April 25 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 April 25 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1960 at St Louis, wild one at Busch, the Cards were up 5-1 going to the 7th (Giant turned Cardinal Daryl Spencer hit a 3 run homer) we scored 3 to cut it to 5-4, but then gave up 2 in the bottom to hit the 8th trailing 7-4. It wasn't enough - Mays had just tied the game at 7 with a base hit when Willie McCovey hit a two out, two run homer off Bob Duliba.  We won the game 9-8.  It was McCovey's 17th homer of his career.

Walk off 1980 home vs Reds, Tom Seaver against Vida Blue on a Friday night at Candlestick (I think I was there?  Was I there?  I think I was there. I was 9, I may have been there) it took a Darrell Evans 7th inning two run single to tie the game at 3, and two innings later, still 3-3, another Evans single, this one off Doug Bair, scored Roger Metzger to send everyone home (including me?  was I as this game?).  1980 Darrell Evans did what he almost always did in 8 years as the Giants third baseman, 20 homers, about 70 RBI, an OPS+ of around 120.  Just solid work year in and year out.

1982 home vs. Dodgers, you'll like this one - 8th inning, Giants down 3-2, two out, bases loaded, pitching for the Dodgers is a 25 year old Dave Stewart - batting for the Giants is Jeffrey Leonard..Leonard hits a grand slam, the Giants go up 6-3 and that's the final score.  Leonard was a Dodger farmhand, signing with the Dodgers in '73, but only had 11 plate appearances with the big club before being dealt away in '78.  The Giants got him from the Astros for Mike Ivie in '81.  Leonard only had 9 homers in '82, but this one beat his old team.

1999 home vs Rockies, down 5-4 in the 7th, Armando Rios hits a 2 out, 2 run homer off Mike DeJean. We go on to win 7-6.  Rios hit the ball in San Francisco, he had an OPS+ of 145 in '99 and finished his Giants career averaging 123.  We moved Rios and Ryan Vogelsong to the Pirates in '01 for Jason Schmidt in what turned out to be a startlingly good trade, Rios fell apart immediately and was out of the league in two years.

2003 at Phillies, the Giants were 17-4 coming in - 8th inning, 2-2, bases loaded, 2 out - future Giant Pat Burrell's three base error on a JT Snow fly ball scored everyone, we went up 5-2 and took the game 7-4.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April, 2017 Athlete of the Month

Monday, April 24, 2017

March is here.

A'ja Wilson.  Runners-up: Joel Berry, Sergio Garcia, Eric Thames

One third of 2017 down.  Who is going to be athlete of the year for 2017?

January - Deshaun Watson
February - Tom Brady
March - Russell Westbrook
April - A'ja Wilson

April 24 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History


What is this all about?

Here are the Top April 24 Moments in San Francisco Giants history

Walk off 1958 home vs Cardinals, the first walk off in San Francisco history was the day before, here, in the 9th game since the move west, we do it again, and again, it was Daryl Spencer.  The Giants came into the bottom of the 9th down 5-4, we scraped across the tying run and with the bases loaded and two out, Spencer singled home Danny O'Connell off Billy Muffett to win the game.  Spencer was a New York Giant, signed in 1950, came up in '52, was in the military during the '54 Championship season, came back in '56 and made the move to San Francisco.  We moved him in 1960 with Leon Wagner for Don Blasingame.

1966 at Houston, down a run in the 8th inning, two batters before, Mays tied the game at 2 with a solo homer off Jim Owens, and here Jim Ray Hart did the same, putting us up 3-2 in a game we'd win 4-2.  In organizational history, only 5 Giant third basemen had more plate appearances than Hart.  Through 2016 he remains the 19th best player in San Francisco history.

1969 home vs Braves, scoreless game with an out in the 7th, Jack Hiatt hits a two run homer off Milt Pappas, we won 5-1.  Hiatt could help you a little with the bat, in 5 years with the club as a backup catche (we got him for Jose Cardenal in '64) his OPS+ was 112.  This was his last year as a Giant; we sold him to the Expos.

1970 home vs. Expos, 4600 paid attendance for a night game at the Stick against the 1-9 Expos, 2-2 in the 7th, Ron Hunt hit a three run homer off Dan McGinn.  We won 12-3.  Hunt only spent three seasons with the Giants but they were solid years, his '68 remains (as of 2016) one of the 15 best seasons for a Giant second baseman in organizational history - Hunt's one of the rare players moved in a Giants/Dodgers trade, we got him for Tom Haller.

1975 at Houston, 5-5. two out in the 9th, Von Joshua singles home Derrel Thomas off of Ken Forsch and 6-5 will be the final score.  Joshua had been a career Dodger, waived after the '74 season; he had a bad career, Joshua was a sub replacement player in a 10 year career --- except for '75, it's not just his career year, '75 was markedly better than the rest of Joshua's career combined, his 120 OPS+ was 29 points higher than his career average.  He led off, he played center field - Willie Mays' position - and still had his best ever season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 23 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, April 23, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 moments from April 23 in San Francisco Giants history.

Walk off 1958 home vs Cards, the first walk off in San Francisco history - it's right here, the Giants were 4-3, playing at Seals Stadium, and came into the bottom of the 9th down 7-4.  A two out triple by Cepeda scored Mays and Davenport to cut it to 7-6, and the next batter, Daryl Spencer, hit a 2 run homer off Phil Clark to win the game. 8 days before, Spencer hit the first west coast homer in MLB history, on opening day against Drysdale.

Walk off 1997 home vs Braves, Giants came in 13-4, Braves were 14-4 having beaten us the night before, light Candelstick Park attendance for a midweek day game - bottom of the ninth, 3-3, one out, one on, Bill Mueller singled off of Alan Embree to score Dante Powell. The Giants move to 14-4.  Mueller's another guy who did two Giants stints, he left after the 2000 season but came back for the 2002 stretch.

2008 at San Diego, 1-1 in the 13th, just to get there took a Molina homer in the 9th off Trevor Hoffman - here it was Glendon Rusch giving up a single to Fred Lewis that scored Emmanuel Burriss to put the Giants up 2-1; we'd win the game 3-2.  Lewis was a perfectly acceptable 4th OF type, could hit enough, didn't kill you with the glove, we moved him to the Jays after the '09 season and he never played another big league game after 2012.  Lot of guys like Fred Lewis in MLB history. He got a thousand plate appearances, he was as good as guys who got more, no better than guys who got less.

2015 home vs Dodgers, trailing 1-0 in the 9th, Brandon Crawford triples home Matt Duffy off Pedro Baez to send the game to extra innings

Walk off 2015 home vs Dodgers, same game, 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th, 2 on, 2 out - Justin Maxwell is your hero, singling off Juan Nicasio to score Angel Pagan with the winning run.   Maxwell's last ever big league at bat was at the end of August of  this same season.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants.

April 22 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, April 22, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 moments in April 22 San Francisco Giants history.

1967 home vs Braves  8th inning, down 3-0, bases loaded with one out, Willie McCovey hits a grand slam off Ramon Hernandez; we won the game 6-5 on a Braves error in the 9th.  McCovey had 18 career slams, he remains the all time NL leader.

1989 at Dodgers 4-4 in the 9th, two out, Kevin Mitchell singles home Donnell Nixon off of Jay Howell for the last run of the game.  The best season for a Giants left fielder in organizational history who isn't Barry Bonds?  It's Mitch's 8 WAR '89.

Walk off 2009 home vs Padres, scoreless in the 10th inning,  2 on, 2 out, Bengie Molina doubles home Andres Torres off of Edwin Moreno to send everyone home.  Molina had 3 1/2 okayish years as the Giants starting catcher, getting dealt in the middle of 2010 to make way for the greatest catcher in San Francisco history.

2013 home vs Arizona down 4-2 in the 8th, Buster Posey, that aforementioned catcher, tied the game with a 2 run homer off David Hernandez.

Walk off 2013 vs. Arizona, same game, now tied at 4 in the bottom of the 9th, 1 on, 1 out, 1-1 count from Tony Sipp to Brandon Belt - he singles home Andres Torres to win the game.  Belt's had a terrific Giants career, through 2016, he's one of the 30 best players in San Francisco history.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 21 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, April 21, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 April 21 moments in San Francisco Giants history.

1974 at Dodgers 8th inning, down 4-1 - bases loaded, Mike Phillips doubles everyone home against Mike Marshall to tie the score.  Phillips just couldn't hit at all; had an OPS+ of 45 in 301 plate appearances in '74.  No, you should not give someone with an OPS+ of 45 301 plate appearances, no, no you should not.

1974 at Dodgers same game, same inning, 4-4, Phillips got taken down for a pinch runner, and he would score the go ahead run on a Steve Ontiveros single.  We'd win 6-4.  Ontiveros was 22 years old in '74 and got 403 big league plate appearances as the Giants starting third baseman.  By the time he was 29 he was out of the league.

1975 at Cincinnati, 3-3 in the 10th, Chris Speier singled home Gary Matthews off of Pedro Borbon to put the Giants up 4-3, the final margin of victory.  Speier was a good Giant, particularly valuable with the glove, an All Star in '72-4 (his '72 season is the greatest year for any Giant shortstop ever) he got dealt away (for Tim Foli) in '77, but (like Rich Aurilia would later do) came back to finish up his career (and played well in a backup role) from '87-9.

Walk off 1991 home vs Astros, scoreless, bottom of the 9th, the Giants had only 4 hits (matched by the Astros) when Steve Decker came to the plate against Curt Schilling - and hit a walk off homer to beat him.  Giants pitchers ended this game with a 23 inning scoreless streak.   Decker never really hit big league pitching, he had a career OPS+ of 68, but we've never been able to get enough of him, he did two stints with the club and upon his retirement has been a part of the organization since 2001.  Schilling was 24 in '91, this was his only year with the Astros, it is unclear how he felt about Muslims at the time.  Schilling appears to have been, like many of his race and gender, radicalized as he's aged.  Sad!

2009 home vs Padres, 4th inning, down 2-1, Edgar Renteria hits a 1 out grand slam off of future Giant Jake Peavy.  Giants go on to win 8-3.  It was Renteria's first Giants homer and the first grand slam Peavy had ever allowed.  Renteria was a disasterous free agent signing for the Giants, right up until he was MVP of the 2010 World Series.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

April 20 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, April 20, 2017


What is this all about?

Here are the Top 5 April 20 moments in San Francisco Giants history

1964  home vs Reds 8th inning, 2-2, bases loaded, 2 out, Reds left fielder Bob Skinner misplayed a Tom Haller fly ball, allowing Mays to score the go ahead run in what turned out to be a Giants 5-2 win. Haller was the starting quarterback for the University of Illinois when he signed with the Giants in '58; three years later he was catching for the big club.  Haller could hit, except for his rookie season and the last year of his career his OPS+ was over 100 each year.  We moved him to the Dodgers in '68, it was the first west coast trade between the two organizations.  He came back as a bullpen coach in '77 and worked his way up to VP of Baseball Operations until being let go in '85.

1976 at Atlanta, we were down 8-1 after 3, but 3 in the 6th, 1 in the 7th, 1 in the 8th had us down 11-10 in the 9th inning, Dave Rader doubled home Chris Speier off Elias Sosa to tie the score.

1976 at Atlanta, same game in the 10th, Sosa's still in the game for the Braves - he gives up a 1 out homer to Gary Matthews for the final margin of victory.  A year later Matthews, who came up to the Giants when he was 21 and won the rookie of the year in '73, would be a Brave, signing with Atlana after the season as a free agent.

1984 home vs Reds, down 4-2 in the 8th, 1 out, bases loaded for Scot Thompson - he pinch singles home 2 off Tom Hume to tie the game - we'd go ahead on a Hume wild pitch and win 6-4.  Thompson was an actively bad major league player, sub-replacement for his 8 year career (so, of course, why not sign him as a free agent).  This was his first of two Giants seasons, his second ever Giants hit.

2012 at Mets, 3-3 in the 10th, 2 on, 2 out, Hector Sanchez singles off Frank Francisco, scoring Melky to give us the 4-3 lead, which would be the final score.   Sanchez had an OPS+ of 75 in five seasons as a backup catcher in San Francisco; my bet is no other organization ever gives him 600 PA.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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