I know, this is obvious.
The extra attraction to this is that while Andres Torres is having fun he seems to also be having an uplifting effect on his teammates, one in particular.
Andres has been at this game professionally since 1997.
He's always had speed, but never seemed to have the power numbers necessary to stick at the Major League level.
Maybe it was that, maybe a combination of bad luck and trouble, but for whatever reason the guy hasn't had more than a third of a full ML season since he signed out of a community college in Florida.
So here he is, a Giant. They signed him to a one year contract for $426, 000.
He's a 32 year old professional minor leaguer. What are the odds they'll resign him?
I think he knows his opportunities may be limited.
Which is why he's currently having fun at a .307/.401/.496 pace.
David Pinto at Baseball Musings writes
"As players age, they tend to become more selective at the plate, as they no longer have the physical skills to overcome the mistake of swinging at a bad pitch. For Torres,that seems to mean he's doing a better job of squaring up the ball, resulting in more doubles and triples. In this case, the small sample may not mean that he’s lucky; it may mean that opposing teams haven’t adjusted to his new approach at the plate. The Giants should get as much as they can out of him, but be prepared to take away his playing time when pitchers figure out how to get him out again."
After which Chris O'Leary, apparently a hitting analyst of some sort, wrote
"I know Andres and have helped up some with his hitting. Basically, he’s a completely different hitter than he was when he first came up. Before, he was taught to slap the ball, like Ichiro, and beat out the throw and to do other things that are mechanically problematic. Now he’s trying to drive the ball, like Albert Pujols, and it’s making a big difference."
I hope Giants Mismanagement sees the advantage in Life's Late Innings Torres over the Zombie DeRosa and the Opposing Pitcher's Best Friend Rowand.
Because who knows, that might be the MAGIC! right there.