i don't buy this whole bad attitude thing.
he's pressing because he knows he has a short leash. if the giants said flat out, "you're our 1b, go play" he would be fine. instead he knows he's going to get yoyo'd from being a starter to riding the pine so it's causing mental hiccups that are messing with his swing.
just give the kid a real shot for christ sakes.
You weren't saying They're "just fine" as in they are "just fine"??
What 3 should down south should we be fearing?
"That's what this thread is about?!"
Yeah, I don't get it, either.
i think bring up Todd Linden immediately he has POP and brings experience!!
I like him a lot..... Cody Ransom will be surely on our radar again now, Crawf should go also..
Agree, don't buy the bad attitude thing. He strikes me as having a good attitude. There was an interview of him a few days back, don't have the link, where I thought "this guys is really cool -- he deserves a chance." He 's not arrogant, he's willing to do what's necesssary to help the team, even though he can see that the $22m million guy in front of him has lost it and does not deserve to play.
He has to be a basket case with all these idiots trying to change his swing. Here's a guy who tore it up in the minors, must have had a very good swing, and now these psychoanalysts have totally screw-ed him up mentally. There's nothing harder than having to think and make changes at the plate, as opposed to reacting instictively and doing what has worked for you in the past.
What he really needs is a real opportunity to play. Just like the chance Brandon Crawford is getting. Crawford, while still not hitting great, has improved a lot over last year when he had trouble just making contact. Basically, the organization cleared the deck for him and told him "SS is yours." Most rookies struggle. What you hope for is that when given the chance to play regularly, the young player will gradually improve and become a good player. There's a risk in doing that, but it's the price you have to pay if you want young players with apparent upside to develop. That seems to be happening with Crawford. Belt, OTOH, has not been given that opportunity.
And the reason is Aubrey Huff. Hitting .217. After a weak year last year. But this organization has big trouble admitting it made a mistake, and Huff is one of them. That's why Belt has not gotten a genuine opportunity to play. He's constantly having to look over his shoulder, knowing he's day-to-day, knowing he can't make a mistake, with a million experts telling him how to change what had been a successful approach to hitting. What a recipe for disaster.
"In Belt's defense, it's probably a little hard not to be frustrated since Huff can clearly play as pi*s poor as he wants with no fear of being benched, but Belt struggles for 3 games and suddendly doesn't see the field...."
Or, maybe people that have been in baseball for 40 years know more about baseball than you and me.
Belt reminds me of a left handed hitting Dale Murphy. Tall, lanky, yet to fill out..but with some pop...
Murphy hit .226 in 500+ plate appearances in his rookie season...and had a career batting average of just .265 ....but hit almost 400 home runs...
Dave Kingman, another one time young Giant , couldn't hit above .250 most of the time...but was a slugger all the same...
I don't think Belt has that kind of power...but I like the way he hits to the opposite field when he's on...there's no excuse to not find out what he can bring to the table...as how does playing a 38 yr. old firstbasemen help this franchise....
"So 6 weeks of playing everyday in spring training wasn't enough time to get a swing down?"
Sometimes you just lose your swing for no real reason at times. Also Spring pitching =/= regular season pitching.
About Belt? LOL Pujols is changing leagues AND coming down a bit from winning a ring. I would guess that by playoff time he's more than dialed in given his career numbers.