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Buster Posey and Bill Neukom on the radio 2/26/09

Buster Posey thinks the Giants pitching staff is nasty. He’s a soft spoken kid. Buster said one game at Florida State he played all 9 positions. He said the most uncomfortable position he played was first base. He said just seeing the ball come off that bat at that angle was weird. Posey has hit with
 
BusterPoseyspring.jpgwood in summer leagues before now. The speed of the game is a lot faster. Base runners are faster. He doesn’t know what the Giants have in mind for him this season. He’s just going to control what he can when he’s on the field.
 
Bill Neukom was impressed with Ishikawa’s power surge in yesterday’s game. He said that ball would have went out of any big league park. The Giants are pushing to have a lot of homegrown talent. Bringing someone in here and there with a trade is fine, but they want guys to come up through there system.
 
Neukom said Manny isn’t a perfect fit for the Giants right now. He loves his bat but said the Giants have a huge outfield and need someone who’s a good defender in left field to save runs. He said that doesn’t mean were closing the door on Manny. He was just comparing Bonds when the Giants first signed him to Manny Ramirez now. He was saying Bonds was a 5 tool player. He could do everything. Manny at this point in his career is just a hitter.
 
Giants face the Dodgers today in Cactus League play. Matt Cain is going to take the hill. Let’s see what other Giants step up today.
 
UPDATE – Tim Lincecum and Giants agree on a 1 year $650,000 contract. Lincecum will be elligable for arbitration next year.
 
~King of Cali

Giants Mailbag 2/17/09

This is a start of a weekly blog that I would like to post. I will answer any questions that you have for me. I look forward to receiving your questions. 🙂
 
Giants Mailbag 2/17/09
 
Do you think players should be allowed to use HGH or steroids when recovering from a surgery/injury?  It may allow the player to heal quicker.  I know this would be a tricky issue, but it’s a thought considering all the talk around AROD right now.

 
Ron
 
 
Wow now that is a tricky issue alright. I would have to say no. There shouldn’t be anything that can be grey. It should be black or white. You either can use it or you can’t, so if baseball doesn’t want players to use HGH or steroids. Then no one should be able to take it even if it’s just to help recover.

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How do fans in SF feel about Bonds and the steroid issue?

Will Zito bounce back in 2009?

Where will the power come from in 2009? Will Sandoval make an impact?

Nathan (Foul Tip)

It seems like half the people care what happens to Bonds and the other half don’t. Now that he’s no longer in a Giants uniform it seems like fans don’t really care. I’m sure the Bonds fans like myself still care. I just think the whole steroid issue needs to end. Okay a lot of players took them. Now lets clean the game up now and move on. We can’t change the past.


Look below to the question from Jane/She-Fan to read my insight on Zito.


I really don’t see much power again this year. Our only home run pop is Bengie and he only gave us 16 home runs last season. Sandoval will have a few home runs here and there, but I don’t expect him to lead the team. I do see him as a great hitter and to have his bat in the lineup all year will add to the offense. The Giants still need to add another bat with pop. I’m hoping they will get Ramirez or Crede. They just need another guy to produce some runs.

 
 
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Assuming Manny Ramirez re-signs with the Los Angeles Dodgers do you find it somewhat odd that Brian Sabean and the Giants improved the ball club by adding Jeremy Affeldt, Bob Howry, Edgar Renteria, and Randy Johnson but did not add a big offensive piece, which seemed to be their major need going into the off-season, that would have made them favorites to win the NL West? Unless Aaron Rowand, Randy Winn, and the youngster Pablo Sandoval are going to have all-star caliber seasons I do not see them having enough offense even with the strong pitching staff. I say sign Joe Crede to play 3B and swoop in and steal Manny from the Dodgers and really go for it.
 
 
Well I must say it seems like you and I are kind of thinking alike. If Manny signs with the Dodgers. Then I don’t know why the Giants would pay so much for Renteria to come play short. Just have one of the young guys play short that are battling for 2nd base. We have Frandsen, Burriss and Velez trying to win the 2nd base job. One of them can play short if you’re not trying to win and just develop young players.
 
Why would you sign Randy Johnson if you’re not trying to win this year? We have Lowry and Sanchez fighting for the 5th spot. They wouldn’t have had to fight for it if Johnson wasn’t signed. I can see signing Affeldt and Howry either way. The bullpen needed some help to get the ball to Wilson in the 9th inning. Johnson and Renteria just don’t make sense to me if they are not trying to win this year.
 
I do think the Giants will have a better offense this year with or without Ramirez. They will have Sandoval for a whole season. This is a guy who can flat out hit. He’s not Ramirez but he will get his hits and get on base for Bengie to drive in. I didn’t think Crede would be a good signing for this club, but now that everyone else is gone. I say go for it. Crede will give some pop in the lineup. Then Sandoval can move to play first base. Rather than using an unproven player at first base.
 
With the moves that Sabean has made this off-season. They should just go out and sign Manny and got for it this year. With Manny they will be the favorite to win the NL West. Then with the starting rotation they have. It would be scary to face them in the playoffs.
 
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AT&T Park is breathtaking.  Tops on my list to see…maybe as early as this summer.  What are some tips for visiting the park?  Must eat food?  Best places to sit?
 
Kathy

http://redbirdchatter.mlblogs.com

I love this park! It’s just so beautiful to look at the scoreboard and see the Bay Bridge in the background. Just to see the boats in the bay right behind right field. It’s way better than going to to the A’s stadium across the bay. Every time I go to a game the first thing I have to get is the “Gilroy Garlic Fries”. I love them! Another really good place to eat there is “Orlando’s”. It’s the home of the Baby Bull Tri-Tip Sandwich and the Cha Cha Bowl. The Cha Cha bowl is really good! There is a bunch of other foods, but those are my two top choices. =)  

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I’ve read a lot of places that some Giants fans think Aaron Rowand isn’t worth the contract he was given. (5 years/$60 million, I think) Is this the general consensus among Giants fans or do they like Rowand? And do you think Rowand is worth that contract?

Jen

http://ajroxmywhitesox.mlblogs.com

I have heard fans say they are not happy with the amount the Giants paid him to come here. The Giants have had problems getting big name free agents to come here because it’s a pitchers park. The Giants always seem to have to over pay to get someone decent in here. I like Rowand but he’s not the big bat that the Giants fans wanted when we got him. He is a good player to have on your team. I just would have used that money on someone else. Fans expected him to come here and be an elite player.

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Is Tim Lincecum in danger of major injury this year? He pitched so many innings last season and has that violent delivery…What’s the inside word?
Ellen
 
It’s not earth shattering, but it’s a question
 
Tim Lincecum has a very strange delivery. His dad showed him how to pitch when he was a kid. He’s a small guy so his dad tweaked his pitching style to get every little bit of strength as he could out of that little body. Lincecum has pitched so good with that style that his dad wouldn’t let anyone tweak with it. Seems to work, so if it’s broke then don’t try to fix it! There has been no injuries reported for Lincecum, so lets keep our fingers crossed!
 
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I’ve got a question for you, King….

What kind of a season do you expect Barry Zito to have? Has he finally shaken off the pressure from the big contract? Is he healthy? I haven’t been following his career since he joined the Giants, so fill me in please.

Thanks.

Jane/She-Fan
http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

 
I honestly believe Zito is going to have a good year. I mean don’t expect him to be in the running for the Cy Young Award. He knows Tim Lincecum is the man now and the Ace. Plus they have signed Randy Johnson, so Zito isn’t feeling all the pressure anymore. He’s also moving from the Ace of the staff to the #4 starter this season. I think in that 4th spot is really going to help him. He’s not going to be facing other teams Ace’s night in and night out.
 
Zito is going into the season in really good shape. He has had Brian Wilson (the Giants closer) stay with him this off-season. Wilson has had Zito doing his workout and eating right. I’m actually really excited to see how good Zito will be this year.
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Hi King,
 
Here’s my question – the Giants seem to have pinned a lot of hope on Edgar Renteria filling in at SS.  There had been issues about his weight & general physical condition last season in Detroit.  Do you think he can over come those issues and be effective for the Giants?
 
Julia
 
 
I think Edgar Renteria is a good pick up. I think he’s overpaid for this off-season market. He is a decent bat to put in the #2 spot. Renteria is a big upgrade with the bat compared to Omar. He’s not going to make all the great plays that Omar made on “D” but he will make the plays he should make. His range isn’t as good either, but the Giants need offense so that’s why this move was good. I have heard that Edgar is going into spring training in better shape. I guess we have to wait and see when he reports this spring.
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It’s Brian from Fish Bites  I read how the commissioner is debating whether to reinstate Hammerin’ Hank as the home run king. I’m sure as a Giants fan, the organization is upset about this, and I can see why. I guess I’m wondering what your take is as a possible fan of Barry Bonds and since you were lucky enough to watch him for so long.

Hope this idea catches on with the other bloggers.
Brian
http://florida.mlblogs.com/ 

 
I don’t think there is any way he will reinstate Hammerin Hank. He can’t just take away everyone’s stats from this steroid era. Plus no one even really knows who did take steroids during this era. Hank has already came out and said the record is Bonds.
 
Even with all of the steroid issues it was awesome to watch the Home Run Chase! No matter where I was at I knew when Bonds was coming up. I was either in front of a TV or listening to every at bat. A lot of people don’t know this but Bonds just didn’t go up there hacking. He only would swing at strikes. He could be 0-2 and still walk cause pitchers wouldn’t want to come back over the plate. Barry was the man and I’m glad he was playing in this era cause I think it was really a treat to everyone who got to really see him play day and day out.
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-Who will win the N.L. West the Dodgers, D-Backs, the Giants, or whoever gets Manny.
-Where will Manny go?
-What you think about pitcher and catchers reporting (is it overrated, underrated, stupid to have pitchers and catcher be there before position, players etc.)

 
 
It all depends where Manny (he will end up a Dodger) goes as to how the NL West will go. If Manny signs with the Dodgers this is what I think. Dodgers, Giants, D-Backs, Rockies and Padres.
 
If Manny signs with the Giants…. Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres.
 
Now If Manny doesn’t sign with either Giants or Dodgers.  It’s really a toss up with the D-Backs and Giants. I think it will probably be Giants, D-Backs, Dodgers, Rockies and Padres.
 
The Giants already made it known if they are in it they will make a move at the trading deadline. I’m sure this will be enough to win the NL West.
 
I think it’s cool that Pitchers and Catchers report early. Just gets baseball started a little earlier than waiting longer for position players. It’s also cool to see what position players show up early. Just shows who’s committed to the team. I love the smell of Spring Training in the air!
 
 
Thank you for your questions. I would like to do this weekly. Please send me any questions that you would like me to answer for you.
 
~King of Cali

Domino effect time for free agents

With spring training here. I think a lot of players are going to start to panic
AbreuBobby.jpgthat they are not on teams. They don’t want to sign late and miss the start of the season. I’m sure we will see some signings starting to come quick. Bobby Abreu and Adam Dunn signing recently is starting the domino effect for the rest of the players. If someone would have asked you at the beginning of the off-season that your team can get Abreu for $5 million would you have believed them? I’m sure if any team would have thought that. Every team would have jumped to try to get that deal worked out quick. Abreu is a steal for the Angels. It’s such a great move cause they got him for cheap and he can bat anywhere. They don’t expect him to be a huge force. He’s just a great bat that has some pop. He will get them about 20 or more home runs and will hit about .300. Can’t ask for anything more than that for a $5 million deal.
 

DunnAdam.jpgI think Adam Dunn was waiting as long as he could to get a better offer. He just never got it, so he decided to finally sign with the Nationals. The reason I say finally cause it was reported a while back that the Nationals had a contract offer to Dunn but he just kept waiting and waiting. I think he was waiting for Manny to sign and then see what’s out there for him. I’m sure he was hoping Manny wouldn’t sign in LA, so he can sign with the Dodgers.
 
Now it’s wait and see who’s signing next. I’m sure most of us have heard the Dodgers are trying to sign Manny and Orlando Hudson. As a Giants fan I hate this move. As a baseball fan… I think this makes the Dodgers a whole lot stronger. To add these two bats to your lineup. Orlando will hit around .300 and Manny will just rake all day at the plate. I hope the Dodgers can’t get both of these players, but if they do. We will just throw Tim Lincecum at them and no Dodgers will be hitting that day. =)
 
~King of Cali

What’s the Giants next move?

I keep reading and hearing about the Giants and possibilities. Seems like the
JoeCrede.jpgGiants are rumored with any and every free agent. The Giants needed so much so pretty much any player addition was a good fit for the Giants. Early on in the “Hot Stove” the Giants were linked to have interest in Rafael Furcal who would have been a great addition at shortstop. They ended up with Edgar Renteria. I don’t think that’s a bad move. Saves some money and Edgar is still an upgrade at shortstop. I think the move is fine if the Giants get another good player. If no other moves are made. Then I don’t see a point. Just let the young guys play. I just think this NL West division is so weak this year. That it’s there for the Giants to just take it. The starting rotation is really solid and the bullpen has been improved with the addition of Jeremy Affeldt and Bob Howry.
 
Giants fan have also heard the Giants name with free agents such as Orlando Hudson, Adam Dunn, Pat Burrell, Manny Ramirez, Ty Wigginton, Joe Crede, C.C. Sabathia and now Bobby Abreu. I’m sure I left a few other names out.
 
We all know where CC ended up at. He’s went with the money and signed with the Yankees. You can’t blame a guy for wanting to get paid. Giants fans just hoped CC we take a hometown discount to play for the Giants. It was like a fantasy for Giants fans. It just wouldn’t have made much sense to pay him a huge salary and not get a bat with that money. Well we didn’t get him but where’s the big bat?
 

MannyRamirezredsox.jpgWe no longer would need Orlando Hudson if we have 3 players who are trying to fight for our 2nd base position. To me it was either Hudson or a shortstop and we already got the shortstop. Pat Burrell who is from the Bay Area didn’t seem like a good fit to me either. He’s just not the big bat I think the Giants should add. It’s known they want a first or third baseman. Ty Wigginton and Joe Crede seem like they would be okay, but they are not the big bat that the Giants need. Adam Dunn sounds okay to me even though he’s not great on “D” and strikes out a lot. I’m just trying to get any bat in a Giants uniform. I would have never said I want Dunn before today. I did also see the Giants were interested in Bobby Abreu and a cheaper alternative to Manny Ramirez. I just can’t see the Giants bringing him. He’s a good player but he’s on the decline with his power numbers.
 
If anyone from the Giants front office ever reads this blog. Please let us Giants fans know if you want to win or just put an okay team out there to get your $$$ rolling in. Giants fans have been waiting a long time to win it all. I’m not saying this is the team to do it, but if we had a bat like Manny’s then we would have a great shot at winning the NL West. Then once you get in the playoffs it’s a crap shoot. Well I like our chances in a crap shoot with the starting rotation we would take into a playoff series.
 
~King of Cali

Giants still not in any rush to pull the trigger

With everyday passing and spring training getting closer. It seems as if the San Francisco
Giants will end up with Travis Ishikawa as their projected starting first baseman. He hit three home runs with 95 at bats last season. He did have a .274 AVG as well. The Giants really like Ishikawa’s deffense. They think deffense is key for a club that will have to rely on it’s pitching.

 

The Giants still haven’t ruled out signing a free agent to bat in the fourth spot. Everyone know’s that’s the biggest move they need to make this offseason. Though it does seem more and more likely that they may wait. The Giants don’t feel any preasure from any of the NL West teams. No one has really made themselves better. The Giants feel they can stay in it and make a trade before the trading deadline for that big bat. By then they will know what they got with Lowry and Sanchez. Then they would try to package one of them for a big bat.

 

Doesn’t sound like the Giants really care about winning this season. They have a great starting staff, so they could be one big bat away from winning the NL West.

Hot Stove is on fire with Red Sox signings

The Hot Stove is still heating up. There is still some big name free agents
RoccoBaldelli.jpgout there. The Red Sox have taken a couple of them off the list. They have signed Rocco Baldelli, Mark Kotsay and have agreed to terms with John Smoltz. All these moves within a week. Has the Red Sox still looking strong going into next season.
 
Baledlli will be the Red Sox 4th outfielder and Kotsay will be able to fill in at first base and also can play outfield. Smoltz is a great pitcher to add to this team. He’s getting up there in age but can still pitch great. I’m sure another Red Sox signing will be coming again soon. They will eventually end up signing Jason Varitek very soon.
 
~King of Cali