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2017 | Written by David Brodeur

Though the San Francisco Giants were challenging the Dodgers for the National League West crown for most of last season, they faded to barely hang on to the wild card spot and make the playoffs. As they usually do,they picked up their game and performed better than they did at he end of the season and were only a few outs away from pushing the eventual champs, the Chicago Cubs, to the brink of elimination. Led by savvy manager Bruce Bochy, the Giants have to be considered legitimate contenders every season. This season they are lacking in depth at several position and are dealing with the aging of two stars whose production fell off last season. Catcher Buster Posey is the centerpiece of the team and he looks to rebound from a season most teams would be happy with but not up to the level Giants fans have come to expect. While CF Hunter Pence has played in only 158 games combined the past two seasons and is injured currently in spring training needs to stay healthy to make an important contribution to the team's success. No doubt the Giants and Dodgers will continue their long time rivalry where the records do not matter for these teams to play their heart's out.

Much like the Dodgers, the Giants strength is in their starting pitching staff but unlike the Dodgers their bullpen continues to be a weakness.They did go out and sign closer Mark Melancon who comes in sporting an ERA of 1.80 over the past four seasons and 98 saves in 104 chances over the past two seasons. Those are some mighty impressive numbers for sure but with no proven set up pitcher in the bullpen it could diminish Melancon's ability to make the impact the team was seeking when they signed him? The duo of Madison Baumgartner and Johnny Cueto is arguably the best 1-2 punch in the majors?! But after those two the staff will rely on journeymen pitchers who are capable of having solid seasons as much as having less than productive seasons. The infield remains the same from last season with 1B Brandon Belt looking like he could be on the verge of stepping into the top tier of sluggers in the league. A lot of questions surround the Giants for the upcoming season and you won't want to miss out being there to watch this team battle to make the playoffs again and Captain Ticket is your source for seats in all locations and at the best prices!!

Perhaps lacking depth even more than the bullpen this season is the outfield where Pence's ability to stay healthy combined with the lack of major league ready prospects will challenge Bochy to field a competitive line up for the long 162 game schedule. Denard Span is scheduled in as the starter in CF and posted a .266 average last season and .331 on base average but as a lead off hitter those numbers do not give the Giants the production needed to score a lot of runs and take some pressure off the pitching staff. The remaining players who will be part of Bochy's platoon system are far from proven they can make significant contributions for the entire season. A free agent signing maybe the only realistic way the team can shore up its holes in the outfield?

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS HISTORY:

The San Francisco Giants are one of the oldest franchises in baseball. They have been an organization since 1883! As one of two teams along with the New York Mets, who were known at the Metropolitans. The Giants were based in New York City, and played at the Polo Grounds, just north of Central Park. Started off as a power house, the Giants (The New York Gothams) were very successful in the early days of baseball. The Giants have one of the longest running histories of all teams in baseball history. The early years were just as thrilling as they are today. They were once owned by one of the most detested owners in baseball, Andrew Friedman. In the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s, Friedman ran the team into the ground. In 1902, Friedman hired John McGraw, as a player-manager. McGraw ended up managing for three decades! He led the Giants to three World Series. And after handing the team over and taking over as owner the Giants won one more championship! The Giants would go on throughout the 1930’s as one of the best teams, but would find themselves losing to teams like the New York Yankees who featured sluggers such as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. But the Giants would have their own legend, Willie Mays. Mays led the Giants to their last championship, the infamous 1954 season where they slept the Cleveland Indians! Mays would not win another world series, but still managed to carry the Giants through successful seasons along with Bobby Thomson, who is known for ‘the shot heard ‘round the world’, in which he hit the game winning home-run to win the pennant over the Brooklyn Dodgers. 

In 1957, the league urged for two teams to move west. Two teams in mind were the two rival squads, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants. After their move to San Francisco, the Giants arrived at their official stadium Candlestick Park, known as “The Stick” in 2960. “The Stick” was a controversial home field due to its strong wins and cold temperatures. The Giants arrived to a close World Series in 1960, and after tough loss to the Yankees, the Giants would not see another World Series until 1989. But the 60’s and 70’s would still be a time of great teams with legendary players such as Willy McCovey, Felipe Alou, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal, Mike McCormick, and Jack Clark. The Giants would also make history in the 1980’s by hiring the first black manager, Frank Robinson in 1981. The 1980’s would be a great lead into another legendary team. With young talent such as Will “the Thrill” Clark, Robby Thompson, and Matt Williams; along with the addition of Kevin Mitchell, the Giants brought together one of the greatest offenses in baseball. The legendary team reached the World Series in the infamous ‘bay bridge’ series against the Oakland Athletics, which also included the 1989 Earthquake that put game three on hold. But the Giants ended up getting swept by the A’s. The Giants would not see success for years to come, until they acquired Barry Bonds. Bonds led the Giants to a World Series in 2002, yet the Angels pulled off a miraculous comeback in game 6, leaving the Bonds without a World Series championship. Barry Bonds later made news once again after breaking Mark McGwire’s amazing home-run record 2001 hitting 73 home runs. But, his reputation would later be tarnished after his retirement due to many accusations of steroid use. 

After Bonds left the Giants, a declining offensive lineup loaded with all star pitching led the Giants to their first World Series win since 1954. The 2010 Giants led by Bruce Bochy and a star studded pitching staff including Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and closer Brian Wilson reached their first Championship win in five games against the Texas Rangers. While Juan Uribe was a threat, Edgar Renteria took home the World Series MVP. The core of this ball-club, led by Bochy went on to win two more trophies. In 2012 and 2014! The Giants plan on changing this routine by winning their first repeat in 2015! So get tickets and witness this legendary ball club!

THE GIANTS FAN EXPERIENCE:

The Giants rule the bay area for baseball! Based at AT&T Park, just off the water… the stadium is hailed as the best ball park in baseball! With a large number of luxury suites and club seats, fans are guaranteed to live like kings at the pitcher friendly stadium. The Stadium is right off the bay, which is filled by boaters waiting to catch home-run balls falling into the water. Check out the retired jersey’s of greats such as Willie Mays and Juan Marichal, along with many others. It’s a great time to catch the Giants championship baseball as they fight their way to another post-season! Get tickets now! Enjoy the amazing show!

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FUN FACTS:

The Giants former stadium Candlestick Park was not just historical for hosting the Giants and NFL 49er’s. But was also hosted the Beatles final full concert on August 29th, 1966. 

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