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Wow: the Giants may make Brandon Belt their starting first baseman

Mar 30, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

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This would be unexpected: John Shea is reporting that the Giants may make Brandon Belt their starting first baseman. At least they’re “leading toward” doing.

There will be an announcement later today. If they go in that direction, one assumes that Pat Burrell would sit and Aubrey Huff would play left. Although, given that Burrell doesn’t profile like a particularly useful backup outfielder, who knows? UPDATE: Oops, forgot: with the Cody Ross injury, Huff plays right, Burrell stays in left. In my defense, I know a lot of you would like to forget Cody Ross.

I would have bet my beard that the Giants would have left Belt at AAA, partially to keep the service time clock from ticking but also because, man, they just won a World Series with Burrell and Huff and that they’d at least start the season with them both in the lineup. And maybe Shea is wrong and they’ll still to that.

But man, if this goes down, I love it.  Belt is a nice prospect who has impressed this spring. Seeing him on the roster with Buster Posey and Tim Lincecum would give Giants fans a nice glimpse of the next five years or more and would represent a team that is doing what every defending World Series champ has to do: continue to find ways to get better rather than resting on their laurels.

  1. dodger88 - Mar 30, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Other than the service time issue, giving Belt a chance makes sense. Worst case scenario he proves he’s not ready for the big time and heads back to AAA for a period of time. Considering the low expectations one should have of Huff/Burrell, Belt starting at 1B makes all kinds of sense.

  2. seanmk - Mar 30, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    why is there nothing about freddy sanchez having a possible concussion like anywhere on the internet. i’d have thought that would be a bigger story

  3. aburns77 - Mar 30, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    I like putting Belt at first to start the season a lot given his exceptional talent, my only concern with it is that the Giants really hamstrung themselves by signing Huff to that two year deal. Sure, Huff has proven himself to be a pretty solid hitter, even in that park, but when was the last time he consistently played outfield? I think especially in that spacious right field I’m very weary of his ability to be at least a servicable RFer considering his age and the fact he’s not exactly great at 1st either. Add in the fact you’re already throwing Burrell out there who’s atrocious in the field I think you could make a case this makes the Giants one of the worst defensive teams in the league at least as far as the outfield.

    • tomemos - Mar 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      “Sure, Huff has proven himself to be a pretty solid hitter, even in that park, but when was the last time he consistently played outfield?”

      2010, when Posey first came up and played first.

    • jasonburg - Mar 30, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      Do the 63 games Huff played in the outfield last year count? Get a clue. (And read up on the famous “water buffalo defense”… it isn’t always pretty, but it’s hard not to conclude it worked out okay last year.)

  4. loungefly74 - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Giants would hit the lottery again if Belt produces right away. Like the other comment, maybe its a good idea to see what the kid gots…

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