Tagged: Andruw Jones

Who would you build around?

This is just something I have been thinking about and I’m curious as to what other bloggers think about this. If you could start your with one player. Who would be the guy you would build your team around? Would you start off with a young Ace like Tim Lincecum. Somebody that can start every five days and shut the other team down. Maybe you want a star shortstop like Derek Jeter. Someone that can hit and give you a 100% day in and day out. Maybe you want a centerfielder like Aaron Rowand that goes balls out on defense. You can even go with a monster swinger like Ryan Howard. He can spark your offense and get a ton of RBI’s. There is so many ways you can go with this. I’m just curious to see what bloggers would go with what guys to start a team and build around them. I look forward to your comments.
 
~King of Cali

Giants vs. Rangers recap 3/10/09

There was only 1 hit in the first 3 innings. Fred Lewis got that hit. The 2nd hit of the game came in the top of the 4th inning. J Guzman hit a double and scored on a 2 out double by John Bowker. Bowker then scored on a 2 out single by Juan Uribe. Uribe getting his 5th RBI of the spring with that hit.
 
The Rangers answered right back in the bottom of the 4th by scoring 1 run on 3 hits, and leaving 2 men on base.  Top of the 5th Downs hits a double and then Holm’s followed that with a single. Giants then had runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Mendoza then struck out Velez and got Frandsen to foul out. Mendoza then struck out Lewis to get out of the inning without allowing a run. Rangers did take the lead in the bottom of the 5th.
 
Buster Posey hit a RBI double in the top of the 7th to cut the Rangers lead to 4-3. Posey did come in to score on an error, so the Giants added 2 runs on 2 hits to tie the game at 4-4. The Giants scored 1 run on 3 hits and an error in the top of the 8th inning. Downs hit an RBI single scoring Bowker. Andruw Jones pinch hit in the bottom of the 8th and hit a double. He’s getting a lot of playing time for the Rangers right now. They are giving him a chance to try to make the team as a non roster invite. Jones is batting .308 so far this spring. The Giants did add another run in the 9th inning. Giving them a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the 9th.
 
The final totals of the game. Giants scored 6 runs on 12 hits and 2 errors. The Rangers scored 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 errors.
 
There was four Giants players to have a multi hit game. Jesus Guzman went 2-4 and scoring 1 run. John Bowker went 2-3 getting an 1 RBI and scoring 2 runs. Juan Uribe also went 2-3 and did get 1 RBI. Downs also got 2 hits. He went 2-4 with 1 RBI.
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1941 – The Dodgers announce their players will begin to wear helmets when batting. The use of the safety headgear will not become mandatory in the National League until 1954 and the AL will follow suit four years later.
 
~King of Cali

This weekends Hot Stove

A-Rod

Alex Rodriguez is the only name to be released from the ’03 steroid testing. He is on a list of
104 players to have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod was approached by an SI reporter on Thursday. A-Rod did not want to discuss the test results. He would not say if he tested positive or not for performance enhancing drugs. A-Rod said “You’ll have to talk to the union.” He was asked if there was an expanation for his positive test, and he said “I’m not saying anything.” There were no penalties for positive tests in 2003. I’m sure we will get a lot more information on this in the next couple of days. I will try to keep you updated with information as  I get it.

 

Gordon signs a 1 year contract with the D-Backs

Tom Gordon has signed a 1 year contract with the Arizona. It’s reported that he will earn $500,000 and with bonuses can earn him up to $2.5 million. Gordon hasn’t pitched in a game since July 5th of last season with the Phillies.

 

Andruw Jones hopes to resurrect his career with the Rangers

SI.com has confirmed that Andruw Jones has signed a 1 year minor league contract with the Rangers. Jones was released by the Dodgers this offseason. He worked out a deal so the Dodgers will release him and still pay him his contract over time. The Rangers signed him for $500,000 plus $1 million in incentives. I really like Jones and hope he has a bounce back year. He’s to young to be on that big of a decline.

 

Ryan Howard signs a 3 year contract with the Phillies

Thumbnail image for RyanHoward.jpgWell now the Phillies and Ryan Howard can stop all the arbitration stuff. I think this is a great move for the Phillies. They have a legit power hitter locked up with a contract he’s going to be happy with. If he can cut down a lot of his strike out’s, he’s going to be an even better player. He will earn $15 million this season, $19 million next year and $20 million in 2011.

 

 

Giants have an offer on the table for Crede and Aurilia

It’s been reported that CBS television on Saturday that the Giants have made an offer to Joe Crede. No specifics on the contract offer have been reported. Crede isn’t that big bat that the Giants need but he’s a good 3rd baseman and has a little pop. It’s just a question if he can stay healthy or not. Maybe that’s what the Giants signed Juan Uribe to back him up like he did last year for the White Sox. The only other team that has been talking about trying to sign Crede has been the Twins.

 

The Giants have also made an offer to Rich Aurilia for a minor league contract. Aurilia has spent 10 of his 13 big league seasons with the Giants. Brian Sabea said “I think he’s taking the weekend to decide. We hope he comes back.”

 

I did go to the Giants Fan Fest this weekend and will be blogging about it this week. I also will have pictures of the event in the Fan Fest blog.

 

~King of Cali

Andruw Jones is back in the free agent market

The Dodgers signed Andruw Jones a year ago and make him the highest paid
AndruwJones.jpgplayer in franchise history. Now a year later they are releasing him. Jones batted .158 with three home runs and 14 RBI’s. Jones was a huge disappointment. He came into spring training well overweight.
 
The team that decides to sign Jones would only have to offer him the league minimum which is $400,000. The Dodgers would still have to pay him the rest of his salary. Jones will probably end up going back to the Braves to revamp his career. He should go back to a place where he has had so much success. I’m sure he will have a bounce back year with whatever team he plays with next season.
 
~King of Cali