Tagged: Milton Bradley

Kent’s next stop?????

I’m sure everyone has heard that Jeff Kent is going to announce his
JeffKentLA.jpgretirement at Dodgers Stadium today. I have read some articles and have been listening to mixed emotions from fans in the Bay Area. The big debate going on right now is if Kent should make the Hall of Fame. Jeff Kent is a guy that has always bugged me. I’m a huge Barry Bonds fan and I’m sure everyone remembers hearing about Bonds and Kent’s scuffle in the dugout in San Diego. Then he got into it with Milton Bradley.
 

KentBonds.jpgEveryone knows that Kent is a gamer! This guy is all business when he’s on the field. He never played the game to have best friends in the club house. Kent and Bonds were a great 3-4 punch in the middle of the lineup. These guys would never have dinner or hangout in the locker room.
 
The scuffle with Bonds and Kent started over an argument with third baseman David Bell and Jeff Kent. As the argument escalated, Bonds shoved Kent. They had to be separated by the trainer Stan Conte. It was obvious that Bonds and Kent didn’t care much about each other, but on the field they both respected each other and what they can do on the field. After this scuffle these guys high-fived each other 10 mins later after Bonds hit a 3 run home run. This happened in 2002. That was also the same year the Giants
BondsKent.jpgwent to the World Series.
 
In Brian Sabean’s first year as the Giants GM. He made a trade that was initially very unpopular. He sent a very popular Giant Matt Williams to the Indians for Jeff Kent, Julian Tavarez, Jose Vizcaino and Joe Roa. At the time it didn’t’ seem like a good trade, but if you look at it now. It was a great trade for the Giants. They got 3 quality players and Kent took off as the Giants cleanup hitter. He was hitting behind Bonds and always had RBI chances with Bonds constantly on base. Jeff became a very clutch hitter. He had over a 100 RBI’s every season with the Giants.
 
When Jeff Kent left the Giants. He started to bash the Giants fans and the Bay Area. This is the reason a lot of people around here have mixed feelings about him now. One thing people to need to think about is when he was on the field. This guy was a great Giant! He did his job and did it good. He was a gamer every night. He always gave it his all. Fans need to separate his off the field personality from his game on the field. I’m sure Giants fans will warm up to Kent again when he is in the Hall of Fame as a Giant. His best years were as a Giant, so he will go in the Hall of Fame as a Giant. Kent played for 17 years. He had a .290 AVG, 377 HR, 1,518 RBI’s and .500 SLG.
 
Here is a coukent_jeff.jpgple quotes about Jeff Kent. JT Snow said “He’s not a guy who got into the history of the game or the numbers. If you talked to him, he’d rather be out racing motorcycles or motocross. But I knew when 7 o’clock rolled around, he was going to be out there either playing hard or playing hurt. … If I’m starting a team and he’s [available], I’d want him on my team.”. “That trad e changed the direction of the franchise for the good,” said Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, an assistant GM with the Giants at the time.
 
Next stop for Kent is the Hall of Fame! Kent just told the Giants a few mins ago that he would like to go into the Hall of Fame as a Giant.
 
~King of Cali

If you were a GM what realistic moves would you make for your team this off-season?

Its funny cause I wrote this topic down and was going to post a blog about it.
Thumbnail image for TimLincecum-1.jpgThen I actually found another blog with something similar. It was about the Giants and what they would do if they were the GM. I do give the guy credit because he did put a lot of time and thought into it, but it just wasn’t realistic. What realistic moves would you make with your team. Trades, free agent signings or whatever you can think of. You can’t change any of the teams your team has already made this off-season. Starting today….
 
If I was Brian Sabean I would trade some pitching for a bat. I would trade Jonathan Sanchez to the Florida Marlins for Jorge Cantu. He hit .277 with 29 home runs and 95 RBI’s. That would be the corner infielder they were looking for. He can play 3rd base and then Pablo Sandoval can play first base.
 
Then I would make a hard push for Manny Ramirez. He would be another great bat that would be in the middle of the lineup. Then the Giants would be the favorite in the NL West. They would have a very decent lineup with a great starting rotation.
 
If by any chance the Giants are out of it by trading deadline. Then I would trade Bengie Molina since he’s in his last year of his contact. No need to re-sign him with Buster Posey ready to come up by the end of the season. Posey was drafted by the Giants with the 5th overall pick in the 2008 draft. Randy Winn would like to stay a Giant. He’s been a good Giant too. I would re-sign him if he doesn’t demand a lot of money. If he’s not signed before the trading deadline. I would also trade him as well. To get some minor league player or players. No sense in letting him walk at the end of the season and get nothing in return.

 
~King of Cali

Hot Stove is heating up!

Today is a good day for the Hot Stove to heat up! The Rays grab Pat Burrell and the Cubs got
Pat_Burrell.jpgMilton Bradley
. Both great moves by both teams. The Rays needed a some pop from the right side of the plate. Pat Burrell will be the Rays DH. Milton is a nice bat to add to the Cubs middle of the lineup. He’s a switch hitter so that’s a big plus. Bradley is a good player for the short term, cause you never know if he’s going to turn into the drama Milton Bradley.

 

A’s are also close to signing Jason Giambi.
Jason_Giambi.jpgJason has had some great years in the Bay Area, so I’m sure that’s the reason he wants to come back. The A’s also wouldn’t mind having his bat with Matt Holliday in the middle of the A’s lineup.

 

-King of Cali