Here’s some trivia for you turds out there. Can you name the only player in Giants history to throw 1,000+ innings, strike out 700+ batters, AND finish a game as a reliever, while allowing less than 1,000 hits? Hint: Make sure to ask it before next season
Darren Oliver is coming back for his 20th season. He is the only pitcher ever to play in at least 700 games, win at least 100 of them, lose less than 100 of them, and record over 1,000 striekouts. He’s probably the only player to pitch 5 straight seasons of sub-3-ERA ball after the age of 36 (minimum 50 games per season). You heard it here first!
Whiteside is loco. Since I met him during the world series a few months ago, he was
1 Placed on waivers by the Giants
2 Claimed by the Yankees
3 Agreed to a one-year contract worth $625,000 in the Major Leagues and $200,000 in the Minors with the Yankees
4 DFA’d by the Yankees
5 Claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays
6 Placed on waivers by the Blue Jays
7 Claimed by the Rangers
8 DFA’d by Rangers
9 Successfully Waived by Rangers
10 Removed from Texas’ 40-man roster
11 Outrighted to AAA Round Rock
So he went from a $625K MLB contract with the Yankees to no team taking him on the waiver wire, to the minor leagues. What’s next for this vagabond?
In 2004 Bonds hit .362/.609/.812 for a 1.422 OPS. A player could go 2-5 with a dongjob and another hit every day of the season, bat .400 with a 1.000 slugging percentage, launch 162 dongers and rack up 324 hits, and still have a lower OPS than Barry The Bauce had in ‘04
It has been quite a winter for the battle for Player Involved In Most Transactions award. First there was the immortal Eli Whiteside, who became a member of four different teams, throught the course of seven different roster moves, all this offseason. Now Sandy Rosario is the newest Giant, and challenger for Whiteside’s championship belt.
Rosario’s rocky road:
1) Marlins place him on waivers
2) Red Sox claimed him on October 17th
3) Boston then traded him to Oakland for a player to be named later or cash considerations on November 28th
4) The A’s then designated Rosario for assignment
5) The Red Sox claimed him a second time!
6) Red Sox placed him on waivers
7) Cubs claimed him on December 12th
8) Cubs waive the dude
9) Giants gobble him up via waiver wire!
There you have it— five teams and nine quasi transactions. Just 27 years old, he pitched in four games for this year’s Marlins team, but spent most of the season in the minor leagues. He posted a 1.99 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 31 2/3 total innings for three of Miami’s affiliates.
Chris Capuano, starting pitcher for the Dodgers, is a former All-Star who led the league in starts last year while posting a 3.72 ERA. That said, he’s buried behind Greinke, Kershaw, Harang, Billingsley, Lilly, Beckett, and now Ryu on perhaps the deepest pitching staff ever. Almost as incredible as that is Capuano’s 2007. That year, in the first seven games he started, he put up a 2.31 ERA and the Brewers went 7-0. However, for the rest of the season (22 starts) he had a 6.08 ERA and the BrewCrew went 0-22!!
Adam Duvall had one of the best power-hitting performances of 2012. The Giants prospect hit 30 Homers, 100 RBI and 100 Runs. However, he was a little old for the league and will face a stiff test when he moves up to the double-A Eastern League; the league is much tougher on power hitters with only four batters hit more than 20 dingers in 2012. One of those four was Darin Ruf, who hit 20 homers in August alone. What? That’s real? Really? Wow!
The Giants just signed RHP Ryan Sadowski to a minor league contract. Sadowski shares some incredible similarities with a different Ryan, Vogelsong:
— Named Ryan
— Originally drafted by the Giants
— Made his debut with Giants a few years later
— Sucked in MLB, went to Japan
— “Learned to pictch” in Japan, success with ERA in high 3’s
— Came back to Giants in his thirties
— Becomes awesome All-Star and postseason hero ?
The Dodgers signed Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin for $36M this week. I’m hoping for disaster. Ryu has dominated in the KBO but that’s a league where Hee-Seop Choi and Karim Garcia dominated recently as well. Here’s to hoping for a Kei Igawa situation… Igawa signed with the Yankees in 2007 for $46M and put up a 6.66 (!) ERA before heading to AAA for the last 4+ years of his contract. Even the AAA fans got into it as Igawa started breaking all the All-Time team pitching records for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The difference here is Ryu has a clause in his that says he can’t be sent to the minors… let’s hope it gets ugly!