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Quick note on Cody Ransom

If you haven't seen the Stephen Drew injury yet, you're probably like me. I'll watch one of those "Real Housewives" shows before I watch a horrific injury like that on purpose.

With Drew out for the year, I just wanted to note that the Diamondbacks have called up Cody Ransom.


2011 35 Reno PCL AAA 92 114 28 3 26 89 9 3 47 85 .331 .412 .657 1.069
14 Seasons 1426 1235 258 41 209 744 140 44 580 1388 .250 .331 .445 .776
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Generated 7/21/2011.

There are so many things wrong with that. Starting with Cody Ransom still a) exists, b) plays professional baseball, and c) is absolutely destroying AAA. Reno is an extreme hitter's environment, but still, those stats are impressive for a first baseman, much less a middle infielder.

Of course, we're talking about him right now because of another table you can find at Baseball Reference:

Year Tm Lg Pos G GS Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld%
2004 SFG NL SS 45 5 96.2 58 20 35 3 11 .948
2004 SFG NL 2B 16 7 80.1 50 28 21


5 .980
2004 SFG NL 3B 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000
2004 SFG NL LF 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 SFG NL OF 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0
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Generated 7/21/2011.


Ransom makes me think like a pre-2010 Giants fan. I look at his name, I see him on the roster of the Giants' direct competition, and I think dark thoughts. Because I'm in the middle of "Game of Thrones," I'm only capable of expressing my thoughts in fantasy-epic terms. Ransom:

  • left his home in disgrace
  • went into the woods or something for a decade
  • got all strong and junk
  • is now back with a rival faction, with experience and a little gray around the temples, looking for both redemption and revenge

That's too neat and symmetrical. It scares me. And I know he's probably not going to get a lot of playing time -- that's Willie Bloomquist territory -- but the narrative is there. If Cody Ransom kills the Giants, it's a neat part of a three-act structure (movie) or a 483,035-act structure (George R.R. Martin). It works either way.

I'd prefer Stephen Drew, both because of my preference to have the Giants win because they're the better of two injury-free teams, and because Cody Ransom is a mysterious sellsword with a history. I don't know why he'd be mad at us, but here he is. Scary.