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June 22 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What is this all about?

Yesterday


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


What is this all about?

Yesterday.

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

Yesterday

What is this all about?

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


Yesterday

What is this all about?

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

Yesterday

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

Top 30 NFL Running Backs Ranked - 2017



Not a fantasy list, just an early ranking of the top 30 rinning backs for the upcoming NFL season.

1. L. Bell Pitt
2. D.Johnson Ari
3. E.Elliott Dall
4. J.Ajayi Mia
5. L.McCoy Buff
6. M.Gordon LAC
7. D.Freeman Atl
8. T.Gurley LAR
9. D.Murray Tenn
10. C.Hyde SF
11. L.Fournette Jax
12. S.Ware KC
13. L.Miller Hou
14. J.Howard Chi
15. M.Lynch Oak
16. F.Gore Ind
17. C.McCaffrey Carol
18. L.Murray Min
19. A.Peterson NO
20. M.Ingram NO
21. M.Forte NYJ
22. E.Lacy Sea
23. T.West Balt
24. I.Crowell Cle
25. T.Riddick Det
26. T.Montgomery GB
27. D.Martin TB
28. J.Stewart Carol
29. J.White NE
30. D.Sproles Phi

Every NFL Starting Quarterback Ranked - 2017

Normally I'd wait until July to do this stuff, but I'm here now, you're here now, so here's my ranking of the 2017 NFL Starting Quarterbacks.  Not a fantasy list.



1. T.Brady NE
2. A.Rodgers GB
3. A. Luck Ind
4. R.Wilson Sea
5. C.Newton Carl
6. M.Ryan Atl
7. D.Carr Oak
8. D.Brees NO
9. B.Roethlisberger Pit
10. M.Stafford Det
11. K.Cousins Wash
12. R.Tannehill Mia
13. A.Dalton Cin
14. A.Smith KC
15. D.Prescott Dall
16. C.Palmer Ariz
17. S.Bradford Min
18. J.Winston TB
19. M.Mariota Ten
20. T. Taylor Buff
21. P.Rivers LAC
22. C.Wentz Phi
23. J.Flacco Balt
24. E.Manning NYG
25. B.Hoyer SF
26. M.Glennon Chi
27. C.Kessler Cle
28. B.Bortles Jax
29. J.Goff LA
30. T.Savage Hou
31. J.McCown NYJ
32. T.Siemian Den

June, 2017 Athlete of the Month

May is here.


Kevin Durant.  Runners-up:  Cristiano Ronaldo,  Scooter Gennett, Sidney Crosby

The year is halfway down, we've got a good race going.  Who will be Athlete of the Year for 2017?

January - Deshaun Watson
February - Tom Brady
March - Russell Westbrook
April - A'ja Wilson
May - Stephen Curry
June- Kevin Durant

June 17 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History


What is this all about?

Yesterday

Here at the top 5 June 17 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1964 home vs Reds, a game out of first, down 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Willie McCovey hits a 2 run homer off of Joe Nuxhall to win the game.  It's the 21st walk off homer in San Francisco history.  It's McCovey's third.

1966 at Dodgers, we're rolling, 16 over .500, 3.5 game lead, we've won 5 straight and this one is in front of 50,000 paid in Los Angeles - 1-1 in the 8th, Willie McCovey hits a 3 run homer off Don Sutton, 4-1 is the final score.  McCovey faced Sutton more than any pitcher in his career except Drysdale and Gibson - he only hit .203, but had 8 homers.



1984 at San Diego, we're 14 back, still a hundred games left in the season and we're 14 behind the first place Padres, it's 3-3 in the 15th, Johnnie LeMaster steals second and takes third on an error by Padres catcher...Bruce Bochy....he'll later score on an Al Oliver single and we win it 5-3.



1997 home vs. Mariners, 67 games in, the Giants have a 2.5 game lead in the West, 40,000 paid on a Tuesday night at the Stick, down 3-2 in the sixth, Stan Javier hits a 2 run homer off of Jeff Fassero, those are the last runs scored, we win it 4-3. It's Javier's best Giants season, he was a 3 win player as the 4th OF.



Walk off 1999 home vs. Cubs, 66 games into the last season of the Giants second century we're 4 games back, it's 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th, one out and 2 on, Dan Serafini pitching to....Barry Bonds, whose game winning single scores Marvin Benard.  Bonds had a 156 OPS+ in '99, his lowest in a decade.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

2017 (not a Mock) NBA Draft (or, please, please, please, literally do whatever the hell you want, I root for a dynasty now)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Not predicting the outcome of round one of the 2017 NBA Draft, selecting as if I were the GM.

Revised, draft day version, now with round 2

 1. Philly        L.Ball PG UCLA
 2. LA Lakers M.Fultz PG Wash
 3. Boston       J.Isaac SF Fl St.
 4. Phoenix     J.Jackson SF Kan
 5. Sacramento D.Smith PG NC St
 6. Orlando      J.Tatum SF  Duke
 7. Minnesota  L.Markkanen PF Minn
 8. New York   D.Fox PG UK
 9. Dallas         M.Monk SG UK
 10. Sacramento Z.Collins C Gonz
 11. Charlotte  OG Anunoby SF Ind
 12. Detroit     F.Ntilikina PG France
 13. Denver     J.Collins PF Wake
 14. Miami      H.Giles PF Duke
 15. Portland   I.Anigbogu C UCLA
 16. Chicago   D.Mitchell PG Louis
 17. Milwaukee L.Kennard SG Duke
 18. Indiana     T.Bradley C UNC
 19. Atlanta     TJ Leaf PF UCLA
 20. Portland    T.Ferguson SG Aus
 21. OKC        J.Bolden F Serbia
 22. Brook       J.Hart SG Nova
 23. Toronto    J.Allen C Tex
 24. Utah         A.Peters F Valpo
 25. Orlando    I.Hatenstein F Germ
 26. Port          M.Morris PG Iowa St
 27. LA Lakers J.Patton C Creighton
 28. LA Lakers  T.Lydon PF Syr
 29. San Antonio J.Evans PG OK St
 30. Utah          F.Jackson SG Duke
 31. Charl         J.Morgan SG UNI
 32. Phoenix     T.Bryant C Ind
 33. Orlando      D.Walton PG Mich
 34. Sacramento B.Adebayo PF UK
 35. Orlando      A.Pasecniks C Latvia
 36. Phil            A.Vezenkov SF Spain
 37. Boston       C.Swanigan PF Purd
 38. Chicago     I.Rabb PF Cal
 39. Phil            DJ Wilson F Mich
 40. NO            D.White PG Col
 41. Atl             J.Jeanne C France
 42. Utah          J.Jackson SF UNC
 43. Houston    J.Bell PF Ore
 44. NY            S.Ojeleye F SMU
 45. Houston    S.Thornwell G S Carol
 46. Phil           D.Reed G Mia
 47. Ind            C.Boucher F Ore
 48. Milw        M.Lessort F France
 49. Den          K.Kuzma F Utah
 50. Phil          F.Mason G Nova
 51. Den          L.Kornet C Vandy
 52. Wash        S.Brown SG SMU
 53. Boston      T.Dorsey SG Ore
 54. Pho           L.Bozic G Croatia
 55. Utah         A.Kaba F Latvia
 56. Boston     M.Guduric F Latvia
 57. Brook      C.Oliver F Nev
 58. NY          M.Trimble G Mary
 59. SA           D.Robinson SF Fla
 60. Atl           J.Motley F Bay

June 16 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History



Yesterday

What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 June 16 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1978 home vs.Mets, 17 over, 2.5 up in the west, we had won 6 straight, I'm 7 years old, it's my first full year following baseball, no wonder I'm still here four decades later.  4-4 in the bottom of the 9th, Jack Clark hits a 3 run homer off Dale Murray and we win it 7-4. Clark's best season in San Francisco, the second best season for a RF in San Francisco history. Unrelated, Tom Seaver, no longer a Met, threw a no-hitter this day.



1985 home vs. Padres, 7 years later we're 10.5 games out, this is the second game of a doubleheader (we won the front end) this one goes three and a half hours, down 4-3 with an out in the 12th, Dan Gladden doubles home the tying run off of Mark Thurmond.  Gladden signed back in '79 and was the starting center fielder for four seasons.  We deal him after the '86 season to the Twins for Bryan Hickerson.

Walk off 1985 home vs. Padres, same game, the next inning, 2 out in the bottom of the 13th, still 4-4, Chris Brown singles home Jeffrey Leonard off of Luis DeLeon to win the game.  Brown finished 4th in NL Rookie of the Year in '85, he made 60 grand that year.  Now, in today's dollars, that's a lot more, it's 136K - in 2016 Trevor Story finished 4th for NL Rookie, he made half a million bucks.



2001 home vs. A's, we had won 4 straight but were 5 out of the lead, down 1-0 in the 8th, Armando Rios triples home the tying run off of Jeff Tam, later in the inning Santiago would single him home with the winning run.  Rios got moved 6 weeks later in the Jason Schmidt trade and never played a big league game after 2013.



2008 home vs. Tigers, 10 under .500 and 7 games out of the lead, down 4-3 in the 8th, John Bowker hits a 3 run homer off Fernando Rodney, we win it 8-6.  We drafted Bowker when he was 20, four years prior - this was his rookie season, and the only one of his career where he'd be a starter (he was our first baseman). Bowker couldn't hit, he was subreplacement in his Giants career, we moved him to Pittsburgh at the 2010 deadline for Javier Lopez and he never played a big league game after 2011.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

June 15 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Yesterday

What is this all about?

Here are the top 5 June 15 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



Walk off 1964 home vs. Reds, half a game out of first which means only 8200 paid on a Monday afternoon, 5-5 in the 9th, Jim Ray Hart singles home Willie McCovey off Ryne Duren to win the game.  It's Hart's rookie season, he finished in a tie for second with Rico Carty in the NL Rookie of the Year race to Dick Allen.  It's the first of his 5 seasons as the Giants starter at third and the 16th best season for a third baseman in franchise history.



Walk off 1969 home vs. Expos, we're a game and a half out of first in the West, first game of a doubleheader (we'd win the second game too) it's 4-4 in the bottom of the 9th, Ken Henderson hits a 3 run homer off Dan McGinn to win the game.  It's the 35th walk off homer in San Francisco history. Henderson had a couple of really solid years as the Giants left fielder, this was not one of them, he was sub replacement with an 80 OPS+.  Henderson broke in with Giants as a teenager, he got 70 at bats as a 19 year old in '65.  After 8 seasons we moved him with Steve Stone to the White Sox for Tom Bradley.  Later in his career, Henderson (along with another former Giant, Willie Montanez) would be part of a 4 team, 11 player trade.



1973 at Philadelphia, we're 14 over .500, half a game up in the West, it's 1-1 in the 10th, Willie McCovey hits a 3 run homer off Max Scarce. We win the game 4-3. This was McCovey's last season in his first Giants stint and he had a 162 OPS+. In the offseason we trade him to San Diego for Mike Caldwell.



Walk off 1979 home vs. Cardinals, 6.5 out of first, 2 out in the bottom of the 13th, 6-6, Willie McCovey hits a 3 run homer off Darold Knowles to win it for the good guys.  McCovey's 41 years old in his last full big league season, it's his six, and last, walk off home run.  It's his 515th homer, he hits only 6 more.



2002 home vs. A's, 9 over .500, 2.5 out of first, 1-1 with 2 out in the 4th, Reggie Sanders hits a grand slam off of Aaron Harang, we win 6-2.  Sanders spend just the one season in San Francisco (we signed him as a free agent, he left as a free agent) he was the starting RF and was good enough, 3 WAR, 107 OPS+  Sanders played the first 8 seasons of his career in Cincinnati and in the 9 subsequent years played for 7 teams, including this year as a Giant.  This was his second career grand slam and his 203rd home run.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

June 14 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


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Here are the top 5 June 14 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1966 home vs. Cubs, 13 over ,500 and a game up in the National League, fewer than 7000 paid on a Tuesday afternoon, 7-7 in the bottom of the 7th, Willie McCovey hits a two run homer off of Billy Hoeft, we win the game 11-7. This was McCovey's best year with the bat to that date, he had a 163 OPS+.  It's the third best season of his career - through 2016 it's the 12th best season for a first baseman in franchise history.  It's McCovey's 177th career homer.  We hit 5 homers on the day.



1985 home vs. Padres, we're 12.5 out of first, 4-4 in the top of the 10th, they've loaded the bases with one out, Terry Kennedy (future Giant) facing Mark Davis (future Padre) Davis gets him to go 6-4-3 to end the threat.  The year before Davis had an ERA+ of 66 and lost 17 games - to keep sending him out to the mound, 174 innings pitched, with that kind of ERA+ is malpractice.  Things get better for Davis, he wins the Cy Young in '89 as the Padres closer.  Mark Davis killed Terry Kennedy, Kennedy was 1-21 lifetime, that's a .048 BA and a .182 OPS.  Kennedy's one hit off Davis was 6 days later, he hit a 2 run double and got thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Walk off 1985 home vs. Padres, same game, now 4-4 in the 11th, David Green homers off Luis DeLeon to send everyone home.  It's Green's first home run of the season, he had a .535 OPS at the time.  Only 4 more homers to come in his Giants career.



1991 home vs. Pirates, a dozen games out of first place, 2-2 in the 8th, Willie McGee homers off off of Zane Smith, that 3-2 margin is the final score.  This was McGee's first year (and his best) as a Giant, he was a 3 win player, had a 119 OPS+.  Everyone remembers where McGee came from (the Cardinals, got him as a free agent) do you remember where he went?  Boston.  Signed there after the '94 season.  This is the subjective view of someone way too close to it, but McGee never really felt like a Giant, right?  Funny thing - he was born in San Francisco. If I were going to ask for another outfielder from the same time who also didn't feel like a Giant, you wouldn't have to think too hard before you came up with Kevin Bass - and he was born in Redwood City.



1995 at Cubs, we're 2 back in the west, 3-3 in the 13th, 2 on, 2 out, Mike Benjamin singles home Robby Thompson off of Anthony Young.  4-3 is the final score.  Drafted in '87, up in '89, Benjamin spent 7 years as a Giant utility player, he had a career OPS+ of 61.  Some players had career years, Benjamin had a career half week.  In this game he had 6 hits, each of the prior two games he had 4. It broke the MLB three game record for hits. One June 10 he had a .150 batting average - after this game he was hitting .447.  Right here, this moment - the height of Mike Benjamin's life.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017



June 13 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

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Here are the top 5 June 13 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1959 at Philadelphia, we're a game out, up 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, the Phillies put the first two on, but Johnny Antonelli gets Wally Post in a line drive 4-6 double play, he strikes out the next batter and we take the game.  Antonelli came over with the club from New York (we traded Bobby Thomson for him) he finished third in the MVP race in '54, 21-7, ERA+ of 178 and won two games in the World Series, through 2016 thats the 30th best year for a pitcher in franchise history.  He had a good year in '59, 19 wins, a 123 ERA+, and then after next season he'd be gone, moved with Willie Kirkland to Cleveland for Harvey Kuenn. Antonelli never enjoyed playing in San Francisco, particularly in Seals Stadium, and was getting booed by the fans by year's end.



1961 home vs. Dodgers, we're 2 games off the lead, right behind LA, both of us chasing the Reds, down 3-2 with one out and one on in the 7th, Willie Mays hits a 2 run homer off of Stan Williams, that holds up, we win 4-3.  It's #291 for Mays.

Walk off 1963 home vs. Cubs, 60 games into the season in a flat tie for first place in the National League, bottom of the 10th, 1-1, Willie Mays hits the game winning homer off of Dick Ellsworth.  It's homer #380 for Mays, his third career walk off - the first two were also in extra innings.  It's the 17th walk off home run in San Francisco history.

1967 at Houston, down 5 in the NL standings, 2-2 with 2 out in the tenth, Willie Mays hits a grand slam off of Barry Latman, 6-2 is the final score.  Mays hit 8 grand slams in his career, this is his 7th, the only one in extra innings.  June 13 meant a lot of Wilie Mays.



1986 at Houston, 2nd place Giants are 3 behind the first place Astros after losing the first game of the series the night before, the Astros only had 3 hits, but still led 1-0 coming to the 9th inning (it was a Mike Scott game) with 2 on and 1 out Dave Smith came on to face Chili Davis, he hit a 3 run homer and we won the game 3-1.  Chili hit 350 homers in his career, this was his 70th.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

June 12 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Monday, June 12, 2017


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Top 5 June 12 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1960 home vs Braves, down a game in the NL standings, big Sunday crowd, nearly 40,000 paid for a 4 hour game against Milwaukee, it was 4-4 with 2 out in the 6th when Orlando Cepeda cleared the bases with a double off of Ken MacKenzie.  We'd go on to win the game 16-7. In '64, Alvin Dark, apparently believing he was off the record, told Newsday that the Giants had an excess of minority players, a year later we moved Cepeda to the Cardinals. We just brutalized the McCovey/Cepeda thing, we tried to play one in left and then the other - Cepeda got a handful of starts at third, McCovey sat against left handed pitchers so Cepeda could play first.

1971 at Mets, 17 games over .500 with a 7 game lead in the west (this was the third season the leagues were split into divisions) down 1-0 in the 6th, Chris Speier doubled home 2 off of Ray Sadecki, we'd win the game 5-1.  Sadecki, of course, was the return from the Cardinals for Cepeda in '66, he lost 18 games in '68 and we moved him to the Mets after the '69 season for Bob Heise.  Yes, we turned Orlando Cepeda into Bob Heise.



2003 at White Sox, 16 games over .500 with a 4 game lead in the west, we came into the 9th down 4-2 but a Bonds homer tied the score, it's now 4-4 with the bases loaded and Rich Aurilia pinch hits a grand slam off of Damaso Marte, after 9 seasons, this is the last year of Aurilia's first Giants stint, he heads to Seattle in 2004.  This was his second of 3 career grand slams.



2004 at Baltimore, we're 2.5 out of first in the west, this is the first half of a doubleheader (we lose game 2) in front of nearly 50,000 paid on a Saturday at Camden Yards, bottom of the 9th in a 5-5 game, Orioles have the bases loaded with just one out - Matt Herges facing Miguel Tejada, he gets him to go 1-2-3 to end the inning. Herges was a deadline deal the year before with the Padres, coming over for Clay Hensley, and he was terrific, a 183 ERA+ in 70 games down the stretch.  But that's it, he was miscast as our closer in '04 and we dumped him on the Diamondbacks just about a year after this game.

2004 at Baltimore, same game, still 5-5 in the 11th, AJ Pierzynski (booo, booo, booooooo) homers off Jorge Julio to put us up 6-5 and we'd win it 9-6.  Pierzynski had 11 homers in his one year in San Francisco and hit into a league leading 27 double plays.  Bonds hit homer #675 in this one.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

June 11 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Here are the top 5 June 11 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1971 at Mets, Giants 16 over .500 with a 7 game lead, 52,000 paid for a Friday night at Shea, 2-2 in the 10th, Willie Mays facing Tug McGraw - who throws a wild pitch that scores Bob Aspromonte all the way from second. We win the game 3-2.



1985 at Atlanta, we had lost 5 straight and were 12.5 off the lead, so naturally we played a nearly 5 hour 18 inning game in front of 9,000 paid in Atlanta.  4-4 in the 18th, 2 out, Bob Brenly singles home David Green off of Gene Garber, we'd keep that 5-4 lead for the win.  9 seasons and almost 3000 plate appearances as a Giant, many as the starting catcher - through 2016 he's the 35th greatest San Francisco Giant of all time.  On the same day the Phillies scored 26 against the Mets.



1987 home vs. Padres, a game out of first, fewer than 7000 paid at the Stick on a Thursday night, we only got 3 hits, but had a 1-0 lead in the 9th - Kelly Downs looking for the complete game, one out, runners on the corners, he gets Randy Ready to go 6-4-3 and we move into a first place tie.  Downs was our ace in '87 and, although he'd finish with only a 107 ERA+, had been good to this point in the season - this was his 4th complete game and third shutout in a dozen starts, his ERA dropped to 2.99. We're less than a month away from the big Kevin Mitchell trade with the Padres.



1989 home vs. Padres, a game out of first, it's the 62nd game of the season, 42,000 paid at the Stick on a Sunday afternoon, down 1-0 in the 9th, Greg Litton homers off of Dennis Rasmussen to the the score.  When Litton was 19 we picked him 10th overall in the January draft in '84.  5 years later he's a rookie utilityman hitting this home run.  This is his 11th big league game and first home run.

Walk off 1989 home vs Padres, same game, a man on with two out in the 12th, still a 1-1 game, Will Clark walks them off with a game winning 2 run homer off of Mark Davis. It's Will's career season, he had a 175 OPS+ and 9 WAR, it's the best season for a first baseman in franchise history.  It's his 5th career walk off.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!


June 10 - Top 5 Moments in San Francisco Giants History

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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Here are the top 5 June 10 moments in San Francisco Giants history.



1964 home vs. Cards, game one of a doubleheader, the Giants up a game in the standings, scoreless with 2 out in the 6th, Willie McCovey hits a 2 run homer off of Bob Gibson - we take the game 3-0.  McCovey hit Gibson pretty well, 7 homers, a .290 BA, 851 OPS.  He had more plate appearances against Gibson than any other pitcher he ever faced outside of Drysdale.  This was the 117th homer of his career.



1970 home vs. Pirates, the Giants are 16 back, fewer than 4000 paid on a Wednesday afternoon at the Stick.  We were getting two hit by Bob Moose when, with one out in the 8th inning of a 2-2 game, Willie Mays homered - we'd win the game 4-2.  It's homer #614 for Mays.



1983 at Atlanta, game one of a Friday night doubleheader, the Giants are 9.5 games out, 4-4 in the 10th, runners on the corners - Jack Clark drives them both home with a double off of Steve Bedrosian.  6-4 would be the final score.  Clark's 125 OPS+ in '83 was his lowest since he was 21 years old in '77.



1987 at Cincinnati, the Giants in 2nd place, 2 games behind the first place Reds - with the score 4-4 in the 8th Candy Maldonado doubled home Chris Speier off of Ron Robinson, we'd tack on 4 more and win it 9-4.  This had been an extraordinarily tight race, the Giants had neither been more than 3 games in front or behind in the west to this point, over a third of the way through the season.



Walk off 2011 home vs Reds, nearly a quarter century later we're at home for the Reds, this time we're a game up in the West, 2-2 with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th, Nate Schierholtz singles home Andres Torres off of Logan Ondrusek and we take the ballgame.  In 6 Giants, seasons, this is the only one where Schierholtz had more than 320 plate appearances, he was the primary RF in '11.

See you tomorrow.  Go Giants!

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