Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants, who swept the Detroit Tigers to claim their second World Series championship in the last three years.
The Giants have done it with a mix of home-grown superstars and deft additions via trade and free agency to round out the roster.
The nucleus of the team was signed and developed within the Giants farm system. Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Sergio Romo (and the 2010 closer Brian Wilson) are all products of the Giants scouting and player development process.
The Giants have been highly successful adding key role players through a variety of means. In particular, the Giants had huge contributions this season from Gregor Blanco and Joaquin Arias – and both players were signed prior to the season as minor league free agents.
The Giants have also been astute traders. Who knew that picking up Marco Scutaro would be such a season-changing event? Brian Sabean, I guess.
(After Scutaro had the game-winner last night, Dave Cameron posted on Twitter “Today’s youth are going to remember Marco Scutaro the same way I remember Mark Lemke.” Us fans of a certain age know exactly what he is talking about).
As long as that core group of homegrown starting pitchers stays healthy – along with Posey – the Giants appear set up for playoff contention for another few years.
Posey might be the absolute key. The two years he has been healthy, they won it all. The one year he was injured, they did not reach the playoffs.
We are now officially into the off-season – the first thing you will hear about is players declaring free agency. The awards will start to be announced, beginning with the Gold Gloves on Tuesday. We’ll check out the off-season schedule on Wednesday.
Links from the weekend:
- World Series articles from the San Francisco newspaper: the game story, and Pablo Sandoval was named World Series MVP.
- Dave Cameron writes that the Giants won with depth, not star power.
- Mariners infielders Dustin Ackley and Brendan Ryan are Gold Glove Award finalists.
- Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times speculates that the Mariners may trade pitching prospect James Paxton for offensive help.
- Baker – who apparently is in Arizona attending the Fall League – also has a piece on hopeful catcher-of-the-future Mike Zunino.
- Larry LaRue, the former Mariners beat writer for The News Tribune, has a new job with the paper. It’s a non-sports job, but here are the details if you are curious.
- Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Mariners have hired a new Director of International Scouting.
- Former Tacoma Tigers shortstop Walt Weiss was interviewed for the Colorado Rockies manager job.
- Here is the newspaper story on Sacramento manager Darren Bush getting moved up to the big leagues as a bullpen coach. No word yet on who will be the new Sacramento manager.
- Susan Slusser – the excellent Oakland A’s beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle – became the first woman president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Only three-and-a-half months until spring training!