Spring is Springing . . . Baseball is Near

And it is still raining like shit around here. Good to have, and I got to hit the mountains soon, but I digress. Football is on the back burner for a bit, and the Giants have broken camp. Gonna be a weird year for the Orange and Black as they try to cobble together yet another team that will platoon a little too much for my liking, and be micro-managed by Gabe the Replacer. Got a ittle tired last year of all the AAAA signings, spinning through all the random cast-oofs that were quickly replaced with other castoffs.

A virtual who’s who of who. Lost in all this was something posted today in the Seattle papers about Prelander Berroa, the hard-throwing right hander the Giants got from Minnesota in the Sam Dyson trade. Farhan traded him to the Mariners for Donnie Walton, an injured infielder who was part of the walking wounded when every player seemed to hit the IR.

As one AL scout put it:

“Prelander Berroa for Donnie Walton might have been the worst trade of 2022,” an American League scout told Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times. “And it might not be close.”

They knew what they were getting in Berroa, and they seemed to lose every IFer last year, but Walton likely isn’t here much longer, Sure, it’s early, but these myriad transactions that Farhan and Co seem to specialize in are baffling at best. Moves that serve no other purpose than bringing as many guys through the system as possible, The hoping for finding diamonds in the rough is all well and good, but not addressing things like 1st base with yet another platoon is annoying. Overpaying for Joc was weird as well.

The OF should be better with Joc out of there. At least offensively, but the defense is still a big issue. Davis is gonna play . . . where? 3rd? DH? Flores gets 1st and 2nd. Estrada gets 2nd. Craw gets SS. Luciano backs him up? Estrada? Joc at 1st ? Really? Yaz and his .214 in CF? Villar will hopefully keep rolling. He showed some decent power.

Lots of questions but I think the pitching should be better than last year, even without Rodon. The pen is better as well. I guess.


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34 Responses to Spring is Springing . . . Baseball is Near

  1. Irish Kevin says:

    I don’t know if they are waiting for Crawford to be gone or what, but like I posted several months ago, have everyday players, forget about platooning

    • unca_chuck says:

      This is exactly why I’m pissed they didn’t go after Bell. He’s a switch-hitting 1st baseman. Instead we are gonna have Joc, Davis, Wade, and whoever the fuck to play shit defense at 1st.

    • Locojuan says:

      Hey Kev, going back to your question about the pitch clock yesterday. My biggest complaint is that it can decide a game. I’m not sure if I’m totally for the clock yet, but I definitely don’t think it should be used after the 8th inning.
      Also, I’m still trying to decide if I think a 3 hour 10-8 game is better than a 4 hour 10-8 game.

      • unca_chuck says:

        I think there’s gonna be some leeway as everyone gets used to this. By the time the playoffs roll around, this shot should be ironed out.

      • Irish Kevin says:

        Yeah but Pitchers and batters need to commit to this, IMO, if they are going to be stubborn about it, then it is on them for losing the game. This will be a learning year. Which sucks, but look at the NFL and all their changes. Ronnie Lott would have been flagged on every hit. The worst rule in football is roughing the passer. Some QBs get the call and the defender held up. Just saying

      • Locojuan says:

        All true, but as pissed off as I was about the called check swing in the playoffs, I know I’m going to be just as pissed when a batter makes the 3rd out in the ninth because he was a hair late getting set.

  2. Winder says:

    Hopefully the new guys on the team can bring a spark. Not really sure if the new schedule is gonna help or hurt I guess we are just gonna have to wait and see. The players of last years Giants are gonna have to make some adjustments to their game especially at the plate. Opposing pitchers know how to pitch to these guys now and I think that’s why players like Wade and Yaz didn’t produce much, I know Wade was hurt and that could be the main reason. It just seemed like we couldn’t keep it going after our fast start. So far ST has been fun.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Playing the Dodgers and Pads less should help.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Wade to me has a short leash. As should Yaz. They need to shit or get out of town.

  5. alleykat69 says:

    Dodgers SS Gavin Lux out for the season with a torn ACL injury..

  6. alleykat69 says:

    I read where Larry Baer is lowering the domestic beer ( think Coors light,Bud light etc) to $9 bucks to thank the fan support in 17 out of 23 seasons of selling out seats …
    More like he’s desperate to get more butts in the seats anyway possible.Of course the good premium beers 🍺 will stay high are higher again..

  7. willedav says:

    Dodgers farm has been top rated for years so looks like they will have to use more of them. Buehler still out too. And of course they would be saving up $$ for run at Ohtani, especially now that Padres made another big contract deal to extend Machado. My godson SD partial season ticket holder thought they would only sign one of Soto Machado Ohtani.

  8. PaulinAsia Banh Bao says:

    The performance of Wade Jr. (both hitting and D) is certainly one of the most important things to watch for this year’s team right from the start. They’re basically giving 1b to him and counting heavily on his bat. Great “out of nowhere” year in 2021, followed by an unproductive injury-riddled 2022. Will the real Lamont Wade Jr. please stand up, please stand up…

    • willedav says:

      Ha good one Paul. Iirc he didn’t finish 2021 well and LHP killed him. Hard to figure out who the real Wade Jr is, though apparently he’s healthy and committed to staying that way. Davis can hit, with power so I hope Kap finds spot for him.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Davis I guess will the the super utility/late inning replacement/pinch hitter guy. If he can stay hot w/o consistent playing time, all the better. Seems like a bit of a long shot though.

  10. Winder says:

    The Giants need to replenish their fan base with younger kids. The old fogies will be around until we kick the bucket. And really the only way to do that is field a winning team. Along with $9 beers the marketing dept. should go all out in trying to bring the kids into the fold. The first time I went to a Giants game I was completely sold and never looked back. Of course it helped that my dad was a die-hard also.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    As has been proven over and over here, you need a winning team to draw fans.

    Even the 107 win season, they were drawing shit early on and as they got rolling, the crowds came.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Who knew? Lowell George and his pre-Little Feat band The Factory guest-starred on F Troop. I love the interwebs . . .

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Gomer Pyle? No fucking shit . . .

  14. alleykat69 says:

    Yeah we all know Gomer Pyle for his goofiness and laughable phrases like :Golly,Shazam,,Surprise Suprise Suprise

    But he actually had a wonderful singing voice,baritone like and released some albums back in the 60-70s that I know my mom&dad enjoyed.He did a great job singing Impossible Dream, Battle cry of the republic etc ..

  15. Winder says:

    In the Athletic this morning it said it’s doubtful that McGlinchey will be back this year. Even with losing Jimmy we are still pretty cash strapped. But seems like every team figures it out how to keep who they really want and bring in high priced FA’s. So we shall see.

    One thing about this years Giants team is my expectations are not real high. I still haven’t figured out whether I really like Z or not. It’s hard to look past 2021 and not like the guy.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    As much as I want continuity on the O line, I’m not gonna miss McGlinchey too much. Great run blocker, fair to poor as a pass blocker. There should be an FA or 2 we can get. And draft.

  17. unca_chuck says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see us package all our 3s to get up higher in the 2nd round for a tackle.

  18. willedav says:

    Saxophonist Wayne Shorter dead at 89. didn’t follow his late career much, but early stuff, wow. Messengers days with Art Blakey cohorts, his own leader dates on Blue Note with McCoy Tyner Lee Morgan and others, Miles great second group, Weather Report…so much good music he put out over the years. Infant Eyes such a beautiful melody.

  19. alleykat69 says:

    Willied..So sad to hear of his passing ,man he was a gift from god on sax, but now he can continue to play everyday in heaven! RIP 🪦 Wayne🙏
    PS… I think I remember ( but it’s blurry as I get older lol) that Wayne Shorter wrote inside an album cover liner that Infant Eyes was written for his daughter..

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Not too deep into jazz but yeah, know the name.

    Gonna be rough as all the rock stars of our youth keep heading to the big encore in the sky.

    Tell ya onr thing, seeing Roibin Trower still cranking it out at 74 (when I saw him last) was nuts. Guy couldn’t weigh more than 110 soaking wet, but he still melted my ears.

    This is funny. BAN THE OUTFIELD SHIFT!!!!!

  21. unca_chuck says:

    And here goes another one.

    RIP David Lindley. Played every kind of stringed instrument with everyone. Saw him with Bonnie Raitt a thousand years ago.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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