Balloons! Cotton Candy! JT Snow?
The team signed Snow to a one-day contract so he can wear No. 6 a final time and retire as a Giant, providing the closure that eluded him as his career ended quietly with Boston in 2006. Snow hesitated before signing the contract at a news conference Wednesday, saying, “I need to check. Maybe it says ‘a year.’ ”
It is a real contract, not ceremonial, that will pay him about $2,100, a one-day portion of the big-league minimum.
Snow, who works for the Giants as a part-time coach and broadcaster, said it will be a “neat feeling” to take the field again. Even though he can still pick it at first base during batting practice, he has no intention of playing an inning.
The Giants are signing JT Snow to a 1-day contract, letting him take the field in uniform as the game starts, and then pulling him before the first pitch. Is this not the weirdest thing ever? I’ve never heard of a team doing this before. Snow last played for the Giants in 2005 and actually finished up his career with the Red Sox when he briefly collected 44 AB’s with them in ’06 before being let go.
Since then, Snow has worked as a roving instructor with the Giants and he’s made his way into the announcing booth, occasionally doing radio games, maybe some TV games, too. He’ll be taking the field (momentarily) on Saturday night against the Dodgers. In the history of baseball promotions, this is actually pretty tame, but it still strikes me as cheesy. Snow has always been a fan favorite, but do fans really care about him in 2008? And if the Giants wanted to send him off like this, why not sign him at the tail end of 2006? The whole thing comes off as weak, maybe good intentioned, but as a silly way to sell some extra tickets.
If the Giants really want to send off ex-players that want to retire in the orange and black, here’s a list of some guys I would like to see: Kevin Mitchell, Will Clark, Matt Williams, and maybe even Glenallen Hill. I always liked Hill, even if he couldn’t catch a flyball it was worth it to watch him hit. Every so often he would hit a ball about 500ft.
From 1997-2005, JT Snow hit .273/.369/.438 with the Giants. That includes 124 HR’s and 4 consecutive gold glove awards from ’97 to ’00.
Noah Lowry had another setback recently, experiencing discomfort behind his throwing elbow.
Bochy said that Lowry, who will undergo further tests, won’t participate in the early portion of the Mexican Winter League schedule for Mazatlan, as he had planned. Bochy didn’t rule out Lowry’s participation later in the season.
I really feel for Lowry, but I can’t see him coming back. I must have written that past sentence at least 10 times this year. I can’t tell you how many ‘rosterbations’ that I’ve read online that include plans for Lowry. Just stop it. ’09 is his last contract year with the Giants and his condition is still a mystery. I don’t think he’s coming back and to expect anything from Lowry isn’t smart. Whatever he gives the Giants is a nice bonus, but other than that, the team should have low expectations. Staying healthy is a skill and it’s one that Lowry has had trouble with.
Some off-the-cuff ramblings after last nights game. Could the Giants non-tender Kevin Correia at the end of the year? He’s making $1.075M this year and the rules of arbitration state that the Giants can’t offer him less than 80% of his current salary. Meaning that to bring back Correia, the Giants would have to pay, at minimum, $860K. Kevin will turn 28-years-old next year and he rather forget his 2008 season. He’s given up 141 hits in 110 innings this year and was torched last night for 7 earned runs in 2 innings pitched. He could very well join Brad Hennessey in the non-tender pile. The Giants would save themselves a little over $2M if they non-tendered Correia and Hennessey and they probably wouldn’t lose any performace.
Comment Starter: Do you care about JT Snow enough in 2008 to buy a ticket to see him run onto and off of the field?