San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
founded in 1883
|The Jints, Los Gigantes, The Gyros, The Orange and Black|
|Black, orange, cream colors
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|Website : SFGiants.com|
The San Francisco Giants are an American baseball team . They play in the Western Division of the National League in Major League Baseball . The franchise has been based in San Francisco since 1958 and was stationed in New York City from its founding in 1883 until it moved .
History of the New York Gothams / Giants
The beginnings in New York and the John McGraw era
The San Francisco Giants were founded by John B. Day and Jim Mutrie. The New York Gothams (as the Giants were originally named) joined the National League (NL) in 1883 , as the other New York club, the Metropolitans , played in the American Association . Almost half of the players came from the Troy Trojans , who gave up their place in the NL to the Gothams. Therefore one can say that the Trojans are the predecessors of the Gothams / Giants.
With the Metropolitans the more successful team at the time, Day and Mutrie bought key players for the Gothams and promptly won the National League championship in 1888. An early version of the World Series was then won against the St. Louis Browns . In 1889 this success was confirmed again, the World Series was won against the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. After a particularly spectacular win, Jim Mutrie (he was the team's manager at the time) stormed into the locker room and said, “My big fellows, my Giants!” The name Giants was born .
The Giants' stadium, the Polo Grounds, was from this early era and was located north of Central Park on 5th and 6th Avenues and 110th and 112th Streets in New York City, in close proximity to the Harlem neighborhood . After the site was cleared after the 1888 season, the Giants moved to Polo Grounds II, which was between 155th and 159th Streets in the neighborhood of Harlem and Washington Heights. They were not to leave this area until they moved to San Francisco in 1958 .
After Andrew Freedmann, known as the worst owner in the world, took over the Giants, luck changed sides. The 1902 season, the Giants' worst season to date, ended 53.5 games behind the champions. Then Freedmann signed John McGraw as a player and manager. McGraw managed the Giants for three decades and led the team to the NL title ten times and the World Series three times.
The success of the Giants at that time had players like Mickey Welsh , Roger Connor , Tim Keefe , Jim O'Rourke and Monte Ward , who founded the renegade players' union in 1890 as a lawyer for the players, which went against unfair contracts. McGraw also shaped many players into stars during these years: Christy Mathewson , "Iron Man" Joe McGinnity , Bill Terry , Jim Thorpe , Mel Ott , Casey Stengel and Red Ames , to name a few of the players.
The Giants under McGraw missed their chance at the first modern World Series title, as they boycotted the final series against the Boston Americans (now the Boston Red Sox ) in 1904 . McGraw said the American League (AL) was just a slightly better minor league. The reason was that New York city rivals, the New York Highlanders, looked like the sure winners of the AL, but they were intercepted by the Americans in the final game of the season. But the Giants stayed with their refusal to play against the AL champion. A small side note: before his time as Giants Manager, McGraw was a manager at the Highlanders (then the Baltimore Orioles) for two years.
The then owner of the Giants, John T. Brush, made efforts to reform the format and rules of the World Series. In 1905, the Giants won their first modern World Series title against the Philadelphia Athletics (now Oakland Athletics ). Christy Mathewson, who almost single-handedly decided the series, shone in this series. This was the last time the Giants beat the As in the postseason.
The other years were very frustrating for the Giants. In 1908 they were tied with the Chicago Cubs in the NL . In a play-off between the two, the NL champ should be chosen. The post game was overshadowed by a message that someone in charge of the Giants had tried to bribe the umpire Bill Klem. But Klem was honest and refused to manipulate the game, which the Giants lost in the extra innings. With this World Series, the Cubs won their last title until 2016.
In the years 1911 to 1913 luck was lacking, the Giants lost three World Series in a row: 1911 and 1913 against the A's, in 1912 against the Boston Red Sox . In 1917 the World Series was lost again, this time against the Chicago White Sox (their last title until 2005). Between 1921 and 1924 the Giants were in four World Series, won in 1921 and 1922 against the New York Yankees , to which the series was lost in 1923, in 1924 the series was lost to the Washington Senators ( Minnesota Twins ).
1930–1957 - five National League titles in 28 years
McGraw handed the team into the hands of Bill Terry in 1932 , who helped shape the history of the Giants for ten years as a player and manager. During this time they won three NL titles (1933, 1936 and 1937) and once the World Series (1933) against the Washington Senators.
In addition to Terry, Mel Ott and Carl Hubbell were one of the few pitchers who had screwball in their repertoire (along with Christy Mathewson and Fernando Valenzuela). Hubbell, also known as "King Carl" or "The Meal Ticket", took five Hall of Famers out of the game in a row during the All-Star Game: Babe Ruth , Lou Gehrig , Jimmie Foxx , Al Simmons and Joe Cronin .
Mel Ott succeeded Terry as manager, but because of the Second World War , there were major problems to maintain the league. In 1948 Leo Durocher took over the helm at the Giants. This engagement created some confusion, as Durocher was previously a manager at the Brooklyn Dodgers (now the Los Angeles Dodgers ) and was convicted of illegal gambling in 1947. He was then suspended from the Dodgers and received clearance for the Giants a year later. He was a manager until 1955 and under his leadership the Giants won the 1954 World Series against the Cleveland Indians .
Bobby Thomson - "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" (1951)
One of the greatest moments in Giants history, and perhaps one of the most beautiful, was Bobby Thomson's walk-off home run , which brought the Giants the NL title in 1951. The game was the third and last of the three-game series and one of the most exciting chases in MLB history for the NL title. The Giants were 13.5 games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers in August. But with a final spurt in which 37 of the last 44 games of the season were won, including 16 in a row, the Dodgers were caught on the last day of the regular season. The Giants had won the NL title.
Willie Mays - "The Catch" (1954)
In the first game of the 1954 World Series in the Polo Grounds, Willie Mays managed "The Catch". A dramatic over-the-shoulder catch (over the shoulder) of a line drive from Vic Wertz deep into the center field that would have meant victory for the Cleveland Indians. But thanks to the catch, the Giants, who went into the series as outsiders, won the World Series with four wins in a row.
The move to San Francisco
In search of a new stadium, the old one was slowly becoming dilapidated, it was considered to move to Minneapolis . But then San Francisco came into play. Despite objections from the Giants' shareholders, major shareholder Horace Stoneham conducted negotiations with the Mayor of San Francisco George Christopher. At the same time, Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley promoted the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles . Needing another team on the west coast, O'Malley urged Stoneham to move to San Francisco. In the summer of 1957, both teams announced their move to California . This marked the end of the golden days of baseball in New York.
It was not until 1962 that a second team came to the New York Yankees with the newly founded New York Mets . The Mets have also played in the NL since then. The Mets adopted the orange logo of the Giants and the color blue of the Dodgers.
The managers of the New York Gothams / Giants
|1884, 1893-1894||Monte Ward|
|1895, 1900-1901||George Davis|
The story of the San Francisco Giants
In San Francisco, the Giants could not build on the successes in New York for a long time. After the move, no more World Series could be brought to San Francisco for decades, until the title win in 2010.
1958–1962 - Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park
The Giants played at Seals Stadium for the first two years in San Francisco. In these years, the rookie of the year came from the Giants: 1958 Orlando Cepeda and 1959 Willie McCovey. In 1960 the Giants moved to Candlestick Park, which is located in the southeast of the city and overlooks the bay. Candlestick Park was known for its freak weather. The strong winds, the cold weather and the thick fog made for some irregular games. One of the highlights was the 1961 All-Star Game. The weather was perfect for a baseball game for almost the entire game, but a storm broke out in the 9th inning. The Giants' relief pitcher, Stu Miller, was caught by a gust of wind during a pitch that blew him off his rubber, producing a balk, which earned him the legend of the pitcher being blown off his hill.
The 1962 World Series
In 1962, after a title race against the Dodgers, which resulted in the Giants being in the playoffs and later moving into the World Series, the New York Yankees lost 4-3. In the seventh and decisive game in San Francisco, the Giants were 1-0 back in the lower half of the 9th inning. With Matty Alou on first base and two out, Willie Mays was on strike. He hit a 2-base hit toward the right field line. The Yankees' rightfielder Roger Maris picked up the ball and prevented Matty Alou from equalizing with a quick and good throw into the infield. With two players on 2nd and 3rd base, Willie McCovey took the shot. McCovey struck a line drive straight at the Yankees' 2nd basemen, Bobby Richardson, who caught the ball straight out of the air. The Giants' bad luck was that Richardson did not stand in his usual place in the field, but rather took the steps shortly before the stroke that brought him the optimal position for catching the ball. The inventor of the peanuts , Charles Schulz , incorporated this move into one of his comic strips. In one scene from the December 22nd, 1962 strip, Charlie Brown and Linus are sitting together and Charlie yells to the sky: “Why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball just three feet higher?” “Why did n't McCovey hit the ball 3 feet higher? ? "). A few weeks later the same scene, only now Charlie screamed "Or why couldn't McCovey have hit the ball just two feet higher?"
1963–1985 - Always the bridesmaid, never the bride
Although it was no longer planned to compete in a World Series until 1989, the team produced a number of Hall of Famers. Gaylord Perry , who threw a no-hitter in 1968, and Juan Marichal , who had a particular pitching style - he took an oversized step every time. Willie McCovey won the National League MVP title in 1969 and Willie Mays hit the 600th career home run that same year.
The next playoff participation should not take place until 1971. After winning the division they were defeated in the NLCS against the Pittsburgh Pirates with Roberto Clemente, who should then win the World Series against the Baltimore Orioles . Some Giants players should be honored with other teams during this time. Players like Garry Maddox, George Foster, Dave Kingman and Gaylord Perry. But two other rookie-of-the-year awards went to the Giants, in 1973 to Gary Matthews Sr. and 1975 to John Montefusco.
In 1976 the Giants were about to move to Toronto , Bob Lurie the new owner, but kept the team in San Francisco. A year later, the Blue Jays were founded in Toronto. Still, the Giants fans feared that the team might leave town. The rest of the 1970s was unsuccessful. In no season have you been better than third place in the division. This was brought in 1978 with the help of Jack Clark and Vida Blue, you were first for most of the season, but in the end you were caught by the Los Angeles Dodgers .
In 1981, the Giants became the first National League team to hire a black manager, Frank Robinson . Robison was a manager for four years but had no success with the Giants. In 1981 the average was 0.505. You won a game more than you lost. In 1982 the team strengthened with Joe Morgan and Reggie Smith and was for a long time with the Dodgers and the Braves in the race for the NL title. Morgan was then the player to hit a home run against the Dodgers that made the Braves the NL West Champion.
In 1984 the Giants hosted the All Star Games in Candlestick Park. In 1985 the Giants lost 100 games in one season for the first time and for the last time so far, and owner Bob Lurie signed Al Rosen as the new manager. Under Rosen's leadership, the Giants produced some promising rookies such as: B. Will Clark and Robby Thompson, and had some lucky hands in their approaches. Players like Kevin Mitchell, Dave Dravecky, Candy Maldonado and Rick Reuschel played for the Giants during this time.
From 1985 to 1992, Roger Craig was the team manager. In the first five years of its activity, the Giants did not have a season with a negative record.
1986–1999 - low point and resurrection
Under Craig's leadership, the Giants won 86 games in the 1986 and 1987 division titles. The team lost the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The bright spot of the series was that Giants outfielder Jeffrey Leonard was named MVP of the series despite being on the losing team.
Although 15 different starting pitchers tried their luck during the season, the team was able to win the NL title. The most important players were the pitchers Rick Reuschel and Scott Garrelts and the hitters Kevin Mitchell (the MVP of the NL) and Will Clark . Clark was the MVP of the NLCS, where he had a batting average of .650, beating 8 RBIs and a grand slam . In the games for the NLCS, the Cubs were beaten 4-1. In the bottom of the 8th inning at full bases, Clark hit Mitch Williams , who was known for his tough throwing arm. The first pitch was a strike, the second he hit for a foul, the third was a ball, and when the score was 1: 2 he hit two more foul balls. He turned the sixth pitch into a line drive, which brought two runs for the Giants. In the top of the 9th inning, the Giants pitcher Steve Bedrosian gave up one more run. When Ryne Sandberg hit a ball into the infield, it was thrown from 2nd basemen Robby Thompson to 1st basemen Will Clark for the final and decisive out. The Giants had won the NL title again after 27 years and were in the World Series.
After the Cubs were defeated, you faced the Oakland Athletics in the "Bay Bridge Series". The 1989 World Series was interrupted for ten days because on the day of the 3rd game in Candlestick Park an earthquake shook the city of San Francisco. But the interruption didn't help either, Oakland won 4-0.
After the defeat in the World Series in 1989, they looked for a new opportunity because of a new stadium in San Francisco, but this was unsuccessful and so the continued existence of the Giants in California was threatened. After the 1992 season, Bob Lurie , who had saved the Giants from moving to Toronto in 1976, wanted to sell the team. A group of investors around Vince Naimoli wanted to buy the team and move to St. Petersburg , Florida . The MLB blocked the plan, however, paving the way to leave the team in California. An owner group led by Peter Magowan , the former managing director of Safeway, bought the team.
After preventing the move, Magowan wanted to do something for the fans' trust in the team. Even before he hired a new manager or introduced himself as a new owner, he hired the free agent Barry Bonds of the Pittsburgh Pirates . Arguably one of the most important commitments ever made by the Giants.
The Barry Bonds era began when Bonds won the third MVP title of his career. This year's values: 46 home runs, 129 runs, 123 RBIs, .336 Batting Avg., All career bests. With his help, Dusty Baker's first year as manager turned into a very good year, with a record of 103:59 games. Baker was named Manager of the Year. Nevertheless, they only came second in NL West, one game behind the Atlanta Braves , who, despite being ten games behind, caught up with the Giants.
In their last game of the season, the Giants had to win against the Dodgers to get into a play-off against the Braves, but rookie pitcher Salomón Torres gave up three runs in the first four innings and the Giants lost 12-1. After the MLB decided to award a wildcard for each league in the 1993 season , New York Times columnist Dave Anderson wrote and hit the nerve of many baseball fans : This duel was the last real title fight.
Those years weren't good for the Giants, also because of the players' strike in 1994 that killed the World Series. The strike cost Matt Williams the opportunity to break Roger Maris' old single-season home run record . At the time of the strike, Williams was well on its way to hitting more than 60 home runs and 47 games left. In 1995 and 1996 the Giants were the last of NL West, due to injuries and illnesses. The only bright spot during this time was Barry Bonds in the 1996 season. He became a member of the 40-40 club with 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases. Also rookie Bill Mueller with a batting avg. of .330 in 66 games raised hope.
These bad times prompted the team leadership to sign Brian Sabean to succeed Bob Quinn as general manager. Even before his engagement was announced, it was rumored in MLB circles that Sabean was already involved in the transfer of Kirk Rueter from the Montreal Expos to the Giants. His tenure began with his first official act as GM shocking Giants fans. He transferred Matt Williams to Cleveland in exchange with other players in what newspapers referred to as "buying spares". In response to the criticism, he replied: "I am not here to be an idol, I am here to carry out a plan". Sabean was right because the players he traded for Williams, Jeff Kent , José Vizcaíno , Julián Tavárez and Joe Roa, plus $ 1 million used to sign Darryl Hamilton and the subsequent signing of JT Snow , helped win the first NL West title in the 1990s. The Florida Marlins ended the season for the Giants but then already in the first play-off round with 0: 3 to ultimately win the World Series for the first time.
Since 2000 - downtown baseball
In 2000, the Giants bid farewell to 40 years of baseball at Candlestick Park , their old home, and moved to the privately funded stadium near the city, a long-proposed move. The stadium was initially called (2000-2003) Pacific Bell Park , from 2003 to 2006 SBC Park and was renamed AT&T Park in February 2006 . It's right next to the China Basin (better known as McCovey Cove among baseball players) on the corner of 3rd and King Street (affectionately known as 24 Willie Mays Plaza by Giants fans). Still, the move marked the beginning of a new era for the Giants and their fans. While the team occupied the stadium, some saw one of the MLB's most baseball-friendly stadiums in the new stadium.
The new ball park was sold out more often than the old one, as it had "only" 43,000 seats, over 10,000 seats less than the Candlestick Park, which has almost 60,000 seats. In 1999, the Candlestick Park reached its peak when there were an average of 25,300 spectators per game. At AT&T Park there were almost 40,500 per game in the first year. Due to the location on the Bay, games in the summer were easier to endure than at other MLB stadiums, as there is always a fresh breeze blowing there. The spectacular view of the bay and the city skyline also contribute to the success.
The 2000 season was over for the Giants in the NLDS when they lost 3-1 to the New York Mets . In the first game in the series to be won, Liván Hernández was on the mound. 2001 was two games before the end of the season when the Giants gambled away the chance of the playoffs. The year had a high point, however, when Barry Bonds set a new single-season record with 73 home runs.
In 2002 the Giants were only second in the NL West, but got into the playoffs with a wildcard. In the NLDS, the Atlanta Braves were beaten 3-2, the National League title was won 4-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals . This season, Barry Bonds again set two records with 198 walks and an OBP of 0.582 (which he has now exceeded again). In the World Series 2002 you met the Anaheim Angels . The Giants were already leading 5-0 with a score of 3-2 games in the 5th inning of the 6th game, but the Angels came back and won games 6 and 7 and thus the World Series. After the season, manager Dusty Baker left and moved to the Chicago Cubs.
After two years in second place, under the new management of Felipe Alou, the third season in San Francisco in 2003 ended with 100 or more victories (a total of seven since it was founded in New York). The NL West was also won for the third time in seven years. The team was always in first place the whole season (only the ninth team to achieve this), but in the NLDS they ended the season 3-1 against the Florida Marlins .
In 2004, the Giants narrowly missed the playoffs for the third time in four years, as they finished second with two games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. The season ended with a Grand Slam homerun from Steve Finley in the decisive game that made the Dodgers division winners. Barry Bonds was able to improve its own records again. He finished the season with 232 walks and an OBP of 0.609.
The most unsuccessful year since moving to the new stadium was marked by the injuries of Barry Bonds, who was absent most of the time. Closer Armando Benítez was injured for four months, pitcher Jason Schmidt was also injured several times during the season. But this was also the chance for several young players to draw attention to themselves, including the pitchers Noah Lowry , Brad Hennessey , Kevin Correia , Scott Munter , Matt Cain and Jeremy Accardo as well as the outfielder Jason Ellison and Todd Linden . The obligation of Randy Winn during the season was important for the team. On May 25, 2005, Juan Marichal was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame . A statue of Marichal was placed outside the stadium. The President of the Dominican Republic , Leonel Fernández , was present as a guest at this ceremony. In the two games that followed the ceremony, the Giants wore jerseys that read Gigantes , the Spanish word for Giants. On July 14th, the 10,000th Victory in Giants history against long-time rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants were the first team to achieve more than 10,000 wins in its history. On September 28, the fight for the title of NL West was over, one was defeated by the San Diego Padres , who then also won the division. They finished the season in third place with a record of 75:87, the first negative value since 1996. Nevertheless, the contract with manager Felipe Alou was extended for another year.
The Giants expected a better season than 2005 and started with a good roster. On July 23, they were first in NL West. The defeat that the Giants suffered against the Padres that day, when Armando Benítez made a home run in the 9th inning and then lost in the first extraning, was the beginning of a series in which the Giants won only three of 19 games were able to, with a losing streak of nine games in a row. At the end of August the Giants came back into the race for the NL West title and the wildcard . Barry Bonds regained shape after injury and knee surgery. Between August 21 and September 23, he had a batting average of .400 and 34 hits at 85 at-bats in 27 games.
The Giants pitchers were among the best in the National League at that time and Mike Stanton was a very good closer who was signed in mid-July. However, they lost eight out of nine games in the last away game series, the pitchers allowed a total of 93 runs (during the 19 games in August, they gave only 86 runs), the Giants were "officially eliminated" on September 25th. The season ended with three home defeats to the Dodgers, who secured their playoff spot in San Francisco , which of course the Giants fans didn't like (this was the first time). One day after the end of the season, the Giants management announced that the contract with Felipe Alou would not be extended, but that they would continue to commit him in an advisory role.
MLB started in 2007 without pitcher Jason Schmidt , who joined the Dodgers for $ 15 million a year, and a new manager, Bruce Bochy , who came from the San Diego Padres. Catcher Mike Matheny and pitcher Tim Worell entered back due to injury problems. During the winter off-season there was plenty of equipment. The players Barry Bonds , Steve Kline , Ray Durham and Pedro Feliz extended their contracts with the Giants. Ex-Giants players Rich Aurilia , Bengie Molina , Ryan Klesko and Dave Roberts were new to the roster . But the most spectacular transfer was the signing of pitcher Barry Zito , who moved from one side of the Bay to the other (from Oakland to San Francisco) for a sum of 126 million US dollars for seven years with an option for an additional year . This is the most valuable pitching contract in MLB history. In early January, pitcher Russ Ortiz returned to San Francisco. In 2007, the MLB All-Star Game took place in San Francisco, the second most important baseball event of the season after the World Series.
But in addition to the All-Star Game, there was only one other highlight of the season, Barry Bonds' home run record: On August 7, 2007, Bonds hit his 756th home run in the game against the Washington Nationals and surpassed Hank Aaron's record from the Year 1976. Otherwise it was a disappointing season that ended with 71:91 games. The last time they were so bad was at the end of the 1996 season. One of the reasons was the weakness of the bullpen pitchers in getting the games through. They lost 15 of 21 games that went into the extra innings. They had also expected more from the starting pitchers.
In the 2010 season , the Giants were able to intercept the long-leading San Diego Padres shortly before the end of the season after some large deficit and win their first division title in seven years. In the postseason a 3-1 win in the Division Series over the Atlanta Braves and a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the Championship Series meanwhile reached the World Series for the 18th time . In the final series, the Giants won 4-1 against the Texas Rangers , winning the first World Series in 56 years.
The regular season was marked by a battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the division title. While the Giants spent most of the first half of the season in second place in the West Division, the top of the table could be achieved for the first time at the end of June, but this was also due to a weak phase of the Dodgers. From now on, both teams started head-to-head for the top of the table. After the Giants won three consecutive away games in Los Angeles in August, they did not give up the championship lead until the end of the season.
Melky Cabrera became MVP of the All-Star Game after scoring a hit against Justin Verlander in the first inning and the game-winning home run in the fourth inning. Later in the season, Cabrera was suspended for 50 games for drug use.
In the National League Division Series (NLDS), the Giants met the Cincinnati Reds, against whom they fell 2-0 games behind in their AT&T Park at home . However, San Francisco was able to make up the deficit in the following two away games and force a decisive fifth game, which could also be won. This makes the Giants the first team ever to win the following three away games after falling 2-0 in the NLDS and thus win the series.
In the series for the National League title against St. Louis , the Giants initially fell behind. After four games it was 3-1 for the Cardinals. Then, as in the previous round, they won three games in a row and won the series.
With a sweep in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers , the Giants' seventh major league title could be won. Pablo Sandoval was named the World Series MVP after scoring three home runs in the first game.
In the MLB season , the Giants could not build on the performances from the previous year and ended the regular season together with San Diego as a shared third of the NL West. The deficit on the division winner LA Dodgers was 16 games at the end. The most successful offensive player of the season was Right Fielder Hunter Pence , who recorded 99 RBIs and 27 home runs in the regular season, the Giants' outstanding pitcher was Santiago Casilla with a win rate of almost 78% and an ERA of 2.16.
From the beginning of the 2014 season , the Giants dominated their division and meanwhile had 9½ games ahead of the competition. But in the middle of the season there were no successes and the Dodgers were able to overtake the table and at the end of the regular season had 6 games ahead. The Giants reached the play-offs thanks to the wild card rule, although they could win less than 90 games.
In the wild card game , the Giants met the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Central Division, who had exactly the same number of wins in the regular season as San Francisco. The basis of the success in Pittsburgh was the strong starting pitcher of the Giants Madison Bumgarner , who was able to throw through all nine innings without an opposing run. In the offensive eight runs were made and so the Giants won the game with a clear 8-0.
In the NLDS 2014 , the team met the Washington Nationals , who had won the East Division very clearly and went into the series as favorites. But the Giants won the first two away games in Washington, game 1 thanks to the strong pitcher Jake Peavy with 3: 2 runs and game 2 in a marathon game over 18 innings with 2: 1. The game lasted 6 hours and 23 minutes and was the longest play-off game in MLB history in terms of both playing time and the number of innings played. The decision in the 18th inning came with a solo home run by Brandon Belt . Game 3, the first in AT&T Park, then won the Nationals 4-1 runs before the Giants won the series with a 3-2 win in Game 4.
The NLCS 2014 against the St. Louis Cardinals was characterized by very even games. All five games ended with 3 or fewer runs apart. The Giants won Game 1 away 3-0, but lost Game 2 in St. Louis just 4-5. The following three games in the home stadium were all narrowly won and thus prevailed after 5 games with 4: 1 wins.
Opponents in the 2014 World Series were the Kansas City Royals , who won the American League and also only qualified for the play-offs through a wild card seat. As in the other rounds, the Giants had to play in a foreign country first and again won Game 1. The Royals were able to equalize the series with a 7-2 success in Game 2 and thanks to a victory in San Francisco in Game 3 in the series in the front go. The Giants equalized with a win in game 4 and were able to turn the series around by winning game 5 5-0. In Game 6, now back in Kansas City, the Giants were already after 2 innings with 0: 7 behind and lost clearly with 0:10. In the decisive game 7, things were much tighter again. After two innings the score was 2-2 before the Giants were able to increase to 3-2 at the start of the fourth innings. By the end of the game, none of the teams managed to run and the Giants won the World Series for the eighth time.
As in previous years, the Giants had to surrender again to the Dodgers in the 2015 season in the division. 84 wins were compared to 78 losses at the end of the regular season and the Dodgers were missing 8 games. In 2015, the play-offs for the Giants did not go through the Wild Card places either, as the Cubs and Pirates from the Central Division were much more successful.
The managers of the San Francisco Giants
|1958-1960, 1976||Bill Rigney|
|since 2007||Bruce Bochy|
Giants - Dodgers
The historic rivalry between the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers has existed since both were in the National League in New York (the Giants at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan , the Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn ). Both teams were founded in the 19th century and moved to California together in 1958, where both continued their rivalry in their new homes, as the two West Coast cities were already rivals in terms of economy, culture and politics. A Giants fan has two questions during the season: “Did the Giants win?” And “Did the Dodgers lose?”. If the answer to both questions is “yes”, then he is happy. While most of the buzz is the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees , the Dodgers-Giants rivalry is the oldest, most cited, and most competitive in baseball. The Giants have six World Series titles so far (with titles ahead of the World Series even eight), the Dodgers have won six times. But so far the balance of both teams is balanced. In 2004 the Dodgers were two games ahead of the Giants in the race for the NL-West title. When comparing the teams, both teams won around half of the games against each other. With the free agents system in 1970, many players switched back and forth between the teams, most recently Jason Schmidt (2007), Juan Uribe (2011) and Brian Wilson (2013) from SF to LA.
Giants - Athletics
The Oakland Athletics are originally from Philadelphia , the Giants from New York, and the teams also play in different leagues. However, they faced each other in three World Series (1905, 1911, 1913). The real rivalry didn't start until the A's moved to Oakland in 1968 . It was limited to discussions among fans and friendly matches until the two teams met again in the 1989 World Series. The series, which was interrupted by an earthquake, clearly went 4-0 to Oakland. Since 1997, however, the two teams have met twice a year due to the Interleague Games , which means that the rivalry, which so far has mainly taken place outside the field, continues. The games between the Giants and the As are known as the Bay Bridge Series , named after the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge that connects the two cities.
Giants - Padres
The rivalry between the two teams didn't develop until the beginning of the 21st century. The Padres team, which has only been around since 1969, is also a contender for the NL West title every year, and they won it in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 the Giants signed seven former Padres players and managers (Rich Aurilia, Ryan Klesko, Dave Roberts, Tim Flannery, Mark Sweeney and Bruce Bochy).
The games of the San Francisco Giants are broadcast on the local television station KTVU, which is affiliated to the FOX network, and the national sports channel Fox Sports Net.
Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame
|San Francisco Giants Hall of Famers|
|Membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame|
New York Gothams / Giants
San Francisco Giants
Players in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame boards with Giants or Gothams badges.
Note: The Giants currently have the largest number of players in the Hall of Fame.
Numbers that are no longer assigned
- - John McGraw , 3rd Base, 1902-1906; Manager 1902-1932 (all NY before jersey numbers)
- - Christy Mathewson , Pitcher, 1900-1916 (all NY) 1
- 3 Bill Terry , 1st Base, 1923-1936; Manager, 1932-1941 (all NY)
- 4 Mel Ott , Outfield, 1926-1947; Manager, 1932-1941 (all NY)
- 11 Carl Hubbell , pitcher, 1928–1943 (the first National League player whose number retired in 1944)
- 24 Willie Mays , Outfield, 1951–1972, (1951–1952, 1954–1957 NY, 1952–1953 Korean War, 1958–1972 in SF)
- 25 Barry Bonds , Outfield, 1993-2007
- 27 Juan Marichal , Pitcher, 1960-1973
- 30 Orlando Cepeda , 1st Base, 1958-1966
- 36 Gaylord Perry , Pitcher, 1962-1971
- 44 Willie McCovey , 1st Base / Outfield, 1959-1973, 1977-1980
- 42 Jackie Robinson (on all teams, first black player in MLB)
1 A numberless jersey was retired in his honor.
As a broadcaster:
- Lon Simmons, 1958-1973, 1976-1978, 1996-2002, 2006.
- Russ Hodges, 1949-1970
No jersey will be taken out of service for speakers, instead they will be honored with an old-style microphone.
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Injury list (60 days)
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the number of players in the active squad at the beginning of the 2020 MLB season on 23/24. July increased to 30 players. Two weeks later there was a scheduled reduction to 28 players. Another two weeks later, the number of players is to be reduced to 26 and maintained for the entire 2020 season. In the case of double-headers , the teams may appoint a 27th player to the active squad.
Minor league teams of the San Francisco Giants
- AAA : Sacramento River Cats , Sacramento , California
- AA : Richmond Flying Squirrels , Richmond , Virginia
- Advanced A : San Jose Giants , San Jose , California
- A : Augusta GreenJackets , Augusta , Georgia
- Short A : Salem-Keizer Volcanoes , Keizer , Oregon
- Rookie : Arizona Giants , Scottsdale , Arizona
- Season statistics of the San Francisco Giants 2010. baseball-reference.com, accessed on May 20, 2016 (English).
- Season statistics of the San Francisco Giants 2012. baseball-reference.com, accessed on May 20, 2016 (English).
- Season statistics of the San Francisco Giants 2013. baseball-reference.com, accessed on May 20, 2016 (English).
- Boxscore: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants. MLB.com, accessed October 2, 2014 .
- Boxscore: San Francisco vs. Washington, Game 1. MLB.com, accessed May 20, 2016 .
- Boxscore: San Francisco vs. Washington, Game 2. MLB.com, accessed May 20, 2016 .
- Boxscore: Washington vs. San Francisco, Game 3. MLB.com, accessed October 7, 2014 .
- Boxscore: Washington vs. San Francisco, Game 4. MLB.com, accessed October 8, 2014 .
- Season statistics of the San Francisco Giants 2014. baseball-reference.com, accessed on May 20, 2016 (English).
- Season statistics of the San Francisco Giants 2015. baseball-reference.com, accessed on May 20, 2016 (English).
- https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-roster-transaction-rules-for-2020-season accessed on: August 24, 2020
- The Baseball Cube: History San Francisco Giants