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Darren Ford Needs to be on this Team

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on April 27, 2011

“I’ll tell you what, that was one of the most impressive displays of speed I’ve ever seen on a baseball field.”–Bochy

When your manager says that, I’m guessing you feel pretty good about staying on the team. I don’t know how they are gonna do it, but the Giants need to keep Darren Ford at the major league level. I don’t give one whit if he ever takes an at bat. This dude would win a dozen games for us a year by just pinch running late in a game. He would generate a pretty impressive WAR number for a guy who never bats. I still say Walker lolly-lobbed that ball over to first and he should have known who was on third. Hell, everyone knows who this guy is already. Opposing pitchers (Morales in Colorado and Hanrahan last night) seem to have a panic attack as soon as he strolls on to first base.

Anyway, Nate probably goes when Torres comes back up. I’m not sure if we’ve got a player who’s about to come down with a phantom injury, but somehow, some way, Darren Ford needs to stay up here……..

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  1. Giant Head said, on April 27, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Agreed on that front…Rowand deserves kudos for his play at lead-off of late, but what fun it is to have a guy like that at lead-off. Changes the entire nature of a game. I wish we could see him swing a little and see if he can be a viable leadoff option next year..Nate, it has been nice knowing you…

  2. willied said, on April 27, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Twin mentioned early part of yesterday thread he’s been following pirates for 57 years. Just looking back on WS winners since that time, and I conveniently took 1954 as starting point, here are Series won by old 8 teams:
    LA (plus Brook) 6
    STL 4
    CIN PHIL PIT 3
    SF MIL/ATL 2
    CHI 0
    Add in the mets with 2, also FL with 2, AZ 1, rest including Hou SD Rox 0.

    Dodgers also have been enough to lose the most often with 5, STL with 4, Braves Red Phils and SF with 3, Pads and Mets with 2. Pirates have never lost one during this time, and of course MTL/WAS never in one.

    • Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

      Wasn’t Mtl in the lead when the strike hit? they had a prtty good team in’94 . . . .

  3. Rough Trade said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:15 am

    It’s always been more complicated than simply Ford for Nate.

    There’s never been any question what Darrin can do with his speed. But keeping him and dumping Nate (assuming he gets claimed) leaves them without much insurance at the AAA level. It proved to be important keeping sending him down out of ST when Torres went down.

    The other issue thing is, without Nate, you are left with just Fontenot as a LH bat off the bench. And, you would have Ford and Eli, two weak RH hitters off the bench. If your keeping Ford, you need to trade for a LH power hitting backup catcher.

    Lastly, who goes if you want to bring Belt back?

    • Rough Trade said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:18 am

      Sorry for the mangled wording. My editor is on vacation and I haven’t had coffee yet.

  4. TedSpe said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:26 am

    you need to trade for a LH power hitting backup catcher.
    ————————————————————————————
    …who’s a threat on the bases, has a 40% putout average, hits for average and has been 3rd place runner up for the MVP 6 years in a row.
    Then we can talk

  5. Flavor said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:32 am

    RT brings up a huge problem regarding Nate. If he goes we have one fairly below average LH bat coming off the bench. That isn’t gonna cut it…..

    • zumarust said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

      One of the problems in the numbers game is that DeRosa hasn’t really justified his roster spot. But he gets paid $6 million, so there you are.

    • willied said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:44 am

      I always thought that was the only reason they kept Nate in the first place; that he won the Ishi role by default. With ross back, Sf has guys that can play RF and LF. Ross ford and the gamer can all play CF. Hope Torres is ready to go and stay healthy.
      Zum brings up pretty good point about deRosa. He’s only had 18 ABs all year, and what one or two starts? Can he play, still, or not?

  6. zumarust said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Big advantage for the Braves in regards to back-up catcher/pinch-hitter. That Ross dude hit two homeruns last night. Whitey is a liability as a pinch-hitter. Back-up catcher is an area that could be upgraded for the Giants, but Bochy/Sabean love Whitey.

  7. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

    “I *still say* Walker lolly-lobbed that ball over to first and he should have known who was on third.” K and K said that several times, Flavor. Who’s arguing that?

    • Flavor said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:17 am

      I had the sound turned off so I can’t confirm or deny if they said this–we were eating dinner at the time.
      But on KNBR this am Kruk went out of his way to say that Walker DIDN’T lolly-toss it over there.

  8. Macdog said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

    What a spectacular show by Ford. It’s something to see when a player with NFL-like speed runs circles around MLBers. Reminded me of Bo Jackson, who would get on base just by hitting a routine grounder, at least that’s how I remember it.

    Before we throw Nate to the curb, though, he was the one who got on base in the first place. Without that, Ford would’ve had to reach base on his own, which appears to be his one major deficiency. Now if can figure out that part of the game, god help the rest of the league.

    Willy, Phils have won 2 WS in their entire history. Sorry to be nit-picky.

    • willied said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:51 am

      yes , you’re right. 80 and the recent one. so that gives them two in the time frame i listed of 57 years, same as SF and the Braves. Everyone talked about the long drought for sf, but it got me to thinking that most other “old 8” teams haven’t won it all very often either. And of course, Cubs haven’t won in forever…they haven’t even been in I don’t think 65 years.

  9. zumarust said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I bring up Atlanta’s Ross because the Giants and Braves are in the exact same situation of having their starting catchers batting clean-up. So when you rest those guys, you lose one of the best hitters out of your lineup, and it would be good not to have the drop be so huge to back-up catcher. Atlanta’s backup seems pretty good.

  10. willied said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    On another old fart historical note, Loo mentioned yesterday thread Jerry Lynch as dangerous PH for the Pirates. He was on the Reds before that, and I think set or tied a record with 6 PH HRs in one season. I’m pretty sure he was on the Reds team I really liked with Frank Robinson/Vada Pinson (Oakland boys) that won the NL in 61 and got waxed by Maris/Mantle Yankees while I watched it in 5th grade on TV. The book by the reliever Brosnan, “The Long Season”, was the first real account of a year type baseball book I ever read.

  11. Giant Head said, on April 27, 2011 at 8:56 am

    There is the answer, Torres replaces DeRosa as one comes off the DL for the other going on.

    When Derosa shows he can play at AAA injury free, then bring him back, I guess for Nate…

    • twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:06 am

      You easily lead the pack in dumb ass ideas…

      • Giant Head said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

        Thanks Twin, and I am hardly ever on any more. I am #1, #1, #1, #1, #1! USA USA USA!!!!

  12. Giant Head said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    John Bowker gets a World Series ring??? I guess that was for suckering the Pirates for Javier Lopez..thanks John!

  13. stixwiz said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Problems, posers and conundrums. What to do with the roster. Likely we will be cussing and discussing that for many weeks to come. Ford is truly a weapon ~ which is more than you can say for Nate or DeRosa. And yes, Whitey is a pretty weak bat and so far this year much the same can be said for Curly Joe. Ross has yet to get on track and Tejada strikes me as being a dumb batter ~ particularly as compared with Posey, Sanchez and Burrell. His snake-bit performance last night dragged him beneath the Mendoza line, where together with Ross and the pitcher spot, gives the entire bottom third of the L.U. that dubious distinction.

    On the pitching staff, Bumgarner remains haunted by the one bad inning. He gets over that and the rotation solidifies. Of the entire bullpen the one i am least impressed with to date is Affeldt and his high salary. Don’t know what his track record is on a monthly basis over the years ~ whether he starts out slowly and then improves as the season advances would be a consideration. If that is not a factor, i would consider the possibility of trading him. A loogie reliever with a great track record would command more than just a bit of attention.

    Last night’s gritty victory not only averted a five-game losing streak, but also kept the team from dipping below .500. Looking at the team stats, that drag from the bottom of the order, among other factors, places the Giants in somewhat the same position they were in a year ago, mired well below most competitive teams in BA, runs scored, OBP and several other metrics. Last night, base hits with RISP simply did not happen. Fortunately, we scored three runs anyway, largely due to the legs and instincts of Ford. Nobody on the team has gone on a hot streak yet, though Rowand, Posey and Sandoval have been getting their base raps. If just one guy goes on a tear, it could electrify the entire lineup.

  14. Nipper said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:11 am

    DeRosa …..who? where? when?

  15. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Why do you nimrods get het up about who got rings? Fathead: you think you were getting one if Bowker hadn’t?

  16. Giant Head said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Heated up??? I just commented on the fact. When did I say I was heated up?

    • twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

      It’s “het up”… there’s nothing to comment on unless you have an issue with it. This came up with others who got rings or shares and were deemed unworthy. Probably Snarkkles leading the nays.

      • snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

        You’re FOS on that. When the issue of Molina and protocol came up, I said the thing to do was give everybody that qualified a ring. Look it up, butthead…

  17. Giant Head said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Hey Dennis, I just picked up Vogelsong for the start tomorrow in the Flapper League…take that!!! The great come back has started…12th on Saturday, 10th today, first place soon!

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on April 27, 2011 at 10:06 am

      The way Barbara Billingsley is pitching for me today, I might need to trade for Vogelsong.

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on April 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

      I just checked the transaction board, you really did p/u Vogelsong. I thought you were joshing my socks off.
      If Bochy gives NO Whitey the start behind the dish you’re in like Flynn.

      • Giant Head said, on April 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

        Yeah boy!!!

  18. Kevin said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I still say April isn’t even over and everyone is talking about what to do with whoever. This will work out over time. Don’t forget that big target on their backs that says World Series Champions. Actually it says it on their sleeves. but you all get the point.

  19. xootsuit said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    The video replay’s pretty clear. 2B Walker held the ball, looked at Ford to be sure he wasn’t running (yet), then threw deliberately (not quickly) to 1B. He thought it was more important to avoid the sort of panic overthrow that started the whole thing when the pitcher tried to pick Ford off at 1B. Walker didn’t lob the ball, but he deliberately did not try to hurry it in any way. When he saw Ford standing off third, looking at him, Walker simply figured Ford couldn’t suddenly take off and make it home. The most amazing thing to me is, once he took off, how instantly Ford hit top speed.

  20. dirtnrocksnreno said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

    A list of players that are not on the roster getting rings and full shares shows the organization and players have class.

    Schierholtz has value to this club but if Ford can show anything at the dish it won’t be good for Nate. Is DeRosa injured or not? It is uncharacteristic of Bochy to not give the vet more run.

  21. stixwiz said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Pipeline watchers, eyeing the prospects at San Jose probably have had Gary Brown, Chris Dominguez and Tommy Joseph in their sights for some time. They all appear to have a shot at The Show. Overlooked so far has been a comparatively diminutive second sacker name of Ryan Cavan, a 16th round pick a couple of years back. To date he leads the baby Giants in RBI’s, total bases and slugging percentage. Though not sporting a particularly high BA, his walk-strikeout ratio is not bad, so his OBP is acceptable. He seems to have that knack for coming through with ducks on the pond. Kid has a decent turn of speed and only one error to date.

    Keep your eye on Cavan. He may soon pass Brock Bond on the depth chart at second base. One month is not much to go on for High-A, but his history at Salem-Keizer and Augusta tends to indicate his current stats are not an outlier or anomaly.

    • twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Brock Bond is not remotely in the picture, Stix. It’s Culberson, Noonan. You’re right, though-Cavan is one to watch..

  22. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Just yesterday, the thread was partly about trying to move the Natester. Boys, I think they’re aware of how that would impact the bench. And they won’t play Rowand and Burrell the same day. Either one is fine pinch ritting against a RHer..

  23. DJLoo said, on April 27, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Cavan won the Belmont Stakes in 1958. That would make him 56 years old.

    • Del Mar Dennis said, on April 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Even at 56 I bet Cavan could still outrun this sorry crop of 3 yos.

  24. Del Mar Dennis said, on April 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hey, the Warriors are looking for a new coach. Can you spell Van Gundy?

  25. Giant Head said, on April 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Can you spell L-A-R-R-Y B-R-O-W-N?

    That is not an endorsement…surprised the new ownership is willing to shake things up this dramatically…

  26. Giant Head said, on April 27, 2011 at 10:54 am

    And Dennis, you get what you deserve starting Doodgers!!!

  27. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Smart got a raw deal. They make the playoffs next year or it’s new owners, same old shit…

  28. Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

    They improved like 15 games from last year, didn’t they?

    And they passed on Monroe.

    If they could ever get a front court, they’d be good.

  29. Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Well, 10 games anyway. The defense improved a little, and the offense improved a little. enough to save Keith Smart’s job? Certainly.

    But until they get a true rebounder and a better inside presence, they’ll forever live and die by the 3. Udoh was not a step in the right direction.

  30. TedSpe said, on April 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I liked Smart. But, hell, even before the season was officially over all the nabobs were simply predicting how soon it would happen. I think Tolbert guessed two weeks after the season end.

  31. Flavor said, on April 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

    lots of chatter about DeRosa headed to Florida. That would be perfect—trade him for a prospect or two, keep Ford on the roster…..

    • xootsuit said, on April 27, 2011 at 11:56 am

      shit, you posted 2 seconds before I did.

      • Flavor said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

        I’m 2 seconds ahead of the entire human race Xoot, don’t feel bad. 🙂

      • TedSpe said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

        And the entire human race is 2 drinks behind me

  32. xootsuit said, on April 27, 2011 at 11:55 am

    MLBTR: ‘The Marlins “have begun weighing the merits of making a run at” Giants infielder Mark DeRosa, reports Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. DeRosa could be a solution for the Fish at third base for the remainder of the season, after which his contract is up.’

  33. dirtnrocksnreno said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    DeRosa moved to Florida of all places could be great. The Marlins consistently produce talent out of the minors. Who do they have in the pipe at SS?

    • Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Dirt, Their AAA affiliate has a couple 30 year old SS’s.

      Their hitting coach is Damon Minor.

      Their AA affiliate doesn’t even list a SS. They have 4 2nd basemen, 2 3rd basemen, and 2 1st basemen.

      They do have a guy in A ball, Danny Black, who might be worth a look. 22, 6’2, 170. He’s from Roseville . . .

  34. snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    DeRosa has to be hurt. Otherwise, he’d be playing more. Giants can’t afford to keep Ford at the end of the bench to just PR once a game (if you’re down by one or maybe two), and then maybe play D late. He can’t hit. Minor problem, that…

    • twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Neither can the Natester

  35. Del Mar Dennis said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Not sure if they’ll get this one in tonight. There’s a tornado watch in the area.

    Rowand CF, Sanchez 2B, Huff 1B, Posey C, Sandoval 3B, Burrell LF, Ross RF, Tejada SS, Bumgarner P

  36. Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Why would anyone even glance at DeRosa? 1.2 years, 111 ABs? .216 BA? 13 RBI?

    there’s obviously something physically wrong with the guy. If Fla wants to stash him on the bench, hey more power to them. Do they really think they are going to get a full time player?

    • blade3colorado said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      Compared to Carlos Gonzales of the Rockies, DeRosa is raking . . . Plus, I think he is going to lose his local Taco Bell commercial (LQTM) . . . Dude is 0-for-21 with seven strikeouts in his last six games. The slump has dropped Gonzalez’s average to .217 (18-for-83).

      • Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

        Forget raking. My thought is PLAYING. DeRosa can’t stay healthy enough to put together any meaningful playing time.

        Would the Marlins take him based on his spotty health record?

        I don’t think so, but hey, more power to ’em.

    • snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      Don’t forget the great interviews with Ralph and Tom on KNBR. If the Marlins would take him and his salary, I’d take a cuban sandwich in return to open up his roster spot. So far, it’s like DeRosa is on a shadow DL — appears once, then gone for quite a while. This looks like a patented Sabes $12M damaged goods mistake…

  37. mrmrbill said, on April 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    The trade tongues are certainly wagging today. Rosenthal at Fox Sports thinks the G’s are packaging Tejada.

    • xootsuit said, on April 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      What? They ordered a body bag?

      • Bozo said, on April 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

        Good one.

  38. Del Mar Dennis said, on April 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    DeRosa to the DL; Burriss up.

    • Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Shocking . . . so much for Fla . . .

      Like Mike said, he should just ease into coaching . . .

      • Del Mar Dennis said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:00 pm

        Don’t Bogart the deal just yet. Maybe if we toss in Tejada they’ll give us Ramirez.

  39. snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Well, typical Giants. Nothing on DeRosa, then bang, he’s on DL with the wrist. No surprise. I said in ST that I wouldn’t count on DeRosa doing anything, and it’s proved out so far. Sabes is to be congratulated for the WS win. But, he just can’t help himself with signing used up vets to big coin, particularly ones with injury history. Looks like about $7.5M of prorated DeRosa bust so far, with the rest of his $6M season in peril. Burriss? Feh. Has he learned how to bunt yet?Maybe he’ll take over for Tejada a coupla games on a tryout while Tejada is “being packaged”…

    • blade3colorado said, on April 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

      They still haven’t found the body bag?

  40. dirtnrocksnreno said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Chuck, thanks for the Marlins news.

    Why not have Burriss get some run at SS? His range is probably equivalent and he could probably hit next to nothing too. For all the Schierholtz angst he’s doing better at the dish than Tejada and Bochy gets him in almost every game. One way or another.

  41. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    “Sabes is to be congratulated for the WS win. But”
    A classic “yeah, but” moron. No one could have foreseen the previous failed surgery that led to all of this.I’d love to see some documentation that Sabean’s record on siging “injury history” vets is extraordinary at all.

    • snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Sabes rolled the dice on signing a surgically repaired wrist that LaRussa didn’t want back. He took a $12M risk, then took it in the shorts. Now, so far the $6M Tejada old folks home signing is looking about as good. I figured Tejada would be degraded, but serviceable, not as ominous as it is so far. Another month of feeble hitting and poor D will be enough to hit the panic button. Burriss will get a tryout at SS under guise of up for DeRosa…

  42. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Burriss might get some time at short but he horrified the desert creatures with his defense there this Spring. He’s being used about as DeRosa was supposed to be used- second, short, outfield. The speed will be welcome.

  43. xootsuit said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    “DeRosa on the DL. Went to see his wrist surgeon in Cleveland this morning. Repaired tendon is fine, but area around it is inflamed.” Baggarly tweet. MLBTR now thinks Fla. may wait a couple of weeks to make their “run” at DeRosa.

  44. Kevin said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Where are you guys reading about DeRosa going on the DL?

  45. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Both Henry and Baggs tweeted it.

  46. Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    He’s out ‘a while.’

  47. Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Having a draft contest on my blog. Click my nom de plume . . .

    There could be an oily Alex Smith jersey or a bottle of something in your future . . .

  48. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Chuckles, will Alex accept the Niners contract offer?

    • Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Depends on when it happens. In June? No. In Spetember? Yes . . .

  49. SanDawg said, on April 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I agree that Burriss looked pretty good out in the field a couple of years ago. I have a hard time believing his defense has regressed a bunch since then. I certainly don’t expect him to be any worse than the “Clang and Clack” routine we’ve been used to from Renteria and Tejada.

  50. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Rent’s defense was key to the postseason success…
    Both beat writers discussed Burrises’ awful defense this Spring. Believe it..

  51. Kevin said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Bitchin and Moanin won’t do any good but I am going to do it anyway. Post steroid era baseball IMO a team should not go after anyone over the age of 33. A. they are injury prone and B. there skills are streaky at best. The Giants should just cut DeRosa loose!! A waste of three years.

  52. snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    If Burriss and Ford play significant time this season, we’re screwed…

  53. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    He’ll probably retire. I’m a little disappointed in Snarrkles, though. He hasn’t made up an insulting nickname for DeRosa…

    • snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Can’t qualify for a nickname if you never play.
      Sabes should have been a little suspicious when DeRosa signed the contract with his left hand…

      • mrmrbill said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:23 pm

        (whisper) minor detail: the injury is his left hand.

      • xootsuit said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        No wonder he had such a business-like handshake.

      • snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm

        So, he was trying to show his wrist was OK? 🙂

    • Kevin said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Agree, he should retire, he had his second surgery late June early July and it is not ready to go yet. probably never will be.

      • snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

        If you retire, you don’t get paid off on your contract, as far as I know. If that happens, the respect level just went off the charts for DeRosa. I won’t hold my breath…

  54. mrmrbill said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    looks like noaa.gov took off the tornado watch … we might get this game in, after all.

  55. freshtodef80 said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I still don’t get the Cult of Nate.

    • snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      You’d rather join the Cult of Gamer?…

  56. mrmrbill said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    schulman: lineup change, Fontenot will play SS.

    and, “Bochy’s been told game should start on time. Burriss arriving midnight and might start at 2B tomorrow.”

    • twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      It sounds like he means Fontenot will play SS tomorrow. We’ll see.

      • mrmrbill said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        yeah, I think you’re right. Henry’s got more detail in a splash update from a couple minutes ago.

  57. twinfan said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    You look at the GM’s record on balance. DeRosa was signed previous to the 2010 season. I’d say that Sabean’s record of signings for that year speaks for itself.
    trophy

  58. dirtnrocksnreno said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Question the details sure but look at the overall record. Sabean can make the case as the best GM in Giants history. SF history for sure.

  59. snarkk said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    For Bum, is it too much to ask for an early lead and a HP ump that actually calls a strike a strike? I hope not…

  60. eddacker said, on April 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I watched several highlights of Ford’s play and it was a joy.

  61. eddacker said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    OH, and thanks for not showing the FL standings.

  62. DJLoo said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Quite a throng on hand…

  63. Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Sure is good to see the Giants packing ’em in on the road.

    What does Pittsburgh average? 7,000 a game? Nice to see each fan gets a personal usher to dry thier seats.

    • TedSpe said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      9,382 attendance last night. So that’s 2,382 Giants’ fans

  64. Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    “Noted publicity werewolf Gloria Allred” has a beef with Roger McDowell. Apparently he said some nasty stuff in the recent homestand.

    That line is hysterical.

    http://tinyurl.com/3re26tp

    Something tells me his time is short . . .

  65. dirtnrocksnreno said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    It must be nice living in Pittsburg. You can see some good NL clubs on the cheap.

  66. DJLoo said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    If the Giants are talking to Florida, it’s gotta be about Hanley. The Marlins don’t take on salary – they dump it.

  67. DJLoo said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    And furthermore, I have a hunch Sabean (who has a free pass for eternity) will waste no time in shaking up our sleepwalking heroes. I think Affeldt’s a goner. Send him & Nate to the Yanks for Swisher.

  68. DJLoo said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I know 2 guys named James McDonald. They’re both short, fat, bald and Irish.

  69. Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    If it’s true, it’s sayonara Roger . . .

  70. Unca Chuck said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Christ, it’s bad luck Bummie so far. . . .

  71. DJLoo said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Met fans will never forgive McDowell for a gopher ball he served up to Terry Pendleton in September 1987. Killed the season.

  72. PawlieKokonuts said, on April 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    going out on a limb: Cody’s bat gets hot tonight

  73. stixwiz said, on April 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Franchez’ shoulder must really be ouched.

  74. Flavor said, on April 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    frustrating to watch. McDonald has been the worst pitcher in the National League this year. Maybe in either league…….

    • DJLoo said, on April 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      I thought it was Ferguson Jenkins…

  75. Del Mar Dennis said, on April 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I didn’t realize that McDonald’s middle name was Cy. Jesus H. Christ. Somebody, anybody, hit the goddamn ball.


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