With the trading deadline getting closer and closer. It seems like all you hear now is about different trade rumors that are swirling around. The early rumors was the Giants were interested in Dan Uggla and Nick Johnson. That’s still one that is still going around. The Giants are also linked to Jermaine Dye, Victor Martinez and Mark Teahen. The Giants really do have a lot of options when it comes to making a move. Our offense has a lot of holes that need to be filled.
The Giants offense actually has been coming around, but they can still use
another solid bat or two in their lineup. Dye is a decent bat with some good pop to add, but I wouldn’t give up any top prospects for him. Victor Martinez would be a decent pick up as well. They would have to play him at 1st base when Molina is catching. I’m not to big on making a trade for Teahen. He has a decent bat and can play multiple positions but I would only get him if everything else didn’t go through and I pretty much got him for nothing. I keep going back and forth with Uggla but he does have some pop. His avg is just way down right now, but that could make him a lot easier to trade for. I’m sure the Giants are wishing they made the trade Jonathan Sanchez for Jorge Cantu when the Marlins wanted to make that move.
I would love to see Holliday in a Giants uniform, but I wouldn’t make the trade since the Giants would have to part with some decent players and Holliday’s contract ends after this year, so there is no guarantee that he would sign with the Giants. I hear a lot of fans scared to make a trade cause they don’t want to give up the players that are up and coming. Don’t worry Giants fans they are not going to trade Posey or Bumgarner, but you do have to give up players to get players. That’s why some of these players are in our minors. They can help us with trade bait and then we have some that are untouchable.
~King of Cali
I have never posted a blog about this, but I did go to the Home Run Derby when it was at AT&T Park. I just wish I would have took more pictures. The battery died on the camera so I knew I only had a few pictures in it. It really was a cool experience to see all the booths and stuff they had set up outside of the stadium. Right when I walked in the stadium I went straight to the field. The National League team was having batting practice and the American League team was starting to stretch out in front of me. I got a couple pictures of some of them up close. It was just really cool to see all these players from different teams up close. These players seemed so loose and were just joking around. You knew they were all having a blast.
Here is a couple of pictures from my seat view. I never sat this high before but these were the only tickets I could find for the Home Run Derby.
The winner of the 2007 Home Rub Derby was big, bad Vladimir Guerrero from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
~ King of Cali
Last Friday I did my 2nd Fantasy Draft. I had the 6th pick in the draft. My #1 pick of the draft was Josh Hamilton. I have never played Fantasy Baseball before so I’m still not to sure how everything works. I know I have two guys on this team that are injured. I decided to get Alex Rodriguez since I figured he would be back in May. I also got Troy Glaus. I had no idea he was injured. I think I seen on MLB. com today that he won’t be back till June. Grrrrrrreat (not Tony The Tiger Grrrrrrreat) now I need to figure something out. lol Well here is my 2nd Fantasy team. Let me know what you think and any suggestions would be nice. =)
Team – King of Cali
C Brian McCann
1B Pablo Sandoval
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Alex Rodriguez
SS Rafael Furcal
OF Josh Hamilton
OF Alfonso Soriano
OF Corey Hart
Util Andre Ethier
Util Jim Thome
BN Delmon Young
BN Orlando Hudson
BN Troy Glaus
BN Fred Lewis
SP Jon Lester
SP Matt Cain
RP George Sherrill
RP Chad Qualls
P John Danks
P Ryan Dempster
P Jered Weaver
~ King of Cali
Contreras gets the start for the White Sox and Zito for the Giants. Torres starts the game off for the Giants with a lead off walk. Emmanuel Burriss then gets a single to set up runners at 1st and 3rd with no outs for Schierholtz. The bases get loaded up by a wild pitch. Schierholtz gets hit in the back. The hot hitting Jesus Guzman cools off in this at bat as he grounds into a run scoring double play. Ishikawa grounds out to end the top of the first. Zito has an easy first inning. He gets the White Sox in order. After 1 inning it’s the Giants 1 and the White Sox 0. Rowand starts the 2nd inning with a ground rule double as the ball bounces over the fence. Rowand didn’t play in yesterday’s game against his former team. Rowand moves up to 3rd base on a pass ball. Juan Uribe gets a RBI single to score Rowand. Uribe would then score on a RBI single by Burriss. Torres and Burriss attempt a double steal but the throw down goes to the shortstop and he throws out Torres at the plate to end the inning. Zito gets Dye to hit a ground ball to 3rd and Guzman makes the play but air mails his throw to first. Thome then gets hit by the pitch to set up runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs for Paul Konerko. White Sox score on a RBI stand up double by Konerko. Thome scores on a RBI single up the middle. Stewart grounds into a double play but Konerko does score on the play. After 2 innings its the tied at 3. No runs for either team in the 3rd inning.
The Giants get on the board in the top of the 4th. Uribe and Frandsen steal 3rd and 2nd. The catcher throws the ball away so Uribe scores on the error. Burriss then gets his 3rd hit of the game with a RBI single scoring Frandsen. After 3 1/2 innings it’s the Giants 5 and the White Sox 3. The Giants and White Sox are held scoreless in the 5th inning. The Giants do score again in the top of the 6th inning. Frandsen scores on a RBI single by Torres. The Giants now have 10 hits and a 6-3 lead over the White Sox. The Giants get 2 runs in the top of the 7th by a Velez hit. Billy Sadler comes in to pitch a scoreless 7th inning. Buster Posey starts the 8th off with a single, but that’s the only action the Giants get in the top of the 8th. White Sox have bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th inning, but still do not manage to get a run across. The Giants score a couple more runs in the top of the 9th. McBryde and Bowker score on a hit by McClain. Brian Wilson is now in to pitch the bottom of the 9th. He is yet to allow a run this spring and he throws up another 0 on the board to continue his perfect spring.
The final totals are Giants 10 runs, 17 hits and 1 error. The White Sox have 3 runs, 7 hits and 2 errors.
The Giants have 3 players who have a multi hit game. Emmanuel Burriss went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s. Juan Uribe went 2-4 with 1 RBI and scored 2 runs. Kevin Frandsen went 2-3 and scored 2 runs.
Zito pitched 6 innings gave up 6 Hits, 3 Runs, 1 ER, 1 BB and 3 SO. Brian Wilson pitched 1 inning and gave up 0 runs on 0 hits and got 1 strike out.
Today in Baseball History
1989– The office of baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth announces MLB is conducting an inquiry into “serious allegations” concerning Reds’ manager Pete Rose and gambling.
~ King of Cali
Matt Cain gets the start for the San Francisco Giants. Cain was the #1 pick by the Giants in 2002. Owens gets the game started for the White Sox with a lead off walk and then steals 2nd base. Jermaine Dye hits a RBI double. Nate Schierholtz tried to make a diving catch in left field but didn’t come up with the ball. Paul Konerko follows up Dye and also hits a RBI double. Giving the White Sox a 2-0 leading going into the bottom of the 1st. John Danks gets the start for the White Sox. He does give up a lead off single to Randy Winn. Danks gets himself out of the inning by striking out Edgar Renteria and getting Aurilia to ground into a inning ending double play. The White Sox do not score in the top of the 2nd. Giants go 3 up and 3 down in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Carlos Quentin hit his first home run of the spring in the top of the 3rd inning off Cain. After 2 1/2 innings it’s White Sox 3 and the Giants 0. No offense for either team since the White Sox scored their 3 runs. Heading into the 6th it’s the White Sox 3 and the Giants 0. Paul Konerko hits a home run off of Cain in the 6th inning to give the White Sox a 4 run lead. Nate Schierholtz hits a RBI double to get the Giants on the scoreboard. Emmanuel Burriss scores on the hit. Giants now have runners on 3rd and 2nd with 2 outs. The Giants only get the 1 run. The Giants do score again in the bottom of the 7th on a RBI double by Velez. After 7 innings it’s the White Sox 4 and the Giants 2. Merkin Valdez gets the White Sox 3 up and 3 down in the top of the 8th inning. Giants continue to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the 8th. Scott McClain gets a RBI single scoring Ryan Rohlinger. The Giants now have bases loaded with 1 out. Jesus Guzman hits a ground ball to the 3rd baseman but he throws the ball away trying to turn a double play. The Giants score 2 runs on the play. The White Sox do get Frandsen out at 2nd base. Guzman does get 1 RBI out of the play. The Giants take a 6-4 lead over the White Sox. The Giants once again get bases loaded after Burriss getting hit by a pitch. Rohlinger does strike out with bases loaded to end the inning. The visiting White Sox are now down to their final 3 outs. Jeremy Affeldt comes in to try to close out the game. Jesus Guzman makes a diving play at first base to end the game. If the ball would have got by him the White Sox would have tied the game. Final score is White Sox 4 and the Giants 6.
White Sox score 4 runs on 8 hits and 1 error. Giants score 6 runs on 11 hits and 0 errors.
There is only 1 Giants player with a multi hit game. Randy Winn went 2-3 with 0 RBI’s and 0 runs scored.
Barry Zito will pitch tomorrow for the Giants against the White Sox. Yes the Giants and White Sox play again tomorrow. They have a home and home series these two days.
Today in Baseball History
1989 – Hoping to replace the injured Dave Winfield, the Yankees trade catcher Joel Skinner and a minor leaguer to the Indians for outfielder Mel Hall. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will miss the entire season due to back surgery.
~ King of Cali
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
It’s finally over. Manny is going to be a Dodger. I’m sure most of us already knew that’s where he would end up. The Dodgers couldn’t afford to lose Manny. Manny did sign a 2 year contract but can opt out of it and become a
free agent after 1 year. This does make the Dodgers the favorite to win the NL West, but I wouldn’t say it’s going to be easy for them. They still don’t have the starting rotation that is going to blow teams away. They do need to score some runs to win some games, but they do have some good bats in their lineup.
I honestly think the Giants never wanted to sign Manny. Yeah if he fell on their lap they would have done it. The Giants feel good with what they have going into this season. I think some of the best moves the Giants made this season were the moves they didn’t make. I don’t mean Manny either. That would have been a great move. I think not signing Joe Crede was a good move. This means Pablo Sandoval would play 3rd base, and Travis Ishikawa would get his chance to play 1st base. Ishikawa has had a very nice start this spring training. He’s hitting .400 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI’s in 5 games.
Giants vs. Dodgers 12:05 pacific time.
~King of Cali