San Francisco Giants: 3 Things to Look Forward to in 2019
Reason #2: Maybe the Last Chance to See the Legends
We already know that this will be Bruce Bochy‘s last season as manager of the Giants, but there is a possibility that it could be the last year in orange and black for some other Giants as well.
The early part of the offseason was spent debating whether it would be a good idea or not to trade Madison Bumgarner. That chatter died down near the end but that doesn’t mean Bumgarner is now an automatic Giant for life.
There is a decent chance that Bumgarner will be shopped around the trade deadline as teams will surely be interested in a proven ace with sterling postseason bonafides.
That means we only get to see Madison Bumgarner as a Giant for a few more months. We should cherish that time because it goes without saying that he is one of the greatest San Francisco Giants of all time and he’s not even thirty years old.
I would say Brandon Belt should be thought of in a similar way to Bumgarner in terms of possibly being traded. There was speculation that Belt would be traded this offseason as well and if he stays healthy and plays as well as we’ve seen him when he’s at his best there will be teams inquiring about his availability come mid-season.
Joe Panik is another player to cherish while we can. His value is not as high as Belt’s or Bumgarner’s but if he, just like Belt, plays up to his capabilities and stays healthy, I would not be surprised if he gets dealt if the Giants aren’t in the playoff hunt.
All three of these players played a huge part in helping the team win three championships. All three may not be San Francisco Giants post-2019. It is likely that they won’t get the same loving send-offs that Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain, Jeremy Affeldt, and Hunter Pence got over the last few years.
As good Giants fans we must be sure to cherish them while we can.