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Giants' Offseason in Full Swing

Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News

Gordon Should Have Tried to Score

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

Pencil in Nats as '15 Series Champs

Anthony Castrovince, Sports on Earth

Maddon to Cubs Called 'Classless'

Andy Martino, New York Daily News

1-Man Rotation Creates a Dynasty

Bob Nightengale, USA Today

Buster Posey grabbed Madison Bumgarner and held on as if his life depended on it, you may have noticed. The Giants won the World Series in Kansas City on Wednesday, champagn...(full article)

It would have been close. Alex Gordon might have scored, particularly if he’d been in the mindset to do so all along. Or maybe not. I’m sure there will be Zapruder-fi...(full article)

What you're about to read is ridiculous. Let's just put that out there right from the start. On the heels of the just-completed 2014 World Series, which the Giants won in scintill...(full article)

They are already muttering to themselves, and baseball managers will be calling, texting and finally commiserating with one another at the winter meetings in December about Joe M...(full article)

Brian Sabean, the architect of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, stood in the doorway with his hair drenched from champagne, holding a glass of wine in one hand, an...(full article)

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