McCovey you are losing me. I’ve been a fan of this blog for about two years now, though I don’t comment often. McCovey has provided its readers and I with insight and humor regarding our beloved Giants and baseball in general, but the blog’s content and themes are turning me off. For gosh sakes, the negativity mixed with statistical dogmatism around here is incredible and its eroding my enthusiasm about the blog itself and even the Giants. I don’t remember the last time Sabean or the Giants made a wise move or even one that couldn’t be ridiculed. By reading this blog, one would think it was about the Pirates or Washington Generals! The Giants were 88-74 last year!
Well, you might say ‘but there is so much wrong with Sabaen and organization’s philosophy and decisions’. Of course, there problems and mistakes have and will be made, but are they really as bad as is portrayed here? No, they are not. Take a look at Athletics Nation for ten minutes and you’ll find twice the hope and optimism. The A’s stunk last year and are almost guaranteed to finish in last place this year, but the blog looks on things with a more even keel and is not afraid to voice optimism from time to time. One might say, ‘well, they have Billy Beane and he’s a certified baseball genius’. Beane makes plenty of mistakes, they just get sugar coated over.
Pessimism regarding Bengie Molina’s a case in point. Is he a flawed catcher, you bet. Is he a horrible catcher that will drag down the Giants season? No. There’s been no discussion by Grant as to Molina’s likely role on the Giants in 2010. In my opinion, he was brought back to be the main catcher for the 1st half, batting 7th in the lineup where his type of hitting should play more efficiently, and in the 2nd half cede playing time to Buster Posey. In my opinion, Posey is not ready for the big leagues just yet and I think it correct that he catch for AAA for some time. I also disagree with the logic that the catcher doesn’t affect a pitching staff. I think if one could privately ask all the Giants pitchers who’d they want behind the plate this year, Posey or Molina, Molina would win in a landslide. It is also just a one-year deal so nothing is stopping Posey from starting next year, only his 2nd out of college. I don't recall these arguments being made on the front page of McCovey.
Blogs are made for criticism and baseball is a game full of second guessing, but could we please see less ‘woo’s me’ and more overall optimism. I mean the Giants have a lot of great things going for them this year and we have a lot to be proud of and hopeful for.