Forever Giants:1974 San Francisco Giants Year 17 (92)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

1973 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 record is pythagorean adjusted for 162 games.

1974 71-91
C Dave Rader  1 
1B Dave Kingman .3
2B Tito Fuentes -.15 
SS Chris Speier 3.65 
3B Steve Ontiveros 1.1
LF Gary Matthews 2.9
CF Garry Maddox 1
RF Bobby Bonds 4.35 (36.1) Last Season
OF Gary Thomasson .45
1B Ed Goodson 0
IF Mike Phillips -.95 
3B Bruce Miller .5 
2B Chris Arnold -.25
C Ken Rudolph .15
SP Jim Barr 6.3 
SP John D’Acquisto 1.9
SP Mike Caldwell 2.95
SP Tom Bradley -1.7
SP Ron Bryant -2.4
RP Randy Moffitt .6
RP Elias Sosa -.4 
RP Charlie Williams 1.55

-The bottom.  The first sub .500 pythag in San Francisco history, the team finishes last in attendance, and, in the 92 year history of the franchise, this is the very first team where not a single member of the roster is a future Hall of Famer. At midseason,Fox is replaced by the old Giant catcher Wes Westrum, who was a longtime member of the caching staff.  Bonds is dealt at season's end, because why not move your best position player after his age 28 year?  Note, he finishes with more WAR than Cepeda.  

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