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Kyle Blanks

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on November 17, 2015

Come on down? At least, come on down and enjoy your minor league deal. If you like big dudes, Kyle Blanks is your guy. He’s like a less healthy Mike Morse. But whatever, if he can cobble together a healthy season he wouldn’t be the worst back up plan for the OF and/or first base vs LH pitching…..

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With Duffy finishing 2nd in the ROY voting, I thought it would be relevant to see where my favorite Giant of all time finished. Super interesting 1986 NL ROY voting, eh?

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  1. unca_chuck said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Hey, he’s not 30. For a few monhs.

  2. eddacker said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I love the fact that Matt Duffy was in there for the rookie of the year voting in second or a very solid third. we’ve heard so much press over the years about: the Giants are winning championships but their farm system isn’t very good and while we might not have the stars of some Farm systems our Farm system seems to turn out some winners!
    go Giants
    I love baseball, what a game.

  3. willedav said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:43 am

    college b-ball marathon last night was fun. Kentucky vs. Duke later today, plus Mich St and Kansas.
    Cal looked good again vs. overmatched opponent. Haven’t seen much of Ivan Rabb, missing link to solve their inside problems of last few years. Guards and forwards should be very good, tho not much depth.
    I did see him in Cal state finals game won by Bishop O’Dowd over Mater Dei of LA in March, but best player on the floor and hero of game was the point guard, who is now at Boise St.

    Thx to Blade for rundown on Braves guy. Lot of bloggers/fans down on them for dumping off better players to lower payroll when they have sweetheart deal to open new stadium in another year. Wasn’t that long ago (hello Brooks Conrad) Braves were contenders and elite team in NL East.

  4. chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I suppose a minor league deal that doesn’t cost much is okay, but Blanks is the poster boy for the walking wounded. I believe he played in less than 50 games over the past two seasons due to various injuries.

    • Irish Kevin said, on November 17, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Sounds like Pagan

      • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 12:59 pm

        LMAO…Pagan played in 133 games last year alone. 133 in one year does not equal less than 50 in two years. Unless you are using that “new math,” Kevin…

  5. Carstie Clausen said, on November 17, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Of late Giants acquisitions have been a study. First they got caught taking a Leake and now they’re drawing Blanks.

    • djloo27 said, on November 17, 2015 at 9:29 am

      lulz!

  6. chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 8:58 am

    I am probably in the minority (with the exception of perhaps Blade and a few others…perhaps Paul in Asia), but I still think Leake would be a good addition. Not THE addition (that being a bonafide #2), but in addition to a true number 2 rotation guy.

    What we saw from Leake last year, I believe, is mainly due to injuries. If you look at his lifetime stats, the guys is a pretty decent pitcher and his numbers back that up (Sub-four ERA, 1.2xx WHIP, and a 3-1 K/BB ratio).

    • Bozo said, on November 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      I’m not sure who is in the majority on Leake, I just know I don’t want him.
      I’ve been pretty vocal about not signing the guy and I have two (shitty?) reasons why, 1) I think he was butt hurt when he got traded, he didn’t want to play for the Giants and his injuries were not as bad as he let on. I have no proof, just a gut feeling that he just bagged it, banking on his lifetime #s for this year’s contract (with another team). 2) I haven’t read one Giant say they hoped to get him back. Maybe I missed some player support for signing him long term, but if not, I find that odd to say the least. And, on the other side of that coin, I haven’t seen anything to indicate that Leake wants to come back
      If they re-sign him, I hope I’m wrong and he does well.

      • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm

        Well aware of where you stand on “Taking a Leake,” John. No problem…hey, it is pretty rare that we all agree on most discussions of this nature.

  7. chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 9:35 am

    First I have seen this, and do not recall seeing it mentioned here before. Willie Mays to recieve the Presidential Medal of Freedom (highest civilian award). This was announced yesterday and the medal is to be presented on Nov. 24th during a ceremony at the White House.

    http://www.csnbayarea.com/giants/willie-mays-receive-presidential-medal-freedom

    • djloo27 said, on November 17, 2015 at 9:49 am

      What did he get it for? Being surly?

      • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

        For his “accomplishments, values, and military service” per the article.

      • pawliekokonuts said, on November 17, 2015 at 2:19 pm

        uncalled for!

      • djloo27 said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm

        Sorry Pawlie. I swear I love Willie – maybe even more than you. I just can’t help it some times. I’ve witnessed it. His military service consisted of playing ball. He’d be the first to tell you…

  8. djloo27 said, on November 17, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Fun fact on a blank day:

    Fred Lynn’s bizarre home run consistency:

    1982: 21
    1983: 22
    1984: 23
    1985: 23
    1986: 23
    1987: 23
    1988: 25

    • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 10:49 am

      WTF, you mean he never hit 24 in there somewhere? That is pretty amazing.

      Hey, only 93 days until pitchers and catchers report!

    • zumiee said, on November 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      I’ll see your Lynn, and raise you an Adam Dunn from ’04 to ’10:
      46
      40
      40
      40
      40
      38
      38

      • unca_chuck said, on November 17, 2015 at 12:39 pm

        Or Duane Kuiper
        0
        0
        0
        0
        0
        0
        0
        1
        0
        0
        0
        0
        0

      • xoot said, on November 17, 2015 at 12:43 pm

        Yogi, for 9 yrs,1950 through 1958: 28, 27, 30, 27, 22, 27, 30, 24, 22

      • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm

        Kuiper wins the consistency award (even if he was consistently shitty in the HR department)…

      • djloo27 said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

        Great job, Zum!

  9. alleykat69 said, on November 17, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I’ve been in for Leake as a #4 guy along with Grienke as a 1A-1B starter.
    The real key is added Bench strength with Bum, Grienke,and Leake being 3 of the best hitting pitchers available to PH ( when not starting) over some of the crumbs we usually send up to hit..

    • zumiee said, on November 17, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Well, the Giants haven’t flat-out said ‘no way’ on Greinke, as far as I can tell. I’ve heard some things that make it sound doubtful, but not an out-and-out ‘no’ yet.

  10. unca_chuck said, on November 17, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I seriously doubt it, but you never know. These long-term deal, as we have discussed a lot, rarely seem to work out. Then again, it ain’t my money. But it IS my team . . . Id hate to see them cripple themselves a la Boston (and the Yanks, and the Dogs, yadda yadda yadda) with a huge deal that backfires.

    • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Well, a number of recent deals backfired (Zito and Cain, for instance), and it didn’t derail the franchise. Plus the ballpark mortgage comes off the books in the next couple of years.

      • unca_chuck said, on November 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        They didn’t overlap very much. That’s where the trouble comes from. We got Cain and Posey on big deals. Bummie is a steal, but a lot of guys are going to want a lot of money soon.

      • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

        Crawford will probably get a long-term deal soon that will buy out his remaining arbitration years, and add a couple more. So, I could see him getting the likes of a five year deal for around 40-45 mil. Certainly not the kind of money that Posey, Cain, or Zito got. Outside of Bum (if his deal is redone), I don’t see any of our current players getting six figures.

  11. pawliekokonuts said, on November 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Bonds was SIXTH! Lots of trivia questions in those results.

  12. unca_chuck said, on November 17, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Hmm, brick gloves of the year.

    http://tinyurl.com/p26f3sa

    One familiar name. Our centerfielder.

  13. alleykat69 said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Yeah I like Chi just mentioned a lot of guys are gonna get more money and 1 now is Crawdaddy who they just locked up for 6 years, wiping out the last 2 years of Arb, and 1st 4 years of F/A , don’t know the coin amount yet…

    • zumiee said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I got scooped by the Kat!

  14. zumiee said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    The Giants lock up the Craw: 6 years/$75 million.

    • Macdog said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Travious Relaford should probably start considering a new profession.

    • djloo27 said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Maybe the Bumgarners can move into his basement…

  15. unca_chuck said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Thompson AND Clark finished ahead of Bonds? Thompson is a total surprise. Kevin Mitchell as well. Funny 4 of the 6 played for the Giants, and Todd’s brother as well.

  16. chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Obviously I had not read the rest of the posts when I commented on Craw at 3:09. ;-p

    The amount per year is more than I expected. Craw made out there. I was thinking along the lines of 9 mil per. Shit, this deal averages 12.5.

    • Carstie Clausen said, on November 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Congrats, Chi: In the memorable words of Nathan Bedford Forrest “you was the fustest with the mostest.”

      • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm

        No, I was only making a point about how much and for how many years Craw’s next contract would be worth…all while Kat and Zumiee stole the thunder. Kat with the first report, and Zume with the details.

  17. Macdog said, on November 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    The AP writer must be getting paid by the word: “A reliable glove in the middle of the infield, Crawford has shown his range at the position as well as growth on defense and at the plate.”

    • pawliekokonuts said, on November 17, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      sentence him or her to Twitter

  18. gianthead said, on November 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Giants in a very generous mood…but I like the home grown guys getting taken care of….and probably long term we may be saying why are we paying $12 mill plus for a 33-34 old shortstop but cost certainty had value…

  19. Carstie Clausen said, on November 17, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Good move on Crawdaddy. With his bonafides established, he brings a nice long-term asset to the team in the most difficult position in baseball to find a guy who excels both defensively and at the plate. His contract should have quite an effect on Belt’s and maybe a tad later, Bumgarner’s contracts. Crawford and Posey give the Giants great stability in the TWO most difficult positions to fill in more than one dimension.

    • djloo27 said, on November 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      You’re right, Stix.
      Historically, those are probably the 2 weakest positions in SF Giant history…

      • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm

        Yep, with the exception of LeMaster…

  20. xoot said, on November 17, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Great decision by the Giants to keep Crawford long term. This deal sure puts the spotlight on Belt now, doesn’t it? Would anyone be surprised by a one year arb avoidance contract for $5 million?

    • xoot said, on November 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Or $4 million?

    • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Not really, given his prolonged and lingering affects of the concussions. Shit, he may be done. But a friend told me last night that one specialist told him he is fine and needs to pay through it. I have not seen that story, so not sure about the validity there.

      • blade3colorado said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:33 pm

        No interest in Belt long term. Thank you for your time and service. Next.

      • xoot said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:43 pm

        And who’s that? Posey? Kyle Blanks? If Belt’s healthy, sign him and trade him, imo.

      • blade3colorado said, on November 17, 2015 at 8:13 pm

        Xoot, I’m down with that. However, long term I have zero interest in Belt.

  21. blade3colorado said, on November 17, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Bozo, I want Leake, but not at any price. Which might happen because other teams may avoid the top FAs, thereby increasing his value. Due to his 53% ground ball rate, he is actually a better fit for the Cubs vs. our team (as has been reported). Leake made $9.775 million in 2015, so could be affordable in, say, the 3/40 range. At this point I’m kind of on the fence about him, but if he could pitch the way he did the last three years (3.59 combined ERA in 94 starts) he’d be a good addition to the staff. He also doesn’t walk many (his 1.161 WHIP in 2015 was a career-best). He has the advantage of not costing a draft pick, as he was traded during 2015 and as such, could not get a qualifying offer.

    • blade3colorado said, on November 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Regarding the draft pick – I meant this would be attractive to other teams . . . Again, increasing his FA value . . . and consequently, being less attractive to me.

    • chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      I am not sure he can be had for three years, Steve. I think there are teams out there that will give him four and an option. He does have good solid, and consistent stats. As I mentioned earlier his K/BB rate is about 3-1.

      • blade3colorado said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:29 pm

        Yeah, no fast ball. In fact Chi, I read where he hasn’t even thrown one in a couple of years. Well, I am on record as saying I do NOT want any pitcher beyond 3 years, unless he is some kind of frickin’ Superman.

    • Bozo said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Hey, don’t get me wrong. Mike Leake’s 2012 NLDS performance makes him godlike in my book.

  22. chipower9 said, on November 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Aldon Smith suspended one year for breaking the substance abuse policy. I cannot fucking believe it! NOT! What a dumbass…dude is a wreck.

    • blade3colorado said, on November 17, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      Next stop? Back to the ‘hood . . .

    • unca_chuck said, on November 18, 2015 at 8:13 am

      This is from the incident in August, where if you believe TMZ, Aldon found out Kaepernick was going out with Aldon’s ex-GF Nessa. Smith pulled a Charles Haley and went nuts.

      The NFL just dragged their feet assigning the suspension.

  23. alleykat69 said, on November 17, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Damm shame that Aldon Smith flushed his promising career in the toilet. Doubt hardly any Flapper/Niner fan knew who he was coming out of college and shaking their heads and yelling out on draft day Aldon Freakin Smith?
    He sure proved everyone wrong with his pure speed/quickness/ long wing span and just a uncanny knack to get to the QB.
    But 3 DUI’s? Fortunately nobody was killed or injured but a tree. Throw in his wild party with gunfire, and Oh yeah a Bomb Threat incident at SJ airport and you have a really fucked up human being, who still may not have hit the lowest of lows, only future time will tell his final story..

  24. snarkk said, on November 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I said a few days ago after the Gold Glove that the Giants needed to sign Craw long term before he got too expensive. They up and listened to me. Now, they should listen to me and get a big bat for Left Field…

  25. willedav said, on November 18, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Nice write up on Craw on F/G, making note of how much his power has improved over the years from his first 2 seasons and what a rare talent he is. According to column, deal would be a bargain for SF even with some regression at the plate in later years when he is making $15 mil per.
    No comments yet, so I’ll check back in later just to see what others on that site think.

    There was interesting article yesterday about values of FAs, with a lot of back and forth from bloggers. Writer thought Heyward could be a bargain even at long term $200 mill and up deal. Also mentioned Wei yin Chen as under radar type of SP.

  26. unca_chuck said, on November 18, 2015 at 8:11 am

    When $200 mill is a bargain, I suddenly realize I’m in the wrong line of work.


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