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How Jose Altuve Went From Afterthought to AL MVP & MLB’s Newest $150,000,000 Man

By Straight108

As an avid Giants fan, I don’t think I’m in the minority when I say that watching Tim Lincecum pitch, especially in the postseason, was amongst the most enjoyable baseball experiences I’ve had as a spectator. Aside from his sheer dominance, the fact that he was able to do things on the mound that nobody…

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Have We Seen the Last of Baseball’s “Pure Hitter”?

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As Giants fans, we are outsiders looking in on a homerun surge that is sweeping through just about every ballpark in America. Not only does AT&T Park rank dead last in homeruns hit per game (.61), the Giants as a team have hit just 129 homeruns through 157 games. To put that into perspective, the…

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Despite a dominant repertoire, Jeff Samardzija is one of the hardest-hit pitchers in baseball. Here’s why…

By Straight108

Jeff Samardzija continued his up-and-down season yesterday, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits over 5.2 innings against the light-hitting White Sox. Despite scoring the fewest runs in the American League in 2017, the White Sox hit 4 homeruns off Samardzija, and totaled 6 for the game. The 6 earned runs allowed by Samardzija breaks a…

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Brandon Belt has been, and will continue to be one of baseball’s most under appreciated All-Stars

By Straight108

In a recent phone interview with NBC Sports Bay Area, Giants 1st baseman Brandon Belt acknowledged that he is still dealing with concussion-related symptoms due to being hit in the head with a pitch back on August 4th, and as a result, will likely be shut down for the season. Belt has been the subject…

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Video Analysis Exposes What Brandon Belt (and other Giants) Can Learn from Bryce Harper

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Coming into the 2017 season, one of the biggest questions marks throughout baseball involved how Bryce Harper would rebound from his dreadful 2016 campaign. Coming into 2016, Harper was fresh off the best season of his career, batting .330 with 42 homeruns and 99 RBIs, earning him his 1st NL Most Valuable Player award. However…

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Video Analysis May Provide Some Insight as to Why Orioles Passed on Jack Conlon

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In what appears to be one of their strongest drafts in recent memory, the Giants have added yet another prospect to their class in an extremely unconventional way. Just prior to tonight’s game versus the Indians, Fox Sports Senior Baseball Writer Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Giants had come to terms with right-handed pitcher Jack…

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10 reasons why nobody could have predicted Aaron Judge’s emergence

By Straight108

In what I was hoping would be a brief, albeit much needed, escape from the frustration of Giants baseball, the All-Star break proved to be anything but. Following Aaron Judge’s incredible performance in the homerun derby (and the entire 1st half of the season for that matter), many Giants fans took to social media, bashing…

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Where Have All the Catchers Gone?!?

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With an Influx of Talent at Every Other Position, Straight 108 Addresses the Lack of Quality Catchers in MLB A couple days ago, I dove into a discussion involving Buster Posey’s potential move to 1st base. In the conversations I’ve had since, the prevailing sentiment seems to be that despite what the numbers (both FanGraphs…

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Part 1 – The Role of a Hitting Coach in College & Professional Baseball

By Straight108

For Giants fans, the 2017 season has been an unexpected disaster. With a core of star players all either entering or firmly in the midst of their prime, fans fully expected the Giants to compete for a World Championship, something they’ve done consistently since 2009. Instead, the Giants have combined an inability to stay healthy…

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Contrary to Popular Belief, Minor League Wins and Losses Don’t Matter…Here’s Why

By Straight108

With a 23-35 record and the 2nd highest payroll in the National League, the San Francisco Giants are an easy target. Fans are angry, and they have a right to be. However, as I have tried to do throughout this rough stretch, I think it’s important to ensure that Giants fans have a solid understanding…

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What Baseball Can Learn from Football in its Pace-of-Play Problem

By Straight108

For those who have followed Straight 108 in its infancy, one characteristic that you’ll notice from my analysis is that there is a method to each event that I write about. My purpose is not to sway readers to believe what I do – instead I do my best to present a topic that is…

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Straight 108’s Guide to Clutch Hitting

By Straight108

With the exception of a 9th inning Christian Arroyo bases clearing double that was aided by two Mets walks and an error, the Giants have now scored 3 runs or less in 7 of their last 8 games. There isn’t a singular area to blame for the Giants offensive struggles in 2017, rather it is…

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The Role of Video Analysis in Addressing Offensive Inefficiencies

By Straight108

As I touched on in yesterday’s analysis, one of the biggest issues fans have with the Giants’ 11-22 start is the lack of production from the teams highest priced players. Heading into 2018, the Giants will owe Buster Posey $22.1 million, Hunter Pence $18.5 million, Brandon Belt $17.2 million, Brandon Crawford $15.2 million, and Denard…

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Part 2: The Mental Game of Hitting – The Importance of In-Game Adjustments

By Straight108

Part 2 of this 2-part series addresses the hitters approach to different types of pitchers and pitches (as discussed in Part 1). As a college hitting coach of 8+ years, one of the biggest differences I notice between professionals and college (or high school) players is the ability to not only formulate a plan before…

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The Mental Game of Hitting: The Role of Pitcher Classification on In-Game Adjustments

By Straight108

As I touched upon back on April 9th, Giants hitters have struggled mightily to make in-game adjustments, a trend that continued today in their loss to the Dodgers. The Giants scored only 1 run in 10 innings, and their lack of production spoiled another strong pitching performance, this time from Matt Moore. According to Baseball-Reference.com, the Giants…

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The Importance of Quality At-Bats & Hard Hit Balls

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In place of analyzing another loss (to preserve my own sanity), I’m posting a quality at-bat & hard hit ball chart from the first 17 games of the season. Throughout my coaching and playing career, I always did my best to focus on these two areas because they’re built around controllable outcomes. As a hitter,…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES

It Should be Stanton-or-Bust for the 2018 Giants

October 27, 2017
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Reading Between the Lines – Bruce Bochy Officially on the Hot-Seat

October 22, 2017
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Game 3 of ALDS a reminder as to why the Giants stick to their blueprint

October 17, 2017
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The Houston Astros have an offensive blueprint the Giants should follow

October 6, 2017
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Armed with a Top 2 Pick in Next Years Draft, Here’s Who the Giants Should Target

October 1, 2017
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Looking Ahead to 2018 – Why Mike Moustakas Isn’t the Answer for the Giants at 3rd Base

September 29, 2017
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Numbers Don’t Reflect Matt Cain’s Greatness

September 27, 2017
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Have We Seen the Last of Baseball’s “Pure Hitter”?

September 26, 2017
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Looking Ahead to 2018 – The San Francisco Giants Bullpen

September 23, 2017
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Despite a dominant repertoire, Jeff Samardzija is one of the hardest-hit pitchers in baseball. Here’s why…

September 10, 2017
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Brandon Belt has been, and will continue to be one of baseball’s most under appreciated All-Stars

September 8, 2017
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Madum is a good-hitting pitcher, but is he a good hitter?

September 4, 2017
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Giants Jeopardizing Future with Every Game Posey Catches in ’17

September 1, 2017
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Young hitters can learn a lot from the development of Giants’ 2nd round pick, Jacob Gonzalez

August 27, 2017
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MLB Can Show Commitment to Innovation with Implementation of Electronic Strikezone

August 21, 2017
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As dominant as Shohei Ohtani can be on the mound, his true calling may be with the bat

August 19, 2017
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Video Exposes Strong Similarities Between Japan’s Shohei Ohtani and a Former World Series MVP

August 18, 2017
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Giancarlo Stanton may just be scratching the surface of what he’s capable of

August 12, 2017
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Tracking Tim Tebow’s Progress as a Hitter in the Minor Leagues

August 9, 2017
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10 reasons why nobody could have predicted Aaron Judge’s emergence

July 13, 2017
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A Developmental Blueprint for Heliot Ramos’ Path to the Big Leagues

July 7, 2017
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Where Have All the Catchers Gone?!?

June 26, 2017
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Part 1 – The Role of a Hitting Coach in College & Professional Baseball

June 16, 2017
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The Role of Video Analysis in Addressing Offensive Inefficiencies

May 8, 2017
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A Turning Point in the Career of Buster Posey? Straight 108 Think So…

May 3, 2017
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After 17 years in college and professional baseball, I wanted to share what I've learned along the way. So, I created Straight 108.

 

"Straight 108 gets you closer to the game than ever before. Armed with a rare background as a player, coach, scout, and journalist, Straight 108 provides an angle to baseball that I've never seen before."

- Tim Scannell
2016 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year Award Winner, College Baseball National Champion

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