Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/30/12
The San Francisco Giants tried something new this year. They kept quite a few young, homegrown hitters on their Opening Day roster. Gone were the well-traveled veterans who arrived through free agency, trades and waiver claims, either to play significant roles or be stopgaps. In either case, none fit the Giants' new model of ballplayer: younger, more athletic, homegrown. The roster included not only Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval but Brandon Belt, Brett Pill, Brandon Crawford, Emmanuel Burriss and Hector Sanchez, along with 28-year-old Nate Schierholtz, the oldest of the breed of young farm-system products. So how has it gone? One month into the season, there are sad reminders of last year. The Giants still have hitting issues. They're batting .197 with runners in scoring position, .173 with two outs and runners in scoring position. Close to the bottom of the league on both fronts. For a team that's batting .261 overall -- third in the National League -- those clutch hi...
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