Forever Giants:1996 San Francisco Giants Year 39 (114)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

1995 is 1996.

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 record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.

1996 71-91
C Tom Lampkin 1.35
1B Mark Carreon -.25 
2B Steve Scarsone -.65
SS Rich Aurilia -.05
3B Matt Williams 2.95 (32.7) Last Season
LF Barry Bonds 9.75
CF Marvin Benard 1.7
RF Glenallen Hill 1.15
SS Shawon Dunston 1.45
CF Stan Javier 1.7
2B Robby Thompson .2 (32) Last Season
3B Bill Mueller 1.55
1B David McCarty -.65
C Rick Wilkins  1.4
C Kirt Manwaring .5 
C Steve Decker -.55
3B Kim Batiste -1.25
2B Jay Canizaro -.6
1B Desi Wilson -.55
SP Allen Watson 1.1
SP William VanLandingham -1.7
SP Mark Gardner -.15
SP Osvaldo Fernandez .3
SP Mark Leiter -1.15
SP Shawn Estes 1.3
RP Rod Beck 2.3

-13th in NL attendance, another crushingly bad season costs Bob Quinn the GM job.  Bonds picks up nearly 10 more WAR, becoming the second player ever with 40 homers and 40 steals in the same year; he also hit his 300th homer, and I probably saw us lose a half dozen times at Candlestick, my first home games (and maybe last) in a dozen years.  This is maybe the worst starting pitching ever, in 114 years of Giants baseball.  Both Thompson and Williams leave at season's end. 

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