Brian Sabean: This Is All on You

Phillip KernContributor IAugust 20, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 21:   San Francisco Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean (L) and President and Managing General Partner Peter Magowan at a press conference announcing the Giants will not bring Barry Bonds back for the Giants 2008 season September 21, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Barry Bonds played for 15 years with the Giants and became the all-time home run leader after breaking Hank Aaron's record this year. Bonds made no indication in his statement on his website that he would be retiring.  (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

During the course of the season, Giants fans have gotten to see some of the young players develop into legitimate ballplayers.

Pablo Sandoval, Nate Schierholtz, Eugenio Velez, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Brian Wilson, and so forth.

Okay so the last few names were on the obvious side, but the trend is this: some of the core came through the minor league system and, with the chance for consistent playing time, they end up turning into what we are seeing.

So here's my question: What about Travis Ishikawa?

I don't think anyone is being hurt more by the Ryan Garko deal than Ishikawa.  I found it quite laughable when Brian Sabean stated that bringing Garko to the Bay wouldn't hurt Ishikawa's development.

Um, Brian, how could it not hurt him?

No further proof could be seen than the Giants-Reds game on August 20, when Ishikawa only made a cameo appearance before being lifted for a pinch hitter.  Where exactly is the developmental value in that?

Some of my worst fears about this Garko deal came true, because not only is the import stinking up the joint, but Ishikawa was starting to turn the corner as far as his approach to the plate.

The only way sporadic playing time would actually help anyone is if the ultimate role would be as a platoon player.  Is that how the Giants see Ishikawa now?  If that's the case, then it is a real shame and a slap in the face to all the hard work Ishikawa has put in to earn the everyday job at first base.

This is becoming clear: Brian Sabean clearly has no patience with younger players. Just ask David Aardsma, Kevin Frandsen, Jerome Williams, Yorvit Torrealba, Joe Nathan, etc., if you don't believe me.

If the new approach is to build from within and to use the minor leagues as the basis for developing, then why in the world would the Giants keep someone who keeps going back to his error-prone ways of mortgaging the future for right now?

Normally when a team goes with young guys, there is a plan for development through the course of the year.  It is clear that right now the Giants are held hostage by a GM who doesn't really have a plan. Instead he has staked this year on a couple of decent players for a playoff push, even when the team was winning with what they had.

If the Giants miss the playoffs after these moves, Sabean should start looking for another job.