September 23, 2021

The San Francisco Giants Should be Admired for Taking a Leap of Faith in Themselves, Rather than Selling (Baseball Essential)

Many doubted whether the San Francisco Giants made the right decision by holding onto most of their veterans at the Major League Baseball trade deadline — most notably Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith — and making a run at the National League Wild Card Game. Well, they missed the playoffs. But the Giants did something we see very little of in Major League Baseball today: take a leap of faith in themselves and go for it.

After a June 29 loss at home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants fell to 35-47. Surprising? Not really. This was a ballclub struggling to score runs while getting hot and cold outings from their starting pitchers. The one bright spot was manager Bruce Bochy‘s bullpen. Smith, Mark Melancon, Sam Dyson, Sam Coonrod, and Reyes Moronta were getting through innings, limiting damage, and giving their offense a chance to make a late-inning comeback.

Throughout the first half of the season, speculation and rumors swirled around Bumgarner and several Giants relievers being on the move before the trade deadline; it seemed like a foregone conclusion that this would happen. Then the Giants gave the baseball world something new to talk about: should they sell or…

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