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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Giants chemistry is suffering because a guy they all hated is gone

All of which makes me wonder what the heck to do about this passage from Ken Rosenthal’s latest column. It’s about the reeling San Francisco Giants. They have all kinds of issues — their offense is putrid, their pitching isn’t much better and they’ve been without their ace most of the year — but today Rosenthal looks at their team chemistry. It’s a quiet and subdued clubhouse, he notes, and it has a lot of people wondering if something is wrong there. What could it be?

Sandoval, who was an often noisy and boisterous presence during his time with the club, departed as a free agent after that season. Pence has suffered a number of injuries in recent years and declined offensively, making it difficult for him to be as vocal as he was in the past. Some with the Giants muse that the team even misses Angel Pagan, who created an odd sort of unity because most of the players disliked him.

Read that last sentence again. And then go on with your talk about how team chemistry is a legitimate explanatory concept regarding what makes teams win or lose as opposed to a post-hoc rationalization of it.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Angel Pagan to sit out 2017 season

Free-agent outfielder Angel Pagan will sit out the remainder of the season instead of signing with a club, he told Yamaira Muniz Perez of El Vocero on Wednesday. Pagan plans to spend time with family.

Pagan, who turns 36 in July, went unsigned all winter despite rumors of interest from multiple clubs including the Blue Jays, Braves and Nationals. He was connected to the Pirates earlier in the week as a potential replacement for outfielder Starling Marte, who was suspended 80 games for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Pagan reportedly came close to signing with the Orioles at one point during the offseason, though a failed physical scuttled that deal and left him without a club entering spring training. No deal materialized at his ask price at that point, leaving him unemployed as the season began earlier this month.

Though Pagan did not rule out a return in 2018, players usually find it difficult to get back to playing after a year spent with family. If this is it for Pagan’s career, he departs baseball with a career .280/.330/.408 line with 64 homers in 11 major-league seasons with the Cubs (2006-07), Mets (2008-11) and Giants (2012-16).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2017 at 03:45 PM | 35 comment(s)
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