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Locked On Giants – Daily Podcast On T...

Locked On Giants (Baseball) is a daily podcast focused on the San Francisco Giants. Providing rational, data-driven SF Giants analysis in a clear and accessible way. Hosted by Ben Kaspick, who has contributed for the popular baseball statistics and analysis websites FanGraphs and Beyond the Box Score. Part of the Locked On Podcast Network.

Three Giants prospects make Baseball America's ...
Marco Luciano—who's just 18 years old—comes in at No. 19 on Baseball America's top 100 prospects list.
15 min
Why Giants will be big players in free agency m...
With a rapidly improving farm and several bad contracts soon to come off the books, the Giants figure to be big players in free agency moving forward.
17 min
Blevins signing takes us down memory lane to 20...
Jerry Blevins has a good breaking ball. So did Will Smith. Somehow, this connection takes us on a trip down memory lane to the disastrous 2016 NLDS.
16 min
Giants hire Alyssa Nakken, who becomes first fe...
Analyzing the Giants' historic hiring of Alyssa Nakken to Gabe Kapler's coaching staff, plus the Drew Smyly signing and the changing the payroll.
18 min
Inbox: Expectations for Smyly? Will Giants add ...
Ben answers questions about Drew Smyly, the Giants' rotation, the 26-man roster, and whether the team will add offense this offseason.
18 min
Scott Harris: Giants "actively trying to add" p...
Giants GM Scott Harris said yesterday that the team is "actively trying to add" starting pitching and bolster the offense.
14 min
Revisiting Espada vs. Kapler amid fallout from ...
MLB's investigation found that the Astros continued to cheat to some degree in 2018, when Joe Espada was their bench coach.
15 min
Will Wilson trade still savvy despite Cozart DFA
Zack Cozart's DFA does nothing to diminish the genius of the Giants' acquisition of Will Wilson. Fallout from the Astros cheating scandal is also discussed.
17 min
The Giants' win-loss record in 2020 will be...
Projecting the Giants' win-loss record in 2020, and making adjustments based on expected over- or underperformance from individual projections.
15 min
Automated Zone, Universal DH, and Realignment—O...
The Athletic's Jayson Stark looked into his crystal ball and discussed some big changes that could come to MLB sooner than you think.
17 min
Inbox: Which players would Giants target in a s...
From salary dump targets to the likelihood of an Evan Longoria/Jeff Samardzija trade, today's mailbag has your questions covered!
17 min
Has Shifting Hurt Brandon Crawford's Defense?
Baseball Savant released its new Infield Outs Above Average metric today, and the results for Brandon Crawford were eye opening.
15 min
Jeff Samardzija, Regression Candidate
Jeff Samardzija had an impressive bounceback season in 2019, but there were serious red flags.
15 min
Giants sign Tyson Ross; Young players excited a...
The Giants made another low-risk addition to their pitching staff, signing Tyson Ross to a minor league deal. Meanwhile, another young Giants player expressed excitement about the team's direction under new manager Gabe Kapler.
15 min
Inbox: Giants' most glaring needs, and how to a...
Answering your questions about the Giants' biggest needs, how they can address them, Tyler Beede's future, and prospects who will make an impact in 2020.
17 min
The 2010s: Recapping the Best Decade in Giants ...
Although it had its ups and downs, the 2010s were undoubtedly the best decade in Giants franchise history.
16 min
Inbox: Giants' realistic free agent targets
The new year is upon us, but the Giants still have work to do. Who are their most realistic free agent and trade targets?
18 min
Giants rotation may be better than expected
Kevin Gausman is underrated, Tyler Anderson has upside, and the youngsters have talent. Despite the loss of Bumgarner, the Giants rotation may be better than people think.
16 min
Madison Bumgarner is an Arizona Diamondback
Madison Bumgarner signed with the Diamondbacks, but it's not as big of a loss as people think.
15 min
The Giants' history of regrettable long-term de...
The Giants have a history of signing starting pitchers to long-term deals they live to regret.
19 min
Giants Announce Young, Cutting Edge Coaching Staff
The Giants announced Gabe Kapler's coaching staff, and it's an intriguing list of young and nontraditional individuals.
16 min
Savvy Giants Trade for 2019 First Rounder, Sign...
The Giants pulled off an extremely savvy move yesterday, essentially paying cash for the Angels' 2019 first round draft pick.
17 min
Giants "Top Bidder" for Nicholas Castellanos?
A rival executive views the Giants as the "top bidder" for Nicholas Castellanos, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
15 min
Giants Primed for Action as Winter Meetings Begin
The Winter Meetings have begun, and it could be an active week for the Giants.
14 min
New Coaches Could Make Big Impact
The Giants are reportedly hiring Donnie Ecker, who is credited with the breakout of Aristides Aquino, to be their new hitting coach.
13 min
Zaidi Responds to Fans' Misguided Frustrations
Farhan Zaidi responded to several misguigded questions from season ticket holders on Tuesday night.
15 min
Inbox: Is a Nicholas Castellanos Signing Realis...
Is Nicholas Castellanos a realistic fit? Are the Giants tanking? Should the front office ease tension with the fanbase?
15 min
Giants Non-Tender Kevin Pillar, Won't Cater to ...
Examining the Giants' decision to non-tender popular outfielder Kevin Pillar, among others, and sign Alex Dickerson, Donovan Solano, and Wandy Peralta to one-year deals.
16 min
Decisions Loom As Non-Tender Deadline Arrives
The Giants must choose today whether to tender contracts to Kevin Pillar, Alex Dickerson, Tyler Anderson, Donovan Solano, Joey Rickard, and Wandy Peralta.
13 min
A Gratitude List for Giants Fans
From the stunning beauty of Oracle Park to the dramatically improved farm system, Giants fans have a lot to be grateful for.
13 min
Vogt, Pomeranz Deals Demonstrate Giants' Abilit...
Stephen Vogt and Drew Pomeranz signed lucrative free agent deals, demonstrating the Giants' ability to target and acquire underrated players.
15 min
Giants' Joey Bart, Marco Luciano Are Potential ...
FanGraphs released its 2020 Giants prospects rankings, and it's hard not to get excited about the future.
11 min
Decision Looms on Kevin Pillar
The non-tender deadline is a week away, and the Giants have a tough decision to make on Kevin Pillar.
14 min
Inbox: Which bad contracts could Giants take on...
Farhan Zaidi has discussed a willingness to take on other teams' bad contracts in order to buy young players. Who could he be talking about?
16 min
Callis: Giants Farm System Is Strongest It's Be...
The Giants didn't make any moves to protect their Rule 5-eligible players, but their farm system is on a meteoric rise.
11 min
Zaidi: Giants Have Flexibility This Offseason
Farhan Zaidi discussed numerous topics on the TK Show with Tim Kawakami, including the Giants' improved financial flexibility this offseason.
15 min
Free Agent Fits for the Giants
Discussing some free agent fits for the San Francisco Giants.
16 min
SF Chronicle: MLB Probe Cleared Kapler Of Any W...
Amidst a turbulent week for the San Francisco Giants, it's important to differentiate between facts and opinions.
13 min
Inbox: Will Giants Be Aggressive To Overcome Ba...
The Giants had a rough week from a PR perspective. Will they act aggressively this offseason to get fans excited about the team again?
13 min
Gabe Kapler Introduced As Giants Manager In Ten...
Gabe Kapler was introduced as the new Giants manager in a tense press conference. What will he bring to the team?
11 min
Giants Hire Gabe Kapler As New Manager
Gabe Kapler is the new Giants manager, and a new era is upon us.
15 min
Scott Harris Introduced As GM; Managerial Decis...
Scott Harris was introduced as Giants GM, and conflicting reports emerged about whether Joe Espada or Gabe Kapler is the favorite to be the team's next manager.
13 min
Giants Hire Scott Harris As New GM
The Giants hired Redwood City native and Chicago Cubs Assistant GM Scott Harris to be their new general manager.
13 min
Giants "Focused On" Joe Espada
According to a source, the Giants are "focused on" Joe Espada becoming their next manager.
14 min
Espada, Kapler, and Quatraro—Not Grifol—Are Man...
The managerial search is reportedly down to three finalists, and we're finally hearing some updates about the Giants' GM search.
14 min
Giants Announce Flurry Of Roster Moves
The Giants announced a flurry of roster moves yesterday, including a claim of the intriguing Kean Wong.
11 min
Is Tyler Anderson Better Than Madison Bumgarner?
The 2020 Steamer projections are here, and things are looking up for Tyler Anderson and a young Giants starting rotation.
17 min
Bumgarner, Smith Decisions Loom; Watson Exercis...
The qualifying offer deadline looms, and the Giants have at least one interesting decision to make.
14 min
Giants Claim Tyler Anderson, Improve Starting P...
In an under-the-radar move, the Giants claimed the injured—but potentially effective—Tyler Anderson from the Rockies.
13 min
Espada, Grifol, Kapler Are Finalists To Become ...
Joe Espada, Pedro Grifol, and Gabe Kapler are reportedly the finalists to become the next Giants manager.
14 min
On a Controversial Game 6 and the Joy of Game 7
Trea Turner was called out on a silly rule, but thankfully it didn't cost the Nationals. Now we get another Game 7.
13 min
Inbox: What Statistics Can We Use To Evaluate A...
Answering your questions about Gabe Kapler, the Giants' coaching staff, how to evaluate a manager, and more!
15 min
Espada, Kapler On To Next Round; Wotus No Longe...
The Giants' manager search has reportedly entered round two, with Joe Espada and Gabe Kalper still in the running and Ron Wotus being informed that he no longer under consideration.
14 min
Bochy Wants To Manage Again—But He Was Not Forc...
Bruce Bochy made it clear that he intends to manage again, but it's important to understand that he was not forced out and it was time to move on.
15 min
Joe Espada On His Way To San Francisco
Joe Espada is flying to San Francisco for an in-person interview, and hirings around the league mean the Giants will have their choice when selecting a new manager.
16 min
The Nationals' Game 1 Win Looked Familiar to Gi...
The Nationals' surprising win in World Series Game 1 should have looked familiar to fans of the San Francisco Giants.
15 min
Ranking Eight Giants Managerial Candidates
Eight candidates reportedly have interviewed or will interview for the Giants' managerial vacancy. So...who's the favorite?
18 min
Ranking World Series' of the 2010s
With three World Series titles, the Giants were the team of the decade. Where do their World Series wins rank among the decade's best Fall Classics?
14 min
Longoria Rails Against Robo Umps; Giants Intere...
Evan Longoria was not a fan of strike call made by a robotic umpire in the Arizona Fall League.
12 min
Diminished Role for Crawford in 2020?
Brandon Crawford suffered through the worst season of his career in 2019. Will he have a diminished role in 2020?
17 min
Inbox: Who's the 1B in 2021? What's up with Dug...
Who will be the 1B in 2021: Belt, Posey, Bart, or someone else? And what's up with Steven Duggar's poor K/BB?
19 min
Could Will Venable Be The Favorite?
Will Venable is the latest name to be linked to the Giants' managerial search. Could he be the favorite?
17 min
Gabe Kapler For Manager?
The Giants will reportedly interview Gabe Kapler for their vacant managerial position. Is he a good fit?
18 min
Gerrit Cole: Perfect Fit?
It could take the Giants several years to challenge for a division crown. Who better than Gerrit Cole to help them win a wild card game in the meantime?
15 min
Dodgers Bounced; Bart Breaks Thumb; the Ball is...
Joey Bart broke his thumb. MLBTR released its annual arbitration projections. The ball is dead...again. And the Dodgers were eliminated from the postseason. It was a busy day.
16 min
Are Analytics Being Used as a Weapon?
Despite the assertions of a new article in The Nation, analytics are not used as a weapon against players.
18 min
Baggarly: "Timing Could be Right" for Ron Wotus
Analyzing Andrew Baggarly's piece about the managerial candidacy of Ron Wotus, the longest tenured coach in Giants history.
18 min
Zaidi Conflicted over Deadline Approach; GM Sea...
Farhan Zaidi admitted to being conflicted about the team's deadline approach. Meanwhile, his search for a GM is a "high priority."
16 min
Melancon Struggles in Atlanta; Kotsay Linked to...
Examining the Giants' 2019 season as a whole, Mark Melancon's bad night in Atlanta, and a Mark Kotsay rumor.
15 min
The Myth About Modern Managers
Contrary to popular belief, modern front offices care a great deal about managers having productive and trusting relationships with players.
18 min
Zaidi Discusses Offseason Plans, Including Sear...
Farhan Zaidi discussed a number of fascinating topics, including his search for a new manager, in the Giants' postmortem press conference on Tuesday.
16 min
Bruce Bochy Departs a Beloved Legend
Capped by an unforgettable ceremony worthy of his legacy, Bruce Bochy managed his last game as a Giant.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Actually, Sabermetrics Favor...
There's a false rumor going around that sabermetricians only value players with strong OBPs and K/BB ratios.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Shark's Strange Season an...
Jeff Samardzija finished off a very strange season, and Tyler Rogers moved atop a very important list.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Hot Weather, Hot Ball Lead t...
The ball was flying out of Oracle Park last night, which makes it hard to say whether or not Mad Bum pitched well.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Inbox: Bum's Next Contract? ...
Answering your questions on Twitter about Bum's next deal, changes to Oracle Park in 2020, the next surprising departure, and more.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Is Bruce Bochy Really Retiring?
Bruce Bochy's emotional farewell tour is almost over, but there's bizarre new speculation that he could actually manage again.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On the Brink of Elimination
The Giants lost a tough one in Boston, and now they're on the brink of elimination.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Bochy Wins His 2,000th Game
Cooperstown-bound Bruce Bochy achieved a major milestone as the Giants beat the Red Sox 11-3.
12 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Yastrzemski's Magical Moment...
Mike Yastrzemski's debut in Boston was full of magic and truly unforgettable.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Giants Mailbag: Offseason Pr...
Answering your questions on Twitter about offseason priorities, the next salary dump, and final 2019 evaluations.
11 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Finally a True Pipeline, Riv...
The Giants and their Triple-A affiliate are more connected than ever before, and both teams are reaping the rewards.
13 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Falling Flat at Home
With Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford leading the way, the Giants are falling flat at home.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Outfield's Dramatic Imrp...
It's easy to overlook, but the Giants outfield has been among the best in the NL since mid-June.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Cueto Brilliant in Return as...
Johnny Cueto was brilliant in his return from Tommy John surgery. Meanwhile, the Giants fired 40% of their pro scouts with more sweeping changes likely to follow.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Bum's Next Contract and P...
The Giants lost a tough one, and Buster Posey admitted that his confidence has taken a hit. Meanwhile, Madison Bumgarner's next contract will probably be for a lot less than people think.
17 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Giants Beat—But Can't Quite ...
Dubón got to Kershaw and Tyler Beede answered Bochy's challenge, but the Giants could not quite sweep LA.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Let the Evaluations Begin
With the Giants all but eliminated from postseason contention, their focus has shifted toward players for the future.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Jaylin Davis Arrives
The Giants finally called up intriguing outfield prospect Jaylin Davis, and the Giants won a crazy back and forth game.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Corban Joseph, Cueto's Se...
The Giants claimed Corban Joseph, Johnny Cueto suffered a minor setback, and Dereck Rodríguez twirled a gem in a 1-0 loss.
10 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Future Comes Into Focus
The Giants have played their way out of contention, so it's time to start thinking about their next GM, manager, and wave of talent.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - On Pillar's 20th, Moronta's ...
A lot happened over the weekend, but wins for the Giants were not among them.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Dubón Debuts as Giants Fade ...
Mauricio Dubón made his Giants debut and collected his first major league hit, but Dereck Rodríguez was roughed up again.
14 min
Answering your questions about free agent pitchers, moving in the fences, a Brandon Belt trade, and Gerrit Cole rumors.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - The Mauricio Dubón Era Begins
The Giants called up Mauricio Dubón, who figures to have a big role now and for seasons to come.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - No Time For Sloppy Play
The Giants lost a sloppy game at home, and they'll need to right the ship in a hurry in order to stay in the wild card hunt.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Clutch Comebacks Keep Hopes ...
The Giants refuse to give up and remain in the thick of the wild card race with just 32 games remaining.
14 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Deep Dives on Samardzija and...
The Giants were swept by the Cubs as Jeff Samardzija continued his strangely great season and Brandon Crawford continued to exhibit a troubling trend.
16 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Offense Erupts but D-Rod, Bu...
The Giants offense was electric but D-Rod and several relievers faltered in a big loss.
15 min
LOCKED ON GIANTS - Overmatched
Tyler Beede continued to scuffle and the Giants looked predictably overmatched against the Cubs.
17 min