Bay Area baseball fans can recall having a general manager who was as assertive as he was persuasive, with no tolerance for seeing good work go unrewarded.
[Beane] routinely observed his team through April and May, identified its needs and spent late May and June studying other rosters and massaging his vivid imagination until he had discovered potential solutions.
Among the options that would seem to behoove the team are, 1) allowing second baseman Freddy Sanchez, a proven hitter, to get comfortable after missing the first seven weeks; 2) moving Aaron Rowand out of leadoff and keeping Andres Torres there until further notice; 3) pushing Bengie Molina back in the lineup, perhaps as far as eighth.
Another option already on the board — and one manager Bruce Bochy tried Tuesday night — is moving Huff from first base to left field and Sandoval from third to first. This keeps Edgar Renteria at shortstop, with Sanchez and Jose Uribe dividing second and third.
There is no reason, though, to assume any or all of these moves will yank the Giants from their customary place (since 2006) at or near the bottom in key offensive categories. They don't have a 30-homer bat, they still may not reach base often enough, and they still may not find ways to drive runners in.
All of which brings us back to the GM. Though Sabean signed an extension through 2011, it's on him to come up with something that can dazzle fans, wake up the lineup, fortify the pitchers and, ultimately, increase his own job security