I Like It, Love It, I Want Some Mohr Of It..Or Not

Dustan Mohr has been somewhat of a mystery ever since Giants' fans learned of his arrival to San Francisco. After a horrible one out of twenty some odd at-bats and some outfield mishaps, Mohr has started producing at the plate and on the field. But what really is the value of Mohr on this team, and how long can we keep his shiny, bald head on the team?

The answer is simple. Dustan Mohr is a breaker, meaning he should be used to give breaks to our aging outfielders (Barry Bonds and Marquis Grissom). When the Giants released Jeffrey Hammonds just before the Colorado Rockies series in Denver, people were a little undecided on what their opinion was on the issue, and most people asked, "Why Hammonds? Why not Mohr?"

Mohr is still on the team because first off, he's younger than Hammonds. He's twenty-eight, and is suppose to be in the prime of his career. This year, and the next two or three years, will determine whether or not Mohr is ever going to be a player good enough to start. But does that still justify keeping a guy who, at that point, was hitting under .200?

Maybe this organization knew we were heading to Coors' Field, where Mohr promptly rose his batting average with a four hit game, tying his career high. Aside from his recent Coors' Field adventure, this guy has no doubt improved. Mohr has always had some pop in his bat, but recently, he has been much more patient at the plate, unlike his first few at-bats where he was trying to do too much to prove something to this ball club. He's drawn a lot more walks, and for some reason, always gets pegged. Oh well, take a base for the team, Dustan.

Many would wonder why a guy who's been having active conversations with Bonds and his Godfather, Willie Mays, about hitting and baseball, still couldn't produce in the batter's box. However, we're witnessing a change, more of a discipline, being learned by Mohr. Under the advice of Bonds and under patience and hard work, Mohr may as well be on his way to a decent major league career.

There's no question he can play defense. Right field is no doubt difficult to play at SBC Park, but Mohr has embraced it perfectly after he got used to it. He also has an underrated arm, where his throws are usually right on the money and are cannon shots.

Mohr can play fundamental baseball. How about that sacrifice bunt he laid down in game three in Colorado? Whatever he's asked to do, he'll do it. Even if the results don't show it, his hard work ethic can be greatly appreciated, and who are we kidding? We can't rely on Mohr to help us to a playoff run, but he still has time to develop, not a whole lot of time, but he still has time. If he continues at the rate he's been going these past few weeks... Being patient and learning by watching other players, then this guy can be a decent starter for any team next season.

From the mailbag: Derek wrote: [Park Food: You left out something important] The Ghiradelli Sundaes, though pricey at ~$6, are absolutely the deadliest and most delicious confection at SBC. They're gooey, chocolatey, and not super sweet. On a long, extra-inning night, they are a godsend. You can find them if you venture at the reserve level behind home plate or under the bleachers.

Derek, I did mention the sundaes, but since I know they are so delicious, I'm going to mention them again, and let the fans know exactly where they are at the park.

Brian wrote: How can you come out and say that Herges has been a strong part of the pen this year? I know the Giants don't really have any options for the closer position (unless you want to go with Felix the choke artist). His ERA is above 5, he has already blown 4 saves and doesn't have the mentality nor the stuff to be a closer. I can appreciate what he has done in getting saves, but if the Giants to find a way to get Nen healthy or get Felix to see a psychiatrist, then the Giants are doomed. Just a few thoughts/opinions and as we all know everyone has them and most of them stink, but that's where I stand and I just wanted to see if you would elaborate on why you thought Herges was a strong part of the Giants pen.

Brian, different opinions and thoughts are always encouraged, especially ones that disagree with me, and not all of them stink. I certainly understand the point you're bringing up, but I think Herges has done a decent job in a really torn up bullpen this season. He has fourteen saves and four blown saves, and if you look at the numbers from last season, Tim Worrell had about the same numbers at this point in the season. Worrell just had the stuff to shut down the game, where it takes Herges a few more pitches and batters, which makes him a great set-up man. But I agree, I don't think Herges has the stuff to be a closer in the long run on any team, and I don't think we're ever going to get Robb Nen back, unfortunately. If we do get Nen back, I doubt he'll be in top form as the last game he pitched in was Game Six of the 2002 World Series. It's time to let go of the Nen dream. Thank him for the great memories, but have a nice retirement.

As always, I want to thank all the readers for reading and for their emails. I, along with the staff at SFDugout.com, really appreciate them.

Sara Kwan is a writer for SFDugout.com. Got a bone to pick? Just want to say hi? Hit me up: kwanchino@alpha-q.net.

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