Tagged: Free Agents

Should The Giants Snag Sheffield?

I have been thinking if the Giants should go out and get Gary Sheffield. They would only have to pay him $400,000. The Tigers will have to pay him his $14 Million for this year. He would be a good bat to put in the middle of the
garysheffield.jpglineup. He might not be able to play everyday which would be fine to get other guys playing time. I’m just not sure who I would sit down to get him in the game. Randy Winn is the most consistent player we have had. Aaron Rowand plays center and the Giants want Fred Lewis in left. I think I might just keep moving Winn around and whatever outfielder gets a day off that’s where I would put Winn. I’m still not sold on if I were the Giants if I would do it. It’s just hard to pass up on a power bat like Sheffield’s that’s available for only $400,000. I’m sure he will be signed soon. Just not sure what team will jump out there and snag him.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants vs. Rangers (game 2) Recap – Today In Baseball History!

The Giants get an early 2 nothing lead on a 2 run double by catcher Steve Holm. Scoring on the hit was Uribe and Horwitz. The Giants end up with a 5 run 2nd inning. Pablo Sandoval gets a 2 run single to knock the starter Matt Harrison out of the game. Burriss and Velez scored on Sandoval’s single.
 
Josh Hamilton (on my 2nd fantasy team) hit a home run off of Zito in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The score after 3 innings is Giants 5 and the Rangers 3.
 
Torres hit a solo home run off of Jennings in the 6th inning to give the Giants a 6-3 lead. 
 
Giants have runners on the corners for Pablo Sandoval. He hits a RBI stand up double off the fence. Burriss scores from the 3rd and Aurilia moves to 3rd base on the hit. Going into the bottom of the 7th it’s the Giants 7 and the Rangers 3.
 
Giants score more in the top of the 8th. Torres scores on a RBI single by Wald. The Giants get another run on a RBI single by Velez. Aurilia follows up with another RBI single scoring Burriss. The score is now Giants 10 and the Rangers 3.
 
Totals
 
Giants win on 10 runs, 14 hits and 0 errors. Rangers get 3 runs, 6 hits and 2 errors.
 
Multi Hit Game
 
The Giants have 4 players to have a multi hit game.
 
  • Emmanuel Burriss went 2-5 scoring 3 runs.
  • Rich Aurilia went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s.
  • Pablo Sandoval went 2-5 with 3 RBI’s.
  • Andres Torres went 2-5 with 1 RBI and scored 2 runs.
 
 
Pitching Highlights
 
Barry Zito had a very solid game. Zito went 7 strong innings. He gave up 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 strike outs and a solo home run to Josh Hamilton.
 
Giants two new relievers Howry and Affeldt both pitched a perfect 8th and 9th inning.
 
Giants pitching Zito, Howry and Affeldt sat down the last 12 Rangers in order.
 
 
Giants Side Notes
 
One week from today the Giants will have their opening day with the Brewers.
 
Fred Lewis is only going to play Left Field this year. Lewis has heard a lot of stuff yelled at him while playing Left Field. Last season at Wrigley Field and Dodgers Stadium he heard. “Hey Barry, you look skinny.” Lewis said “I got that one all the time. I’m not Barry. I’m Fred Lewis. The name and the number on the back say it all.”
 
Today In Baseball History
 
1961 – The Pacific Coast League’s proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher is rejected by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee by a vote of 8-1. The first use of the DH will occur in the American League in 1973.
 
~ King of Cali

Rangers vs Giants (new style) Recap – Today In Baseball History!

Today I decided to listen to the Giants and Rangers but not recap it like I usually do. Just thought I would point out a few highlights from the game. Just figure readers get bored of reading plays from every inning if nothing exciting really happens. Let me know what you guys think of my recap this way.
 
Texas scored 7 runs, 10 hits and 0 errors. Giants scored 5 runs, 10 hits and 1 error.
 
Hot hitting Jesus Guzman hit a Pinch Hit home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game and send it to extra innings.
 
Giants #3 starting pitcher Matt Cain pitched 7 innings. He gave up 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk and 8 strike outs. Cain at one point sat down 11 Rangers in a row.
 
Pablo Sandoval who seems to always have a multi hit game let us down today. He only got 1 hit today. His off day is still a 1-3 day at the plate. =)  
 
7 Home Runs in the game. 4 home runs for the Rangers and 3 for the Giants. 
 

Multi Hit Game
 
The Giants only had 2 players that had a multi hit game. Fred Lewis went 2-4. Juan Uribe went 2-5, 3 RBI’s, 2 runs and hit a 2 run home run in the 3rd inning off of Kris Benson.
 
Giants Side Notes
 
Buster Posey has finally left the Giants spring training camp. He will be playing for the San Jose Giants this year. They want him to get a year of catching under his belt in the minors. He will most likely be brought up in Sept. If Molina gets traded you may see Posey up sooner. Posey looks like he’s ready to play in the Majors now, but when you have Molina there you want to make sure Posey isn’t rushed. They want him to get comfortable behind the plate.
 
Randy Johnson is pleased with his 7 inning performance against their minor league team. Johnson wasn’t overwhelming but was glad he got his work in. Johnson will make his first start of the season on my B-day April 8th! He’s the Giants #2 starter this year.
 

Giants have 2 more games in Arizona before coming back to San Francisco to face the A’s Thursday night.

 
Rangers Side Notes
 

The ex-Giant Omar Vizquel gets a start at 2nd base today for the Rangers.
 
Catalanotto and Andruw Jones are battling for the final roster spot for the Rangers.
 
Today In Baseball History
 
1992 – The White Sox trade Sammy Sosa and pitcher Ken Patterson to the cross-town rival Cubs for slugger George Bell. Sossa will pass Erni Banks as the franchise’s all-time home run leader.
 
~ King of Cali

Giants 2009 Spring Training Stats

    Games                        
24 – A. Torres               
23 – J. Bowker
22 – S. McClain   
 
      AB
57 – K. Frandsen
55 – T. Ishikawa
54 – E. Burriss
 
    Runs
15 – A. Torres
12 – E. Velez
11 – E. Burriss
 
     Hits
22 – E. Burriss
20 – P. Sandoval
20 – A. Torres
 
      2B
8 – J. Guzman
5 – K. Frandsen
5 – E. Renteria
 
      3B
3 – F. Lewis
2 – A. Torres
2 – E. Velez
 
      HR
5 – T. Ishikawa
4 – J. Guzman
4 – R.. Rohlinger
 
      RBI
14 – J. Guzman
11 – B. Molina
11 – R. Rohlinger
 
     AVG (players with more than 20 AB’s)
.455 – A. Torres
.417 – P. Sandoval
.407 – E. Burriss

Giants Pablo Sandoval – Injured

In yesterday’s game in the 5th inning against the Cubs. Giants 3rd baseman
PabloSandoval.jpgPablo Sandoval
took a bad hop groundball off the face. Then ball hit him in the mouth. Sandoval tried to backhand the ball. The ball hit him right in the face, drawing blood. It turns out the ball hit him in the mouth and chipped a tooth. Sandoval does wear braces so his lips got stuck in his braces. The Giants trainers had to pull his lips out of his braces and then they rushed him to a dentist. There hasn’t been any other updates, but he’s expected to sit out a few games. Sandoval is the projected starting 3rd baseman for the Giants. He has had a great spring. He’s hitting .450 with 2 home runs, 6 RBI’s, 18 hits in 40 AB’s. Giants fans are really excited to have him in the line up for a full season. Last year we got to see what he can do in 41 games. He hit .345, with 3 home runs, 24 RBI’s, 50 hits in 145 AB’s.
 
~ King of Cali

Angels vs. Giants recap….Today in Baseball History…

Tim Lincecum is scratched from making the start. He has the flu, so Jeremy Affeldt gets the start. He’s not a starting pitcher. He’s going to be a reliever this season for the Giants. Figgins did lead the game off with a hit. Affeldt then struck out Kendrick. The next hitter is Matthews.  Figgins then stole 2nd base and then stole 3rd base. Matthews then walks to make it 1st and 3rd with one out. Torii Hunter then hit a double to get 2 RBI’s. Kendry Morales (who also is on my fantasy team) then hit a double to get an RBI. Juan Rivera grounds out to end the inning. Eugenio Velez starts the Giants first off with a single. Rich Aurilia then walked setting up 1st and 2nd. Bengie Molina then hit a 2 run double. The guys on the radio said if anyone else would have been running for Molina it would have been an in the park home run. Everyone knows Bengie is the slowest guy in baseball. He still did his job driving runs in though. After 1 inning it’s the Angels 3 and the Giants 2. The 2nd inning was 3 up for the Angels and 3 up for the Giants.
 
No scoring in the 3rd inning for either team. The Angels also didn’t score in the top of the 4th. Nate Schierholtz strikes out swinging but gets to first on the wild pitch. Juan Uribe then gets an RBI double to tie the game at 3. Kevin Frandsen gets a RBI single up the middle to score Juan Uribe. This giving the Giants a 4-3 lead. The Angels answer right back in the top of the 5th by score 2 runs off of Bob Howry. Bengie Molina gets an RBI single in the bottom of the 5th inning to tie the game up at 5. Nothing exciting in the 6th inning offensively for either the Giants or Angels. No runs scored in the 7th inning either.
 
The Angels take the lead in the top of the 8th inning by scoring 2 runs. Then two wild pitches by Luis Perdomo scores another Angels player giving the Angels a 3 run lead. On Perdomo’s 2nd wild pitch he walked the batter and the batter ran all the way to 2nd base. Perdomo then tried to pick him off and threw it wild again. This allowing the runner to get to 3rd base. The Angels end up with 3 runs in the top of the 8th and the Giants have no answer back this time and go scoreless in the 8th. Now it’s the 9th inning. If we (Giants) were up. I would call this the Nenth inning. I always called it the Nenth inning for Rob Nen. Man this guy was a great Giant closer. Well the game is now over and the Giants wouldn’t get another run. Out of the last 9 Giants to bat there was 5 strike outs.
 
Angels get 8 runs, 10 hits and 1 error. Giants get 5 runs, 8 hits and 2 errors.
 
There was only two Giants players with multiple hits. Rich Aurilia went 2-2 with a walk and scored 1 run. Bengie Molina went 2-3 with 3 RBI’s.
 
 
Today In Baseball History
 
After watching Ty Cobb quarrel with a black grounds keeper and with teammate Charlie Schmidt, Tiger manager Hugh Jennings tries to deal him to the Indians for outfielder Elmer Flick. The Tribe’s manager Napoleon Lajoie turns down the deal for the ‘Georgia Peach’.
 
~ King of Cali

My Fantasy Baseball Team

Here is my fantasy team from the fantasy draft that I did with other fellow bloggers. I wasn’t able to complete the draft so the computer finished it off for me. I did make it thru 20 or 21 rounds then put it in auto draft for the rest of the draft. I did have the #3 in the draft and I picked Albert Pujols with my first pick.
 
BATTERS
 
C        Chris Iannetta,        Col
 
1B       Albert Pujols           Stl
 
2B        Robinson Cano       NYY
 
3B         Garrett Atkins        Col
 
SS          Derek Jeter            NYY
 
2b/SS    Miguel Tejada        Hou
 
1B/3B    Pablo Sandoval        SF
 
LF           Manny Ramirez       LAD
 
CF         Shane Victorino        Phi
 
RF         Bobby Abreu              LAA
 
OF        Alfonso Soriano         ChC
 
OF        Hideki Matsui             NYY
 
OF         Denard Span              Min
 
OF         Kendry Morales         LAA
 
OF         Felix Pie                     Bal
 
DH        Jeff Clement              Sea
 
UTIL     Edwin Encarnacion    Cin
 
Bench    Ramon Hernandez    Cin
 
Bench    Freddy Sanchez        Pit
 
Bench    Mark Ellis                  Oak
 
Bench    Joe Crede                  Min
 
PITCHERS
 
P            Chris Young                SD
 
P            Jesse Litsch                Tor
 
P            John Lannan                Was
 
P            Jeremy Bonderman     Det
 
P            James McDonald         LAD
 
P            Matt Guerrier              Min
 
P            Chad Cordero              Sea
 
P            Steven Shell                Was
 
P            Jorge Julio                    Mil
 
SP          Roy Oswalt                   Hou
 
SP          Rich Harden                 ChC
 
SP          Randy Johnson            SF
 
SP          Gil Meche                    KC
 
RP          Brian Wilson                SF
 
RP          Miguel Batista            Sea
 
RP          Juan Cruz                   KC
 
RP          Cory Wade                  LAD
 
Don’t forget to go to “The Max” blog and vote for me so I can make it past the first round at least. =)
 
~ King of Cali

Giants vs. Rockies recap 3/13/09

Giants start the game off by going 3 up and 3 down. Renteria did get a hit but was out in the double play ball hit by Lewis. The Rockies start the game off by getting 1 run on 1 hit in the bottom of the 1st inning. Helton gets the RBI scoring Spilborghs. Sandoval starts the 2nd inning off with a single. Then Ishikawa hit it back to the pitcher. Which turned out to be the 2nd double play ball hit by the Giants in the first 2 innings. Turns out to be another 3 up 3 down inning. Ex-Giant Yorvit Toorrealba started the bottom of the 2nd with a bloop single. I always liked Torrealba and he’s a player that I always want to see him play good. Just don’t like to see him do good against the Giants. The Giants did get out of the inning now allowing any runs. John Bowker would start the 3rd inning off with a hit. The starting pitcher Pucetas gets a single to set up the Giants with runners at 1st and 3rd. Then Velez got a 2 run triple. He may have had an in the park home run if the pitcher wasn’t the runner at 1st base. Fred Lewis also hits a triple to score Velez and give the Giants a 3-1 lead. The Rockies finally went down in order 3 up and 3 down in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
 
The Rockies did score their 2nd run in the 7th. After the 7th inning the score is Giants 3 and Rockies 2. Buster Posey did get a pinch hit AB but failed to get a hit. The Giants didn’t score any in the top of the 8th. The Rockies also were held scoreless as well. The Rockies got runners on 1st and 3rd in the bottom of the 9th and then got a sacrifice fly to tie the game up at 3-3. Now I’m hoping the Rockies just win it now, cause I don’t have much more time to listen to the game. This game needs to end within 20 mins or this blog is getting posted with out the final score or final stats. =) Now the game is going into the 10th.
 
Didn’t take long for the Giants to score a run. The 2nd pitch in the 10 inning was hit by Torres for a home run to give the Giants a 4-3 lead. Well in my mind the Giants will win, cause I’m leaving while they have the lead.
 
The Giants still scored a few more runs before I could post this blog. The score is now 7-3 Giants. Giants scored 4 times on 6 hits and an error. The Rockies are coming up to bat in the bottom of the 10th but I won’t be able to post what happens. Have a nice weekend my fellow bloggers.
 
 
 
Today in Baseball History
 
1960 –  The Chicago White Sox become the first team to feature road uniforms with the players names on the back. The innovation by Sox owner Bill Veeck makes it easier for the American League fans to identify the visiting Pale Hose.
 
~King of Cali

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