Baseball’s Giants, Not Yankees, Show Winning Model.
Pitching ace-starting pitching-timely hitting-bullpen. That is how you win a ton of regular season games and make a run in the postseason, ultimately winning championships, which is what every team wants.
The San Francisco Giants captured World Series titles in 2010 and 2012 with this model. They have Matt Cain as the ace (it used to be Tim Lincecum) with deep pitching in Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito and Lincecum back in the rotation in 2013 trying to regain his Cy Young form. Brian Wilson has been replaced by Sergio Romo in the bullpen. And the lineup hits as a team, led by catcher Buster Posey and third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Not many superstars. But pieces that are needed to form the perfect baseball puzzle.
The sweetest part for the Giants? They have done this through the farm system. They have given their big guys in the farm system big money and built around them. General manager Brian Sabean has built the best baseball model. Sports leagues always play copycat. What general manager will next copy this model? Are you listening, Brian Cashman?
By: Mike Lindsley, "Mid-Day with Mike," 1-4, Yankee pre/post-game host on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio. Follow him on Twitter @MikeLSports.