The Giants Need to Give Kevin Frandsen a Shot

Jeff BirkelandContributor IJune 19, 2009

PHOENIX - JUNE 11:  Kevin Frandsen #19 of the San Francisco Giants at bat during the major league baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 11, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks defeated the Giants 2-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Gamer! That's what you call the guys who just get stuff done on the field, despite lacking the obvious attributes that can be easily measured by folks who want to be able to defend decisions they make. 

Gamers are the guys who don't run as fast, throw as hard, or adhere to any specific "book" about what a player at any position is supposed to look like. In football, Joe Montana was a gamer. He won. No cannon arm, no big stature, etc.  Just wins. 

Jim Druckenmiller, on the other hand, was the exact opposite. "Druck" had the gun for an arm, was a moose in the weight room and yet the result was what?  Bubkus.

I am beginning to think that Kevin Frandsen is the Giants version of a gamer who should get his shot. Let's review: 

  • The guy can hit. He has hit over .300 every stop along the way in the Giants minor league system.  
  • The Giants are in desperate need of some O. From where-ever.
  • Frandsen sticks with it. While he's beginning to show signs of being mildly ticked at not getting, in his view, his fair crack at the job, Frandsen was generally stick with the Giants and his career like, well, a gamer might.
  • Emmanuel Burriss is not going to get it done at the plate--not this year and maybe not ever. The guy is currently what we might  call 0 for quite a while. He is over matched this year and more of a contact guy vs. a pure hitter.

While Frandsen is a little too slow and not exactly your prototype speedster defensive second baseman. But that's just it--ignore the prototype once in a while and let a guy who may just be a gamer try and get it done.

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It may be a little unfair to mention Kevin Frandsen and Joe Montana in the same article, but imagine if the 49ers had ignored Montana's leadership skills and more just because the guy wasn't obviously big and strong? 

Let's give Frandsen a shot. You listening Boch?

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