Monday, January 12, 2009

Bruce Bochy to Explain Vacuum in Giants Lineup

The front office will push catatonic manager Bruce Bochy out front on Feb 7 when he'll be forced to face down questioners at the team's annual fan fest in San Francisco, explaining why the Giants continue to feature a power vacuum in the middle of the batting order.

Though desperate for a power hitting corner infielder, management came away from Hot Stove League negotiations in Las Vegas with next to nothing accomplished offensively, leaving aging Rich Aurilia and untested youth Travis Ishikawa among leading candidates to platoon at first base.

Even if the Giants acquire former East Bay refugee Nick Swisher from the Yankees, the lineup looks more and more like the same old same old, with GM Brian Sabean's familiar, indecisive commitment to either invest significantly in a playoff push or begin a rebuilding program.