How bad are the Giants? 6-17-2 so far this spring, with a league-worst ERA (7.11), league-high 30 errors, and a league-worst batting average (.253). And, before you start telling me it’s just spring training, keep this in mind:
Extreme poor performance in spring often is a sign of regular-season failure. Of the 33 teams to finish at .333 or below (over the last decade), only four posted records above .500 that summer.
Of course, a young team might just be going through growing pains, but we know that ain’t this team, which is evident in the slew of injuries decimating the infield.
Folks, we are looking at an historically bad team. Of course, if you’ve been paying attention, that should come as no surprise. The team has failed to draft a talented position player in over a decade, has spent most of the last five seasons either filling the roster with a bunch of beer-league softball players and waiver-wire castoffs, or overpaying for experience; and has no plan for rectifying either situation in the near future.
And lest you imagine the team is stockpiling money to make a run a the next group of terrific free agents, let me remind you that this horror-show of a team is still gonna cost some $90 million dollars this season. $90 million dollars. Brian Sabean should be fired right now. In reality, he should’ve been fired three seasons ago. At this point, every day he’s still in charge is a day wasted. This team needs a whole new plan, one that includes jettisoning every player over 30-years old immediately. Durham, Aurilia, Vizquel and Dave Roberts are making a combined $21 million dollars. Add in the $4 million the team is paying Molina, and the team could have gone out and gotten A-Rod instead of Aaron Rowand.