A year ago around this time, Giants fans were calling for Brian Sabean's head. At this time last year the Giants were in the cellar in the National League West and on their way to a 90 loss season. They were struggling mightily to score runs, and that was even effecting the pitching staff because they knew they didn't have any room to breath with the stagnant offense. Giant fans were claiming that this team would take years to rebuild because Sabean hadn't drafted a position player in years.
Now let me ask you, with the Giants eleven games above .500 and tied for first for the wild card this late in the season, did you expect this quick of a turn around? I bet your answer is no, but ill tell you Brian Sabeans answer is yes. Sabean drafted Lincecum who we all know won the Cy Young last year and is on a pace for repeating that feat, and he drafted Matt Cain who has pitched like we all knew he could and he has the lowest ERA in the national league and boasting a sparkling 12-2 record. Sabean also drafted Jonathan Sanchez late in the draft and he has electric stuff and it looks like hes finally putting a harness on his control. Now we all know he got ripped for the Zito trade but he has become a solid number three guy.
Now for Sabeans more unappreciated hitter signings there are draftee Pablo Sandoval the young pure hitting phenom, the signing of Bengie Molina has been a great under appreciated signing and Bengie has won a lot of hearts in San Francisco. Then there was the signing of Aaron Rowand and the move toward the gamers, say what you want about Rowand but hes a solid center fielder and a good bat at lead off or lower in the order. Then we have the trade of Randy Winn, this guy is one of the best professionals in the game and a solid hitter, he hit .306 in 2008. Now at the deadline, when everyone knew the Giants had a phenominal pitching but a big trouble scoring runs, Sabean went out and first picked up Ryan Garko from Clevland who last year had 90 RBI and will add a good consistent bat to first base, then he went out and made a bold move dealing from his surlpus in pitching he sent Tim Alderson to the Pirates for former batting champ Freddy Sanchez.
Then we have the NCAA baseball silver spikes winner Buster Posey drafted last year and the big first baseman Angel Villalona down there in the minors too, although he was recently injured, the Giants have a great scouting team in other countries thanks to Sabean. And the 19 year old pitching phenom Madison Bumgarner showing his stuff already. The Giants now have a pretty healthy minor league system. So before you go ranting on about how the Giants should fire Sabean and that he is killing the organization, just think, the Giants record doesn't lie.