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Giants: 3 reasons why cutting Kevin Pillar sends awful message

Nick San Miguel
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants slides to score at home plate during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park on September 9, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants slides to score at home plate during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park on September 9, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
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Kevin Pillar of the San Francisco Giants.
Kevin Pillar of the San Francisco Giants can be seen in the middle. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

What it does for team morale

By all outward signs that one could pick up on, Kevin Pillar was well-liked by his teammates. With Hunter Pence gone, he was the sort of play-everyday lead by example guy that they may have needed in the clubhouse.

Plus, you don’t win the Willie Mac Award if everyone thinks you are a jerk. So Pillar seems like a pretty good dude. The Giants still have good guys in that clubhouse, but with a new manager coming in, it would not have hurt to have kept a well-liked veteran around to make the transition a little easier.

But with Zaidi wanting the team to get younger, he most likely figured that the team has too many veterans as it is and thinks leaders like Buster Posey will be able to step up and provide leadership.

But do not undervalue the danger of a disgruntled clubhouse. Who knows how the team feels about the Kapler hire, but you can be sure there are a lot of guys who are at the very least disappointed that Pillar won’t be around next year.

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