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    Center fielder George Springer owns one of the greatest playoff track records of any current major league star, infielder D.J. LeMahieu finished third in American League MVP voting this year and catcher J.T. Realmuto is the best player at his position, a bonafide two-way standout who has drawn rave reviews from Giants manager Gabe Kapler. The trio are the top free agent position players this winter and the San Francisco Giants aren’t expected to be in the mix to sign any of them. A simple question on the minds of fans who saw a team come within one victory of a playoff berth: Why? What happened to the franchise that annually viewed free agency as a chance to step into the box and swing for McCovey Cove under former executives Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans? Why wouldn’t four consecutive losing seasons motivate president of baseball operations Farhan...
    More than 900 Mayo Clinic staff in Midwest diagnosed with Covid-19 in past two weeks Georgia Democrats grapple over reaching voters in-person amid worsening pandemic Liverpool and other giants are being ransacked by the COVID-crammed schedule. When is enough enough? Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad It took two months for the players to start breaking down. Two months before the compounded stressors of the pandemic on soccer’s stars — the shortened offseason; the condensed preseason; the schedule crammed far past even its usual gridlock — accumulated past the breaking point. Take Liverpool, the defending Premier League champions who swaggered to their first title in three decades, eventually, in rampaging form last season. Liverpool is in trouble.  The season’s third international break is ending. Lots of countries jammed no less than three games into this window, meaning they have played as many as eight international...
    PHILADELPHIA — The Giants defense ran out of gas, and it made for a long drive back up the New Jersey Turnpike. For three quarters on “Thursday Night Football,” coordinator Patrick Graham’s unit overachieved as it has all season. And then what always happens to the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field — no matter who coaches and who plays in the game — happened: They gagged on a double-digit lead and lost, 22-21. From the moment cornerback Logan Ryan broke up a fourth-down pass into the end zone to protect a 14-10 lead and flexed to the sparse crowd in the end zone, everything fell apart for the Giants defense. And that was after a 97-yard touchdown drive led by Daniel Jones added to the cushion. It’s difficult to place blame for this collapse from a 21-10 lead solely on the defense, considering its survival of an absurd 44 Eagles...
    You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Giants. I love Joe Judge doing the muddy fumble drill (and can’t imagine Adam Gase doing it in a million years). Is Joe Judge really a good guy? — Steve Greenberg Well Steve, the video of Judge diving for the football in the mud to end Tuesday’s practice was viewed more than 1.5 million times on the Giants’ social media platforms. It seems everyone loved it. You could tell from the expressions on the faces of the players that they loved it. Seeing big defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson spraying his head coach with water from a hose was priceless. Does this mean Judge is a good guy or that he knows the...
    You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Giants. I love Joe Judge doing the muddy fumble drill (and can’t imagine Adam Gase doing it in a million years). Is Joe Judge really a good guy? — Steve Greenberg Well Steve, the video of Judge diving for the football in the mud to end Tuesday’s practice was viewed more than 1.5 million times on the Giants’ social media platforms. It seems everyone loved it. You could tell from the expressions on the faces of the players that they loved it. Seeing big defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson spraying his head coach with water from a hose was priceless. Does this mean Judge is a good guy or that he...
    In a normal season, a visit to Oracle Park offers Giants fans the chance to celebrate the career of Willie Mays, considered by many to be the greatest player in baseball history. The ballpark is located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza and a statue featuring Mays swinging the bat greets guests who arrive at the stadium’s main entrance off of 3rd and King Street. Mays’ retired No. 24 hangs along the stands in the left field corner next to No. 25 plaque belonging to the all-time home run leader, Barry Bonds. Under special circumstances, such as jersey retirement ceremonies or days honoring the franchise’ legends, Mays appears on the field, typically in a black Giants jacket with orange lettering across the chest. At 89 years old, Mays is nearly 50 years removed from his last major league game, but he remains one of the most celebrated players to ever step...
    Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, now with the Giants, didn’t discuss his Dallas departure when asked Garrett is getting ready for Year 1 with the division rival New York Giants, which is going to take some getting used to for those of us familiar to seeing him on the sidelines in Dallas. Instead, Garrett will be leaned on as an experienced assistant and potential play-caller (should Joe Judge choose) leading a young New York offense featuring second-year QB Daniel Jones and bell-cow running back Saquon Barkley. The former Cowboys coach was asked by the media about his final days in Jerryworld, but failed to give much if any information, instead opting to discuss the good times. Jason Garrett respectfully declined to discuss his time in Dallas in any detail — especially what happened in the final days when...
    SAN FRANCISCO — In a season that’s already been shortened by more than 100 games due to the coronavirus pandemic and labor disagreements between owners and the MLB Players Association, simply getting to the finish line will be an accomplishment. Players, coaches, team staffers and executives across the sport all share the same goal of winning the 2020 World Series, but completing an abbreviated 60-game season in a manner that ensures the health and safety of all those involved will feel like a victory for many. As Giants outfielder Hunter Pence said, there are 30 MLB clubs now acting as one. “We’re trying to take as few risks as we can and be as smart as we can,” Pence said in a recent Zoom call with reporters. “It’s a weird paradox. We’re 30 teams but also one team, because if any one person messes it up, he can mess it...
    SAN FRANCISCO — It’s July 23, 2020 and the Giants have a narrow ninth-inning lead at Dodger Stadium. Considering the staggering talent gap between the two squads, it’s difficult to envision the Giants holding a lead over the Dodgers on Opening Day. With fewer than 10 days remaining until the start of the season, it’s even more difficult guessing who Giants manager Gabe Kapler would trust to close out the game. After 2019 All-Star closer rejected a qualifying offer from the Giants to sign a three-year deal with the Atlanta Braves this offseason, San Francisco knew replacing the lights-out left-hander would be among its greatest challenges in 2020. As the regular season draws near, the Giants still don’t know who, if anyone, will emerge as Smith’s replacement. When asked about his bullpen on Monday, Kapler said the Giants aren’t in a rush to determine which pitchers will appear in high-leverage...
    For the last two decades, San Francisco Giants players have spent the month of July dodging seagulls, wrapped in fog and playing in front of thousands of adoring fans at Oracle Park. In 2020, the seagulls will outnumber the fans, but if the Giants are hosting games at China Basin by the end of July, they’ll likely consider the month an incredible success. If games that count in the standings take place within the next 30 days, it will mean Major League Baseball beat the odds and kept the vast majority of players and coaches healthy through what figures to be one of the most fascinating yet challenging months in the history of the sport. The coronavirus pandemic has upended life as we know it, forcing sports leagues to collectively press the pause button. After nearly four months without structured practices and workouts, the Giants and 29...
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