Steven S. Harmon

I'm a political reporter at the Capitol and former sports writer who once covered the Giants for the defunct Sacramento Union.

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Anyone still critical of the Melky Cabrera-Jonathan Sanchez deal?

Apr 29, 2012

Any more holdouts on the Jonathan Sanchez-Melky Cabrera deal?If you are one of them, you need to look at yourself in the mirror and ask if it's just that you can't fathom giving Giants' general manager Brian Sabean credit for anything he does right.Bec...

Huff the victim of a vitriolic fan base?

Apr 26, 2012

I've been guilty of deriding Aubrey Huff for all those four-to-threes, the 23-hoppers to second base that filled last year's scorebooks. I've been frustrated by his inability to recapture the swing that was so critical to the Giants' 2010 World Series ...

Bochy missed chance to exploit bench depth; yanked Lincecum too late

Apr 6, 2012

You can't get too upset about Opening Day losses -- it is one of 162 games, after all.But just a couple nits to pick that may spell warning signs ahead: Bruce Bochy's late hook of Tim Lincecum and his decision to stay with Aubrey Huff late in...

Guest blog: Just enough will work for Giants’ offense

Dec 15, 2011

Josh Friedman, investing editor for Bloomberg News, former LA Timesman, lifelong friend and a Giants fan for the last 40-plus years, offers his take on the Giants' off-season maneuvers:Just enough is all it took for the Giants to snag a World Series tw...

Wily Washington outmaneuvers LaRussa

Oct 21, 2011

The morality play was all set. Once again, the cerebral, wily Tony LaRussa had outwitted the emotional, dimly-lit Ron Washington in Game Two of the World Series.Poor Washington. In over his head, again, isn't he? Even "Wash" declared he couldn't match ...

Some thoughts on the Giants’ disappointing end

Sep 28, 2011

And, so the final chapter of 2011 is done. The disappointments were deep, the sense of letdown immense, given the expectations for the returning world champions.Though the Giants' failure to reach the playoffs was understandable given their devast...

When hope refuses to die, it’s hard not to believe

Sep 18, 2011

Baseball fans are the biggest agnostics. They are very skeptical about things like miracles, about putting too much blind faith in hope.But, when hope refuses to die, it's hard not to start believing, to start praying to the Baseball Gods.Yes, the pros...

The math is intimidating but psychology is edging over to Giants’ side

Sep 17, 2011

Here's the dirty math on the Giants' outside shot at winning a slot in the playoffs:If the Arizona Diamondbacks or Atlanta Braves split their remaining 10 games, the Giants would have to win their final 10 games (meaning they'd have to finish the seaso...

What if the Giants had played .500 ball instead of dropping 21 of 31?

Sep 16, 2011

Imagine if the Giants had played barely passable baseball from July 28 through August 30, say just above .500 ball.Do you know where they'd be?One game out. On the Arizona Diamondbacks' heels, giving the baseball world at least one worth...

Everything Bochy touches keeps turning to dust

Sep 7, 2011

Maybe the final weeks of the season should be as much of an audition for Boss Bochy for next year as they are for some of his players.Once again on Wednesday, Bochy made a hash out of things, failing to push the right buttons at critical junctures ...

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