With so many beat writers following the San Francisco Giants, there’s naturally a lot of overlapping coverage. That’s fine with us fans, who want to hear, see and read every morsel of every little detail about the Orange and Black. But when it all hit the fan yesterday, only one guy, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News, broke the stunning story. Mark’s homework obviously paid off, and he had the scoop of the year….that Giants’ managing general partner and chief executive officer Bill Neukom was out as head honcho, after a fallout with the Executive Committee of the Giants’ ownership group. Derek Moore and I were talking about the fact that anyone can be a blogger… anyone can tweet whatever they want. But this is old school journalism… a lot of digging, prodding, protecting sources and sifting through what’s fact and what isn’t. Nice work, Mark. By the way, the company line is that this is a “retirement.” Hilarious.