Today is Derek Holland’s 32nd birthday. Holland is a free agent heading into next season, but has said he wants to re-sign with the Giants. We’ll do a season review on him soon enough, but it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to bring him back (at a reasonable salary) in a baseball sense. He’s proven himself capable of being a competent starter at the back-end of the rotation, as well as performing well in the bullpen, capable of short and long appearances.
But we’ll get into more on that when we do his season review. For now, he’s not NOT a Giant, so Happy Birthday, Derek.
Here’s an off-season update on one of our favorite Giants:
Brandon Belt presented a fishing boat to his former high school coach, Glen Kimble. Apparently Belt promised him he would buy him one if he ever made it in the big leagues. Kimble told Belt just to worry about making it there and they would worry about the boat later. Well, nine years after making that promise, Belt made good on it this off-season.
This season didn’t just feature rookies on the field, it featured the rookie season for new Giants beat writer, Kerry Crowley of The Mercury News. Crowley did an admirable job under the circumstances of the season he had to work with. He talks about what the season was like from his perspective in this piece, which was a fun read and an interesting insight into the job:
For those keeping track at home, we are now only 137 days away from spring training games.