Tag:Buster Posey
Posted on: July 26, 2010 7:06 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:57 am
 

This week in free stuff: July 26-August 1

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Tonight, July 26
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) -- Andy Tracy bobblehead
Binghamton Mets (Eastern League) -- mustache giveaway. Who doesn't love mustaches?
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Eastern League) --kids batting glove giveaway. I love that they're going old school and just one. Ask your parents, kids.
Bristol White Sox (Appalachian League) -- kids batting helmet. Another old-school favorite.

Tuesday, July 27
Washington Nationals -- t-shirt. A classic, grey shirt. I hate when teams try to go too fancy and do some lame busy design, the simpler, the better.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) --Magic 8 Baseball. This is just awesome. It'd be great if they made the manager use this for all their decisions on the night. Bill Veeck woulda done it. This would have been my favorite of the day…
Toledo Mud Hens (International League)-- mustache giveaway. It must be a trend.
Arkansas Travelers (Texas League) -- Jared Weaver kids t-shirt jersey
Fredrick Keys (Carolina League) Bryan Voltaggio bobblehead. Who is Bryan Voltaggio you ask? Only the runner-up from Top Chef Season 6. If it were a Kevin Gillespie bobblehead, I'd drive there for it.
Princeton Rays (Rookie Appalachian League) --super mug. Apparently, it's a mug and it's super.

Wednesday, July 28
Houston Astros -- orange retro cap. The team wore those glorious 80s uniforms on Saturday, and now it's the orange hats. If only the Astros could skip the 90s and 2000s uniforms and pick one of the great old ones.
State College Spikes (New York-Penn League)  --golf umbrella
Tri-City ValleyCats (New York-Penn League) --reusable grocery bag

Thursday, July 29
New York Mets -- umbrella
Joe Biden Wilmington Blue Rocks (Carolina League) -- Joe Biden bobblehead. It'd be really cool if it was a one of those that talked and it cussed at you.
Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) -- Goonies night. While not technically a giveaway, and I usually do just giveaways, but this one is too cool not to share. The BlueClaws are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Goonies, with Jeff Cohen (Chunk) at the game, signing autographs and judging a Truffle Shuffle contest.
Tri-City ValleyCats (New York-Penn League) County Executive Kathy Jimino bobblehead. Good for you, Kathy.

Friday, July 30
St. Louis Cardinals -- Vince Coleman bobblehead. No fireworks, though.
San Francisco Giants --Beat LA beach towel
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) nutcracker -- I'm not normally a fan of Christmas in July promotions, but the Flying Squirrels giving out nutcrackers is awesome.
Arkansas Travelers (Texas League) -- camouflage hat
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Carolina League) -- christmas ornament
Potomac Nationals (Carolina League) -- mini bat
Lexington Legends (South Atlantic League) Big L soap dispenser. I'm seriously considering going to this. I love giveaways of practical items, and this is a good one.
Clinton LumberKings (Midwest League) -- John Danks bobblehead
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- Boise Whistle Pigs T-shirt. Part of Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Night, honoring one of the other finalists for nickname of the team.

Saturday, July 31
Cincinnati Reds -- Homer Bailey bobblehead
Kansas City Royals -- Kansas City Monarchs cap. I love Negro League tributes, and Kansas City, home to the Negro Leagues Hall of Fame, always does a good job.
Los Angeles Angels -- Rally Monkey soap dispenser. OK, forget the Lexington Legends… I'll be hitting eBay for this batboy.
Washington Nationals -- Nyjer Morgan bobblehead. Really, it's great for the stirrups if nothing else.
Houston Astros -- Jeff Bagwell bobblehead
St. Louis Cardinals -- Whitey Herzog bobblehead
Colorado Rockies -- Jason Giambi t-shirt. With sleeves, oddly enough.
San Diego Padres -- Clayton Richard bobblehead
Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League) --  Buster Posey bobblehead
Carolina Mudcats (Southern League) -- pint glass
Arkansas Travelers (Texas Leage) -- Hank Conger bobbleheads
Corpus Christi Hooks (Texas Leage) -- Hooks retro jersey. Which is  odd, since the franchise has only been around since 2005. It's more old-school Astros style, which I'm always in favor of.
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- Cardinals/Royals I-70 Series throwback shirts. The Cardinals are playing the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Royals' AA affiliate.
Bowling Green Hot Rods (South Atlantic League) -- Farmer Axle Bobblehead
Auburn Doubledays (New York-Penn league) --  William Seward bobblehead. The team is honoring the former governor of New York and Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Seward also helped procure Alaska and was blasted for it at the time.
Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) -- sleeved blanket. Yeah, not a Snuggie.
Greenville Astros (Appalachian League) -- aluminum bottle

Sunday, Aug. 1
Minnesota Twins -- Target Field bat
St. Louis Cardinals -- Ozzie Smith bear. This is in honor of the 1985 NL championship, but I'm disappointed there's no Willie McGee bobblehead. Really, if anyone is screaming for a bobblehead, it's McGee.
Harrisburg Seantors (Eastern League) -- autographed baseball grab bag
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) --  wooden bat
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) kids fielding gloves
Inland Empire 66ers (California League) -- skate deck
Beloit Snappers (Midwest League) -- Kevin Slowey bobblehead
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- dog bowl
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) --  Heidi Watney bobblehead. A bobblehead for the NESN Red Sox reporter.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 3:23 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 3:44 pm
 

Giants' Posey to start catching

Buster Posey Buster Posey is finally getting a chance to get behind the plate for the Giants.

Ever since being recalled from Triple-A, the rookie sensation has been plying his trade at first base. His .303/.338/.421 line has been good enough for manager Bruce Bochy to look at ways to get Posey in the lineup on a regular basis.

That means Posey will start catching some games after coming up through the minor leagues as a catcher. He'll catch at least once a week, Bochy said according to MLB.com, and possibly even take one turn each time through the rotation.

The plan goes into effect Saturday when Posey catches Joe Martinez against the Red Sox. His defense at catcher still has to develop, the Giants say. One way Posey has kept sharp at the position is by catching the pitcher's bullpen sessions and doing catching drills.

If Posey can stick behind the plate, it would be a tremendous coup for the Giants who could then look for another bat to play first base -- which is always easier to find than a catcher who can hit.

Posey had caught just two games for the major-league squad since his call-up, starting one. The incumbent catcher, Bengie Molina, is hitting .265/.319/.344 on the year, and his numbers look worse if you throw out April (.224/.274/.304).

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 16, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Renteria off DL, but what now?


The Giants activated Edgar Renteria from the disabled list before Wednesday's game against the Orioles, but the question is where will he play?

Renteria started the season off well, but is coming off his second stint on the disabled list. In 23 games, he's hitting .326/.372/.395 wth a home run and 11 RBI. However, since he's been gone, his replacement Juan Uribe has taken that spot. Uribe is hitting .284/.349/.479 with 10 hoe runs and 41 RBI. Uribe has played 44 games at shortstop, 16 at second, one at third and one as the designated hitter.

With Uribe playing so well, Pablo Sandoval at third, Freddy Sanchez at second and Buster Posey at first, there doesn't seem to be too many spots in the lineup for Renteria, 33.

Reteria had been on the disabled list since May 27 with a strained right hamstring. He was also on the DL from May 7-22 with a groin strain. Infield Matt Downs was optioned to Triple-A Fresno to make room for Renteria. Downs was hitting .244/.318/.372 with a home run and seven RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Grandal had no pre-draft deal


Leading up to Monday night's first round of the MLB Draft, AOL Fanhouse's Frankie Piliere reported that there was a deal done between Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Kansas City Royals. By Monday, word was the Royals weren't taking Grandal and when the picked fourth, they took Cal State Fullerton shortstop Christian Colon.

Grandal went 12th to the Cincinnati Reds.

On Tuesday, Grandal told reporters in Cincinnati, “I didn’t have any pre-draft deals. I had no clue what was going on. I don’t know where the rumor started. I didn’t speak the Royals or anybody.”

Grandal also denied reports that he was seeking "Buster Posey money" and he had signability issues.

"For the Reds to give me an opportunity, to be picked in the first round, it’s just great. I’m ready to go," Grandal said.

Grandal was 1-for-3 with two RBI in Miami's 10-3 victory over Texas A&M on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans



Posted on: June 8, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Giants not giving up on slumping Molina


Giants manager Bruce Bochy said starting Buster Posey behind the plate Monday night against the Reds was not a signal that the team is moving toward replacing struggling Bengie Molina, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Molina has just four hits in his past 50 at-bats.

Bochy revealed Monday that Molina had a cortisone injection in his left elbow during the Reds' previous homestand because of lingering pain from an old foul tip injury. The manager said Molina would be in the lineup today.

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