'Next BARRY BONDS' Jarrett Parker No Surprise for Typical Late-Season Giant Surgers
The unlikely, meteoric success of Jarrett Parker is symptomatic
of a culture within the SF Giants system that encourages and perpetuates
such late season unnatural surges that have probably falsely awarded the
Giants 3 World Series in 5 years
Parker's 5 homers and .400 average in just three games is Barry Bonds territory. It's doubtful that even Bonds did that in his rookie year in Pittsburg. (Bonds didn't REALLY start hitting homeruns until he came to San Francisco. ) He certainly never hit a 474 foot homerun back then as a skinny Pirate like Parker hit September 25 into the outfield deck in Oakland. Then, you have two more Giants who weren't expected to do anything, Mac Williamson and Trevor Brown- all hitting balls 'that explode off the bat with a unique sound' according to Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who also said he had never seen a hitting performance like Parker's three homer day. Pretty good for a guy the Giants had no faith in, having brought him up with the usual late season call-ups. What's unusual is that you have not one but three 'unlikely' players suddenly catching fire for the Giants, this after Matt Duffy and Kelby Tomlinson came out of nowhere, with undistinguished careers, and this after Joe Panik did same. Is there any Giant NOT hitting?
Last year it was JOE PANIK who came out of nowhere as the sixth second baseman of the season to finally fill the spot left by Marco Scutaro. He was so unlikely that the Giants hadn't even considered him with preference for people like .166 hitting Dan Uggla. Panik would hit .305, better than his minor league average, on the way to assuring the Giants a playoff spot. In 2012 it was Marco Scutaro who raised his Colorado average 70 points to .360 as a late season Giants addition, assuring the Giants a playoff berth. In 2010 it was CODY ROSS who would hit 8 homeruns in the month plus since joining the Giants. There were others, too, especially in the playoffs where Bumgarner, Sandoval, Pence and others would perform well above their season averages against top-performing opponents. Then, there were also the surprise 'surgers' during the regular season such as Matt Duffy, another low-round draft choice with little track record who ends up the season hitting better than both the higher-priced guys he replaced in Pablo Sandoval nee Casey McGhee. (SEE CHART BELOW)
SF Giants teams of lesser talents than most of the other
post-season teams have repeated surged above their natural talents
to sneak in and then dominate the post season performances,
catapulting them from slightly above average teams to Wrold Series
champions in 2010, 2012, 2014.
If it were only 2010 it would be one thing, but we've
seen a significant track record of these unlikely surges where
the Giants suddenly make marked improvements the last months of '
seasons, a time when most teams are tiring, by bringing up
or bringing in unlikely names who suddenly perform well above
their past averages.
This year, again, just when you thought the Giants were dead, they roll out
Jarrett Parker, who after averaging only 15 homeruns a season
in the minors has nearly half that total in just 4 games with the
Giants, including perhaps the longest-ever homerun in the
Oakland Coliseum. If he were that good, you'd think the Giants
would have had some inkling earlier on and brought him up then.
Or, is there some magical force that suddenly posesses these
players just in time for the post season, time and again?
This is in addition to other unlikely performances that sometimes
occur, additionally through the regular season.
These unlikely, perhaps unnatural performances aided by, perhaps,
illegal means, have been enough to make the slightly above average
Giants teams into World Series Winners, in all three cases/years.
It's interesting to note how many of these players were out of baseball
the year following their renewed success - a pattern we're seeing
more and more, perhaps due to oblique and other breakdown.
'What Difference Does It Make'
Now, it's interesting to see the coverage of Parker's
otherworldly / unlikely performance. While some in the media gushed
over this others were more realistic. Most KNOW there's likely more
to it than natural ability, what with the Giants history, especially
of late -season surges. It would be one thing if it were just younger
fans but you had the older San Francisco sports writers and announcers
just loving it while some others barely mentioned the latest, three
homerun effort in their stories which included the 'last hurrahs'
for Zito and Hudson, which, frankly, should have been the big story
with the pennant race for the local two all but over. But, you'll
never hear any talk about PEDs or steroids. It's almost verboten
anymore, like there's no longer a problem in baseball. But, in truth,
pundits, especially in San Francisco, have a tendency to go 'PC'
in the most PC city in America. The two writers who finally broke the Bonds
revelation were unceremoniously 'pushed' out of their positions with
the San Francisco Chronicle and the only remaining 'investigative
journalists' haven't come near the sports pages to the best of our
knowledge as the Giants continue to get away with whatever they want,
from calling all their games 'sellouts' to trying to cover up
negative incidents like the Sandoval and Gaudin alleged molestations.
At this rate, 'modern' baseball will continue unabated in San
Francisco as it has since Bonds - 25 PED-indicted players later -
because most don't care. Not to get too political but
Perhaps it's the same mentality that allows at least one illegal
(deported five times) to come into
San 'Sanctuary City' Francisco and kill an incident citizen
without the City Council apologizing to the family or even
doing anything about the Sherriff who allowed the incident to
even take place by letting the illegal reappear five times
(his lame excuse notwithstanding).
*PED-indicted players (Andres Torres was not indicted since Adderall
is legal, though it is considered a PED)