Andy MacPhail’s latest excuse? The San Francisco Giants …..

November 09, 2010 |

All three players are free agents. Yet, we’re not really hearing their names mentioned among baseball’s most coveted upgrades for any team. And, there’s a distinguishable reason for this reality; they’re not difference makers.

While the Giants have a decent tandem of offensive potential in Posey and Sandoval, they had question marks entering the postseason and those same dilemmas still exist. Their off-season will be quite crucial.

Lets call San Francisco’s path to the World Series “abnormal,” at best. As of today, they don’t have a starting first baseman, third baseman, shortstop and left fielder. Not exactly stable, huh?

That’s okay, there’s a Major League Baseball executive who remains impressed with the way the Giants carved their path to the World Series. He’s on record as suggesting he would like to mold his team in the same way.

His name?

Batimore Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail attends a news conference in Baltimore, Maryland June 4, 2010 to announce Juan Samuel as interim manager of the Orioles, replacing Dave Trembley who was fired by the club. REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

Of course, it’s Andy MacPhail.

In regard to his catchphrase and club mantra of “growing the pitching and buying the bats”, MacPhail acknowledged, in a recent interview, that his stance and blueprint for building the Orioles into a contender hasn’t changed.

“Look at the reigning World Champions. That strategy has been successful in San Francisco, and it can be in Baltimore,” MacPhail said.

Well, that’s just great, huh?

Is that how the San Francisco Giants found their way to the World Series? Indeed, that might be exactly what they did. They’ve grown phenomenal pitching and they slapped together a makeshift lineup in the midst of their 2010 season.

The path to success, right?

Not so fast …..