Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Save Manny Burriss campaign

Twice now, in the last 2 days, have I read a disturbing report that the Giants might be inclined to offer up Manny Burriss at the winter meetings as trade bait....Stop, Wait, what did I just say? Manny Burriss? This can't be. Surely they must have meant Jonathan Sanchez or Randy Winn, or maybe even Bengie Molina. Nope, none of them can play the middle infield. Lets take another look...

Yep, both Andrew Baggerly yesterday and an AP report today stated it was Emmanuel Burriss. Here's Baggerleys excerpt: (Especially if he’s thinking of including Emmanuel Burriss in trade proposals.) and here's the AP report: If the Giants sign Renteria they might look to make a winter-meetings trade of Emmanuel Burriss, the promising shortstop selected by San Francisco in the first round of the 2006 draft. The 23-year-old Burriss played 95 games last season as a rookie.

Now, what good does this do. The Giants have a very promising young middle infielder, who still needs another season or more to fully develop into his own and can be around for another 10-15 years. The Giants sign a previously good middle infielder and hope he can continue his play, except he's going on 34 and they are only going tohave him for 2-3 years. OK, maybe not so bad at 2 years, but then what...Hand the reigns over to Manny Burriss? You can't, he's staring on another team right now. I guess we sign another veteren stopgap. NOOOOOO!!!!!! It ends here and now. We can't stand for it.

Manny Burriss, Pablo Sandoval, Travis Ishikawa, Nate Scheirholtz, Fred Lewis. Look at that, 5 names going into this year, from our own farm system. 1 is proven (lewis), 2 are promising (burriss, sandoval), and 2 are untested (Ishikawa, Schierholtz). But they are ours. All have potential. We need to be playing for 2010 and hope these guys can lead us to a weak division crown.

It's OK to suppliment Manny Burriss at second with a Kevin Frandsen platoon and an Edgar Renteria at SS, but by god, don't think that Renteria can allow you to trade Manny. This must be stopped. Everyone, please send your thoughts into the Giants team contact email. if they don't get inundated, we can't stop it.

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