Another Did You Know?

Posted By 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.

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3 Responses to “Another Did You Know?”

  1. obsessivegiantscompulsive says:

    I think you got that backwards: the Giants wouldn’t play young players because they just weren’t very good for the most part. Will Clark and Robbie Thompson were the names just before Aldrete in 1986, and Matt Williams got promoted very quickly to the majors, but took a while before he got good enough to hold the starting position.

    And when you say young players, that has a broad implication covering all, but you really mean young position players. The Giants have been very good about giving their young pitching prospects, when they are good enough to deserve it, the opportunity to start. For a recent example, you only have to go as far back as Lincecum, then Cain, then Lowry. And Sanchez was brought to the majors relatively quickly as well.

  2. Jeff Fletcher says:

    Yes, I should have specified position players, but I thought it was clear that’s what I was talking about because the subject of the post was players getting 400 plate appearances.

    I also agree with you, for the most part, the Giants haven’t had many good enough young players. Looking back, I think of Pedro Feliz and Yorvit Torrealba as being the two guys who really should have gotten to play earlier. Neither are stars, but they were certainly capable everyday players.

    In Torrealba’s case, the Giants might never have gotten A.J. Pierzynski (who’d they trade for him again?). It’s interesting because the year after they got Pierzynski, they went back to Mike Matheny, who was basically an older, more expensive version of Torrealba (good glove, no hit).

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