Brandon Belt 1B SF 6 Days
Brandon Belt went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored Tuesday against the Rockies.
Belt has been battling a stiff neck recently but appeared fine during Tuesday's action. He doubled to lead off the fourth, then came around to score on Tyler Colvin's one-out double. Belt was quietly one of the more productive first basemen and the 25-year-old seems poised to continue his success.
Brandon Belt 1B SF 7 Days
Giants manager Bruce Bochy hopes Brandon Belt (neck) can return to the lineup Tuesday.
Belt had to exit Monday's game due to stiffness in his neck, but it was a precautionary move. Even if the Giants play it safe and hold him out a few more days, the malady shouldn't be a long-term concern.
Brandon Belt 1B SF 8 Days
Brandon Belt left Sunday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks early due to stiffness in his neck.
Belt went 0-for-2 on the afternoon and made an error in the field before being removed. Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated that it was purely precautionary and that he didn't anticipate the injury to be an issue moving forward.
Brandon Belt 1B SF 20 Days
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Tuesday that he's open to discussing a long-term deal with Brandon Belt but wants to focus on a one-year pact first.
Belt has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning, and the primary objective right now is to avoid that hearing. However, once a one-year deal is worked out, it's possible the Giants could then pursue an extension. "We like the player," Sabean said. "We think he's one of the up-and-coming players in the National League an we want to hold onto him. But first things first."
Brandon Belt 1B SF 2 Months
Brandon Belt requested $3.6 million and was offered $2.05 million from the Giants when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.
The Baby Giraffe finally started to deliver on his immense promise in 2013, slashing .289/.360/.481 with 17 homers, 67 RBI and five stolen bases in 509 at-bats. He'll earn a nice raise over the $531,500 that he earned in 2013.
Brandon Belt 1B SF 3 Months
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Brandon Belt will remain at first base next season.
"We have no intention to move Belt. He's not going to play another position other than first base," Sabean said when asked. There was some thought that the Giants might move the 25-year-old to left field, a position he appeared at in 2011 and 2012, but such a move would just create a need at first base instead. The former top prospect experienced success this past season, posting a .289/.360/.481 line with 17 home runs.
Brandon Belt 1B SF 5 Months
Brandon Belt is not in the Giants starting lineup against opposing southpaw Eric Stults on Saturday.
Belt continues to receive routine days off against left-handed starters despite hitting them at a .261/.318/.437 clip with three homers and 12 RBI in 119 at-bats this season. Brett Pill will start in his place at first base.
Brandon Belt 1B SF 6 Months
Brandon Belt went 5-for-6 with a homer and six RBI as the Giants crushed the Dodgers 19-3 on Saturday.
Belt joins Omar Infante as the only players this season to collect five hits and six RBI in the same game. Add four runs scored to the mix and he's the first to hit all three totals since Josh Hamilton in his four-homer game for the Rangers on May 8, 2012. So, yeah, it's been quite a finish for Belt. It's nice to know he won't have to worry about his starting job entering 2013, though there may be more talk of playing him in left field.