Baby Bull is 76 years young. May the Gigantes score on another of his caliber some day.
As we're getting into the offseason hot stove early, there is much discussion about more power. Schulman has a nice piece about it Here (twitter link - might not work for SFgate paywall) His point is solid - just not that many OF candidates, so the Gigantes have to look at a trade, or moving Belt to LF and getting a 1B. Kendrys Morales is an interesting thought. His agent: one Scott Boras. That translates to no quick signing, and that translates to no good for one Brian Sabean.
Various back and forth about the other Cuban 1B, Jose Dariel Abreu is yet again getting more scouts saying he has slider bat speed (MLBTR as the source here). Yet again, Scott Boras to the rescue - the Cuban 2B/SS Alexander Guerrero has declined to sign with the McMoneyBags and instead is getting Hitched to Boras which gives another interesting option. Apparently he can hit, Boras has got in his ear and said don't settle for 5/32MM from the Dodgers. Here's a funny thought - what if he can get the yankees to sign him up for more, then take the air out of Robby Cano's contract demands. That would be classic, a great shiv move after Jay-Z dissed Boras in song.
Back to Cha-Cha for a second though - Cepeda is 65th in MLB with HRs - 379. How many Gigantes? Well, you have Bonds at 1 (762), Mays at 4 (660) (A-Rod charging along, only 7 away now), Willie Mac at 18 (521, and tied with Teddy Ballgame and Frank Thomas). Mel Ott at 23 with 511. There's only been 136 players in history to hit 300. Quite a lot in the French Vanilla, at least part time, including such luminaries as Steve Finley, Miguel Tejada and Reggie Sanders. (Hey, Bobby Bonds and Moises Alou are in the 300s as well).
Giants need more HR power. They also need better defense. I just looked up the UZRs for this year, and the big offender no surprise is Pablo Sandoval, with a -4.8 UZR at 3B. Wow that is horrible, but it might even be generous compared to the eye test. Sando is almost up to a 950 Fielding percentage. If you can get value, trade him Sabes! In case you are dying to know, Scutaro is at -1.0 himself. And the big offender in the OF is Pagan at -4.7 in CF (499 Innings) (And to comp directly, Blanco has a 7.2 UZR in CF in 542 innings). Torres in LF is at 4.9, Blanco is at 3.3, roughly 415 innings each. This doesn't show Torres mental mistakes out there, and there have been plenty of those. What isn't showing up to me for Pablo is his lack of double-plays turned. He has 16 errors versus 14 double plays. That's a pretty terrible ratio. Like I've said about HR power, if Pablo isn't hitting extra bases and HRs, he is truly useless. He's had an OK month as his brother tries to get him in shape, but overall just a miserable season.
Hunter Pence doesn't have any trouble staying in shape. He even boasts a 3.4 UZR, what do you know. It'll be fun to see him play in the Big Apple this week. Speaking of which, I have to make my usual bet with Mets fans. Ballantine Tall Boys baby, a leftover from my days in Manhattan. Come on now, there's no downside, the loser is buying, but also eying shiny draft pick status!
Happy Birthday one more time, I follow Cepeda on twitter and he's nice enough to re-tweet peoples b-day wishes. Nice guy. And I love me some Cha-Chas bowls when I get up to the Phone Booth.
Go Giants! Finish strong! Get a good plan going for next year!