Tag:Brian Wilson
Posted on: February 17, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2011 5:39 pm
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Chapman to relieve, but not close

Aroldis Chapman Aroldis Chapman will be in the bullpen, but won't be the closer this season, Dusty Baker told reporters on Thursday.

From John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer :
 “Let’s get this out of the way right now. I plan on using him like I used him last year. We’ll see how he progresses with things. How many appearances did the guy have last year?”

He had 39 at Louisville and 15 with the Reds.

“That’s not a lot of experience,” Baker said. “Not at this level. So we made concerted effort to bring him along slowly in a lower-pressurized situation. We brought him in mostly at the bottom of the order in the seventh and eighth inning. We hope to bring him along and put him in more important roles. We know the third day in a row he wasn’t nearly (effective). So we’re finding out about his resiliency, what kind of stuff he has two days in a row. Relieving is new to him. We need him more now as a reliever than a starter. The fact that he’s left-handed, the fact that he’s throwing more strikes, it might be easier on his arm right now.”

“One thing I want squash right now is closer-situation controversy. I know everyone want’s to be in a hurry to rush him in there. But we’ve got to get him acclimated to what he’s doing first. [Francisco] Cordero, even though it’s been exciting at times, he’s still second at least [in] our league in saves the last two years. That’s something that most people overlook.”
Cordero has 79 saves over the last two seasons, third behind Heath Bell (89) and Brian Wilson (86). Still, many expect Chapman to take over for Cordero, who is in the final season of a four-year, $46 million contract. He'll make $12 million this year with a club option (likely to be declined) for $12 million with a $1 million buyout. He currently has a limited no-trade clause.

The Reds still want to use Chapman long-term as a starter, but it won't happen this season. Pitching coach Bryan Price tells Fay that they'll continue to work on his change-up, but not use it in games -- as a reliever his fastball and slider are enough.

Price said the biggest thing he wants Chapman to do is to use his fastball to get ahead of batters, not worrying about placement much more than throwing it over the plate.

"Don’t put him in a position where he’s trying to shave off the inner or outer two inches of the plate early in the at-bat," Price said. "The way he comes in — if it’s the 95 or the 100-plus — he’s hard to get a good swing on. He’s a hard guy to square up. So we don’t want him to try to make the perfect pitcher’s pitch on the first pitch. We want him to attacked the zone with his fastball and slider and get ahead in the count."

As for Chapman, he tells Fay he's happy as a reliever.

“I didn’t think about it too much: My job is a reliever. I’m a reliever now,” he said. “I want to be a starter but I don’t think about that. My job now is to be a reliever. That’s job I’m going to do. The day they want me to be a starter, I’ll start thinking about it.”

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Brian Wilson drives cop car

The Brian Wilson stories just keep on coming.

The San Jose Mercury News reported on Brian Wilson's new ride -- and no, contrary to what he said on the George Lopez show, it is not a schooner.

Instead, it's a police cruiser.

Yup, a police cruiser that is fully outfitted -- loudspeaker too. And Wilson enjoys the attention as he leans on the horn when pulling into the parking lot to announce his arrival.

For those wondering: yes, it is legal to drive a police cruiser if you are a civilian. However, most cruisers are stripped of the markings on the car along with lights and siren. There's no picture of the cruiser just yet, so it's unclear if "fully equipped" means lights and siren included.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: January 28, 2011 12:13 pm
 

Brian Wilson appears on Lopez Tonight

Apparently, Brian Wilson's real beard color is gray.

That's what Wilson was sporting Thursday when he appeared on Lopez Tonight along with a sea captain's uniform. Wilson was appearing to promote the upcoming video game MLB 2k11, but instead chose to spend his time talking about massages in Thailand.

Below is the video of Wilson's appearance. (Some may find the content inappropriate.)

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: January 14, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Giants reality show on tap

Pablo Sandoval
Can Pablo Sandoval eat that entire sundae ? Where does Bruce Bochy find hats that fit? What wacky antics will ensue when Brian Wilson becomes roommates with The Machine ?

We can only hope these are among the questions that are answered in the yet-untitled new reality show about the Giants slated for Showtime. The show, which is already in production, promises to "give viewers a front row seat into the lives of the players, coaches and team personnel as they begin the arduous task of defending their World Series title through the 2011 MLB season," according to a press release.

Showtime is looking to premiere the show around the start of the regular season, with regular episodes in the second half of the season.

"I'm confident that this group of personalities will make for a provocative and groundbreaking television series that will appeal beyond the hardcore baseball fan to all viewers who appreciate great drama," said Showtime exec David Nevins.

It should be worth tuning in for the Wilson segments alone.

UPDATE: MLB jumped the gun a bit by announcing the series on Friday, according to Matt Cain, the Giants' union representative.

"Honestly, they announced it early," Cain told the San Francisco Chronicle. "They weren't supposed to do that and we aren't very happy about it. We're trying to figure out all the small details."
Cain did say he and the rest of the players are supportive of the series, which "will be great publicity for the team and the guys on the team,"

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 15, 2010 3:09 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Wilson, Braden hit Thailand

Brian Wilson
I'd have to think really hard to come up with something that sounds more awesome than going to Thailand with Brian Wilson.

The Giants closer is an interesting guy, to say the least. If you're not familiar with the man behind the beard, check out this video, which features Wilson proclaiming himself a "certified ninja" with a 188 IQ, and playing a prank on a TV host involving a man in bondage gear.

Dallas Braden is a character in his own right, and the two friends recently took a trip together to Thailand. Braden told the San Francisco Chronicle that Wilson was an international rock star.

"Absolutely, everywhere we went," Braden said. "Brian was loving every minute of it. It was awesome.

"I don't know if the Giants know it, but he's the best ambassador for their team. He never turned anyone away, he posed for photos with everyone. They'd say, 'Are you the guy with the beard from the Giants?' and he soaked it up. He showed the love."

Braden said Wilson's trademark beard started to lose its black luster toward the end of the trip.

"I said, 'Dude, you must have forgot the Just For Men,' because you could see some red shining through."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 6:19 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2010 9:27 am
 

Caught looking at end of season

Ryan Howard The great Baseball Reference blog strikes again. This time, looking at something both Ryan Howard and Alex Rodriguez did this postseason -- ending their team's postseason by looking at a called third strike . On Friday Rodriguez became the ninth player in history to do so, and the next night Howard became the 10th.

Here's a look at the rest, which has seen nine of its 10 members join the club in the last 31 years.

Ryan Howard, 2010 NLCS vs. Brian Wilson
Alex Rodriguez, 2010 ALCS vs. Neftali Feliz
Carlos Beltran, 2006 NLCS vs. Adam Wainwright
Terrence Long, 2003 ALDS vs. Derek Lowe
Roberto Alomar, 1997 ALCS vs. Jose Mesa
Omar Vizquel, 1996 ALDS vs. Randy Myers
Howard Johnson, 1988 NLCS vs. Orel Hershiser
Willie Randolph, 1980 ALCS vs. Dan Quisenberry
Cesar Geronimo, 1979 NLCS vs. Bert Blyleven
Goose Goslin, 1925 World Series vs. Red Oldham

It's no surprise with more playoff series, it's become more uncommon. What's interesting, to me at least, is that only one World Series has ended on a called third strike -- 1925, when Washington's Goslin looked at third strike to give Pittsburgh the title. A total of 16 World Series have ended on strikeouts, but with two strikes and the season coming down to one pitch, most will get the bat off their shoulder and at least try to put the ball in play.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 2:22 pm
 

Taking a look at 2011 projections

Bill James, the leading sabermetrician of our time, has been hard at work on his 2011 Bill James Handbook , in which he releases projections for players.

As with all projections, James was way off on several players in his 2010 projections, but hit some on the nose and came close to many.

As James writes, it's inevitable that projections miss on some players. After all, who could have expected Jose Bautista to slam 54 home runs?

But for the most part, projections do come close to approximating what a player will do. So let's dive in and check out what Bill James thinks of several players.

Alvarez Pedro Alvarez (photo, right): The Pirates rookie got his major-league career off to a decent start in 2010, finishing at .256/.326/.461 with 16 HR. Meanwhile, Buster Posey makes Pittsburgh look silly for plucking Alvarez and Tampa Bay idiots for taking shortstop Tim Beckham. However, the Bucs may just end up loving Alvarez in 2011. James has him down for 27 home runs and 103 RBI, hitting .277/.352/.501. Sounds pretty good.

Jose Bautista : So, his his power surge for real or is there a reason Bautista never topped 16 home runs in a season before? James thinks it's for real and tabs Bautista for 34 blasts in 2011. Makes sense, as Bautista was hitting somewhat over his head and pitchers will have a better understanding of how to pitch him. He should finish at .251/.355/.509.

Josh Beckett: Boston will have plenty of reasons to be happy with its rotation next year. After Josh Beckett struggled to a 5.78 ERA in 21 starts, James feels Beckett will rebound to post a 3.86 ERA in 26 games. Couple that with John Lackey 's 33 starts of a 3.89 ERA and Daisuke Matsuzaka finding a way to overcome 73 walks for a 3.85 ERA, and you suddenly have a deep rotation that has Jon Lester up top and Clay Buchholz. An ace followed by four No. 2-3 starters? Yes please.

Adrian Beltre : Beltre re-established his value and much more in Boston, where he put Seattle and his failures therein behind him to hit .321/.365/.553. But was that just a contract-year push? Kind of. Beltre won't sniff being an MVP candidate again, as James says, but should still be worth every dollar afer hitting .283/.335/.477 in 2011.

Ryan Braun : When someone hits 33 home runs, scores 108 runs and drives in 114, that's got to be a pretty good MVP candidate. Except that Braun's 2011 projected totals may not be enough to overtake teammate Prince Fielder , who has 41 blasts projected to his name with 100 runs and 114 RBI. He's expected to hit .276/.396/.541 with Braun at .310/.372/.551.

Domonic Brown : One concern the Phillies have is how well Dominic Brown can step into the large shoes that will be vacated by Jayson Werth. Well, no problem: Brown's on pace to hit 26 homers and go .288/.346/.505. Next step for Philadelphia: finding a right-handed bat to break up Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Brown.

Halladay Roy Halladay (photo, right): A perfect game, postseason no-hitter and 2.44 ERA later and Halladay has nothing left to prove in the NL. James does see a step backwards, however, to the horrifying high of a 3.16 ERA. That ERA certainly figures to go under 3.00, but it's impossible to project anyone landing below a 3.00 ERA which is why Halladay lands at 3.16. He has compatriots Cole Hamels with a 3.45 projected ERA and Roy Oswalt at 3.38. Sounds like another NL East Division title is en route to Philly.

Derek Jeter : So, will Jeter rebound from his .270/.340/.370 showing in 2010 and be worth whatever ridiculous deal the Yankees give him in the offseason? Well, James does see a bounceback -- but his days as a legitimate All-Star are done. (Of course, he'll still be elected.) Jetes should end up at .295/.365/.410 as James guesses, not that far off from what Jeter put up in 2008.

Cliff Lee : Lee is going to make a lot of money in 2011. But interested teams may want to take a look at James' projected ERA and back away slightly. At 3.50, he would still be a good pitcher, but not great nor sublime as he has been thus far. He finished 2010 with a 3.18 ERA, 2009 with 3.22 and 2008 with 2.54, so it takes quite a leap to think Lee would go up to 3.50. A projected 49 walks will do that, even though he had an unimaginable 18 in 2010. (43 in 2009.)

Tim Lincecum : The Freak draws the honor of the lowest projected ERA, at an even 3.00 while striking out 233 batters. Lincecum will be looking to take back the Cy Young title from projected winner Roy Halladay, and so far it looks like Bill James is giving him the nod for 2011.

Jesus Montero : Do we have an early candidate for Rookie of the Year? James has Jesus Montero putting up huge numbers as a 21-year-old in the majors, banging 21 home runs and hitting .285/.348/.519. Hard to beat those numbers and power, especially at Montero's age. The only comparable is Michael Stanton.

David Ortiz : Well, even James himself can't know if Ortiz will get a third straight season off to a bad start, but regardless, Big Papi is expected to finish with 33 home runs and 112 RBI. That would be the most home runs hit since 2007 (he finished 2010 with 32). It would also be a high in RBI since 2007, along with batting average. If Ortiz can pull that line off, he'll be in line for a nice payday as a free agent.

Stanton Mike Stanton (photo, right): Stanton has already put baseball on notice as a 20-year-old. So what the heck is he to do in 2011 with a full season of playing time? That's easy -- 38 home runs. The only knock against Stanton will be that his plate discipline isn't advanced enough, leading to a .268/.335/.556 line. If he can eventually learn to take enough pitches and get the batting average over .280, he could be a mega-star.

Brian Wilson : Currently busy trying to propel the Giants to the World Series, Wilson at least can rest easy in the idea that James has him leading all closers in saves next season. He's expected to nail down 48 saves with a 3.04 ERA. The save total is exactly the same as what he ended up with in 2010, but the ERA was lower at 1.81. An xFIP of 2.99, however, backs up the projected 3.04 ERA.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Your 2010 AL & NL leaders

OK, it may not have been the most important thing about the Giants' 3-0 victory over the Padres, but Brian Wilson picked up his 48th save of the season, the most in baseball. He, oddly enough, broke a tie with the Padres' Heath Bell.

Wilson's strikeout of Will Venable ended the regular season and here are the rest of your season leaders in the batting and pitching triple crown categories, as well as the save leaders.

• AL batting average: Josh Hamilton .359
• NL batting average: Carlos Gonzalez .336

• AL home runs: Jose Bautista 54
• NL home runs: Albert Pujols 42

• AL RBI: Miguel Cabrera 126
• NL RBI: Albert Pujols 118

• AL wins: CC Sabathia 21
• NL wins: Roy Halladay 21

• AL ERA: Felix Hernandez 2.27
• NL ERA: Josh Johnson 2.30

• AL strikeouts; Jeff Weaver 233
• NL strikeouts: Tim Lincecum 231

• AL saves: Rafael Soriano 45
• NL saves: Brian Wilson 48

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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