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San Francisco Giants
Established 1883
Based in San Francisco since 1958
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Major league affiliations
Current uniform
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Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (8) 2014 • 2012 • 2010 • 1954 • 1933 • 1922
1921 • 1905 
NL Pennants (23) 2014 • 2012 • 2010 • 2002 • 1989 • 1962
1954 • 1951 • 1937 • 1936 • 1933 • 1924
1923 • 1922 • 1921 • 1917 • 1913 • 1912
1911 • 1905 • 1904 • 1889 • 1888
West Division titles (8) 2012 • 2010 • 2003 • 2000 • 
1997 • 1989 • 1987 • 1971
Wild card berths (2) 2014 •2002 

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball team based in San Francisco, California. They play in the West Division of the National League.

As one of the oldest baseball teams, they have won the most games of any team in the history of American baseball, and any North American professional sports team.[1] They have won 23 National League pennants and appeared in 20 World Series competitions – both records in the National League. The Giants 8 World Series Championships are second in the National League (the St. Louis Cardinals have won 11). The Giants have been invited to the World Series an NL record 21 times, but boycotted the event in 1904. With their history, the Giants have the most Hall of Fame players in all of professional baseball.[2]

The Giants played at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York, until the close of the 1957 season, after which they moved west to California to become the San Francisco Giants. As the New York Giants, they won 14 pennants and 5 World Championships, from the era of John McGraw and Christy Mathewson to that of Bobby Thomson and Willie Mays. The Giants have won six pennants, and the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 since arriving in San Francisco.

New York Giants historyEdit

1930-1957: Five pennants in 28 seasonsEdit

McGraw handed over the team to Bill Terry in 1932, and Terry played for and managed the Giants for ten years, winning three pennants and one World Series. Aside from Terry himself, the other stars of the era were Ott and Carl Hubbell, one of the very few pitchers in baseball history to master the screwball (along with Mathewson and Fernando Valenzuela). Known as "King Carl" and "The Meal Ticket", Hubbell gained fame during the 1934 All-Star Game, when he struck out five Hall of Famers in a row: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.

Mel Ott succeeded Terry as manager in 1942, but the war years proved to be difficult for the Giants. In 1948, Leo Durocher became manager of the Giants, with some controversy--Durocher had been manager of the Giants' rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he had been accused of gambling in 1947 and had been suspended and the Dodgers let him go the following year. Durocher remained at the helm until 1955, and those eight years proved to be some of the most memorable for Giants fans, particularly because of the arrival of Willie Mays and two famous games.

The "Shot Heard 'Round The World" (1951)Edit

Main article: Baseball's Shot Heard 'Round the World

One of the more famous episodes in major league baseball history, the "Shot Heard 'Round The World" is the name given to Bobby Thomson's walk-off home run that clinched the National League pennant for the Giants over their rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers. This game was the third of a three-game playoff series resulting from one of baseball's most memorable pennant races. The Giants had been thirteen and a half games behind the league-leading Dodgers in August, but under Durocher's guidance and with the aid of a sixteen-game winning streak, caught the Dodgers to tie for the lead on the last day of the season.

Mays' catch (1954)Edit

Main article: The Catch

In game one of the 1954 World Series at the Polo Grounds, Willie Mays made "The Catch" -- a dramatic over-the-shoulder catch off a line drive by Vic Wertz to deep center field which could otherwise have given the Cleveland Indians victory. The underdog Giants went on to win the World Series that year in four straight.

The Move to California (1957)Edit

The Giants' final three years in New York City were unmemorable. They stumbled to third place the year after their World Series win and attendance fell off precipitously. While seeking a new stadium to replace the crumbling Polo Grounds, the Giants began to contemplate a move from New York, initially considering Minneapolis/St. Paul. At this time the Giants were approached by San Francisco. Despite objections from shareholders such as Joan Whitney Payson, majority owner Horace Stoneham entered into negotiations with San Francisco mayor George Christopher around the same time that Dodgers' owner Walter O'Malley was courting the city of Los Angeles. O'Malley, who needed a second team on the West Coast in order to make his move work, pushed Stoneham toward relocation. In the summer of 1957, both the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers announced their moves to San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the golden era of baseball in New York City ended.

New York would remain a one-team town with the New York Yankees until 1962 when Joan Whitney Payson founded the New York Mets and brought National League baseball back to the city. The "NY" script on the Giants' caps, along with the orange trim on their uniforms, and the blue background used by the Dodgers, would be adopted by the Mets. The Mets still use this color scheme today, with the addition of black in 1995 -- the Giants' orange and black combined with Dodger blue.

San Francisco Giants historyEdit

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In sharp contrast to the New York years, the Giants' fortunes in San Francisco have been mixed. Though recently the club has enjoyed relatively sustained success, there have also been prolonged stretches of mediocrity, along with two instances when the club's ownership threatened to move it out of San Francisco. Most disappointingly for the large fan base that they have maintained ever since their arrival in the city, the Giants have as yet failed to win a World Series title for San Francisco.

1958-62: Seals Stadium and Candlestick ParkEdit

When the Giants moved to San Francisco, they played in Seals Stadium for their first two seasons. In 1958, Latino hitter Orlando Cepeda won Rookie of the Year honors. The next season, Willie McCovey won the same award.

In 1960 the Giants moved to Candlestick Park (sometimes known simply as "The Stick"), a stadium built on a point in San Francisco's southeast corner overlooking San Francisco Bay. The new stadium quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most inhospitable in baseball, with swirling winds, cold temperatures and impenetrable evening fogs making for a torturous experience; the radiant heating system installed never worked. Candlestick Park's reputation was sealed in the 9th inning of the 1961 All-Star Game, when after a day of perfect conditions, the winds rose. A strong gust caused Giants relief pitcher Stu Miller to slip off the pitching rubber during his delivery, resulting in a balk (and a baseball legend that Miller was "blown off the mound").

The 1962 World SeriesEdit

In 1962, after another memorable pennant chase with the Dodgers which resulted in a playoff series, the Giants brought a World Series to San Francisco. Losing the series 4 games to 3 to the New York Yankees, the seventh game went to the bottom of the ninth with the Yankees ahead 1-0. With Matty Alou on first base and two outs, Willie Mays sliced a double down the right field line. Right fielder Roger Maris, whose 61 home run season in 1961 has historically overshadowed his great defensive work, quickly got to the ball and rifled a throw to the infield, preventing Alou from scoring the tying run.

With the speedy Mays on second, any base hit by the next batter, Willie McCovey, would likely have won the series for the Giants. McCovey hit a screaming line drive that was snared by second baseman Bobby Richardson, bringing the Series to a sudden end. Earlier in the inning, a failed sacrifice bunt by Felipe Alou had ultimately resulted in Matty not scoring on Mays' double, which started a lifelong dedication to fundamentals on Felipe's part. In addition, to rub salt in the wound, Richardson was not originally positioned to catch the drive, he only moved there (three steps to the left) in reaction to a foul smash by McCovey on the previous pitch.

Giants fan (and resident of nearby Santa Rosa) Charles Schulz made a rare reference to the real world in his Peanuts comic strips soon afterward. In the first two panels, Charlie Brown and Linus are sitting on a porch step, looking glum. In the last panel, Charlie cries to the heavens, "Why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher?" Some weeks later, same scene. This time, Charlie cries, "Or why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball just two feet higher?"

1963-80: Always a BridesmaidEdit

Although the Giants didn't make another World Series until 1989, The Giants of the '60s continued to be pennant contenders thanks to several future hall-of-famers, including Gaylord Perry, who pitched a no-hitter with the Giants in 1968; Juan Marichal, a pitcher with a memorable high-kicking delivery; McCovey, who won the National League MVP award in 1969, and Mays, who hit his 600th career home run in 1969.

The Giants' next appearance in the post-season was 1971. After winning their division, they were defeated in the League Championship Series by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Roberto Clemente, who then went on to beat the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. During this decade, the Giants gave up many players who became successful elsewhere. Some of them included Garry Maddox, George Foster, Dave Kingman, and Gaylord Perry. However, the Giants produced two more Rookies of the Year winners (Gary Matthews Sr. in 1973 and John "The Count" Montefusco in 1975).

In 1976 Bob Lurie bought the team, saving it from being moved to Toronto. A year later, Toronto was awarded an expansion team (the Blue Jays), but San Francisco baseball fans' worries about losing their beloved Giants had not completely gone away just yet. The rest of the 1970s was a generally disappointing decade for the Giants, finishing no higher than third place in any season. That 3rd place season was 1978. They had young star Jack Clark, and acquired veteran pitcher Vida Blue from the Oakland A's. They were atop the West for most of the season, but the Dodgers heated up to eventually win the West and the NL Pennant.

1981-92: Nadir and ResurrectionEdit

In 1981 the Giants became the first National League team to hire a black manager, Frank Robinson. However, Robinson's tenure lasted less than four years and was generally unsuccessful. In that tenure, the Giants finished a game over .500 in the strike-shortened 1981 season. The next season, the Giants acquired veterans Joe Morgan and Reggie Smith. They were in the midst of a 3-team pennant race with the Dodgers and Braves. Morgan would hit a homer against the Dodgers to make sure Atlanta won the NL West.

In 1984, the Giants hosted the '84 All Star Game at Candlestick Park. 1984 was also the sole year that their infamous ex-mascot, the Crazy Crab "graced" the field.

In 1985, a year which saw the Giants lose 100 games (the most in franchise history), owner Bob Lurie responded by hiring Al Rosen as general manager. Under Rosen's tenure, the Giants promoted promising rookies such as Will Clark and Robby Thompson, and made canny trades to acquire such players as Kevin Mitchell, Dave Dravecky, Candy Maldonado, and Rick Reuschel.

New manager Roger Craig served as the Giants' new manager from 1985 to 1992. In Craig's first five full seasons with the Giants, the team never finished with a losing record.

Under Roger Craig's leadership (and his unique motto, "Humm Baby") the Giants won 83 games in 1986 and won the National League Western Division title in 1987. The team lost the 1987 National League Championship Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The bright spot in that defeat was Giants outfielder Jeffrey Leonard, who was named the series MVP in a losing effort.

Although the team used 15 different starting pitchers, the 1989 Giants won the National League pennant. They were led by pitchers Rick Reuschel and Scott Garrelts and sluggers Kevin Mitchell (the 1989 National League MVP) and Will Clark.

The Giants beat the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, four games to one.

In Game 5, eventual 1989 NLCS MVP Will Clark (who hit .650, drove in eight runs, and hit a grand slam off Greg Maddux in Game 1) came through in the clutch with a bases-loaded single off of the hard-throwing Mitch Williams to break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 8th inning Clark took the first fastball for a strike, then fouled one away. Williams' next pitch missed the outside corner to bring the count to 1-and-2. After Clark fouled off two more pitches, he hit a screaming line drive up the middle to bring in two runs.

In the top of the 9th inning, Steve Bedrosian was shaky as he gave up a run. But ultimately, Bedrosian was able to get Ryne Sandberg to ground-out for out #3. Fittingly, the hero of Game 5, Will Clark caught the final out from second baseman Robby Thompson. For the first time in 27 years, the San Francisco Giants were the champions of the National League.

After taking care of the Cubs, the Giants faced the A's in the "Bay Bridge Series". The series is perhaps best remembered because the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 disrupted the planned Game 3 of the series at Candlestick Park. After a ten-day delay in the series, Oakland finished up its sweep of San Francisco.

1992-99: A new franchise playerEdit

The Giants no longer play at Candlestick Park (which has been at times renamed 3Com Park and Monster Park) and which remained the home of the San Francisco Forty Niners football team through 2013. The Giants now play at AT&T Park (which, due to various corporate mergers, was formerly known as SBC Park and, before that, Pacific Bell Park), located in the South of Market Area (SOMA) of San Francisco adjacent to China Basin, a small arm of San Francisco Bay now referred to by Giants broadcasters and fans as McCovey Cove.

Following the '89 World Series defeat, a local ballot initiative to fund a new stadium in San Francisco failed, threatening the franchise's future in the city. After the 1992 season, owner Bob Lurie, who had previously saved the franchise from moving to Toronto in 1976, put the team up for sale. A group of investors from St. Petersburg, led by Vince Naimoli, reached an agreement to purchase the team and move them across the country. However, Major League Baseball blocked the move, paving the way for the team to stay in San Francisco with an ownership group lead by Peter Magowan, the former CEO of Safeway. (As compensation, MLB granted Naimoli's group an expansion franchise, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.)

In addition to the anticipated move to downtown San Francisco, the Giants' ownership also made a major personnel move to solidify fan support. Before even hiring a new General Manager or officially being approved as the new owners, Magowan signed superstar free agent Barry Bonds (a move which MLB initially blocked until some terms were negotiated to protect Lurie and Bonds in case the sale failed), a move that shaped the franchise's fortunes for more than a decade.

The Barry Bonds era started auspiciously as Bonds put up the numbers for the third MVP of his career: 46 homers, 129 runs, 123 RBI, .336/.458/.677/1.135, all career highs. This led the Giants to a great 103-59 record in Dusty Baker's first year as manager, which earned Baker the Manager of the Year award. But despite the Giants' great record, the Atlanta Braves -- fueled by their midseason acquisition of Fred McGriff from the San Diego Padres -- came back from a 10 game deficit to the Giants to win the NL West by a single game. Desperately needing a win against the Dodgers in the final game of the year to force a one-game playoff with the Braves, the controversial choice of Giants rookie pitcher Salomon Torres proved disastrous as he gave up 3 runs in the first 4 innings and the Giants went on to lose the game 12-1. After MLB's establishment of the Three-Division-Wild Card playoff format following the 1993 season, New York Times sports columnist Dave Anderson captured the feeling of many baseball purists regarding the thrilling (and for Giants fans, heartbreaking) winner-take-all outcome as the 'last pure pennant race'.

The period of 1994 to 1996 were not good years for the Giants, punctuated by the strike that canceled the World Series in 1994. The strike cost Matt Williams a chance to beat Roger Maris' single season home run record - he was on pace for over 60 homers when the strike hit with 47 games left to play. The Giants then came in last place in both 1995 and 1996, as key injuries and slumps hurt them. The only bright spot was Barry Bonds, highlighted by his joining the 40-40 club with 42 homers and 40 stolen bases in the 1996 season. Rookie Bill Mueller also provided hope for the future of the club with a .330 average in 66 games.

These bad times led the Giants to name Brian Sabean as their new general manager in 1997, replacing Bob Quinn. (Sabean may have been acting as GM prior to the announcement, as he was rumored to have engineered the deal to get Kirk Rueter from the Montreal Expos). His tenure began with great controversy. In his first official trade as GM, he shocked Giants fans by trading Matt Williams to Cleveland for what newspapers referred to as a 'bunch of spare parts', with the negative reaction being great enough for him to have to publicly explain: "I didn't get to this point by being an idiot... I'm sitting here telling you there is a plan."

Sabean was proven right, as the players he acquired in the Williams trade - Jeff Kent, Jose Vizcaino, Julian Tavarez, and Joe Roa plus the $1 million in cash that enabled them to sign Darryl Hamilton) - and a subsequent trade for J.T. Snow were major contributors in leading the Giants to win their first NL West division title of the decade in 1997. The Florida Marlins ended the Giants' season with a 3-0 sweep in the first round of playoffs, as the Marlins marched on their way to their first World Series championship.

2000s: Downtown baseballEdit

In 2000, after 40 years at Candlestick Park, the Giants bid a bittersweet farewell to their old home and relocated to a new, privately financed downtown stadium, a long-advocated move. Pacific Bell Park, later renamed SBC Park and then in February 2006 AT&T Park, sits on the shores of China Basin (often referred to as McCovey Cove by Giants fans) at the corner of 3rd and King Streets (affectionately dubbed 24 Willie Mays Plaza). Regardless of anything that might happen on the field of play, this move represented an entirely new era for the Giants and their fans. Whereas the team used to occupy what was widely regarded as the least baseball-friendly stadium in all of Major League Baseball, a throwback to the era of suburban, multi-purpose, concrete "cookie-cutter" stadiums that so many teams moved to during the 1960s and 70s, their new home is regarded as one of the best venues in all of professional sports.

The Giants routinely sell out this nearly 43,000-seat, baseball-only stadium, whereas it was not uncommon for them to have a paid attendance of less than 10,000 in Candlestick's nearly 60,000 seating capacity. The franchise since the move annually vies for highest MLB season attendance, in contrast to being often threatened with having the league-low figure before. While still breezy in the summer time in comparison to other MLB parks, AT&T Park has been a consensus success and has developed the reputation as a "pitcher's park". Its state-of-the-art design minimizes wind-chill, it is well served by mass transit, and it has spectacular views of the bay and the city skyline (which even Candlestick had until it was redesigned in the early 1970s to accommodate the 49ers). AT&T Park is the centerpiece of a renaissance in San Francisco's South Beach and Mission Bay neighborhoods. But most important to Giants fans, the new ballpark means they no longer have to worry about their team moving away from San Francisco.

The inaugural season at the new ballpark resulted in a surprising division title, with the Giants having the best record in the Major Leagues. The Giants lost the 2000 division series to the New York Mets, three games to one despite winning the first game in the series behind a well pitched game by Liván Hernández, and having home field advantage. In 2001 the Giants were eliminated from playoff contention on the second to last day of the season, but Barry Bonds gave fans something to cheer about as he hit 73 home runs, setting a new single-season record.

In 2002 the focus returned to the team, with the Giants winning the National League wild card. In the playoffs, they defeated the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS three games to two, and then the St. Louis Cardinals four games one. Led by Barry Bonds record 198 walks and .582 OBP (both since broken by him again), the team faced the winners of the American League wild card, the Anaheim Angels, in the 2002 World Series. The series' climax was during Game 6, with the Giants leading 5-0 in the seventh inning, just eight outs away from their first championship since moving to San Francisco. The Angels came back to win that game 6-5, then won Game 7 to claim their first MLB championship and break the hearts of Giants fans.

Rebounding from the World Series loss in 2002, the Giants (under new manager Felipe Alou) recorded 100 victories for the seventh time in franchise history and the third time in San Francisco. The team spent every day of the season in first place, just the ninth team to do so in baseball history. The Giants lost to the eventual world champions, the Florida Marlins, in the Division Series, three games to one.

In 2004, the Giants again avoided elimination from playoff contention until the last day of the season. The team finished one game out in the Wild Card race and two behind the division-winning Los Angeles Dodgers. The season ended with drama, as the Dodgers came from behind in the ninth inning to defeat the Giants in a late season game, winning on a Steve Finley grand slam. Bonds also broke his own records with 232 walks and a .609 OBP.

The Giants' 2005 season was the team's least successful since moving to its new stadium. Bonds missed most of the season, closer Armando Benitez was injured for four months, and ace Jason Schmidt struggled after numerous injuries. However, team management has taken advantage of the off year to give playing time to numerous young players, including pitchers Noah Lowry, Brad Hennessey, Kevin Correia, Scott Munter, Matt Cain, and Jeremy Accardo, as well as first baseman Lance Niekro and outfielders Jason Ellison and Todd Linden. The acquisition of Randy Winn from the Seattle Mariners also proved invaluable in the stretch run.

On May 25, 2005, the Giants held a celebration in honor of Baseball Hall of Famer Juan Marichal. A statue of Marichal was dedicated on the plaza outside of the ballpark. Leonel Fernández, the President of the Dominican Republic, was in attendance. In the two games which followed the ceremonies, the Giants wore uniforms with the word "Gigantes" on the front (the Spanish word for "Giants".) On July 14, 2005, the franchise won their 10,000th contest defeating their long-time rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, becoming the first professional sports franchise to have five digits in their winning total.

On September 28, 2005, the Giants were officially eliminated from the NL West race after losing to the 2005 champion San Diego Padres. The team finished the season in third place, with a record of 75-87, their worst season - and first losing record - since 1996. Despite the disappointing finish, Manager Felipe Alou was offered a one-year extension of his contract by Giants management.

The Giants were expected to contend in 2006, as they were bolstered by a strong starting staff. Despite a losing streak in May, and the worst batting performance by Barry Bonds in about fifteen years[3] the Giants did contend in the less-than-stellar Western Division and by July 23 were in first place. On that day, however, during the last game of a home stand and leading San Diego going into the ninth inning, closer Armando Benitez blew a save by giving up a home run and the Giants lost in extra innings. That was the first loss of a horrendous three-week stretch that saw San Francisco go 3–16, losing nine games by one run.[4]

On October 2, 2006, the day after the end of the regular season, the Giants announced that they would not renew the contract of manager Felipe Alou, but did extend him an offer to remain with the club in an advisory role to the general manager and to baseball operations.

2007–2009: losing ways & MilestonesEdit

2007: end of the Bonds eraEdit

Main article: 2007 San Francisco Giants season

With eleven free agents excluding Jason Schmidt who signed with the Dodgers for roughly $15 million a year, a new manager on board with Bruce Bochy coming from division rival San Diego, and the loss of veteran catcher Mike Matheny due to complications resulting from concussions sustained during his career,[5] the Giants' prospects for the 2007 season were less than favorable going into the winter off-season. The team then agreed to several deals—resigning Pedro Feliz, Ray Durham, and old time Giants fans favorite Rich Aurilia, and picking up catcher Bengie Molina, Ryan Klesko, and Dave Roberts. They also signed free agent pitcher Barry Zito to a seven year contract worth $126 million. The deal, which was the richest contract for a pitcher in baseball history, included a $18 million team option for an eighth year. On January 9, 2007, the Giants resigned pitcher Russ Ortiz to compete for the fifth starting position in spring training. Ortiz was slotted for the position in late March due to his outstanding spring.

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The Giants started off the regular season slow, had spurts of promise but more often stretches of mediocre to worse play. Pitching was often inconsistent or the offense was non-existent (such as during a pair of 1–0 losses for losing pitcher Matt Cain).

The season did have memorable action, such as the Giants playing the Red Sox in Boston for the first time since 1912 and the Giants hosting the 2007 MLB All-Star Game. Most notable during the season, however, was Bonds march towards Hank Aaron's career home run record of 755. Bonds's proximity to the record brought heavy media attention to the San Francisco Giants.

Leading off in the top of the second inning of game two versus the Padres, before a sell-out crowd at PETCO Park, Barry Bonds hit a high fastball off the facing of the upper deck in left field for his 755th career home run. The opposite-field shot tied the game at 1–1 and tied Hank Aaron for the all-time home run record. The Giants lost in extra innings, this time by a score of 2–3. In the bottom of the fifth inning at home against the Nationals on August 7, 2007, Bonds hit his 756th home run which caused a melee in the crowd. Hank Aaron appeared on the big screen and congratulated Bonds. The Giants went on to lose the game 8–6.

On August 9, 2007, Mark Sweeney was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for AA second baseman Travis Denker. The trade was the first between the Giants and the Dodgers since 1985.[6]

The discouraging theme of 2007 would continue as solid pitching was not backed up with offense. Tim Lincecum held the Chicago Cubs to two hits through eight innings on August 21, but the team scored only one run, losing to the Cubs by a score of 5–1.

On September 22, 2007, the Giants officially announced that the team would not re-sign Barry Bonds for the 2008 season. After much speculation and debate, owner Peter Magowan announced Bonds's departure at a press conference, stressing the fact that the Giants needed to get younger and start fielding a more efficient offense.[7]

Barry Bonds played his last game as a San Francisco Giant on September 26, 2007. He went 0 for 3, driving a ball that was caught at the warning track in left-center field in his final at bat.

2008: without Bonds & Golden anniversaryEdit

Main article: 2008 San Francisco Giants season
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The 2008 season marked the first year that Barry Bonds was not a member of the team since first signing with them in 1992 and the 50th season in San Francisco. The Giants signed former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Aaron Rowand to a 5-year, $60 million contract. Barry Zito once again got off to a poor start, losing his first eight decisions. However, the team found hope in pitcher Tim Lincecum. After going 7–5 in his first stint in 2007 with the Giants, he exploded onto the scene this year winning four straight before losing his 1st game of the year on April 29, 2008, to the Colorado Rockies. Lincecum was selected to the 2008 MLB All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium but was unable to pitch due to being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms. He went on to win the 2008 NL Cy Young Award, finishing at 18–5. He was the first Giant to do so since Mike McCormick won it in 1967. [8] The Giants finished the season in fourth place in the NL West with a record of 72–90.

2009: a mix of Old & New and a No-HitterEdit

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During the off season, the Giants strengthened their pitching staff by acquiring veteran starting pitcher Randy Johnson and relievers Bobby Howry and Jeremy Affeldt. The Giants also signed infielders Edgar Renteria and Juan Uribe. Despite questions lingering about the team's struggling offense, the team compiled a 49–39 record by the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, good enough for second place in the NL West.

In addition to the team's overall performance, the first half of the season provided several memorable moments for the players themselves. Highlights included Johnson earning his 300th career victory, becoming the twenty-fourth pitcher in Major League history to do so, as well as struggling starter Jonathan Sánchez tossing a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on July 10, the first Giants no-hitter since 1976. 2009's pitching staff will go down as one of the strongest starting rotations in Giants history– the Giants sent two of their starting pitchers to the All-Star Game, including that year's starter, Tim Lincecum. He went on to win the 2009 NL Cy Young Award, finishing at 15-7. Lincecum became the only pitcher to capture the Cy Young Award in each of his first two full Major League seasons. [9]

On July 10, Jonathan Sánchez, spot starting in place of an injured Randy Johnson and on his first start upon returning to the starting rotation after a brief demotion to the bullpen, threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. Sánchez issued no walks (the only runner reached on an error by third baseman Juan Uribe) and struck out a career-high eleven hitters in the game, which was also his first major league complete game and shutout and the first no-hitter ever thrown at AT&T Park. He threw 110 pitches to complete the game, with a final score of 8–0 for the Giants.

The team faced a tragic note on July 19, when the club announced that Sue Burns, the team's senior general partner who was a virtual fixture in her seat adjacent to the Giants' dugout, died early Sunday morning of cancer. Burns was the widow of Harmon Burns, a financier in the San Francisco Bay Area who was a key member of the investor group that saved the team from moving to Tampa in 1992. The Giants honored Burns in a pre-game ceremony in which Barry Bonds was also in attendance.[10]

On July 20, the Giants traded one of their top prospects, double-a pitcher Tim Alderson, for Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Alderson was the first round pick in the 2007 draft and was ranked the number four prospect in the Giants organization by Baseball America,[11] but Sanchez provided a much needed jump for the Giants offense. Sanchez ended the 2009 season batting .293 with 41 runs batted in and 22 walks. On September 11, the Giants added another key player when they brought up Buster Posey from the Giants triple-A affiliate Fresno Grizzlies.

Although the team only finished 14 games above .500, they won 16 more games than the previous season. With the emergence of star player Pablo Sandoval alongside a dominant pitching staff, the Giants looked forward to making the playoffs next year for the first time since 2003.[12]

2010-presentEdit

2010: torture and triumphEdit

Main article: 2010 San Francisco Giants season

In 2010, in a season described with the slogan "Giants Baseball: Torture" by broadcaster Duane Kuiper,[13] the club won the National League Western Division title for the first time since 2003 after trailing the San Diego Padres most of the season. (The "torture" slogan was coined on the April 21 edition of Kruk and Kuip on Baseball on KNBR radio, following a game which the Giants lost 1–0 despite a 1-hitter thrown by Jonathan Sanchez.) On July 4, after losing a four-game road series in Colorado, the Giants' record stood at 41–40 at the half-way point of the season. Boosted by a 21-game hitting streak by Buster Posey, called up in May from AAA Fresno, the Giants then won 19 of the remaining 24 games in July. August saw a losing record of 13–15, as the club lost four series against the Braves, Padres, Phillies, and Cardinals. On August 25, despite overcoming a 10–1 deficit in the 5th inning, the Giants lost to the Reds in extra innings at home to drop 6.5 games behind San Diego. Three days later, following an 11–3 debacle at home against the Diamondbacks, Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy, and Drew Northfield held a private meeting with the starting pitchers, who had gone 5–13 with a 5.56 ERA in August, including 14 straight starts without a win.

In September, the slogan for the Giants became "Fear the Beard" as they made their push for the playoffs. Brian Wilson and Sergio Romo grew out their facial hair, AT&T Park filled with "Fear the Beard" signs, and the slogan "There's Magic Inside" took the place of the one from the previous season, "Yes We Can".

The Padres suffered a 10-game losing streak going into September and on the 5th, the Giants beat the Dodgers 3–0 to move to within a game of first place. Despite being shut out four times in ten games, the Giants recorded an 18–8 September to move into first by three games as the pitching staff achieved a team ERA of 1.78, the lowest in the National League in a September stretch run since the 1965 Dodgers. During their September run, the Giants' pitching staff allowed no more than 3 runs for 18 straight games, the longest single-season streak since 1920. The division title came down to the final three games of the year in October at home against San Diego, with the Giants clinching in the last regular season game, 3–0. Jonathan Sánchez, who had been ridiculed in August when he failed to make good a boast that the Giants would sweep the Padres, led the September charge with a 3–1 record and 1.17 ERA, and took the win in the clincher. Closer Brian Wilson finished the game for his franchise record-tying and major league-leading 48th save. In the second half of the season the Giants went 51–30. After a 9–20 first half against division opponents, the Giants won 29 of their remaining 43 division games.

File:Pat Burrell at Giants 2010 World Series victory parade 2.JPG
Main article: 2010 National League Division Series

At the beginning of the 2010 Major League Baseball season only one (Jim Caple of ESPN.com, although he later recanted his pick before the NLCS, saying the Philadelphia Phillies would beat the Giants and advance to the World Series) out of literally dozens of baseball writers and pundits picked the Giants to even reach the World Series, with most not expecting the Giants to even make the playoffs.[14][15][16]

In the 2010 National League Division Series, the Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves three games to one. Tim Lincecum won Game 1 with a memorable and record-setting 14-strikeout, 2-hit shutout performance. In the ensuing NLCS, the Giants took a 3–1 advantage over the Philadelphia Phillies, winning two games at home after splitting the first two at Philadelphia. Starting pitcher for the Giants Tim Lincecum rematched against the Phillies' Roy Halladay in Game 5. The Giants failed to beat Roy Halladay, losing 4–2, forcing a return trip to Philadelphia. In Game Six, the Giants beat Philadelphia by a final score of 3–2, to win the NLCS 4–2 and advance to face the Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series.

The first World Series game was a highly anticipated matchup between 2-time National League Cy Young Award winner (2008,2009) Tim Lincecum, against the 2008 American League Cy Young award winner and heretofore undefeated in postseason play Cliff Lee.[17] The pitching matchup turned out to be a sideline, as the Giants won the first game of the World Series by 11–7 over the Rangers, backed by Freddy Sanchez's three doubles, setting a World Series record for being the first player to hit three consecutive doubles in their first three at bats. The game also saw the Giants set the record for the most runs (6) scored in a single half-inning in a World Series since 1933.[18] The next day, the Giants won game 2 of the World Series, crushing the Rangers 9–0 after the Rangers walked 4 in a row and allowed 7 runs to the Giants in the 8th inning. Matt Cain also had a dominant game, pitching 723 innings without giving up a run.[19] The Giants went on to lose Game 3 in Arlington, Texas 4–2 after a 3-run home run from Ranger's rookie Mitch Moreland in the second inning, and a solo home run by Josh Hamilton in the fifth. Game 4 belonged to the Giants, as rookie left-handed starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner shut out the Rangers over eight innings with home runs by Aubrey Huff and Buster Posey propelling the team to a 4-0 victory.[20] The Giants, along with Tim Lincecum, won Game 5 by a score of 3–1. Lincecum outdueled Cliff Lee in an every-pitch-matters matchup that was scoreless until Edgar Rentería hit a stunning three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning. Nelson Cruz homered in the bottom half, but Lincecum returned to his wicked self and preserved the lead. Brian Wilson was brought in to pitch the 9th and produced a scoreless inning, allowing San Francisco to bring out a series of firsts, not just for the Giants, but also for the city of San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area.[21] Edgar Rentería was named World Series Most Valuable Player.[22][23]

The firsts with the championship were:

  • Giants:
    • Championship since 1954, when in New York.[21]
    • Championship since moving to San Francisco.[21]
  • City of San Francisco:
    • World Series championship.[21]
    • Major sports championship since the 49ers won Super Bowl XXIX in 1995.[21]
  • San Francisco Bay Area:
    • World Series championship since the Oakland Athletics swept the Giants in 1989.[24]
    • Major sports championship since the 49ers win in Super Bowl XXIX.[25]

On November 15, 2010, Giants catcher Buster Posey was named NL Rookie of the Year.[26]

2011Edit

2011 began on a dark note when Giants fan Bryan Stow was critically injured after being attacked by Dodgers fans in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day.[27] The season continued to be plagued with hardship, on May 25 during a regular season game against the Miami Marlins Giants star catcher, Buster Posey, suffered a year ending injury in a collision at home plate.[28] San Francisco finished the 2011 season with a disappointing 86–76 record, winding up in second place in the NL West, eight games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.[29]

2012: return to the World SeriesEdit

The Giants started the season playing barely above .500, trailing the Dodgers in second place for most of the first half of the season and falling to 7.5 games back near the end of May. However, a 17-10 June by the Giants, compiled with an 11-17 June by the Dodgers which included a sweep by the Giants, brought the Giants ahead by one game to end June. The Giants and Dodgers would continue to trade places at the top until August 20th, at which point the Giants started a sweep of the Dodgers that would give them the lead for good.

On June 13, 2012, Matt Cain pitched the first perfect game in the 129 year history of the franchise, against the Houston Astros at AT&T Park.[30] Melky Cabrera was named the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game after delivering a first-inning hit off the Tigers' Justin Verlander, followed by a game-breaking, two-run homer in the fourth inning off Matt Harrison of the Rangers.[31] At the trade deadline the Giants picked up right fielder Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies and second baseman Marco Scutaro from the Colorado Rockies. On August 15, Melky Cabrera was suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Despite the suspension, the Giants still won the 2012 NL West Division. [32] On October 11, the Giants became the first National League team to come back from a 0-2 deficit in the NLDS to beat the Cincinnati Reds in three straight games at Great American Ball Park. The Giants clinched a spot in the NLCS and become the first to take a best-of-five by winning the last three on the road. [33]

The National League Championship Series pitted the Giants against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals won 3 out of the first 4 games, bringing the Giants to the brink of elimination. Giants left-hander Barry Zito, who was left off of the 2010 postseason roster, led the Giants to 5-0 win, pitching 7 2/3 innings. The Giants proceeded to win the next two games to reach the World Series against the Detroit Tigers. San Francisco defeated Detroit, winning four straight games, for its second championship in three years.


RivalriesEdit

Giants-DodgersEdit

Main article: Giants-Dodgers rivalry

The historic rivalry between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers began when both clubs played in New York City (at the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field, respectively). Both franchises date back to the 19th century, and both moved to California in 1958, where the rivalry found a befitting new home, the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco having long been rivals in economic, cultural, and political arenas. Along with the feud between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, it is one of the oldest and most storied in baseball. The Giants have won the World Series 8 times in their history (three times since moving to San Francisco), while the Dodgers have won the World Series 6 times (5 since moving to Los Angeles).

Giants-AthleticsEdit

Main article: Bay Bridge Series

Originating in New York and Philadelphia and in different leagues, the Giants and Oakland Athletics did not strike up a true rivalry until the Athletics moved to Oakland in 1968. (However, prior to their moves the teams did face off in World Series in 1905, 1911, and 1913.) The two teams' geographic rivalry was limited to fan discussions and exhibition games until the 1989 World Series, an earthquake-interrupted series won by Oakland, four games to none. With the advent of interleague play, the Giants and A's now play two regular-season series per year against one another, adding a recurring on-field confrontation to the long-standing off-field rivalry.

Season-by-Season RecordsEdit

New York Gothams (NL) Edit

  • 1883 46-50 .479 6th in NL
  • 1884 62-50 .554 4th in NL

New York Giants Edit

Season Record Place
1885 85-27 .759 2nd
1886 75-44 .630 3rd
1887 68-55 .553 4th
1888 84-47 .641 1st
1889 83-43 .659 1st
1890 63-68 .481 6th
1891 71-61 .538 3rd
1892 71-80 .471 8th
1893 68-64 .515 5th
1894 88-44 .667 2nd
1895 66-65 .504 9th
1896 64-67 .489 7th
1897 83-48 .634 3rd
1898 77-73 .513 7th
1899 60-90 .400 10th
1900 60-78 .435 8th

1900s Edit

Season Record Place World Series
1901 52-85 .380 7th
1902 48-88 .353 8th
1903 84-55 .604 2nd
1904 106-47 .693 1st Giants boycotted World Series.
1905 105-48 .686 1st Philadelphia Athletics W 4-1
1906 96-56 .632 2nd
1907 82-71 .536 4th
1908 98-56 .636 3rd
1909 92-61 .601 3rd
1910 91-63 .591 2nd
1911 99-54 .647 1st Philadelphia Athletics L 4-2
1912 103-48 .682 1st Boston Red Sox L 4-3
1913 101-51 .664 1st Philadelphia Athletics L 4-1
1914 84-70 .545 2nd
1915 69-83 .454 8th
1916 86-66 .566 4th
1917 98-56 .636 1st Chicago White Sox L 4-2
1918 71-53 .573 2nd
1919 87-53 .621 2nd
1920 86-68 .558 2nd
1921 94-59 .614 1st New York Yankees W 5-3
1922 93-61 .604 1st New York Yankees W 4-0
1923 95-58 .621 1st New York Yankees L 4-2
1924 93-60 .608 1st Washington Senators L 4-3
1925 86-66 .566 2nd
1926 74-77 .490 5th
1927 92-62 .597 3rd
1928 93-61 .604 2nd
1929 84-67 .556 3rd
1930 87-67 .565 3rd
1931 87-65 .572 2nd
1932 72-82 .468 7th
1933 91-61 .599 1st Washington Senators W 4-1
1934 93-60 .608 2nd
1935 91-62 .595 3rd
1936 92-62 .597 1st New York Yankees L 4-2
1937 95-57 .625 1st New York Yankees L 4-1
1938 83-67 .553 3rd
1939 77-74 .510 5th
1940 72-80 .474 6th
1941 74-79 .484 5th
1942 85-67 .559 3rd
1943 55-98 .359 8th
1944 67-87 .435 5th
1945 78-74 .513 5th
1946 61-93 .396 8th
1947 81-73 .526 4th
1948 78-76 .506 5th
1949 73-81 .474 5th
1950 86-68 .558 3rd
1951 98-59 .624 1st New York Yankees L 4-2
1952 92-62 .597 2nd
1953 70-84 .455 5th
1954 97-57 .630 1st Cleveland Indians W 4-0
1955 80-74 .519 3rd
1956 67-87 .435 6th
1957 69-85 .448 6th

San Francisco Giants Edit

Year Record NLDS (after 1995) NLCS (after 1969) World Series
1958 80-74 .519
3rd in NL
1959 83-71 .539
3rd in NL
1960 79-75 .513
5th in NL
1961 85-69 .552
3rd in NL
1962 103-62 .624
1st in NL
New York
Yankees
L 4-3
1963 88-74 .543
3rd in NL
1964 90-72 .556
4th in NL
1965 95-67 .586
2nd in NL
1966 93-68 .578
2nd in NL
1967 91-71 .562
2nd in NL
1968 88-74 .543
2nd in NL
1969 90-72 .556
2nd in NL West
1970 86-76 .531
3rd in NL West
1971 90-72 .556
1st in NL West
Pittsburgh
Pirates
L 3-1
1972 69-86 .445
5th in NL West
1973 88-74 .543
3rd in NL West
1974 72-90 .444
5th in NL West
1975 80-81 .497
3rd in NL West
1976 74-88 .457
4th in NL West
1977 75-87 .463
4th in NL West
1978 89-73 .549
3rd in NL West
1979 71-91 .438
4th in NL West
1980 75-86 .466
5th in NL West
1981 56-55 .505
5th/3rd in NL West
1982 87-75 .537
3rd in NL West
1983 79-83 .488
5th in NL West
1984 66-96 .407
6th in NL West
1985 62-100 .383
6th in NL West
1986 83-79 .512
3rd in NL West
1987 90-72 .556
1st in NL West
St. Louis
Cardinals
L 4-3
1988 83-79 .512
4th in NL West
1989 92-70 .568
1st in NL West
Chicago Cubs W 4-1 Oakland
Athletics
L 4-0
1990 85-77 .525
3rd in NL West
1991 75-87 .463
4th in NL West
1992 72-90 .444
5th in NL West
1993 103-59 .636
2nd in NL West
1994 55-60 .478
2nd in NL West
No Postseason due to Player's Strike
1995 67-77 .465
4th in NL West
1996 68-94 .420
4th in NL West
1997 90-72 .556
1st in NL West
Florida Marlins L 3-1
1998 89-74 .546
2nd in NL West
1999 86-76 .531
2nd in NL West
2000 97-65 .531
1st in NL West
New York Mets L 3-1

2000s Edit

Year Record NLDS (after 1995) NLCS (after 1969) World Series
2001 90-72 .556
2nd in NL West
2002 95-66 .590
2nd in NL West
Atlanta Braves W 3-2 St. Louis
Cardinals
W 4-1 Anaheim
Angels
L 4-3
2003 100-61 .621
1st in NL West
Florida Marlins L 3-1
2004 91-71 .562
2nd in NL West
2005 75-87 .463
3rd in NL West
2006 76-85 .472
3rd in NL West
2007 71-91 .438
5th in NL West
2008 72-90 .444
4th in NL West
2009 88-74 .543
3rd in NL West
2010 92-70 .568
1st in NL West
Atlanta Braves W 3-1 Philadelphia
Phillies
W 4-2 Texas Rangers W 4-1
2011 86-76 .541
2nd in NL West
2012 94-68 .580
1st in NL West
Cincinnati
Reds
W 4-3 St. Louis
Cardinals
W 4-3 Detroit Tigers W 4-0
2013 76-86 .459
4th in NL West
2014 88-74 .543
2nd in NL West #
Washington
Nationals
W 3-1 St. Louis
Cardinals
W 4-1 Kansas City
Royals
W 4-3
  • Totals 10,522-9,034 .539
  • Playoffs 80-82 .494 (14-17, .452 in Postseason Series')
  • 8 World Series Championships

(#=Won Wild Card)

All-Star GamesEdit

2007 All-Star Game

The 2007 All-Star Game logo

The Giants have hosted three All-Star Games:

  • The first game was held on July 11, 1961 at Candlestick Park. It was the first of two All-Star Games to be played that year. The National League won the game 5-4 in 10 innings. Combined, 18 players from this game were eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • The second game was held on July 10, 1984, again at Candlestick Park. The National League won 3-1. Gary Carter of the Montreal Expos was named MVP of the game.
  • The third game was held on July 10, 2007 at AT&T Park. It was the first All-Star Game in San Francisco to not be played at Candlestick Park. This also marked the second time in All-Star Game history that one league has hosted two consecutive games, as the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League hosted the 2006 game. The game was won by the American League, 5-4, and featured an inside-the-park home run by Ichiro Suzuki.

Quick factsEdit

Founded: December 7, 1882 or 1879 or 1871. The Troy Haymakers (or sometimes Trojans) were expelled from the National League after the 1882 season. New York had been without a club since 1878, when its club had been expelled; John B. Day was awarded the New York franchise, and so bought up the defunct Troy club.
Formerly known as: Colloquially known as "Jints" (rhymes with "pints") from their New York days. Also referred to in old days as "The Polo Grounders".
Uniform colors: Black, orange, gold, and vanilla
Logo design: The word "GIANTS" superimposed over a baseball. Alternatively, a script "G", or an intertwined "SF". For two games against the Oakland Athletics in 2005, the word "GIANTS" was replaced with "GIGANTES" in the standard font and uniform.
Team motto: Your SF Giants
Team Song: Bye-bye Baby!
World Championships won (before advent of World Series) (3): 1888, 1889, 1894
Local Televison: CSN Bay Area, KNTV
Local Radio: KNBR (680 AM), KLOK (1170 AM)- Spanish
Team Mascot: Lou Seal
Spring Training Facility: Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale, AZ
Rivals:Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees

Baseball Hall of FamersEdit

Note: as of 2005 the Giants currently have more players in the Baseball Hall of Fame than any other franchise. However, only Cepeda, Marichal, Mays, McCovey and Perry were elected due to their performances in San Francisco.

Retired numbersEdit

  • NY John McGraw, 3B, 1902-06; Manager, 1902-32 (played and managed in New York, before uniform numbers were worn)
  • NY Christy Mathewson, P, 1900-16 (all in New York)
  • 3 Bill Terry, 1B, 1923-36; Manager, 1932-41 (all in New York)
  • 4 Mel Ott, OF, 1926-47; Manager, 1942-48 (all in New York)
  • 11 Carl Hubbell, P, 1928-43 (the first National Leaguer to have his number retired, 1944)
  • 24 Willie Mays, OF, 1951-72 (1951-52, 1954-57 in New York, 1952-53 in Korean War, 1958-72 in San Francisco)
  • 27 Juan Marichal, P, 1960-73
  • 30 Orlando Cepeda, 1B, 1958-66
  • 36 Gaylord Perry, P, 1962-71
  • 44 Willie McCovey, 1B-OF, 1959-73 & 1977-80

Bay Area Sports Hall of FameEdit

Current rosterEdit

Sanfrancisco--Dana Stephen Wilson 00:14, June 27, 2011 (UTC)

  • Active Roster
  • Pitchers
  • 41 Jeremy Affeldt
  • 40 Madison Bumgarmer
  • 18 Matt Cain
  • 46 Santiago Casilla
  • -- Hector Correa
  • 65 Steve Edlefsen
  • 55 Tim Lincecum
  • 49 Javier Lopez
  • -- Danny Otero
  • 54 Sergio Romo
  • 45 Dan Runzler
  • 47 Eric Surkamp
  • 32 Ryan Vogelsong
  • 38 Brian Wilson
  • 75 Barry Zito
  • Catchers
  • 28 Buster Posey
  • 29 Hector Sanchez
  • 37 Chris Stewart
  • 22 Eli Whiteside


  • Infielders
  • 78 Ehire Adrianza
  • 9 Brandon Belt
  • 2 Emmanuel Burriss
  • 35 Brandon Crawford
  • -- Charlie Culberson
  • 14 Mike Fontenot
  • 50 Cono Gillaspie
  • 17 Aubrey Huff
  • 6 Brett Pill
  • 21 Freddy Sanchez
  • 48 Pablo Sandoval
  • -- Angel Villalona
  • Outfielders
  • -- Melky Cabrera
  • 51 Justin Christian
  • -- Tyler Graham
  • -- Roger Kieschnick
  • -- Angel Pagan
  • 62 Francisco Peguero
  • 12 Nate Schierholtz
  • Non-Roster Invitees
  • Pitchers
  • -- Brian Burres
  • -- Jake Duning
  • -- Justin Fitzgerald
  • -- Austin Fleet
  • -- Stephen Harrold
  • -- Heath Hembree
  • -- Andrew Kown
  • -- Mitch Lively
  • -- Shane Loux
  • -- Jean Machi
  • -- David Quinowski
  • -- Wilmin Rodriguez
  • -- Seth Rosin
  • -- Shawn Sanford
  • -- Matt Yourkin
  • -- Tommy Joseph
  • -- Andrew Susac
  • -- Jackson Williams
  • Infielders
  • -- Joaquin Arias
  • -- Chris Dominiguez
  • -- Nick Noonan
  • -- Joe Panik
  • Outfielders
  • -- Gregor Blanco
  • -- Gary Brown
  • -- Juan Perez


  • Manager
  • 16 Bruce Bochy
  • Coaches
  • 31 Hensley Meulens
  • 19 Dave Righetti
  • 39 Roberto Kelly
  • 1 Tim Flannery
  • 23 Ron Wotus
  • 26 Mark Gardner
  • 58 Bill Hayes
  • -- Joey Amalfitano
  • -- Jim Davenport
  • -- J.T. Snow



Spring TrainingEdit

Minor league affiliationsEdit

BroadcastersEdit

News Edit

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