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Brandon Belt makes the Giants roster

Apr 4, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

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It seemed crazy that Brandon Belt wouldn’t make the Giants roster, but for a while there during spring training it seemed like a possibility. Aubrey Huff and Brent Pill were getting a lot of starts at first base and the Giants fan base was rather freaking out.

Today Bruce Bochy let ‘em off the hook. Belt has made the team and, what’s more, Bochy made some noises about him being the starting first baseman.

As I’ve said previously, the Giants offense stinks. For it to stink less and threaten respectability requires that Brandon Belt be allowed to play every day. Hopefully today’s move means that he will.

  1. thomas2727 - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Can’t wait to see the video of Bochy offering Belt a beer.

    Oh wait, never mind.

  2. Gamera the Brave - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Astonishing!
    The Giants actually decided to put the best hitters on the field, regardless of contracts. Can’t believe they got rid of Stewart and promoted Hector Sanchez. If he doesn’t hurt us too much behind the dish, all to the good, he can rake.

    Craig, you are correct, BTW, the Gigantes fans have certainly been tweaking about Belt. CW says that Belt will thrive if given consistent ABs, now the rubber hits the road…

    I really like the opening day roster! Defense is a bit weaker, but the offense looks decidedly better than last year.

  3. sonoco - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I love the youth movement. Last year the Giants scored an historically bad 3.52 runs per game. If Posey, Sandoval and Belt can stay healthy I think they can improve that by at least a 1/2 run per game which IMO would be more than enough offense for the pitching staff to carry the Gigantes into the 90 win vicinity and another division title.

  4. bobulated - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    It’s unbelievable that they finally realized Huff stumbling around in the field and being an out machine on offense was not part of the answer to getting back to the playoffs this year.

  5. Matt S - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Definitely a surprising development, here, given the noises coming out of Giants camp a week ago that Belt needed to make adjustments to his approach. Having Belt at first and Huff in left is better than the other way around, too, as Belt at least is a good defensive player while Huff is bad everywhere on the field.

    I will say though that an outfield of Huff in left, Pagan in center, and Cabrera in right will be brutal defensive, something that is worrying since the Giants have so many fly ball pitchers. But hell, the team needs offense so this is the best thing they could have done, roster wise.

    • jlhc5530 - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      Gotta disagree with Matt on the OF defense. I think it’ll be just fine: Pagan’s at least average for CF, Cabrera looks solidly above-avg in RF. Huff is baad in LF, but the G’s look set to move Melky to LF in the later innings and bring Schierholtz’s elite D in to RF.

      Coupled with excellent 4th OF Blanco and Belt/Pill’s LH-RH playability out there and I think this outfield will be solidly above-average.

  6. sjhaack - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Now write a post about how Domonic Brown made the Phillies’ roster and Juan Pierre got DFA’d.

    Come on guys, I know everyone is hopeful at the beginning of April but there’s a time and a place for fiction.

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