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Dispelling the Myths

There’s just a ton of misinformation floating around these parts – call them the urban legends of McCovey Chronicles - and it's about time that we clear up some of these myths.

Myth: Rajai Davis was a little-known player on the 1995 Giants.

Fact: Recently unearthed evidence suggests that Davis was on the team as late as this April. Even more amazing is the idea that Davis’s superlative defense and 2007 on-base percentage of .361 had people excited about him at the end of last season. It’s too bad he wasted his trial of 18 at-bats with the Giants this year.

Myth: The minor league renaissance of Travis Ishikawa, while certainly good news, is likely to mean as much as the minor league success of Lance Niekro and Todd Linden.

Fact: There were never players named "Lance Niekro" or "Todd Linden" on the Giants. This search on Yahoo! offers conclusive proof.

Myth: Barry Zito is a below-average player

Fact: Among pitchers with more than 10 starts, Zito has the second-highest on-base percentage as a hitter. So unless you’re some sort of Luddite who doesn’t think on-base percentage is important, you can sit on that.

Myth: The Giants called up Osiris Matos and Geno Espineli when the rosters expanded.

Fact: Jack Taschner strangled both pitchers before they were called up, and he dumped their bodies in a ravine outside of Fresno.

Myth: If Noah Lowry wasn’t hurt at the end of 2007, the Giants could have traded him for a good young hitter.

Fact: The Giants heard a rumor that Jose Castillo would be available on waivers, so they didn’t need to trade Lowry for him at all.

Myth: When the stars align and Grant is right about something, he doesn’t stop bringing it up.

Fact: It’s been at least a year since I mentioned that I picked the Tigers to make the playoffs in 2006.

Myth: Matt Cain receives historically poor run support, even when you factor in that he’s pitching for one of the worst offensive teams in the majors.

Fact: Wait, that isn’t a myth. But it will be forgotten in 30 years, and Cain’s Hall-of-Fame run will be blypedoed on the first ballot because he didn’t know how to win.

Myth: It’s way too early to even think about hypothetical career paths for Cain that forecast him anywhere near HOF consideration.

Fact: Shut your face.

See? Easy. And it feels good to clear all of that up. I'm sure a missed a few, so use the comments section to add your own.