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Scott Ostler: Giants “Magic Disappeared Like A Big Cloud That Just Got Blown Away”

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San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler has the solution to all of the woes for the Giants and Major League baseball! Just kidding. Actually, Scott does give us his takes on what the Giants might be thinking heading into the off-season and he tackles the MLB replay, pace of game issues.

Ostler talked to The Sports Virus about what happened to the Giants this season: …“There’s kind of a magic  that either happens or doesn’t happen. One year you’ve got Aubrey Huff as one of your team leaders. How bizarre is that? Nobody would ever figure that into any kind of equation. And yet it worked and it made the team better…It was a magical way that things fell together in each of those three (championship) years in a different way. This year that magic just disappeared. You can’t always put your finger on it. Sometimes it’s just like a big cloud that just got blown away.”

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Jorge Ortiz: Panda “Can Buy You Time At 3B So You Don’t Have To Rush Christian Arroyo”

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USA Today baseball writer Jorge Ortiz joined us from San Francisco. In part 1 of our conversation he chats with us about Jarrett Parker and the outfield situation as well as Pablo Sandoval.

Ortiz talked to The Sports Virus about Pablo Sandoval: “…(Bruce) Bochy said that he thinks his swing is really close. If they can get a semblance of the old Pablo they’re in a no lose situation with him because for one they wouldn’t mind giving Christian Arroyo more time to develop in the minors particularly since so much of this has been a wasted season. You have a guy who’s lively, who maybe can still swing the bat well and who can buy you that time at third base so you don’t have to rush Christian Arroyo.”

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Come back FRIDAY for Part 2 of our conversation with Jorge Ortiz.

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Stark, Part 2: Panda “Hasn’t Put Enough Into It Mentally & Physically To Be A Great Player”

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National baseball writer Jayson Stark joined us earlier this week. In part two of our conversation we chatted about Pablo Sandoval’s tenure with the Red Sox. The Panda was eventually signed to a minor league contract by the Giants.

Before Pablo Sandoval signed back with the Giants, Stark talked to The Sports Virus about his future: “…He hasn’t done anything since the day he signed that contract (with Boston) that would make you think this guy is somebody who could help your team win…He (still) has that same Panda smile and love of baseball, love of being in the batter’s box that we used to see…I ran a list the other day of players in Red Sox history who wound up with a higher OPS than the Panda in his time in Boston. It was comical. Mike Benjamin and Bob Zupcic and names like that. If you saw Pablo Sandoval swing the bat as a Giant you would ask yourself, how could that be?…If you don’t do everything in your power mentally and physically to prepare you’re not going to be that guy. You just can’t show up in the batter’s box four times a night and think that’s enough. This guy hasn’t put enough into it mentally and physically to be a great player.”

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