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Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic

Sep 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Brandon Belt AP

Brandon Belt will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic despite initially not being very excited about the possibility, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.

Belt was apparently convinced it would be a good thing following a conversation with manager Bruce Bochy, saying: “After talking with him, I really think it’s going to make me a better player.”

It’ll also give Belt a chance for some regular playing time after the Giants have repeatedly refused to make the 23-year-old top prospect an everyday player.

He’s hit just .217 with a .714 OPS in 29 games since returning to the majors in mid-July and with Aubrey Huff under contract for $10 million next season (and $10 million or a $2 million buyout for 2013) Belt may want to work on his outfield defense as much as his hitting.

  1. bravesman1983 - Sep 8, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    The Giants really have mismanaged what should’ve been the first full year of this kid’s big league career.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Sep 8, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    You know that pic is begging for a caption:

    But, but, I don’t WANNA play Winter Ball….

  3. singingfriar - Sep 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Making your top prospect play Winter Ball is a great idea. I’m sure there are no injury risks or anything!

  4. goawaydog - Sep 8, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    That is pretty much the same expression we Giants fans have had this year.

  5. bigdicktater - Sep 8, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Yo Bruce, yo Brian, how about sending Aubrey Huff to play winter ball too?

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