Buy goalkeeper equipment? Lots of people are, based on early feedback – Terry’s Talkin ‘G-Men
TALK ABOUT G-MEN
When the Guardians presented their new name, new colors and new logo, well, I liked it a lot.
But not the âFastball Gâ logo.
Based on the first day of sale at Progressive Field Friday, when Guardians gear became available, many fans love Fastball G. According to Guardians Vice President Curtis Danburg, here are some numbers from the first day of sale in the team shop:
1. Over 750 fans visited the store.
2. There were 2,124 items sold.
3. The Nike script Guardians fleece hoodie was the best-selling item.
4. The âFastball Gâ sold more than the Diamond C by a 2 to 1 margin.
5. Sales exceeded team expectations.
GOALS HAVE FANS
Many fans know that the Guardians panel fell yesterday. It was supposed to be bad omen, but apparently not. The team were thrilled with the first day’s response to the store.
From my emails and discussions with fans, there are two basic groups when it comes to the name change:
1. For the most part, there are older fans who still cling to the Tribe / Indians name. They grew up with it. They never hurt while wearing the equipment etc.
2. Young fans are more receptive to change. They like the idea of ââsomething new. Rather, they wanted more change – a different color scheme, etc.
3. There are exceptions to both generalizations. For some fans of all ages, they thought it was time for a name change for several reasons.
The point is, there is a large group of fans who are ready to embrace the new name and buy the items. We will see if the trend continues. But fans were lined up on day one to spend money on G-Men gear.
ABOUT THE LOGO
I’m surprised the Fastball G logo is selling well. I thought it looked a little silly when I first saw it, and nothing changed my opinion. But I’m not the one buying the stuff either.
I like the red Guardians script. Yes, the type and even the name are very close to the ancient “Indians” that appeared on the uniforms. It was intentional. The team didn’t want to make drastic changes to the color scheme and the overall look of the uniforms.
Teams can also develop secondary logos. We will see more.
ABOUT THE LIST
1. Start with a confession: I was wrong. I thought it was possible the G-Men would leave Oscar Mercado and / or Bradley Zimmer exposed in the Rule-5 Draft. The team put the two outfielders on the new list of 40 players.
2. It is possible that one of them will be exchanged before the project. But for now, they’re with the team. Zimmer had a dismal September (11-for-70, .157). Globally, he hit .227 (.669 OPS) with 8 HR, 15 stolen bases and 35 RBI in 299 at batting. He struck out 122 at bat, with contact remaining an issue. Zimmer turns 29 on November 27.
3. The outfielder added to the roster are Steven Kwan (one of my favorites) and top prospect George Valera. Kwan hit .328 (.934 OPS) with 12 HR, 44 RBIs and 36 walks against 31 strikeouts in 296 batters between classes AA and AAA. The 24-year-old left-hander was a fifth-round pick in Oregon state in 2018.
4. Valera hit .260 (.910 OPS) with 19 HR and 65 RBI in 285 batting appearances between Classes A and AA. The left-handed batter is only 21 years old. The Guardians think there may be something special.
5. Richie Palacios is also added to the roster, who is listed as an infielder but worked in the outfield. He hit .297 (.874 OPS) between classes AA and AAA with seven home runs and 48 RBIs. He had 20 of 23 steals and had a good ratio of 58 walks to 70 strikeouts. He’s 24 and was a third-round pick in the same 2018 draft as Kwan.
6. Left off roster and eligible for draft is Oscar Gonzalez, who hit .293 (.871 OPS) with 31 HR and 83 RBI between classes AA and AAA. It faded 112 times against 21 steps. The 23-year-old has holes in his swing and is not a good outfielder. But the 6-foot-4, 230-pound right-handed hitter has elite power. I would have found a way to protect him. Let’s see if another team wants to give it a chance.
7. The list of 40 players is exciting. Recent deals have added several prospects, including Gabriel Arias. He hit .284 (.802 OPS) with 13 HR and 55 RBIs in second position and shorts in class AAA at 21. It reached 0.320 after July 1. He could be a candidate to open on second base in 2022 if the team continues their plan to keep Amed Rosario short.
8. Yu Chang secured a spot on the list with a solid finish. After hitting 0.176 (0.498 OPS) in 29 games before the all-star break, Chang hit 0.271 (0.857 OPS) in 34 games after the break. He can play all four infield positions. Chang also hit .322 in the AAA class. Meanwhile, Daniel Johnson has been banned from the list. He hit .221 (.636 OPS) in 30 games. In AAA class, he was just a .222 hitter. He had 14 HR in 318 at-bat. Curious to see if another team is drafting it.
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