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Giants BATSMEN, Part Two

Posted By Joseph Davis On Dec 9 2010 @ 6:23 pm In San Francisco Giants | No Comments

  • CSN Bay Area will be re-airing classic games from the 2010 Giants postseason run beginning tonight—with the hometown broadcasters! “Giants Orange October: The Authentic Edition” kicks off at 8pm PST with Game 1 of the NLDS, and culminates 12/24 with Game 5 of the World Series. Two NLCS games and two other World Series games will run in-between; click here [1] for dates and times.
  • Sergio Romo, a very busy man these days, appeared on “Chronicle Live” Tuesday afternoon with Greg Papa. Asked about any hard feelings about being passed over in NLCS Game #6 for Tim Lincecum in the 8th, Romo only had praise for “one of the greatest pitchers in the game”. He went on to describe ex-batterymate Bengie Molina as a “gentleman.” Always bubbly in interviews, I almost did a double-take when Romo admitted to getting down on himself a bit during his brief slumps this past year.
  • Romo and Andres Torres appeared at Valley Fair mall in San Jose this past Sunday morning, and were giving autographs to the first 200 fans. I thought 2.5 hours early was plenty of time to claim one. How wrong I was.
  • Mychael Urban of KNBR (and CSN Bay Area) conducted two solid interviews with two of the game’s most candid, interesting personalities—current Giants’ 2B Freddy Sanchez [2] and erstwhile Giants’ 2B Kevin Frandsen [3] after the World Series. If you missed either of them, click their respective names to listen—they’re good.
  • Jonathan Sanchez underwent “the scope” on his non-throwing shoulder this week and will be sidelined for about 8 weeks—an estimated March return to action.
  • A few notes on Miguel Tejada—he is a career .297 hitter in 28 games at AT&T Park over his career, including .368 in 2010. He’s over .300 at three of the other four N.L. West venues, including a sweet .344 clip at Dodger Stadium with 5 homers in 96 official AB (I tried to research where he ranks among active leaders in that category, but…too time-consuming).
  • The Rule 5 Draft came and went yesterday, with the only notable Giants loss being AAA lefty Joe Paterson (to Arizona). Picked in the 10th round back in 2007, Paterson had a fine 2010, spent mostly with Fresno. As far as gains…only in the minor-league phase, guys I’ve never heard of.
  • “Panda” Sandoval is said to have lost 15 pounds so far this off-season, which is good. If the thought of resuming the grind of travel by cramped bus to games attended by a whopping 1,200 people didn’t get young Pablo motivated to slim down, nothing would. GM Sabes’ theory: Panda lays off the junk food, and he’ll consequently lay off the bad pitches and flourish. We’ll monitor this closely.
  • Sports Illustrated is offering a MLB Championship Package; with a 1-year subscription (approx. $90), you can get the Giants’ commemorative World Series DVD or Blu-Ray, a hardcover commemorative 2010 Giants book, and a licensed World Series Championship baseball. It would make an incredible gift for a loved one—or for me, if you lack loved ones. Click here [4] for order page.
  • It was reported that Eugenio Velez, who according to Sabean stood little chance of making the team in 2011, was non-tendered for space on the 40-man roster. Well, as of today the roster stands at 38 (including Pat “The Bat” Burrell, thankfully!), and while out of options, Velez was not arbitration-eligible and certainly not going to get a raise even if he were—not after batting under .164 in 2010. Velez has his shortcomings and his detractors, but he’s talented, young and versatile—maybe a little flashy for an unproven but without any serious attitude problems according to my sources. While it was more than a tad stunning to see him booted from the 40-man roster—to me and to seasoned pro writers as well—I’m willing to operate under the assumption that Sabean knows more about the Giants and their personnel than I do…just this once. :)
  • A quiet Giant birthday week: Felix Rodriguez turned 38 on 12/5, Steve Bedrosian turned 53 in 12/6, Fred Lewis hits the big 3-0 today 12/9, and Doug Henry blows out 47 candles on 12/11. JD

CPR 12-16-2010

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[2] Freddy Sanchez: http://www.knbr.com/portals/3/podcasts/sportsphone/1109%20-%20FREDDY%20SANCHEZ.mp3

[3] Kevin Frandsen: http://www.knbr.com/portals/3/podcasts/sportsphone/1109%20-%20KEVIN%20FRANDSEN.mp3

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