Forever Giants:1978 San Francisco Giants Year 21 (96)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

1977 is here.

My WAR calculation is a combination of Baseball-reference and Clay Davenport; I believe it to be the "best" WAR number available for historical comparison. 8 WAR is an MVP quality season. The parenthetical is a career Giants WAR total with the eventual goal of a top 100 Giants of all time. The record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.

1978 83-79
C Marc Hill  1.25
1B Willie McCovey -.65 
2B Bill Madlock 5.05 
SS Johnnie LeMaster .35 
3B Darrell Evans 3.75 
LF Terry Whitfield 1.65 
CF Larry Herndon .5
RF Jack Clark 6.25 
1B Mike Ivie 2.15
SS Roger Metzger  .25
LF Hector Cruz .05
OF Jim Dwyer .45
2B Rob Andrews .05 
C Mike Sadek -.4 
IF Vic Harris  -.75
C John Tamargo -.35
SP Bob Knepper 6.15 
SP Vida Blue 6.35
SP John Montefusco 1.45 
SP Ed Halicki 3.3
SP Jim Barr 1.6 

-This is my first full season; our best since '73. I knew McCovey (who would hit his 500th homer) was important, I was excited about Vida Blue, who sort of took San Francisco by storm in moving across the Bay, and Jack Clark, who came into his own as a 22 year old slugger.  Attendance was a million higher than the year before.  I saw my first game at Candlestick (we lost).  This was the year that cemented I was in.  Yadda, Yadda, Yadda, 40 years later and here we are.  Like Speier the year prior, Barr's leaving for a few years but he's also coming back.

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