Hello and happy Saturday.
You probably don’t know what position Mauricio Dubón plays. I don’t say that to disparage your knowledge of Dubón, it’s just ... no one knows what position he plays.
When the San Francisco Giants traded for Dubi in 2019, he was thought to have a future primarily at second base. But the team played him much more at shortstop that year. Then he showed up in 2020 and spent the majority of the year in center field — a place he’d never played before. And now there are reports that the team is having him take reps at third base. Versatility is the name of the game these days, so I’ll take it.
Wherever Dubón plays in 2021, it will be with some added power. He spent the offseason attempting to add muscle, and says that he’s gained 12 pounds. That is, apparently, showing itself in the batter’s box.
The furthest Dubón has hit a ball in a regular season game (so, not BP pitching, of course) was 418 feet -- a double at Coors Field on Sept. 1, 2020— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) February 26, 2021
(and speaking of the pitching, it was actually off Drew Butera while it was a 22-2 game)
It’s not every day you hear a center fielder talk about bulking up, but I’m excited to see how it translates.
Old, random MCC article for you to read
No, Barry Bonds didn’t have anything to do with Dee Gordon’s suspension, you horrible pig-people (April 29, 2016 — Grant Brisbee)
- Roger Munter hands the keyboard to Tom Shafer and Lukas McKnight to give a scout’s view of prospect Diego Velasquez (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee on why names on the back of the home uniforms are a good thing (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Susan Slusser on how Evan Longoria can provide something the Giants greatly need (SF Chronicle)
- Maria Guardado on how Brandon Crawford wants to prove the haters wrong (MLB)
- Kerry Crowley with five notes from Friday’s camp, including Mauricio Dubón bulking up (Mercury News)
- Andrew Baggarly on why the Giants need expanded playoffs but union rep Austin Slater says it’s not happening (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Kerry Crowley on how Brandon Crawford has proven doubters wrong before and intends to do so again (Mercury News)
- John Shea on why Brandon Crawford dearly misses signing Spring Training autographs (SF Chronicle)
- Alex Pavlovic on the Giants reuniting with Jordan Humphreys (NBC Sports Bay Area)
How many days until Opening Day?
There are 33 days until Opening Day.
Have a terrific Saturday, all.