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June 23 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Friday, June 23, 2017


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



1971 home vs. Cubs, we've won 6 straight have a 7.5 game lead and are 22 over .500, we are steamrolling through 1971.  Despite that, only 12,000 paid for this Wednesday afternoon, Juan Marichal and Milt Pappas each throw complete games, 2-2 in the 8th, Ken Henderson leads off with a home run and we win up winning 5-2.   It's Henderson's best Giants season, 127 OPS+, just shy of 4 WAR, the 32nd best season for a LF in franchise history.  Rick Wise hit two homers and no hit the Reds for the Phillies on this same day.



Walk off 1991 home vs. Cubs, it's turn back the clock day, we're 14 out so the season is over, but we're looking for a 4 game sweep of the Cubs, 1-1 in the 9th (it took a Will Clark triple to tie the game) bases loaded, Mike Felder bunt singles down the first base line to score Matt Williams to end the game.  It's Felder's first of two years as our 4th OF, he signed as a free agent prior to the season and would leave as one after '92.



Walk off 2003 home vs. Dodgers, we're 74 games into the season in a flat tie for first place with the Dodgers and about the start a showdown series.  The first game goes 11 innings, with one out and a man on, Benito Santiago singles home Barry Bonds (who had just stolen his 500th career base, starting the 500/500 club) off of Eric Gagne to win the game.  It's Santiago's third and final season in San Francisco and also the last year of his career he starts behind the plate.  He signs with the Royals in the offseason and 2005 is his last year in the bigs.



Walk off 2007 home vs Yankees, we've lost 8 straight games and are 11.5 out, it took a 4 and a half our game to break that losing streak, with 2 out in the bottom of the 13th, Nate Schierholtz singles home Ryan Klesko off of Scott Proctor to win the game.  Nate's 23, this is his 8th big league game.  It's his 10th hit.



2012 at Oakland, we're 3 games out of first place, we're up 9-8 in the bottom of the 9th but the A's have the bases loaded with 2 out, Clay Hensley gets Jamile Weeks to pop to second to end the game.  It's Hensley's only year in San Francisco (he was not particularly effective in 50 innings pitched) and his last season in the bigs, Brandon Moss was playing first for the A's, he committed 3 errors in the 6th, the first first baseman to do that since Jack Clark playing for the Cards in '87.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

June 22 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, June 22, 2017

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



1958 at Philadelphia, 3 games out of first in our inaugural season, we've got a doubleheader on a Sunday at Connie Mack, it's 4-4 in the 14th when Willie Kirkland homers off Ray Semproch and that holds up for the 5-4 win. To that point it was the longest game in San Francisco history.  Kirkland fell off a cliff after his first season with the Indians (we traded him after the '60 season). He was an annual 3 win player, always with an OPS+ over 100, but from '62 forward he was replacement level.



1964 at Cincinnati, 11 over .500, 2 games out, headed to Crosley for a 4 game series, we're down 2-1 in the 6th, Willie McCovey hits a grand slam off of John Tsitouris, we win it 6-2.  McCovey hit 18 grand slams in his career, this was number 2.  It's his only career grand slam as a left fielder.

1968 at Pittsburgh, we're 7 games out, up 1-0 in the top of the 5th, Willie McCovey hit a 3 run homer off Bob Moose to put us up 4-0.  We'd win the game 10-3. McCovey leads the majors with a 174 OPS+ in '68 and finishes third in the MVP vote. Stretch is worth six and a half wins above replacement and it's the 15th best season for a first baseman in franchise history.  



Walk off 1988 home vs. Padres, we're 6.5 out of first after losing the first two games of the series, we're down 7-5 in the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded with two out - Mark Davis (12 for 12 in save opportunties on the year) has a full count on Will Clark - who doubles everybody home to win the game 8-7, he had a total of 7 RBI. Will's 24 years old, had a 160 OPS+ and was worth seven and a half wins above replacement - it's his second best Giants season and the 8th best season for any first baseman in franchise history.



2012 at Oakland, 4.5 back and starting a series across the Bay in front of a sold out Coliseum, we're down 3-1 in the 9th, Brandon Belt doubles home the tying runs off of Ryan Cook.  We go on to win 5-4.  Belt was drafted in '09, came up in '11 and took over first base this year.  Through 2016 Belt kept that job and entered 2017 as the 27th greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

June 21 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


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



1984 at Atlanta, 15 out of first, 17 below .500, the season's over, down 1-0 in the 5th, Scot Thompson hits a 2 run single off Rick Mahler, we're gonna win the game 5-3.  Thompson's first of two San Francisco seasons as a pinch hitter, getting some starts at first base, he was subreplacement both as a Giant and for his career.  We moved him at the deadline in '85 to the Expos with Bill Laskey for Dan Driessen.



2000 at St Louis, 5 games out, 1-1 in the 8th, Doug Mirabelli leads off with a 2 strike homer to left off of Garrett Stephenson; we won 4-1.  Mirabelli came up through the organization, drafted in '92, up in '96, this is the first season he got even a hundred plate appearances, getting a lot of starts in a time share at catcher, he was a fine backup catcher type, we sold him to the Rangers before the 2001 season.



2002 home vs. Baltimore, 10 games over .500, 3.5 out of first, sold out Pac Bell crowd on a Friday night, 3-3 with 2 out in the 8th, David Bell homers off Rick Bauer with what will turn out to be the winning run.  David Bell is almost exaxctly 2 years younger than I am and has been retired since 2006.  This is Bell's one season as a Giant (and one of only 3 seasons of his career that he had an OPS+ over 100) we got him from the Mariners prior to the season for Desi Relaford, and he signed with the Phillies after the season.



Walk off 2004 home vs. Dodgers, this is why you watch, we're down half a game, first place Dodgers come to town - it's a Monday night for the NL West lead.  2-2 in the bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, 2 out, Cody Ransom singles home Dustin Mohr off of Guillermo Mota to win the game and give us the division lead.  We drafted Ransom in '98, he came up in '01 and got just snippets of 4 seasons as a backup shortstop.  We let him go at season's end, he bounced around until 2013.



2014 at Arizona, 14 games over .500 with a 4.5 game lead, we're up 6-4 in the bottom of the 9th, 2 on, 2 out, Sergio Romo gets Paul Goldschmidt to fly out to the track to right. Romo came up through the system, drafted in '05, up in '08, he worked his way up to closer in 2013 and held that job in this season as well. This is his worst Giants season, the only one with a sub 100 ERA+, he signed with the Dodgers in 2017.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

June 20 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Here are the top 5 June 20 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1965 home vs. Pittsburgh, first game of a doubleheader and it goes 4 hours ending when Jim Ray Hart leads off the 15th with a homer off Al McBean.  It's the 25th walk off home in San Francisco history.  Signed as an 18 year old in 1960, up as a 21 in 1963, in his second year as the starting third baseman right here in '65, moved to the bench in '69 and finally released very early in the '73 season (picked up by the Yankees) - thats Jim Ray Hart's Giants career.  This was Hart's 39th homer and second career walk off.



1983 at Cubs, this is Game 91, we're a dozen games out, down 2-1 in the 7th, Bob Brenly hits a 2 run homer off Steve Trout, This is Brenly's first season as our starting catcher, he backed up the prior two seasons after coming up through the system for 5 years - he'll keep the job until '88, when he split time with Bob Melvin, he left as a free agent after the season, signing with the Jays, but they released him at midseason and he came back for a dozen games in late '89.

1983 at Cubs, same game, with 2 out in the 10th Jack Clark homered off Lee Smith to give us a 4-3 lead and that held up.  Drafted at 17, up at 19, Clark became the Giants starting RF when he was 21 in 1977 and held that job until getting dealt to the Cardinals in 1985.  He finished his career in Boston in '92.



1993 at Houston, 18 over .500 with a 7.5 game lead, down 5-4 with 2 out in the 7th, Will Clark hit a 2 run homer off Brian Williams, we'd win the game 8-5.  Clark never had a season in his 15 year career where he hit below a 100 OPS+, this was his worst season with the bat in San Francisco, he had a 118 OPS+. Clark was the 2nd overall pick in '85 (Barry Larkin was 4th, Barry Bonds was 6th, Rafael Palmeiro was 22nd) became our starting first baseman in '86 and held the job until he left for the Rangers after this season.  He finished his career in St Louis in 2000.  Adalberto Mejia, who the Giants in 2016 traded for Eduardo Nunez, was born on this day.



Walk off 1999 home vs. Cubs, we're 2.5 out, looking for a 4 game sweep over the Cubs, 6-6 in the bottom of the 9th, 2 out, Wilson Delgado singles home the winning run on a 2 strike pitch against Rick Aguilera, Delgado played in 59 games in 4 utility seasons as a Giant (he came over from the Mariners wth Shawn Estes for Salomon Torres) we sent him to the Yankees after this season and played until 2004 when he finished with the Mets.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

Edit - at Atlanta, 20 games out of first, 20 games under .500, it's an historically underperforming Giants season, down 2-0 in the 8th, Austin Slater hits a 3 run homer off Julio Teheran on our way to a 6-3 win.  Hard to find bright spots in what could turn out to be a hundred loss season, but the first 15 games of Austin Slater's big league career were one. After this game he was hitting .340 with a 140 OPS+.  This was Slater's second career homer.

See you today.  Go Giants!

June 19 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, June 19, 2017


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Here are the top 5 June 19 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1980 home vs. Mets, we're 11 out, only 5000 paid on a Thursday afternoon, 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th, Jack Clark triples home Joe Strain off Neil Allen with the winning run.  153 OPS+ and 4 WAR for Jack in 1980.



Walk off 1996 home vs. Marlins, on Sunday we walked off the Astros, on Monday we beat the Marlins 1-0, on Tuesday we walked off the Marlins in 15 innings, this is Wednesday and we're going to walk off the Marlins in 15 innings again.  1996! 4-4 with 2 out in the 15th, Tom Lampkin (whose 2 run double off Robb Nen tied the score in the 9th) wins the game with a 3 run homer off of Terry Mathews.  Yes, we won our second 15 inning game in as many days on a 5 RBI night by Tom Lampkin.  Lampkin was primarily a career backup, but was our primary backstop in '96 (we signed him prior to the '94 season and then dealt him after this year to the Cardinals for Rene Arocha)



2004 home vs. Red Sox, 2.5 out of first, facing Pedro Martinez - he's out of the game by the 8th, 4-4 with two out, Edgardo Alfonzo hits a 2 run homer off former Giant Alan Embree, we win it 6-4.  Alfonzo spent 3 not particularly good seasons in San Francisco and then we traded him to the Angels after the 2005 season for Steve Finley.



2013 home vs. Padres, 70 games into the season, a game and a half out of first, rubber game against the Padres, down 2-1 in the 7th, Gregor Blanco triples home 2 off of Luke Gregerson, we're gonna win this game 4-2.  Blanco did 5 years in San Francisco, not really productive enough to be a starting left fielder, as he was in 2012 and this year, but could hold down a 4th OF spot just fine.  He signed with Arizona for the 2017 season. The benches cleared in this one, which is always a good time.



2015 at Dodgers, 2 and a half out and starting a weekend series at Dodger Stadium in front of 52,000 paid, down 1-0 with 2 out in the third, Buster Posey hits a grand slam off Mike Bolsinger, we go on to win the game 9-5. Posey also stole a base in this one, the first Giant catcher to do both in the same game since Bresnahan in 1903.  A 133 OPS+ season for Posey in 2015, he was a 7 WAR player, it's his second best season, meaning the second best season for any catcher in Giants franchise history.  This was Posey's third grand slam, he has four as of this writing.  It was his 93rd homer. He's at 123 as of this writing.  As of this writing, Posey's career OPS+ is 137. Catchers with higher career OPS+?  Piazza (142) King Kelly (138).  That's it.  That's the list.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

June 18 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 June 18 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1971 home vs. Padres, 17 over .500 and 5.5 games up after taking the front end of the doubleheader, we were up 5-4 headed to the 9th, in the top, the Padres scored 5 to go up 9-5, but in the bottom, now down 9-7 with 2 out and the bases loaded, Dick Dietz clears them with a game winning double off of Fred Norman.  Dietz got blackballed.  The best season for a San Francisco catcher not named Posey was Dietz in 1970 and he kept hitting the ball in '71 with an OPS+ of 130, so of course, 3 days before the '72 season we released him.  We didn't have a season from a catcher better than Dick Dietz in 1971 for another 13 seasons, but we cut a 29 year old starting catcher coming off a very good season and just a year removed from, at that point, the best season for a Giants catcher since the move to San Francisco.  And then he signed with the Dodgers.  Why did we do it?  Dietz was our player rep and was active in the labor stoppage that postponed the season in '72.  Here's what happened to those player reps.

Among the 24 player representatives who authorized the 1972 strike, four were given their release before the end of the season (including Billy CowanJack AkerJim Merritt, and Russ Gibson). Five others were traded within a year (Ray FosseJoe KeoughDon MincherDal Maxvill, and Bob Barton), making a total of nine players who were sent packing within a 12-month period of time. 

We let our starting catcher go as union busting.  Goddamn Giants. Dietz only played 27 games with the Dodgers before breaking his wrist and was out of the league after his age 31 season.



Walk off 1977 home vs Pirates, 12.5 games out, it's 5-5 in the bottom of the 12th (a Jack Clark homer tied it in the 11th) Gary Thomasson hits a 2 run homer off of Terry Forster and we win it 7-5.  We drafted Thomasson when he was 17, brought him up for a cup of coffee when he was 20, this is 5 years later, it's his best season as a Giant, it's not great, he has a 117 OPS+, but he's worth two and a half wins and gets 500 plate appearances backing up at 4 spots.  We sell him high, he moves with a half dozen other players to the A's for Vida Blue before the next year (yeah, dog, we trade 7 guys for a 28 year old Vida Blue and not for nothing, even though he's never the guy he was when he was 21, it was a good trade.)



Walk off 1978 home vs. Mets, 18 over .500 with a 2 game lead in the west, we won the front half of this doubleheader on a Sunday afternoon, 3-3 in the 10th inning, Rob Andrews singes home Mike Sadek off of Dale Murray with the winning run.  We got Andrews from Houston the year before for Willie Crawford and made him our starting second baseman, he was replacement level and moved to the bench in '78 - '79 was his last season in the bigs, we released him and he never made it back up



1996 home vs. Marlins, we're 2 out of first, we beat the Marlins 1-0 the day before, this one goes 4 and a half hours, 15 innings, the two teams combining for 34 hits.  It ended with a wild pitch - former Giant Pat Rapp threw one away pitching to Matt Williams with 2 out in the bottom of the 15th, allowing Marvin Benard to score and the Giants to win 9-8.  Rapp came up through the system and threw 10 innings for us as a 24 year old in '92, the Marlins then took him in the expansion draft and he stayed in their rotation until coming back to the Giants in a deadline deal in '97.  He got a half dozen starts, didn't pitch well, and was gone again after the season.



2016 at Tampa, 16 over .500, 6.5 games up, 3-3 with 2 outs in the 9th, Joe Panik hits a 3 run homer off of Alex Colome, we win it 6-4.  In the 5th, Panik was hit in the head by future teammate Matt Moore, resulting in a concussion that cost him a month of games. Panik was 4th in the Rookie of the Year race in 2014 and then was better in 2015, his 3 and a half WAR made for the 32nd best season for a second baseman in franchise history.  But his bat gave way in both '16 and to this date, even more in '17.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

Top 50 NFL Wide Receivers/Tight Ends Ranked - 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Not a fantasy list, just an early ranking of the top 50 pass catchers, receivers and tight ends, in the NFL for 2017.



1. J.Jones Atl
2. A.Brown Pit
3. R.Gronkowski NE
4. AJ Green Cin
5. O.Beckham NYG
6. M.Evans TB
7. T.Kelce KC
8. G.Olsen Carol
9. D.Bryant Dal
10. D.Hopkins Hou
11. D.Baldwin Sea
12. TY Hilton Ind
13. L.Fitzgerald Ariz
14. J.Landry Mia
15. E.Sanders Den
16. J.Nelson GB
17. J.Edelman NE
18. A.Cooper Oak
19. A.Robinson Jax
20. M.Thomas NO
21. D.Thomas Den
22. P.Garcon SF
23. K.Allen LAC
24. T.Eifert Cin
25. J.Graham Sea
26. A.Jeffery Phi
27. S.Diggs Min
28. S.Watkins Buff
29. T.Pryor Wash
30. K.Benjamin Carol
31. J.Reed Wash
32. C.Beasley Dal
33. R.Matthews Ten
34. M.Wallace Balt
35. Q.Enunwa NYJ
36. B.Marshall NYG
37. G.Tate Det
38. R.Cobb GB
39. M.Crabtree Oak
40. M.Lee Jax
41. D.Jackson TB
42. B.Cooks NE
43. D.Parker Mia
44. M.Sanu  Atl
45. KBritt Cle
46. K.White Chi
47. OJ Howard TB
48. D.Moncrief Ind
49. J.Matthews Phi
50. W.Snead NO

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