Will Clark will be a special assistant

| January 28, 2009

Here’s the release, hot off the presses…
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Will Clark announcement on Wednesday

| January 28, 2009

The Giants will make an announcement regarding Will Clark on Wednesday morning. New managing general partner Bill Neukom is scheduled be on the conference call with Will the Thrill. Given Neukom’s presence, I doubt it’s to announce that Clark is going to be the Giants’ roving minor league hitting instructor.
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Giants Stat Nuggets

| January 27, 2009

I haven’t written anything about the Giants in a few days, and at the moment I can’t think of anything insightful (it’s January 26 and they haven’t made a roster move in weeks!), so I’ve decided to surf around on a few baseball stat web sites and see what cool little nuggets I can find. Some of these will amaze you, and some will seem perfectly logical.
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More Jonathan Sanchez

| January 23, 2009

We had a nice long discussion about Jonathan Sanchez on here a few days ago, with many of his supporters enamored with his high strikeout totals and his detractors (well, me) still looking at his high walk totals.

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More Jeff Kent

| January 23, 2009

OK, perhaps I was a little hasty in suggesting that Jeff Kent’s offensive numbers shouldn’t be taken in context of his position because he was so bad at his position. I had a conversation with A’s assistant GM David Forst about it on Thursday, and he suggested to me that while Kent was slightly below average at second base, he was by no means horrible. If he were really horrible, teams wouldn’t have kept throwing him out there year after year after year.
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Is Jeff Kent a Hall of Famer?

| January 21, 2009

Now that he has retired, this is certain to be a hot topic on the baseball airwaves and blogs over the next couple days. Without delving too deeply into his numbers — I have five years to figure it out — I’d say that Kent is close, but no sure thing.

One thing I’m sure of is that any decision on his Hall of Fame status ought be determined solely by what he did at the plate, without the phrase “for a second baseman.”

Because he wasn’t a second baseman. He was a guy who played second base.

The whole reason that defensive positions come into play when analyzing a player’s offense is that it says something about a guy who puts up good offensive numbers at a traditionally defensive position. Thing is, that really should only apply to players who are actually, you know, good defensively. Kent was never much of a second baseman. He was a miscast first baseman or third baseman. As a first baseman, he’d look a lot like Steve Garvey, a borderline HOF candidate.

(Baseball-reference compares Kent mostly to some of the best offensive catchers of all time. Those guys are in the Hall of Fame because they were good defensively, too.)

Bobby Evans answers your questions

| January 21, 2009

Bobby Evans, the Giants director of player personnel, was very generous with his time this morning. I talked to him for about 30 minutes (except when he put me on hold to take a call from some Neukom guy), and we got to many of your questions. To those whose questions are not answered here, thanks anyway for asking.

Please use the comments section of this post to also thank Bobby for his time.

So, here goes…

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