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Darren Ford has shown on many occasions that he is a dynamic, game-changing talent on the basepaths. What he hasn't shown is an ability to get himself on base.
In his two seasons of playing at the major league level, the Giants have never been in a position to let Ford play every day and show what he can do in a large sample size of games.
Andres Torres was a main reason the Giants won the 2010 World Series, but he proved this year that his 2010 production was an aberration in a mediocre career. The Giants cannot afford to enter 2012 with Torres as their starting center fielder and leadoff man, and they know it. Brian Sabean attempted to acquire Michael Bourne from Houston in July.
Ford is an exciting baseball player. He has great baserunning instincts that make him lethal on the basepaths and he has shown that his speed is also an asset in the outfield in the short time he has spent playing defense.
Gary Brown is most certainly the Giants center fielder and leadoff man of the future, but he isn't quite ready for the big leagues despite his gaudy numbers at Single-A San Jose this year. The Giants would love to not have to rush him and Ford could be the solution to that if he can hit.
The Giants should let him play every day and sink or swim over the final 22 games.