Thoughts on Rowand, Tejada, Burrell, and Pill

Examining today’s moves….

Rowand: I despise Rowand. The other day, I pondered whether the giants would ever get rid of Aaron Rowand:

[...] will Aaron Rowand stay a Giant throughout the remainder of his contract? Like Cain, Rowand has shown a consistent trend over the last several years (though not a positive one): since 2007, Rowand’s weighted on-base average has dropped all the way from .382 down to .277

[...]

At some point, the Giants have to cut their losses with Rowand — don’t they? Beltran and/or Torres will return soon enough (and perhaps Pat Burrell too), and all of those players bring more to the table than Rowand.

 

Then last night, I read the following on Extra Baggs’ blog, which further frustrated me:

Rowand is Exhibit A why the Giants have not fired hitting coach Hensley Meulens. Rowand has an unorthodox approach and he’s too stubborn to overhaul it.

 

I often see Rowand characterized as a team player — a guy that will put his body in danger to win a game for a team, one that will show up early to batting practice every day to find an end to his struggles. Rowand is a terrible, terrible hitter. I recently marveled at his utter lack of plate discipline; his BB/K ratio is historically bad, so his unwillingness to adapt, to work with Meulens to try to fix his batting stance or whatever, it all strikes (or struck) me as ridiculous. I could not be happier that he’s been designated for assignment.

Miguel Tejada: He was signed for too much money, and has failed to live up to already-low expectations. Though the Giants say that it played no role in his being DFA’d, the whole bunting incident was the icing on the cake. Farewell, Tejada, you won’t be missed at all.

Brett Pill: people have been clamoring for the 27-year old to be called up, mostly based on an extremely-high RBI total, but I’m not so excited. He’s a first baseman, one repeating Triple-A, and his on-base percentage is actually below average for a Pacific-Coast League hitter. He’s clearly benefited from his hitter-friendly atmosphere, but it’ll be interesting nonetheless to see how he performs in San Francisco.

Pat Burrell: glad to have him back; I’ve always kind of liked three-true outcomes hitters: I like hitters that draw walks, and I like hitters that hit home runs. Burrell played a key — even unrecognized role in the Giants’ 2010 season, and has produced a lot considering how little the Giants have paid him since 2010. I hope his legacy is not defined by his poor performance in the 2010 World Series.

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8 thoughts on “Thoughts on Rowand, Tejada, Burrell, and Pill

  1. Like most Giants fans, I celebrated today the dismissal of Rowand and Tejada. Both were unproductive and both deserved to go. But I think it’s important to recognize that both players performed as professionals, and gave their best efforts to contribute to the team. Rowand and Tejada both failed, but failure is not a crime, so I wish them both the best.

  2. Both Tejada and Rowand had their days in the sun and were rewarded quite well for what they did. But the fact that they weren’t doing their job something had to be done. I too, hope they do well in what they do and thank you for helping the Giants.

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  4. I disagree with the first comment. Rosters were expanded yesterday and there was really no reason to dump them if they were truly “professionals” who “performed to the best of their ability.” They were released because they were malcontents who were unhappy with their reduced roles. You really think they would have released Rowand with 12 million left for next season if he wasn’t causing problems behind the scenes? It’s easy to read between the lines here. Good riddance to both.

  5. The Giants should have never signed Tejada, a guy no one wanted and was overpaid to do nothing. But worst of all, Rowand should have been let go before last year. Terrible hitter who worst of all, had zero business leading off. I will never understand in a million years, why a guy like Bochey, who knows more about baseball than I could imagine, would continue to lead off Rowand who doesn’t have one trait a lead off hitter possesses. Bye Rowand.

  6. Th The ank GOD That The Giants got rid of Outfielder Aaron Rowland and Infielder Miguel Tejada. both players were so bad that The Giants were looking at people like Jack Wilson and in the outfielder Nate McCloud.

  7. Hitting coach (do we really have one?). Nothing else said.
    Rowand and Tejada gave their best, they are good people, neither could live up to what the Giants needed, that from the day they were signed.
    Both were bad signings, but both gave their all.
    Something had to shake up the team. The Big Brawl with the Phillies didn’t. Acquiring NHB (Non-hitting-Beltran) didn’t. Next it subtraction. Next has to be to add a real hitting coach. He may be a Muelens may be a nice guy but last in runs is not good enough and there has to be a change.

  8. I figure after Bowtie told Sabean to fire Rowand, Tejada, and Cabrera, Sabean argued desperately for the worst SS of the two, on both offense and defense. And Bowtie said ok, keep Cabrera because of course we could never just start Crawford and thereby avoid giving away free bases and runs while also losing NOTHING on offense. Yes, I said nothing. Cabrera=Crawford at bat.

    But Sabean traded a prospect for Cabrera in a supposed emergency move, so now all kinds of ego and sunk costs are on the line. And that stuff interferes with evidence-based decisions. Especially when Bochy and Sabean are the deciders.

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