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Barry Zito

  1. Rickey Henderson helped convince Barry Zito to accept a minor league assignment

    Apr 8, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT

    Rickey Henderson

    It’s all about having fun and having a love for the game, says the greatest leadoff hitter of all time.

  2. Barry Zito accepts minor league assignment

    Apr 4, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito is headed to Triple-A Nashville.

  3. Barry Zito could serve as a long reliever for the Athletics

    Mar 21, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito’s attempt at a comeback could result in pitching as a long reliever out of the Athletics’ bullpen.

  4. Two points of spring training optimism, one point of spring training pessimism

    Mar 10, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT

    Kershaw

    In spring training, everything good is wonderful, everything bad is terrible.

  5. Barry Zito’s first start in 19 months “was pretty impressive”

    Mar 6, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT

    Barry Zito Getty

    Barry Zito took the mound Thursday for his first game action since 2013.

  6. Barry Zito on his one-year retirement: “You want to be back in that game so bad”

    Feb 26, 2015, 5:17 PM EDT

    Barry Zito

    “I think hanging it up is going to be harder for guys than they realize, after being out of it for a year.”

  7. The Athletics are reuniting with Barry Zito

    Feb 16, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT

    Barry Zito Getty

    Zito began his career with the Athletics and won the AL Cy Young Award with the club in 2002.

  8. Indians not interested in signing Barry Zito

    Feb 14, 2015, 7:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    The Indians don’t appear to be a landing spot for Barry Zito as he attempts to keep his career alive.

  9. Barry Zito will throw for teams on Tuesday

    Feb 2, 2015, 4:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Batters wait eagerly in anticipation.

  10. Barry Zito will throw for teams in January

    Dec 11, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    “He’s been working hard on his mechanics. He doesn’t cup the ball anymore.”

  11. If you thought Scott Boras could shovel bullcrap before, get a load of this . . .

    Dec 10, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The annual Scott Boras scrum just went down. And he had his usual hilarious claims.

  12. Barry Zito is making a comeback

    Nov 13, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    There’s only one problem …

  13. Wanna Buy Barry Zito’s house? No, the other one.

    May 28, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

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    This house reminds me of something. I bet when you hear what that is, you’ll agree. Assuming you’re cool.

  14. Barry Zito is taking a sabbatical

    Feb 18, 2014, 7:24 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    I was unemployed for a month and a half a few years back. It wasn’t voluntary. I just got laid off and it took me a bit longer than I thought it would to find another job. Thanks, financial crisis of 2008. Anyway, I called it a sabbatical because that sounded fancier than saying I…

  15. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  16. Tonight in Jack Morris hyperbole

    Dec 21, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Jack Morris Blue Jays

    Over the years, staunchly traditionalist baseball writers have had to stretch further and further to make their Hall of Fame case for Jack Morris. At first, all they felt was necessary was pointing to his career 254 wins, which would tie him 13th all-time (out of 56) with Red Faber for the most wins by…

  17. Barry Zito plans to keep pitching, but he’s busy surfing now

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito is a free agent for the first time since 2007 after getting a $7 million buyout from the Giants to officially end his seven-year, $126 million contract. He’s also 36 years old and coming off a 5.74 ERA, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Zito definitely plans to continue pitching. However, at…

  18. Giants decline options on Barry Zito, Andres Torres

    Nov 2, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

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    A couple of easy decisions here for the Giants … Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the San Francisco front office has officially declined an $18 million club option on left-hander Barry Zito and a club option of unknown value on outfielder Andres Torres. The players are now free agents. Zito, 35,…

  19. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  20. Let us not freak out about free agent salaries, OK?

    Oct 23, 2013, 6:56 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    I feel like people freak out a little bit every fall and winter when the first couple of free agents sign. The dollars get announced and the reaction is some form of “wow, what an overpay!” and “if [Player X] gets that, [Player Y] is going to get insane dollars!” We’ve seen a little bit…

  21. Barry Zito buys a full-page ad to thank Giants fans

    Oct 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Barry Zito Getty

    Barry Zito‘s time in San Francisco is almost certainly over. His seven years with the Giant did coincide with much organizational success but, obviously, Zito experienced more personal downs than ups in the orange and black. But to the extent Zito struggled in San Francisco, he never felt abandoned by fans. Or of he did…

  22. Giants overcommit to Hunter Pence

    Sep 28, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Now that he’s out from under the Barry Zito (seven years, $126 million) and Aaron Rowand (five years, $60 million) contracts, Giants GM Brian Sabean has the financial muscle to swing for the fences again. And the result: a five-year, $90 million contract for Hunter Pence. For Pence, is a windfall that certainly exceeds any…

  23. Barry Zito quietly bids goodbye to the San Francisco Giants

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    It started with a splash but ended quite quietly. Barry Zito pitched and won for the Giants last night, completing his seven-year contract that, at one time, was considered the worst in baseball history. Zito gave up two runs — one earned — on four hits over five innings in Wednesday’s win against the Dodgers.…

  24. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 26, 2013, 7:04 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins

    Tigers 1, Twins 0: The Tigers finally clinch the AL Central. It was a nail-biter, though, as they scored their lone run in the first inning and then held off the Twins all night long. Best part of their celebration? For the second year in a row Max Scherzer rocked the goggles with two different…

  25. The Roberto Clemente Award Nominees have been announced

    Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Clayton Kershaw won it last year.  The 2013 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. And now my annual complaint, albeit a minor one: Baseball has set…

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