- Episode 110: Little Giants
In the hundred-and-tenth episode, Thomas and Danny talk about mixed feeling seeing Zito and Lincecum start for the last time on the season, Sandoval’s weight loss, next year’s rotation, and interview San Jose’s Clayton Blackburn and Mac Williamson.
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We recently talked on the podcast about the Giants resigning Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract: a move that we both liked considering its decent upside (a decent season from a pretty-good-not-great relief pitcher), and its very low downside. He earned $750,000 in 2010, and will probably earn even less than that this year, particularly if he spends the season in the minors.
I was having lunch with my dad and we were talking about it, and we were a little surprised that he would sign in the minors, considering that he was a big part of the stellar bullpen on the world championship team. He certainly had the swagger of an All-Star, and the game face to give the impression that he was a necessary part of any bullpen. His season numbers told something of a different story.
Still, how could we get such different impressions? The whole notion of statistics is to make evaluationsÂ clearer, not muddle things up even more. So let’s take a look.