Urban: Giants' Bumgarner blanked but unbowed


Urban: Giants' Bumgarner blanked but unbowed

June 9, 2011

MadBum?The way the Giants are scoring for their 21-year-old southpaw this season, he's got every right to be ChappedLikeAllHellBum.Another month of this criminal lack of support business and, were he so inclined, he might be ReadyForATri-StateKillingSpreeBum.Fortunately for the Giants, Madison Bumgarner is decidedly not so inclined. Sure, he's had a few meltdowns here and there. One was fairly epic; early last year, while still in the minors, he turned into CrazyBum over some questionable calls by the home-plate umpire and displayed his displeasure by doing his best Mat Latos, trying to fire the ball all the way out of the stadium. He's had one in the bigs, too, venting more than a little frustration by doing his best Manny Pacquiao, pummeling the dugout bench as though paid by the punch.
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So yeah, when MadBum snaps, he goes big. But his default disposition is as close to asleep as one can get without counting sheep.
He is to wired what Brian Wilson is to mellow.And this, without question, is going to help young Madison immensely as long as he's pitching for a team that appears to be in some sort of shock therapy that jolts them with KNBR's 50,000 watts every time one of their own dares cross that pentagon thingy they have to stand next to when that guy with the ball is throwing it toward them.Thursday's 3-0 loss to Edgar Renteria and a bunch of guys who didn't bring a World Series title to San Francisco -- sorry, Dusty; not a dig -- was all too familiar for Bumgarner.He's made 13 starts this year. In 10 of them, the Giants have scored three runs or less. In nine of them, two runs or less. In six of them, one run or less.In five of them -- five of 13! -- the Giants have rewarded his mostly solid efforts with the baseball equivalent of a Halloween bucket full of pencils. Nada. Nothing. Zero.RECAP: Cueto quiets Giants' bats, Reds take openerBumgarner's reaction to the lack of largesse? Laid back. If there's any sort of self-pity or teammate-loathing churning inside the kid's big body, he certainly suppresses it well.One explanation for his ability to avoid any run-related snappage might be that he knows there's no better 2-8 pitcher in the game, and he has a 3.23 ERA to prove it. Over his past nine starts, all of them "quality" by definition and "damn good" by decree, he's rocking a 1.93 ERA -- and a 2-5 record.That explanation likely doesn't tell the story, though. What likely does is that Bumgarner has quite a few teammates who qualify as experienced hands when it comes to pitching without a safety net.Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez and Barry Zito have each taken more than a few turns on the throw-a-shutout-or-lose carousel in recent years, and surely their counsel is invaluable. Reliever Jeremy Affeldt has been mentoring Bumgarner on the ways of the big-league world since he arrived, and that's helped, too.More than anything, though, it's a function of personality. Of maturity. Of an understanding that baseball, as often as not, is fond of kicking even its finest where they'd better be wearing a cup.BitterBum? Not this guy. He knows the score.Even when there's no score at all.

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

The San Jose Earthquakes are hoping they've caught lighting in a bottle twice. 

Last season, Nick Lima emerged as one of the game's best young defenders. And on Day 1 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, San Jose went to the fullback well with the selection of Paul Marie from Florida International University with the 12th pick in the first round. 

"Paul has the profile we were looking for from the very beginning heading into the combine and the draft," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "We were looking for a fullback. We see in him an offensive-minded outside back that has technical qualities and the ability to read the game."

Experts pegged Marie, 22, as a late-first, early-second-round selection. But a pair of solid days during the MLS Combine boosted the Frenchman's stock -- especially on San Jose's board. According to Fioranelli, Marie was No. 4 on their draft board -- having him there at No. 12 must have felt like a steal for Fioranelli and staff. 

"We especially liked that he has character and in the interview that we had with him, he convinced us," Fioranelli said. "The entire coaching staff are really excited about having him part of the club."

San Jose not only lucked out that their fourth-best footballer was there at 12, but with American parents, he does not take up an international slot for San Jose -- the team is still three players over their allotment.

In an interview after his selection with Jason Davis of Sirius XM radio, Marie told San Jose fans what they can expect from the defender. 

"They can expect Paul Marie to give it all for San Jose," he said. 

The Quakes were in need of defensive depth going in to Day 1 of the SuperDraft. In Marie, they have a fullback who can stretch the pitch from the right side and be a backup to Lima.