Spit Analysis 2013

Now for the highlight of my blog season – THE ANNUAL SPIT ANALYSIS!!  OK.  So I know some of you (OK – most of you) don’t care about the spit count stuff, so feel free to scroll down to the bottom of this.  But be aware that there is actually other information that you might want to read in this one!  And for those of you who love this stuff as much as I do (admit it), here we go!

I did spit counts during 24 games this season.  Here are the results:

# of games caught

Total # of spits

Avg. # spits/game

Highest # of

spitting

spits/game

Moscoso

3

87

29

36

Kickham

1

9

9

9

Sandoval

22

193

8.8

27

Quiroz

7

35

5

20

Posey

22

98

4.5

17

Pagan

9

39

4.3

14

Belt

14

54

3.9

11

Sanchez

5

19

3.8

12

Rosario

6

22

3.7

7

Perez

2

7

3.5

5

Scutaro

18

54

3

6

Cain

6

18

3

6

Romo

8

17

2.1

6

Gaudin

7

15

2.1

4

Bumgarner

7

14

2

7

Casilla

6

12

2

6

Bochy

16

32

2

5

Lincecum

8

16

2

5

Francoeur

3

6

2

3

Noonan

3

6

2

3

Pill

2

4

2

3

Peguero

1

2

2

2

Crawford

1

2

2

2

Blanco

1

2

2

2

Vogelsong

6

11

1.8

3

Kontos

7

12

1.7

2

Zito

7

12

1.7

2

Meulens

3

5

1.7

3

Kelly

3

5

1.7

2

Arias

9

14

1.6

3

Affeldt

4

6

1.5

2

Torres

6

8

1.3

2

Machi

4

5

1.3

2

Pence

3

4

1.3

2

Abreu

5

6

1.2

2

Righetti

4

4

1

1

Lopez

2

2

1

1

Mijares

2

2

1

1

Gardner

1

1

1

1

Hembree

1

1

1

1

Reyes

1

1

1

1

Kieschnick

1

1

1

1

Surprisingly, we had a new winner this season, and thus all three seasons I’ve done this someone new has taken the “prize” of Spit Master General.  This season it was Guillermo Moscoso, showing off his spitting prowess and racking up 36 spits in a single game on July 30th.  He also achieved the highest average number of spits per game at 29.  Even so, he still hasn’t beaten the all-time Giants record set by Chris Stewart in 2011 of 38 spits in one game, though Moscoso’s average per game was much higher.  The record set by a non-Giant this season was achieved on April 14th by the Cubs’ Dioner Navarro, who was caught spitting 28 times (record = Chris Snyder of the Astros at 44 in 2012).  The spittingest umpire award goes to Mike Everett, who logged 29 spits on August 9th (record = Rob Drake at 40 in 2011).

Other records of note:

-          Most spits by a manager:   Bruce Bochy at 5 (April 14th)

-          Madison Bumgarner snot rocket record:  13 (June 14th – new all-time record)

-          Lowest spit count average:  1 spit every 6.8 minutes (April 7th vs. Cardinals – new all-time record)

-          Highest spit count average:  1 spit every 2.1 minutes (July 8th vs. Mets and July 30th vs. Phillies)

-          Most total spits in a single game:  152 (July 8th vs. Mets)

-          Least total spits in a single game:  25 (April 7th vs. Cardinals – new all-time record)

At least the new records set were in the low spitting category, which makes me happy.  But someone really needs to have a talk with Madison (or give him a hanky!).

Now on to the part of this I really enjoy.  Of all the guys who played regularly on the 25-man roster this season for the Giants, can you guess the only one (yes, depressing, isn’t it?) who was never caught spitting?  My hero, KENSUKE TANAKA!!  All us spit haters thank you from the bottom of our baseball-loving hearts!  Thank you for your wonderful manners and your fine example of keeping your saliva where it belongs, in your mouth.  Hope you end up on a MLB team next season so I can mail you your certificate.  I’m going to make an exception for one player and give him a certificate as well.  Why?  Because it’s my blog and I make the rules, and I think he really deserves it.  Unlike Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence who got certificates last season but disappointed me this season by being caught with flying saliva, GREGOR BLANCO was only caught during one game, and both times he was spitting out sunflower seeds.  So I think that is still worthy of recognition.  Thanks, Gregor, for setting a great example for your son, but be more careful next season cause I’ll be watching again for any slip ups!

OK – as promised, now onto other things baseball.  Speaking of Gregor, he was named the Giants’ Defensive Player of the Year.  Gregor didn’t commit a single error in 1,022 innings over 149 games (WOW!), had six outfield assists, and saved 10 runs with his defense from all three positions.  Congratulations on this great achievement!  See what not spitting can do for you?

Heard a rumor that Ron Wotus (Giants Bench Coach) was interviewed for the manager position with the Seattle Mariners.  When I heard this, I really started to panic.  I love that guy, and I really didn’t want him to go to another team, even though he has earned his way to becoming a manager.  I hate change!  Luckily (for me), someone else got the position and he’ll be back next season.  It’s all about me!

The Giants officially declined Barry Zito’s option for next season.  Knew this was coming, but it still seemed so sad.  More sadness in the fact that they also declined Andres Torres option.  Even though you can’t say he contributed that much play-wise to the team last season, I still adore that guy.  He’s always got a smile on his face and loves everyone.  Will be so sad to see him go if somehow they don’t resign him anyway.  Another guy who’s entered free agency is Javier Lopez.  Open bidding for free agents began on November 5th.  Apparently, there is lots of interest for Javi throughout the league (of course), but he’s still holding out hope that the Giants will resign him.  I’m holding out hope, too.  Love watching him throw that sidewinder.  Then there’s my boy, Ryan Vogelsong.  This one hit me the hardest.  They didn’t pick up his option either.  Rumor is that they are still interested in him, but they didn’t want to offer him the $6.5 million a year in his contract.  Please, oh please, I hope that they come to some sort of agreement soon.  Do you think they will?  I think he can still be a benefit to the team, and what will I do with my Vogelsong T-shirt if he doesn’t come back??  He’s my boy!

Will keep my ears open for any news regarding my boys now that the Hot Stove League has officially begun.  Will the Giants spend the dough to get a great bat in the outfield?  Who will take the last two spots in the pitching rotation?  Which guys will not make a return to the team next year?  Will there be some unexpected surprises pulled out of Sabean’s back pocket?  And what about Naomi?  These and other exciting questions will be answered in our next episode of “As the Hot Stove Burns.”

Will end today on an uplifting note.  My mom has a book with quotes from children with disabilities, and I was skimming through it the other day.  I came across a wonderful quote and wanted to share it with you all for two reasons – the baseball reference and this kid’s moxy:

“I’m not old enough to play baseball or football.  I’m not eight, yet.  My mom told me when you start baseball, you aren’t going to be able to run that fast because you had an operation.  I told mom I wouldn’t need to run that fast.  When I play baseball, I’ll just hit them out of the park.  Then I’ll be able to walk.”

Love that kid.  Domingo Ayala would be proud.  Until next time, GO GIANTS!!!

2 Comments

Yes, very surprised seeing my boy spitting or spatting, whatever the proper English is. Good thing Blanco got rid of those sunflower seed shells, bad things happen if you swallow them. Glad you are back!

There’s always next year for Brandon to redeem himself. Maybe Gregor will show him the certificate that he didn’t get and it will motivate him. Yeah. Thanks for reading and supporting!

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