NL West Notes: Padres, Belt, Sandoval, Rockies

Some news about the defending World Series champs and their division rivals…


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63 Comments on "NL West Notes: Padres, Belt, Sandoval, Rockies"


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4 years 5 months ago

I sure got shot down quick when I brought up the idea of the Padres signing Bonderman. Would still like to see it.

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Beersy
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t mind the idea of the Padres signing Bonderman at all. That would allow Luebke to go back to AAA for awhile and really hone his craft and would send Mosely to the pen to strengthen it. I don’t see them having as much luck with injuries to the rotation as they had last year, so the more pitchers the better. I would still like to see another lefty in the bullpen.

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GiantsWSchamps2010
4 years 5 months ago

I’m hopinh that Belt can be ready to start at first and the Giants put Huff to LF…

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4 years 5 months ago

Is Burrell still a Giant? If so, I don’t see this guy winning an every day job unless he has an historic spring training. But if not, disregard this, mock me, or whatever it is you kids do these days on the internet.

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nzmrmn
4 years 5 months ago

1 year/$1 million deal for Burrell.

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nzmrmn
4 years 5 months ago

1 year/$1 million deal for Burrell.

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GiantsWSchamps2010
4 years 5 months ago

Burrell has a 1 year/$1 mil contract so if he struggles then it won’t be tough to just bench him or cut him.

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bigbird24
4 years 5 months ago

I think Belt might be a better option in the OF, he’s a little more athletic than Huffdaddy at this point and neither is a gold glover at first.

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supervin
4 years 5 months ago

Belt is actually really good at first, if you read the whole article.

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GiantsWSchamps2010
4 years 5 months ago

From what I have heard and read Brandon Belt is supposed to have a really good glove at first.

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RepOak
4 years 5 months ago

Sandoval is still fat. 17 pounds is nothing. Losing weight isn’t going to improve his swing!

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Sniderlover
4 years 5 months ago

It’s best not to make that judgement before the season starts.

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RepOak
4 years 5 months ago

It’s easy to make that judgement because 17 lbs is nothing in the couple months he has been “working out”. With a personal trainer and a nutritionist, those pounds should fall off!

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jb226
4 years 5 months ago

Seventeen pounds in a few months is actually a pretty good mark. But that said, weight is and always has been a stupid metric to judge anything other than, well, a person’s weight by.

Why? There are a number of reasons, but let’s go with the simplest: Muscle weighs more than fat. If he’s burning fat and putting on muscle, that’s fantastic in all sorts of ways — not only that it will likely help his performance as a baseball player, but that keeping all of those muscle cells fed increases metabolism and will help–you guessed it!–burn fat.

Unless and until you know the SPECIFICS of his program and his progress, reserving judgment shouldn’t even have to be suggested. It should be understood.

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vonhayesdays
4 years 5 months ago

wasnt he supposed to lose a bunch of weight the year before , maybe a multiple year deal will buy him enough ice cream and tacos for him to become the talent that everybody in venezuela knows he can be , including johan santana , take that mets fans

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Maverick60
4 years 5 months ago

“If he is burning fat and putting on muscle”

The problem with that, we will call it a “what if”, is that to lose weight he has to consume fewer calories than his current weighing body is accustom to, however, to put on muscle, he would have to feed it excess calories. That will make it very hard for him to do both at the same time. For Sandoval to lose more weight this off season, he will have to sacrifice some muscle mass, and most likely come into the season with less strength. Add to that the fact that throughout the season baseball players lose strength, I would expect his power to be down.

It’s a shame he came into the league a few years too late. He could have just popped a few pills or plunged a few needles this off season and came in to ST lean and mean.

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jb226
4 years 5 months ago

Seventeen pounds in a few months is actually a pretty good mark. But that said, weight is and always has been a stupid metric to judge anything other than, well, a person’s weight by.

Why? There are a number of reasons, but let’s go with the simplest: Muscle weighs more than fat. If he’s burning fat and putting on muscle, that’s fantastic in all sorts of ways — not only that it will likely help his performance as a baseball player, but that keeping all of those muscle cells fed increases metabolism and will help–you guessed it!–burn fat.

Unless and until you know the SPECIFICS of his program and his progress, reserving judgment shouldn’t even have to be suggested. It should be understood.

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4 years 5 months ago

Sniderlover, meet RepOak.

RepOak is a bitter troll.

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bglaszcz
4 years 5 months ago

I don’t understand how he can’t lose weight… With a little running and eating right the weight would fall right off him…

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bigbird24
4 years 5 months ago

It’s called genetics, ethnic food, and a divorce to go through at age 23…

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Maverick60
4 years 5 months ago

I think if he was solely focused on losing weight he could have easily dropped 35-40 pounds by now, maybe more, but he has to be concerned with keeping as much strength as he can to get him through the season. It’s a long road ahead, he can’t come in to ST with no energy and expect to gain strength over the 162 game schedule.

All of the weight they lose on The Biggest Loser looks great while those contestants are on the scales trying not to be eliminated, but that is NOT healthy for the human body. Without anything to back it up, I’d be willing to say the weight they lose is even likely BS.

Anyhow, it would be impractical for a person in his profession to drop weight at a faster rate.

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sojuboi
4 years 5 months ago

He could have definitely lost more weight than just 17 pounds, if he only did cardio. But you have to keep in mind that he’s weight lifting too. Most people will gain weight (muscle weight) if they both lift and do cardio.

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cjmsd
4 years 5 months ago

During the WS he was caught eating Cheetos and Mt Dew for breakfast…

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4 years 5 months ago

it’s not like he played during the WS anyway – let the man enjoy his concessions!

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 5 months ago

Losing weight can’t hurt. Can you at least give him credit for that?

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4 years 5 months ago

It wasn’t the mechanical aspects of his swing, it was his approach, that was more mental than anything.

They wanted him to lose weight to improve his range at 3B, and make his hands quicker

There are no reports of him working with a swing coach and trying to revamp his swing.

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4 years 5 months ago

Saw him in Valencia over holidays and he was still huge. I go 6′ 250 lbs and he dwarfed me in girth.

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nzmrmn
4 years 5 months ago

It would be so nice if Sandoval showed up slimmed down, buff, with his swing back and ready to play 3B.

It would be even nicer if Belt raked all spring training and won the opening day 1B job on top of that.

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dc21892
4 years 5 months ago

A slimmed Sandoval may lead to improved range at third. A lot to look forward to if he’s getting in shape.

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slider32
4 years 5 months ago

How is Belt stating when they signed Huff 2/22. I saw Belt in the arizona fall league and he looks like a player.

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nzmrmn
4 years 5 months ago

Move Huff to LF, Burrell plays off the bench.

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Paul W
4 years 5 months ago

Then what do you do with Mark DeRosa?

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nzmrmn
4 years 5 months ago

Move him to CF, Ross takes RF.

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GiantsWSchamps2010
4 years 5 months ago

Torres is in CF and Ross is in RF. DeRosa could take 3B if Sandoval struggles early or he can platoon in the infield and corner outfield spots. The Giants have too many outfielders, I kind of wish they would have never brought Burrell back…

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4 years 5 months ago

Well there could be a chance that Freddy Sanchez doesn’t start right away, as he had offseason surgery on his arm, so DeRosa might have some playing time at 2B if Freddy isn’t ready to start by Opening Day.

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4 years 5 months ago

DeRosa in CF is not a situation any team wants to start the season in…

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4 years 5 months ago

DeRosa in CF is not a situation any team wants to start the season in…

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gigantes2425
4 years 5 months ago

mark derosa will probably play everywhere. he might even make a spot start every once in a while.

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vonhayesdays
4 years 5 months ago

he will still complain something hurts just like he did last year ,maybe dragon software can teach him how to hit while he isnt 100 percent

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55saveslives
4 years 5 months ago

It’s still unclear if DeRosa will be ready.

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4 years 5 months ago

DeRosa figures to be a utilityman at this point. He will probably play 2B/3B/LF as needed.

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nzmrmn
4 years 5 months ago

Move Huff to LF, Burrell plays off the bench.