|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Today Sabean unveiled his masterstroke: The signing of former Chicago Cub Moises Alou. Alou is an offensive force with a career BA/OBP/SLG line of .300/.367/.513. He is also a barely adequate left fielder who will be asked to patrol SBC Park's spacious right field, screw-you-triples-notch and all. Oh, and he'll be 38 years old.
Here are the ages of the Giants' starting position players as of May 2005, after Grissom's and Vizquel's birthdays a few weeks into the season (courtesy of blogger Lefty Malo):
1B Snow 37
2B Durham 33
SS Vizquel 38
3B Alfonzo 31*
LF Bonds 40
CF Grissom 38
RF Alou 38
C Matheny 34
* Lefty's note was "plays like he's 41." A less charitable footnote would be "The girl proclaimed to be 18 in the porno mag is really 26."
The Giants are surely the only team in baseball with an average age over 36.
I guess every GM would like to staff his team with his own type of ideal player. Beane would surely enjoy a lineup full of patient hitters, for instance. In most cases reality intervenes -- in Beane's case, a hacktastic shortstop comes up the minor leage ranks and is your star for several seasons. Sabean, by contrast, has overcome all obstacles, even the ones relating to reality or common sense. The only caveat is that Sabean did fail to land one player he was pursuing this offseason, and it was not even a player in this thirties. The Giants courted Steve Finley, who will play centerfield for the Angels instead. Come opening day 2005, Finley will be 40.