election campaign of Cindy Hyde-Smith, a U.S. senator from Mississippi. Hyde-Smith, who is running against Democrat Mike Espy in a runoff election Tuesday, has been mired in controversy in recent weeks over remarks she made at a Nov. 2 campaign rally regarding a local rancher. “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Hyde-Smith said. The … [Read more...] about SF Giants, owner try to defuse controversy that led to boycott call