Four New Year’s resolutions Giants should strive for in 2024 originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
You know the saying: “New year, new me.”
For some reason, once the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, we have the sudden urge to better ourselves and strive to make changes in the new calendar year as if we weren’t capable of doing so already.
Those empty promises, however attainable they might be, usually fall by the wayside before the month is over.
The Giants have been clear about their goals for the 2024 MLB season and need to make sure they are hitting each one, or else the grumbling from an already-frustrated fanbase will grow louder and louder.
Here are four Giants New Year’s resolutions for the 2024 season.
Embrace some tradition
Giants fans long for the days of consistency.
If you’re spending hard-earned money on tickets, transportation, food, etc., you want to know who is in the lineup and on the mound that day. A completely fair expectation.
The opener strategy has proven to be effective, there’s no denying that. It is a very useful and crafty tool that does have a place in today’s game. So do platoons, which are neither new nor revolutionary. The Giants still should use these to their advantage when they see fit but in a much more limited capacity.
The Giants are well aware of the frustration amongst a large swathe of the fanbase regarding bullpen games and platoons, and are committed to embracing a more traditional approach next season.
Regardless of who San Francisco acquires throughout the remainder of the offseason, it’s time to keep things simple in 2024.
Let the kids play
The Giants missed out on their two top free-agent targets in Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto. Barring some unforeseen earth-shattering move this offseason, they likely will head into the 2024 season without a bonafide superstar on their roster.
Yes, fans will be excited to watch new center fielder Jung Hoo Lee play, or NL Cy Young Award finalist Logan Webb take the mound every fifth day. But there likely won’t be a superstar player walking through the door, even if the Giants were to sign Matt Chapman, Blake Snell, or Cody Bellinger.
However, there could be a few budding stars already on the roster.
Rookie shortstop Marco Luciano and starting pitcher Kyle Harrison, in particular, fit that bill. If the Giants secure a playoff spot next season, it likely will be because of the leap their youngsters take in their second or first full seasons.
It appears Luciano will be given a…