Glaring Differences between Aâ€™sand Giants Managers and ManagementÂ Â 5-11
To Billy Beane, the manager may not make a difference Â Â but Â donâ€™t tell that to suffering Aâ€™s fans, who after nearly four years have hadÂ more than Â enough of Â Bob Geren.Â Now, previous Beane managers Macha and Howe Â are looking good, by comparison; at least they were winners.
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Why would a manager continue NOT to play his best hitter, Ryan Sweeney (.364 as of 5-11) on a regular basis, at least while heâ€™s hot?.
Instead ,Â Geren continues to run outÂ â€˜Mendoza lineâ€™ Â hitters like Ellis, DeJesus and Barton â€“ and even worse, Geren is batting Barton second!. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A smart manager like Giantsâ€™ Bochy will play the hot hitters.Â Geren just runs out the same players, hoping one day theyâ€™ll hit. GM Beane has his favorites and will resign an Ellis for 6Â mill, saying we need his defense.Â Â And, Â donâ€™t blame the low averages totally on the Aâ€™s Â hitters, themselves.
Iâ€™ll bet just a manager change would bump up playersâ€™ averages.Â These guys are not .200 hitters but, among other things, Geren doesnâ€™t inspire.. He isÂ bland, deer-in-the-headlights kind of guy.Â Â Â Â Â Â Perhaps they donâ€™t have a lot of other choices â€“ and Geren isnâ€™t doing anything to inspire these hitters, As weâ€™ve seen with Apier , Holliday and so many others, when we trade guys away away they suddenly get better!
Aâ€™s now have a lineup of yes men. As a caller to the great Rick TittleÂ just said , the Aâ€™s have assembled a team of â€˜yesâ€™ players.Â Gone are the Milton Bradleys. These guys wonâ€™t complain.Â While hot hitting Sweeney sits, he doesnâ€™t complain. Maybe the Aâ€™s need someone to speak upÂ and sayâ€¦
Whereâ€™s the bunting? Whereâ€™s the clutch hitting? Where are the little extra s ? The Aâ€™sÂ pitching staff currently has a better ERA than the Giants and hitters are comparable but under-performing for above reasons. So, the Aâ€™s again are playing .500 ballÂ to the undoubted frustration of pitchers â€“ and hitters, even if they wonâ€™t say it publicly.Â The Giants are getting those walk-off games with late inning Â strategy. Get a walk, put pressure on the pitcher. Steal a base, Sacrifice. Score a run and win the game, like last night 5-10 against Arizona, one of several walk off wins for the Gianits this past week.Â Â (By the way, if the Diamondbacks were paying attention they could have reversed the winning run if they noticed one of the Giants â€˜high-fivingâ€™Â Darren FordÂ a few feet before he crossed the plate to score the winning run. Credit Rick Tittle forÂ paying attention to that).
So, Geren continues into his fourth year, without a winning record â€“ the first manager under Beane to have a losing record â€“ and Â FOUR yearsâ€¦
GEREN ONLY NON-WINNING MANAGER UNDER BEANE – AND FOUR YEARS RUNNING – TIME FOR CHANGE
YOU WATCH â€“ When Beane finally gets rid of his buddy, Geren, one day â€“ it will have to happen unless BeaneÂ leaves first -Â the playersâ€™ averages and overall play WILL IMPROVE significantly. Itâ€™s hard to play for a minor league manager, a guy you donâ€™t respect.
While we like Giantâ€™s Bochy, the GiantsÂ are winning against weak teams.Â As mentioned, Arizona with another poor manager, Kirk Gibson, and the teams on the recent road trip, New York and Pittsburg.
As for Colorado, they really chokedÂ In their two series against the Gaints and will certainly be gunning for them next timeâ€¦Â Â Â And, yes, the Giants are still playing onâ€¦ dare I say itâ€¦ yes, STEROIDS. Not all the players but the Giants continue to â€˜win at any cost.â€™ Even after Barry Bonds, GM Brain Sabean continues to go for the Roids players .Â After noting in previous blogs how convicted steroid user, Jose Guillen , brought inÂ last September , was enough to make the difference in the Giants going to the playoffs; thenÂ with the addition of alleged users like Ross,Â also brought in late in the year, Renteria, Uribe now we were reminded that Mota was a convicted user with the Mets , before the Giants acquired himÂ a couple years back.
This is not to say thatÂ all these guys-and probably others-Â are not still users, but once a user almost always a user, we say.Â Â Itâ€™s likely another new Giant, Tejada , may have cleaned up his act â€“ and it showsâ€¦ The Giants probabl y wish he was still on the juice. Â Look how Manny Ramirez Â fooled everyone for years Â – and got away with it once- only to finally quit baseball in frustration after he was caught a second time.
Isntâ€™ it inter esting how the Giants suddenly went from a .500 team through the first half of last year toÂ the world series after the acquisition of Ross and Guillen.Â More than a coincidence I say.Â Â Spread the goods around , just like Bonds Â (Benitez, etc)Â did back in â€™03 the previous time they went to the playoffs.IÂ know I have no scientific proof what was actually going on with the Giants behind the scenes. IÂ justÂ see the many steroid connections with the Giants â€“ for more than with any other team -Â and it has gone on for many years.Â I suspected Bonds in the beginning while others were still ignoring his quickly-expanding physique. And now, weâ€™re starting to see injuries in guys like Ross, who was one of the suddenÂ superstars of last September and the playoffs, and even Brain Wilson â€“ who really knows?
I knowÂ most people today Â â€“ especially Giants fans â€“ could care less whether their playersÂ use steroids.Â Â ( And I know, you could say the Aâ€™s started it all back in the 80s with McGuire and Conseco â€“ and , as a former Aâ€™s fan, I lost all respect for the Aâ€™s of those years, including manager Tony LaRussa, who had to turn a blind eye.
Today, I am neither a Giants fan Â nor an Aâ€™s fan, for the different reasons.Â For the Giants, itsâ€™ yearsÂ of lousy trades, making excuses, and STEROIDS. Now , add the announcersÂ to the mix. The times I have listened to Giantsâ€™Â games have been like audio saccharin. Perhaps John Millerâ€™s best days are bhind him, as I canâ€™t understand how he mad e the broadcasters Hall of Fame being such a homer.Â Similarly, the new guy, is just as bad. I can just turn on the radio and tell instandly whoâ€™s winning â€“WITHOUT THE SCORE â€“ by the tone of their voices.Â Thereâ€™s a definite down tone to their voices when theyâ€™re losing â€“ and , often, itâ€™sÂ umpireâ€™s fault.Â The ball-strike calls usually seem to go against the Giants when theyâ€™re losing., according to Miller andÂ â€˜flem.â€™Â Â AndÂ ,Â I get really tired of Millerâ€™s over-use of the word â€˜indeed.â€™ INDEED!Â Maybe there was good reason to drop Miller and Morgan from the Game of the Week broadcasts this year.Â Miller may be a nice guy â€“ and he doesÂ a great VinScully impression â€“ but it seems like he made have changed his style, becoming more of a â€˜homerâ€™ when he joined the Giants broadcasters.Â Â Wouldnâ€™t be surprised ifÂ Baer and company told him to give it a little more â€˜homeâ€™.Â And then thereâ€™sÂ â€˜Krookâ€™ , whoâ€™s the worst of all. He may know his baseball but itâ€™s Excuse City when it comes to the Giants. Only his buddy, Kuiper, seems to truly give a more unbiased approach to the game of all the broadcasters.Â â€˜This is John Miller , your (pregnant pause) G-g-g-iants b-b-b-b-roadcaster.!
Whereas the Â Golden State Warriors didnâ€™t give Keith Smart a chance, firing him after one year, the Aâ€™s are way over due! How long will the misery go on. What a shame to see an above average team wallowingÂ in mediocrity, due largely to the manager. Oh, and by the way, Billy, swallow your pride and play Sweeney more. So what if you the guys you traded for, DeJesus and LaRoche arenâ€™t as good hitters and you can get Milton Bradley back now â€“ heâ€™s on waivers – Â but we know you wonâ€™t having given awayÂ Apier to get Bradley the first time.
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