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  1. Re Willie Bloomquist.

    Omitted from the discussion is Bloomquist’s ability on the bases. He is a proficient at stealing bases, and has often been called on to do so as a pinch-runner in late innings. He’s an 81% career base-stealer, with a disproportionate number of those steals occurring when being deployed as a pinch runner late in a game, when the opposing teams knows he will be attempting a steal.

    I think there a player who can be used as a late inning substitution, who can play almost any position in the field, and who is not a total embarrassment at the plate is a useful role player on the end of the bench. Bloomquist has often been a whipping boy in the Mariners blogosphere, but that’s because the Mariners over-valued his particular skill set.

    For a contending team, Bloomquist is a fine addition to fill out a roster. If he is used as a strategic substitution in late innings, I think he is a nice complementary piece. providing value above and beyond ordinary bench-filler. A smart team will see that value, use him in that role, and let him know that he shouldn’t whine about not being a starter.

    Comment by Basil Ganglia — October 15, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

  2. I couldn’t have been pulling any harder against you, but congrats on the pennant all the same. I too am a 22 year old baseball freak, only my hometown is New York City, so you know how it is.

    Comment by Nathan — October 15, 2008 @ 11:31 pm

  3. I was just having a look at what Counsell did this year and was fairly surprised at how “good” he was. Seems to me he was the victim of fairly terrible luck. I don’t think anyone’s going to argue that even with standard luck he’d be fantastic, but take a look:

    23% LD
    .268 BABIP
    15.6% BB (!)

    That’s over 248 ABs, so while not huge, it’s still fairly significant. Perhaps he could prove to be a useful player still.

    Comment by Paul — October 16, 2008 @ 2:25 am

  4. Nothing against Blalock personally, but he’s totally a product of his home park (career stats):

    home: .306/.375/.531/.905, 19 AB/HR, 225 ISO
    away: .244/.299/.402/.702, 31 AB/HR, 158 ISO

    Giants fans have been drooling over him for years, but he can’t even break 800 on the road in any season, even in shortened seasons. And he only got close twice out of his 7 seasons played, otherwise he didn’t even hit well enough for a SS. His away batting line is very Neifi-ish, though he does have 20 HR power on the road, OK not good or great.

    There is only one park – career – that he has had PAs over 25 where he has hit over .800 OPS at, Fenway. Otherwise, he has hit poor to below average at 14 other parks with at least 49 PA.

    And his highest AB/HR among these 14 parks is Tropicana with 20 AB/HR but then the next highest is basically 3-4 parks at around 30 AB/HR, then many in the high double digits.

    There are a few parks he has mashed in, like Cincinnati, but in limited ABs. Them, ChiSox, Tropicana, maybe Citizen Bank Park (they need a 3B again, though they are stuck with Feliz at big bucks), and of course Fenway.

    The Giants need a 3B, but only Branyan looks interesting, but he’s been interesting for years and still the Giants never kicked his tires, so I assume that’s not going to happen. I thought Dallas McPherson was an obvious one last season and he fell through almost immediately after he was available.

    However, Blalock is the only one in the right age range for long term among these free agents, so I’m afraid that the Giants might try to sign him. Luckily, Blalock’s numbers aren’t that great for his career even with the Texas boost for half his ABs, so they might decide to pass if there are other teams hot and heavy for Hank.

    I think it could depend on how well Kevin Frandsen plays in the winter. If he plays well and shows his old self is back, they might leave 3B open to give him a spot to slide to if he doesn’t win 2B outright (that is my guess). If he totally blows, then they got Velez at 2B, slide Sandoval to 3B, and play Ishikawa at 1B. If he wins 2B, then again with Sandoval at 3B and Ishikawa at 1B. And that’s if the Giants aren’t able to trade for a 3B prospect from somewhere. The Giants like to Rubik’s cube it sometimes and see what happens when all the dust settles.

    Comment by obsessivegiantscompulsive — October 16, 2008 @ 11:47 am

  5. Regarding Branyan, he hit 10 of those 12 homers in a 17 game stretch (.306/.405/.855) early in the summer, then played terribly (.200/.282/.343) as a part-time starter and pinch hitter in 30 games where he only hit 2 home runs.

    Both stretches are a small sample size, so this is not meant to be an indictment of Branyan. Overall, he killed righties and was 0-14 against lefties, against whom he never started. I’m sure his numbers in more plate appearances would be decent for the most part.

    Perhaps he wasn’t used correctly.

    Comment by Drew — October 16, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  6. Hola, he estado mirando por el blog y no encuentro una forma de ponerme en contacto contigo. Me podrĂ­as decir una forma, por favor? Muchas gracias.

    Comment by Alexander Lapping — February 24, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

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