The SF Giants decided not to re-sign Brandon Belt after the 2022 season. Despite a resurgent 2021 in which Belt powered the team’s miraculous season before breaking his hand on a pitch in the last week of the season, Belt dealt with injury and regressed in 2022.
3 reasons why an SF Giants reunion with Brandon Belt makes sense
Plus, the Giants felt they had numerous options at first base with LaMonte Wade Jr., Wilmer Flores, and J.D. Davis. All this added up to Belt leaving the Giants, the team that drafted him and whom he helped win two World Series titles, to go play up north for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Belt had a nice bounceback year with the Blue Jays. The lefty bat slashed .254/.369/.490 with 19 home runs and 43 RBI in 103 games. Part of this resurgence has to do with the fact that Belt played in 69 games as a DH last year.
The fact that he did not have to play first base every day probably played a large part in him being able to be more productive for the Blue Jays.
Belt has seemingly always been a polarizing figure among SF Giants fans. Detractors say he never put up the power numbers he should have, he got injured too often, and blamed him when the offense wasn’t hitting.
Supporters point out his stellar defense, his solid (if not always for power) hitting, his patient eye, and the fact that he was a huge part of the team winning two World Series titles in 2012 and 2014.
Plus, it never hurts to bring up Belt’s stellar, dry sense of humor. He can deliver any line with a straight face, and his decision to anoint himself the captain of the Giants was a legendary decision that led to him entering Oracle Park on a boat in the 2022 home opener.
However you feel about Belt, one could make the case that a reunion with the SF Giants could make sense for both parties in 2024.
Here are three reasons the Giants and Brandon Belt could reunite this year.