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Andres Torres

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on January 23, 2011

Congratulations to Andres Torres. He agreed on a 2.2 million dollar deal the other day. What a totally non-descript, underwhelming number. In baseball today, 2.2 million buys you almost nothing. But this is a guy who was so poor growing up he literally didn’t have the money to buy shoes for “a few years” when he was growing up in Puerto Rico.  Seemingly finished and out of chances after the 2005 season he stuck to his trade and cobbled together a roster-flyer with the Giants in 2009. Then he has a completely improbable, wildly successful 2010 as one of our World Series hero’s (anyone who helped get us there was a WS Hero).

I’ve got no clue if he repeats 2010 ever again. My gut says no but I’ve been wrong about him several times. But if that’s all we get and he drifts off into baseball irrelevance and is never heard from again he’s finally got some security for himself and his family. 2.2 million buys an awful lot of shoes………

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  1. dirtnrocksnreno said, on January 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Good for Torres. All arbitration eligible players are now wrapped up for $18.6M and change. Nothing long term. Nice going Sabean. Now about Rowand……

  2. xootsuit said, on January 23, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Torres is one of the great characters on the team. Little guy waving that huge bat at the plate, speedster on the bases slicing the air with his hands at a 100 mph, center fielder tracking EVERYthing down, humble happy guy for the post-game interview — it’s fun watching him succeed. Will he repeat? He could. He could work on his hitting from the right side and actually improve. Step one may be coming to camp in great shape, speed being so much of his game.

  3. snarkk said, on January 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Torres main contribution is in the field. He’s a gold glover, and the only reason he didn’t get it is nobody in the East sees him. Bourn got the GG with virtually same # innings played, a few more chances, and 3 erros to Torres 1 — and Torres has to battle wind for half his games, where Bourn plays inside. Anyway, as for batting, I’ll harp again that at his age, Torres should know how to bunt far better, especially from the left side, to get hits with the bunt, and draw defense in to get more ground ball hit through a tighter infield. Plus, his ABs need to get better and more selective. Do that, he gets more OBP and more steal chances. I think he thinks himself as something of a mid power hitter, hence the huge club of a bat. Of course I’ve never seen the local scribes ask the question of why the huge bat. I say downsize the bat, increase the offense and OBP. His offense went AWOL for about a month prior to his appendicitis, I dunno if that was a result of him not feeling well. But, if he can avoid a late slump this year, that would be huge….

    • PawlieKokonuts said, on January 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      I don’t accept that Rowand has lost all the talent he once had; yes, he may be moved and it would make sense financially, etc., etc. But I do not count him out. His career may still be resurrected offensively (he’s always been fine defensively). It could happen. And this is from a doomerish prognosticator.

  4. Nipper said, on January 23, 2011 at 11:14 am

    They have to move Rowand someway, somehow. Keeping him on the bench is a poor option. Rowand at ATT is a costly mistake.

  5. Kevin said, on January 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Yeah, I just hope he does not become Marvin Bernard!
    On another note, this was posted in the SacBee today in sports history
    1979 Willie Mays is named on 409 of 432 ballots and elected to the Baseball hall of fame, in his 1st year of eligibility.
    I wonder who the 23 morons who didn’t have him on theirs??

    • TedSpe said, on January 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Charter members of the KKK

  6. delmardennis said, on January 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    The Pack marched down the field pretty damn easy on their opening drive.
    Cutler and Co. are gonna have to suck it up big time today.

    The Packers are on a roll.

  7. PawlieKokonuts said, on January 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I am incapable of soaking in too much of this Baskingness. Giants Nation is unrivaled. I am so pleased to see the myth of Dodgerness shattered. Folks in metro NYC — and the media nationally — have always boohooed about the Dodgers’ leaving Brooklyn, as if the Giants were invisible, Invisible Men, to borrow the phrase from Ralph Ellison’s great book. No, we’ve not been invisible, though our diaspora has been quiescent and hopeful and wounded and loyal until experiencing an eruption of triumphant joy in 2010.

    Check it out:


    We are the reigning World Champions!

    Bask proudly.

    (And Willie Mays has done himself proud, as have the Giants’ brass, in these golden days of frigid winter warmed by a final score of 3-1 on November 1, All Saints Day, All Giants Day, that still pops up on my MLB.com scoreboard bookmark awaiting the very first game of Spring Training, when reality will splash some cold water on our collective smiling faces.)

  8. twinfan said, on January 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Torres had 67 extra base hits, one more than Huff. He can use whatever fucking bat he likes….

  9. snarkk said, on January 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    13 players ahead of Mays in HOF vote %. Seaver is #1, go figure, he must have been nice to the NY writers. Tony Gwynn has a higher HOF % han Mays. None of the charter members were unanimous. The baseball HOF voting is seriously flawed, but NFL is plain stupid…

  10. stixwiz said, on January 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Kudos to the Giants ownership and upper management for demonstrating an ongoing class act in their offseason actions. The combination of a smooth transition through the arbitration process and their glorious return with the World Championship trophy to their city of origin was a statement to the baseball world that the San Francisco Giants have truly resurrected themselves as one of baseball’s elite organizations.

    Personally, i find the disrespect of baseball prognosticators and pundits for the reigning World Champs in their anointment of Philadelphia as the odds-on favorite to win the NL crown this year, to be a bit amusing. To be wrong about the Giants prospects going into 2010 was nothing unusual and altogether forgivable. SF kinda snuck up on em. Provided the Rotation remains healthy; Posey maintains his dominance; Pablo at least partially reverts to Panda and Belt comes through like many of us suspect he will; all those ‘experts’ will once more be obliged to dine on fricassee of Corvus Brachyrhynchos.

  11. unca chuck said, on January 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Funny thing, before this season transpired, EVERYONE (well, most everyone) thought the Giants front office was a collection of no-nothing guys, and Sabes, whose best days were 10 years behind him.

  12. unca chuck said, on January 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    But all the news out of New York around the Giants has been very touching and heartwarming.

    The front office did themselves proud.

  13. Mega Flavor said, on January 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Sabean has learned and grown over the years. He got into his “bonds rut” and he went to that well too many times. But he’s ditched the 5 yr deals, he nailed a few longshots last year, and his commitment to pitching is bursting right now.

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