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The official home for audio programming from McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's community for fans of the San Francisco Giants.

    Roger Munter Returns!

    Roger Munter Returns!

    The most difficult part of the Giants' fart season of 2022 has been the developing story of the farm system's lack of star power development in the upper minors. This week, Bryan and Doug are joined by former McCovey Chronicles contributor, Roger Munter, who now runs his own site about the Giants minor leagues, and he has a lot to say about the state of the farm, that both is and isn't consistent with the season-long story we've been tracking.
    Who are the surprises that might contribute at some point next season? Who are the disappointments, if any? What does Gabe Kapler have to do with player development? The answer will surprise you!
    Next week is our season finale, and we need YOUR questions. The easiest way to get them to us is on social media. You can @ the McCovey Chroncast on Twitter: @McChroncast
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    • 54 min
    New Owner, New GM, Same Ol' Brandon Crawford

    New Owner, New GM, Same Ol' Brandon Crawford

    After a 6-1 week that clinched the Sound Sabermetric Principles record of 75 wins, Bryan and Doug discuss what made those wins just so special: Brandon Crawford, defensive wizard. They also get into the slightly bigger news of the week: Buster Posey is a half billionaire and bought into the Giants' ownership group. Their GM also departed for Detroit, which you already knew, but the discussion veers into speculating just what Harris' departure / arrival means.
    And then there's the news that the Giants' organizational pitching genius has opted out of COVID vaccine protocols and has been doing his very important job remotely all season. How much of an effect did this have on the farm system and the major league team and just how much of someone's personal preference is a Major League Baseball team supposed to abide before it creates unintended consequences?
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    • 37 min
    Go Go Carlos Rodón

    Go Go Carlos Rodón

    The Giants sure did have a lot of off-field news this past week on their way to clinching their worst record against the Dodgers in a season since moving to San Francisco. Zack Littell v. Gabe Kapler seems like so long ago! The Giants actually won two out of three games to start the week, even. But it's hard to look at the good when the Dodgers are there to remind you that even when things seem good, they're not good enough. Does the Wilmer Flores signing mean anything beyond a continuation of a sound process? Nah. Does that mean the sound process is all that's required for the team going forward? No!
    And then there's the matter of next year's rule changes and how that could impact a certain up and coming Giant. But is the future only grim? No again! There's still something really cool to look forward to: Carlos Rodón and the MLB strikeout leader. Think he can do it?
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    • 46 min
    Wheel of Random!

    Wheel of Random!

    Just to get this out of the way up top: Bryan and Doug make NO MENTION of Barry Zito's pitch count in our 109th episode of the show, mainly because it's unclear to Bryan if this even is the 109th episode, what with all the wonderful Happy Hours Sami did or the Untitled Prospects Podcast with Roger that were done, so, please just be aware of that.
    But if you can stomach that omission, strap yourself in, because Bryan and Doug opine about the new rule changes, minor league unionization, and the Evan Longoria-J.D. Davis-David Villar intrigue for next season all before introducing a new segment: The Wheel of Random!
    What's the Wheel of Random? You'll just have to listen to find out.
    Like what you hear? Be sure to rate us five stars on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to the show, and if you'd like to participate, send us your questions for the end of season mailbag either in the comments below or at the show's Twitter account: @McChroncast
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    • 45 min
    Bullpen Trust Power Rankings for August

    Bullpen Trust Power Rankings for August

    The Chroncast returns from the Labor Day Weekend to find the Giants having ended their seven-game losing streak with a four-game winning streak, which may or may not have continued heading into the recording of this episode (an hour before first pitch of last night's Giants-Dodgers game). Bryan and Doug both express their hopes for the rest of the season now that the Giants have demonstrated a version of themselves that had been planned since the offseason.
    And then they tackle those gnarly bullpen trust power rankings for the last month, when the Giants bullpen was superficially not terrible (a 3.46 ERA -- but how?). This month, though, rather than try to peg the order of trust, they use a three-tier system and assign the bullpenners accordingly. Which Giants reliever would you trust (albeit begrudgingly) with a lead? Which would you not trust with a lead of any kind? And, which reliever would you not trust even if the Giants were trailing by 3+ runs?
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    • 40 min
    A Frustrating and Disappointing Season

    A Frustrating and Disappointing Season

    No reasonable person expected the Giants to radically change direction after their historic 2021 season, but no reasonable person should be expected to consider this year anything other than frustrating and disappointing. And since Farhan Zaidi is a reasonable person, he agrees! In a recent interview with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic, Zaidi went through some of his thoughts on this year's team and what their process last offseason could mean for this year's.
    This is all during a time when the Giants' 2022 season has fallen into a ditch that is already being filled with concrete. It would be a criminal act to stick a fork in the actual players, but metaphorically, they're done. They're toast. They're not going anywhere. A lot of these guys have written their seasons, even with a few dozen games left. The mathematical possibility of still being in contention for a playoff spot is just that -- math. In the hearts and minds of reasonable people, there's nothing worthwhile or competitive about the remainder of this Giants season.
    But this Kawakami interview suggests maybe next year might also be a forgettable one, too. Bryan and Doug discuss. Do you agree?
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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Nice

Often better than the games themselves

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For Giants fans only...

McCovey Chroncles is the best. The podcast is a fun way to hear Giants talk once a week during the season.

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Terrible sound became a deal breaker

I keep trying to get into this podcast and every time I stop early because of the terrible sound quality. Not only is it quiet and voices muffled but you also hear static. I had my volume all the way up and it was still terrible. Unfortunate because the content seemed good but please spend a few bucks in some better mics

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