Additional San Francisco Giants Info
The San Francisco Giants were originally founded as the New York Gothams in 1883. In 1885 they changed their name to the Giants and in 1958 they moved to San Francisco. Throughout their history the Giants have called four buildings home. From 1883-1957 they played at the legendary Polo Grounds in New York. When they moved to San Francisco in 1958, they played in Seals Stadium for two seasons. In 1960 they moved into Candlestick Park where they remained until 1999 and in 2000 they moved into their present home, AT&T Park. The Giants are also one of the most tradition rich teams in the history of Major League Baseball. Throughout their history they have won the National League 23 times, most recently this season. They have also won the World Series 8 times- 1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954, 2010, 2012, and 2014. The Giants biggest rival is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants-Dodgers rivalry dates all the way back to the 1800’s when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn. It should be noted that both the Giants and Dodgers franchises moved to California around the same time.
The Giants recent World Series run was anchored, as the last two have been, by pitching. This time it was Madison Bumgarner who turned in what may very well be the greatest pitched postseason by one player in recent memory. Bumgarner won four games in the postseason and finished the 2014 postseason with a 1.03 ERA. His most impressive performance was game seven of the World Series. Bumgarner came in and pitched the last five innings for the save. But now the Giants like every other team, have may decisions to make this offseason. The biggest is what to do with Pablo Sandoval. Kung Fu Panda already turned down a qualifying offer, meaning if he signs with another team, that team will lost it’s first round draft choice. The Red Sox are all in on signing him, and the Giants really want him back. This could get interesting.
2015 was a rather boring season for the San Francisco Giants, outside of all of the injuries. The Giants finished the season 84-78, good for second place in the National League West, eight games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and nowhere near the postseason. The Giants had perhaps baseball's busiest offseason. This past offseason, the Dodgers signed Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samrdzija, and Denard Span to big free agent deals. They also extended Brandon Crawford to the tune of six years and 75 million.
With a reloaded roster, the Giants entered 2016 with big dreams. For most of the season, these dreams were coming true. The Giants were in front of the NL West most of the way this season, and the Cubs and Giants were headed for an epic showdown in the National League Championship Series. However, in August the Giants began to sputter, and now find themselves at 73-63, three games back of the Dodgers for first place. Still, the Giants hold the first Wild Card spot, so they are very much in contention.
To say that the San Francisco Giants have been baseball' “team of the decade” would be an understatement. The Giants have won three World Series already this decade, and are perennial favorites at the start of the season. 2016 was no different. They finished the regular season with a record of 87-75, good for one of the two wild card spots. After defeating the New York Mets 3-0 in the wild card game, they moved on to the NLDS to face off against the Cubs, whom they lost to in four games.
This off-season, the Giants biggest hole to fill, was their closer spot. They fixed this by adding Mark Melencon on a four-year, 62 million dollar contract. They also added veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins on a minor league contract. In addition, they added infielders Aaron Hill and Gordon Beckham to minor league contracts as well. The Giants are getting old, and we will see how long they can wait before it might be time to start thinking about taking it down and rebuilding it.
For the first half of this decade, the San Fransisco Giants were the big boys on the block in baseball. They won the World Series three times- 2010, 2012, and 2014, also contending during the other seasons as well. But, as with may a team that has been together for a while, the Giants have aged. They started out 2017 bad, and they tanked their way to a 64-98 finish, good for last place in the National League West, and the worst record overall in the NL. Throughout the second half of the season, experts and fans alike began to wonder if this was it for the Giants. Would they take the hint, and begin to take apart their roster, rebuilding with prospects?
The answer was no. Instead, the Giants spent the 2017-2018 offseason trading away the rest of their prospects for older veterans, believing that it’s not quite over yet. First, they exercised their 2018 contract options for pitcher Madison Bumgarner, pitcher Matt Moore, and third basemen Pablo Sandoval. They also traded for third basemen Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays and outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The good news for fans is the Giants will give it one last go. The bad news is traditionally this sort of tactic at the end of a long run of success usually never works.
The San Francisco Giants, maybe the most successful team over the last decade with three World Series rings to show for it, have fallen off the map in recent years. A couple of years ago they started to show signs of aging, and rather than begin taking apart their roster they went the other way, emptying their farm for players such as Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen. That obviously did not work, so now what for the Giants?
This offseason, they began their roster moves by adding one of the most interesting players in baseball, pitcher Pat Venditte, to their bullpen mix for 2019. Venditte is a switch-thrower and has a special glove he can switch to either hand depending on who he is facing. In January they added left-handed pitchers Will Smith and Derek Holland to one-year contracts to try to bolster their bullpen even more. In January they added catchers Rene Rivera and Stephen Voight, infielder Yangervis Solarte, outfielder Cameron Maybin, and outfielder Geraldo Parra to minor league contracts. All offseason they were linked to Bryce Harper in free agency, but nothing materialized. The Giants roster is a collection of old players who are getting older. It is way past time for them to let go of what was and rebuild from the ground up.