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- MLB Trade rumors believes 2011 is a make or break year for catcher Ryan Doumit. The 29-year-old went from the Pirates everyday catcher in 2008 to a bench, backup catcher role that he is likely to see this season. The Bucs have publicly made it known they were shopping Doumit, but no trade has been made. Since putting up .318 during the 2008 season, Doumit’s has been struggling at both hitting (.250, .251 average’s in 2009 and 2010) and fielding (.987, .990 fielding percentage’s with nine past balls last season and only 12% caught stealing).
MLBTR believes Doumit is a “defensive liability” as an everyday catcher and thinks he is better suited in the American League where he can serve as a backup and occasion designated hitter role.
- During President Frank Coonelly’s live chat on Wednesday, he was asked ‘what is the plan for Jameson Taillon? Will the injury to Stephen Strasburg last year have any impact on his movement through the Minors?’
“No final decision has been made with respect to where Jameson will begin his professional career, but, given what we’ve seen to date, I would expect that Jameson will begin in Charleston, West Virginia, with the Power. The mayor of Charleston attended our caravan stop on Monday and encouraged a commitment that both Taillon and Allie begin their careers in Charleston, but I was only comfortable indicating that was the most likely scenario.”
- The fans are not the only ones itching for the season to begin. Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez (TSanchez26) had this to say on Wednesday: “cannot wait to start mashing fastballs again.”
- MLB Network will be airing their ‘Top 10 second baseman right now’ Thursday at 8 PM/ET and Pirates fans should be looking for the Pittsburgh Kid. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review said, “Neil Walker is youngest player voted onto MLB Network’s list of Top 10 second basemen.’
When I asked Biertempfel if he had any idea where in the list he would be ranked, he told me, “Neil Walker is ranked somewhere 6-10, along with Kinsler, Weeks, Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson.”
The Giants defeated the Rangers on Monday night, 3-1 and won their first World Series Championship since 1954 (New York Giants) and the first since they moved to San Francisco. Giants fans have waited 56 years –ending the third longest drought in major league baseball history. The Cubs (102 years) and Indians (62 years) are the longest.
A team that was called “the misfits” took down the potent lienup of the Texas Rangers. A very young team mixed with veterns, could stand to be a good team for years to come.
Edgar Renteria –who won the World Series MVP Award– batted .412 (7-for-17) with two home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored. His three run home run in the seventh, turned out to be the winning runs for the Giants.
The pitching was lights out. They combined for a 11-4 record with a 2.47 ERA and an opposing batting average of just .196. Not an easy thing to do when the Rangers lineup consists of Josh Hamilton, Vladi Geuerrero, Ian Kinsler, and Nelson Cruz.
“It’s been storybook the whole year,” closer Brian Wilson said. “We had to win this one because of the guys who come in our locker room all the time and never got to experience one — Willie Mays, McCovey. This one’s for them.”
Wilson and his beard picked up six saves this post season. He struck out 16 through 11.2 innings pitched. Wilson closed out game five of the world series, facing three and striking out two.
Tim Lincecum picked up his second world series win on Monday night. He pitched eight innings allowing one run on three hits and struck out 10. ”The Freak” this post season was 4-1 (five starts) with a 2.43 ERA. In 37 innings he struck out 43.
“The last game, maybe my nerves got the best of me,” Lincecum said. “There was a little adrenaline rush and I didn’t keep myself collected. Today, knowing those things were going to happen, I took more deep breaths. I took time when I needed to.”
Lincecum became just the third pitcher in major league history to pitch eight or more innings in a world series clincher while allowing no more than one run and three hits, while striking out atleast 10. He joins the list with Sandy Koufax (1965) and Orval Overall (2008).
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