What’s a great way to kill a youth movement?
Sign a 33-year-old Edgar Renteria to play SS next season.
And that’s exactly what the Giants are close to doing.
Since the club’s last winning season in 2004 (91-71), the Giants have averaged just 73 wins per year without finishing higher than third in the division.
Yet, if the past four losing seasons have meant anything it’s that San Fran has slowly rebuilt itself into a young and talented squad.
The 2005 season highlighted the arrivals of Noah Lowry, 24, and Matt Cain, 20.
In 2006 came 25-year-olds Brian Wilson and Fred Lewis.
The following season soon-to-be Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, 23, arrived.
And last season 13 players 26-years-old or younger played for the Giants at one point or another, many playing in 30+ games.
It’s understandable the team’s new owner, Bill Neukom, is looking to make a splash since taking over October 1st for the retired Peter Magowan but, why revert to old ways that didn’t work?
Besides, the club’s first round draft pick in 2005, SS Emmanuel Burriss, is merely 23-years-old with 95 games under his belt from last season.
Stick with the plan S.F., go young and talented…let Renteria play elsewhere…give your young guys a chance to play.
And so, be gone with the days of signing aging veterans the likes of: Ray Durham – Omar Vizquel – Randy Winn – Rich Aurilia – Dave Roberts – Ryan Klesko – Mark Sweeney – Steve Kline – Armando Benitez - Steve Finley – Moises Alou – Jose Vizcaino – Tim Worrell – Jeff Fassero
All I’m saying is it worked for Tampa Bay didn’t it.