Apr 8, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
It’s all about having fun and having a love for the game, says the greatest leadoff hitter of all time.
Apr 4, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT
Barry Zito is headed to Triple-A Nashville.
Mar 21, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT
Barry Zito’s attempt at a comeback could result in pitching as a long reliever out of the Athletics’ bullpen.
Mar 10, 2015, 5:35 PM EDT
In spring training, everything good is wonderful, everything bad is terrible.
Mar 6, 2015, 10:47 AM EDT
Barry Zito took the mound Thursday for his first game action since 2013.
Feb 26, 2015, 5:17 PM EDT
“I think hanging it up is going to be harder for guys than they realize, after being out of it for a year.”
Feb 16, 2015, 10:21 PM EDT
Zito began his career with the Athletics and won the AL Cy Young Award with the club in 2002.
Feb 14, 2015, 7:25 PM EDT
The Indians don’t appear to be a landing spot for Barry Zito as he attempts to keep his career alive.
Feb 2, 2015, 4:34 PM EDT
Batters wait eagerly in anticipation.
Dec 11, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT
“He’s been working hard on his mechanics. He doesn’t cup the ball anymore.”
Dec 10, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT
The annual Scott Boras scrum just went down. And he had his usual hilarious claims.
Nov 13, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT
There’s only one problem …
May 28, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT
This house reminds me of something. I bet when you hear what that is, you’ll agree. Assuming you’re cool.
Feb 18, 2014, 7:24 AM EDT
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…
Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT
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…
Dec 21, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT
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…
Dec 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT
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…
Nov 2, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT
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,…
Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
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…
Oct 23, 2013, 6:56 AM EDT
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…
Oct 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
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…
Sep 28, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT
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…
Sep 26, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT
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.…
Sep 26, 2013, 7:04 AM EDT
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…
Sep 16, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
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…
- Report: Angels, Rangers agree on Josh Hamilton trade 42
- Must-Click Link: Alex Rodriguzez: the slugger with a thousand faces 14
- And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights 114
- The Royals and White Sox had a benches-clearing fracas, five players ejected 155
- Bartolo Colon picks off a baserunner. By running him down all by himself. 54
- Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in All-Star Game festivities 69
- Career over? Joe Nathan needs Tommy John surgery 31
- Contact and controversy in the ninth inning of last night’s Dodgers-Giants game 54
- The early leaders in MLB’s “Franchise Four” thing have been announced (166)
- The Royals and White Sox had a benches-clearing fracas, five players ejected (155)
- Kelvin Herrera gets a five-game suspension; Yordano Ventura fined (133)
- Jose Bautista and the Orioles exchanged some words last night (117)
- Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts (115)