Posted By Jeff Fletcher on January 19, 2009 2:16 pm
A question for Bobby Evans about Pablo Sandoval got me thinking…
Who was the last Giants player to get 400 plate appearances in a season in one of his first two years in the majors?
It was Bill Mueller, who had 453 in 1997, 12 years ago. Marvin Benard had 558 in 1996. Prior to that, you have to go all the way back to Mike Aldrete with 406 in 1987. (Since 1997, by the way, there have been a total of 248 times in the majors that a player got 400 plate appearance in one of his first two years, about eight per team)
Brian Sabean wasn’t the GM until after the ’96 season, so you can’t blame him for the lack of young players from 1988 to 1996. Well, you can blame him a little, because he was the assistant GM part of that time. The point is, however, that it seems like a reluctance to rely on young players is an organizational trait that goes beyond the current GM.