Now that all the players have reported to Scottsdale for the 2023 Spring Training camp we can begin to take a look at the new and old players. There are many interesting story lines with David Villar being the favorite to be the starting third baseman and everyone from Farhan Zaidi to Gabe Kapler stating it publicly. This contrasts sharply with the word on Joey Bart’s status as the Giants starting catcher, where the Giants brass has explicitly stated Joey needs to earn the job.
We also get to take a look at Casey Schmitt and other young guns, not to mention Kyle Harrison, who will likely making the starting rotation.
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Rodon Slaps Down the Giant Fan Base
Carlos Rodon criticized San Francisco Giants fans with the following words:
“The fans here want to win. They care. They care a lot… Giants fans are invested, but not like in New York. Win or lose, you’re not going to get booed in San Francisco.”
Now, I do. not think it’s such a big deal. It’s not like he trashed the city. It’s not like he’s actually wrong either. In fact, in a strange way and without intending it, I believe, Rodon complemented the Giants fans by saying they do not boo. I would argue that our fans are just as invested as Yankee fans but we are also more dignified and more polite, in general. So, Adio Rodon. Nice to have you for one season at least. Good luck with the New York fanbase.
The Giants, on their official site, have a nice profile on Blake Sabol, a catcher from the rule five draft who may make the opening day roster, depending on how things go with Wynns and others. The Giants have an interesting debate about the backup catcher position.
Conforto Is Stroking
The same MLB Giants page has a great profile of Michael Conforto. He tried desperately to avoid having surgery on his throwing shoulder, the right one, last year but was forced to go under the knife and explains the delay in his full throwing abilities in the Spring. As far as his hitting goes he is getting big praise from Gabe Kapler and others. He appears to have his stroke down beautifully.