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1993 San Francisco Giants season

1993 San Francisco Giants
Barry Bonds First Season in San Francisco
Major League affiliations
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  • San Francisco, California (since 1958)
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    Owner(s) Peter Magowan
    General manager(s) Bob Quinn
    Manager(s) Dusty Baker
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    The 1993 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 111th season in Major League Baseball, their 36th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 34th at Candlestick Park. In the offseason, Barry Bonds left the Pirates to sign a lucrative free agent contract worth a then-record $43.75 million over 6 years with the Giants, with whom his father spent the first 7 years of his career, and with whom his godfather Willie Mays played 22 of his 24 Major League seasons. The deal was at that time the largest in baseball history, in terms of both total value and average annual salary.[1] To honor his father, Bonds switched his jersey number to 25 once he signed with the Giants, as it had been Bobby's number in San Francisco. (His number during most of his stay with the Pirates, 24, was retired in honor of Mays anyway).[2] Bonds hit .336 in 1993, leading the league with 46 home runs and 123 RBI en route to his second consecutive MVP award,[3] and third overall (of an eventual seven). As good as the Giants were (winning 103 games), the Atlanta Braves won 104 in what some call the last great pennant race (due to the Wild Card being instituted the following season).[4] After going up by nine games August 11 with a 77-38 record, the Giants went 12-18 and found themselves three-and-a-half games behind, a 12.5-game swing, by September 15. They then went on a 14-2 run, which left them one game behind the Braves with one game remaining, which they lost 12-1 to become the only National League team to win 100 or more games (103) and not make the playoffs in the divisional play era.

    Offseason

    On November 10, 1992, National League owners voted 9-4 against allowing Giants owner Bob Lurie to sell the team for $115 million to a Tampa Bay group, which would have moved the Giants to the Florida Suncoast Dome in time for the 1993 season.[5]

    • November 17, 1992: Steve Decker was drafted by the Florida Marlins from the San Francisco Giants as the 35th pick in the 1992 expansion draft.[6]
    • December 8, 1992: Barry Bonds signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.[7]
    • December 10, 1992: Jim Pena was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the San Diego Padres for Paul Faries.[8]

    Regular season

    During the season, John Burkett and Bill Swift would be the last pitchers to win at least 20 games in one season for the Giants in the 20th Century.[9]

    Opening Day Starters

    Season standings

    Template:MLB standings


    Notable Transactions

    • August 3, 1993: Scott Sanderson was selected off waivers by the San Francisco Giants from the California Angels.[11]
    • August 28, 1993: Jim DeShaies was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later, Aaron Fultz, and Andres Duncan (minors). The San Francisco Giants sent Greg Brummett (September 1, 1993) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.[12]

    Draft Picks

    • June 3, 1993: Steve Soderstrom was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 1993 amateur draft. Player signed July 28, 1993.[13]
    • June 3, 1993: Bill Mueller was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 15th round of the 1993 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1993.[14]

    Major League debuts

    • Batters:
      • Rikkert Faneyte (Aug 29)
      • Erik Johnson (Jul 8)
      • J.R. Phillips (Sep 3)
    • Pitchers:
      • Greg Brummett (May 29)
      • Salomon Torres (Aug 29) [15]

    Roster

    1993 San Francisco Giants
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

    = Indicates team leader
    Player G AB H HR RBI Avg.
    Kirt Manwaring 130 432 119 5 49 .275
    Will Clark 132 491 139 14 73 .283
    Robby Thompson 128 494 154 19 65 .312
    Matt Williams 145 579 170 38 110 .294
    Royce Clayton 153 549 155 6 70 .282
    Barry Bonds 159 539 181 46 123 .336
    Darren Lewis 136 522 132 2 48 .253
    Willie McGee 130 475 143 4 46 .301
    [16]

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
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    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Relief pitchers
    Player G IP W L SV ERA SO

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    References

    1. ^ Chass, Murray. "Giants Make Investment: $43 Million in Bonds", The New York Times, published December 6, 1992, accessed January 31, 2008.
    2. ^ Pearlman, Jeff. Love Me, Hate Me: Barry Bonds and the Making of an Antihero. Google Book Search. Retrieved April 17, 2008. 
    3. ^ "1993 National League Most Valuable Player Award". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved April 16, 2008. 
    4. ^ Neyer, Rob (October 1, 2001). "What makes a great Pennant Race?". ESPN Classic. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved September 25, 2007. 
    5. ^ Murray Chass (November 11, 1992). "BASEBALL; Look What Wind Blew Back: Baseball's Giants". New York Times. p. B11. 
    6. ^ Steve Decker Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    7. ^ Barry Bonds Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    8. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/penaji01.shtml
    9. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.98, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    10. ^ 1993 San Francisco Giants Roster by Baseball Almanac
    11. ^ Scott Sanderson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    12. ^ Jim Deshaies Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    13. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/soderst01.shtml
    14. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/muellbi02.shtml
    15. ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/statistics/1993/25.shtml
    16. ^ a b 1993 San Francisco Giants Statistics and Roster - Baseball-Reference.com
    17. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p.59, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
    18. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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