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    San Francisco Giants Franchise Information

    Have a read on below at some quick stats and facts on the San Francisco Giants to get you started: 

    Established:1883
    Stadium:Oracle Park
    Colours:Black, orange, metallic gold & cream
    Hall of Famers:Roger Bresnahan, Roger Connor, George Davis, Buck Ewing, Carl Hubbell, Monte Irvin, Travis Jackson, Tim Keefe, George Kelly, Freddie Lindstrom, Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson, Joe McGinnity, John McGraw, Jim O’Rourke, Mel Ott, Amos Rusie, Bill Terry, John Montgomery Ward, Mickey Welch, Hoty Wilhelm, Ross Youngs, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey & Gaylord Perry
    Hall of Fame General Managers: John McGraw
    Rivals:New York Yankees & Oakland Athletics
    Legends:Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Mel Ott, Christy Mathewson, Carl Hubbell, Amos Rusie, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey, Bill Terry, Roger Connor, Mickey Welch, George Davis, Art Fletcher, Bobby Bonds, George Burns, Will Clark & Gaylord Perry
    Retired Numbers:3, 4, 11, 20, 24, 25, 27, 30, 36, 44 & 42 (Christy Mathewson and John McGraw are also honored, although they played or managed before players used numbers)
    League: National League
    Division:West Division
    World Series Championships: 8: 1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954, 2010, 2012 & 2014

    San Francisco Giants History

    The San Francisco Giants are a team with a rich history in two cities. The team was highly successful in New York, and they continued their success after moving west to California in the late 1950s.

    The club started in 1883 as the New York Gothams of the National League. The inaugural Gothams club went 46-50 and finished in sixth in the NL. Catch Buck Ewing was considered a power hitter of the time, as he had ten home runs, thirteen triples, and eleven doubles.

    The team was renamed the Giants in 1885. The club played at three separate ballparks with the Polo Grounds name. The third edition of the Polo Grounds was the most prominent, as the team played at that park in Upper Manhattan from 1890 to 1957. 

    The park had a distinct oval playing surface with the foul poles being 279 and 258 feet from home plate and the centerfield fence being 483 feet away. The Giants won the pre-modern World Series in 1888 and 1889. The club was led by pitcher Tim Keefe, who had a 1.74 ERA in 434.1 innings in 1888.

    The Giants struggled to contend in the NL in the 1890s, but things changed when John McGraw became the team’s manager in 1902. McGraw managed the team from 1902 to 1932, amassing a 2583-1790 record. The team won ten NL pennants and three World Series titles under his reign.

    McGraw had 2,763 total wins in his career, which included three seasons with the American League’s Baltimore Orioles. He has the second-most wins among any manager in the sport’s history as of the start of the 2021 season. Connie Mack holds the lead with 3,731 wins in fifty seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics. McGraw’s .586 win percentage is also the fourth-best in history.

    The Giants’ won their first World Series in 1905. Pitcher Christy Mathewson led the team with a 1.28 ERA and 206 strikeouts. Mathewson had a 2.12 ERA in seventeen seasons with the Giants and was among the inaugural class at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    The Giants won their next World Series titles in 1921 and 1922. The club swept the New York Yankees in four games in 1922, although there was a fifth game that ended in a tie after ten innings. Babe Ruth was limited to a .118 average, while Home Run Baker didn’t hit a single home run.

    The team also won in 1933, which was Bill Terry’s first full year as the team’s manager. Outfielder Mel Ott was the team’s top player throughout the 1930s and 1940s, as he had 511 home runs in 22 seasons.

    Mel Ott also managed the Giants for a brief period, even working as a player-manager for part of that time. The Giants went 464-530 during his seven-year run from 1942 to 1948.The team finished in third place at 85-67 in 1942, but that first season ended up being his best one as manager.

    Leo Durocher led the Giants to the 1951 pennant. The 98-59 Giants won the NL pennant in the final game of a three-game playoff, as Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to win the game in what is known as the Shot Heard ‘Round the World. The team lost the World Series to the Yankees in six games.

    The club won the 1954 World Series by sweeping the Cleveland Guardians. Outfielder Willie Mays made a game-saving catch in the first inning, as he caught a ball deep in centerfield to prevent the Guardians from scoring and taking the lead. 

    The Guardians likely would have scored to win the game if Mays hadn’t made the catch, especially since the Polo Grounds had such a deep centerfield. The play has become known in baseball lore as The Catch.

    Mays began his long run of dominance with the Giants in 1951. He played for the Giants for 21 seasons, amassing 660 home runs, 338 stolen bases, and a .302 average.

    The Giants relocated to San Francisco following the 1957 season. The club was looking for a new venue to replace the Polo Grounds. The team relocated to San Francisco following the recommendation of San Francisco Mayor George Christopher. 

    The Giants weren’t the only New York-based team to move to California that year, as the Brooklyn Dodgers left for Los Angeles that same year. The New York Yankees were left as the only MLB team in the city until the New York Mets entered in 1962.

    Willie Mays continued his dominance in San Francisco, but the team wouldn’t reach the World Series again until 1962. The team went 103-62, with Mays hitting 49 home runs and Orlando Cepeda adding 35 more. The club lost the World Series to the Yankees in seven games.

    The Giants had several noteworthy players on their roster in the 1960s and 1970s, including Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry and Bobby Bonds. But the team only reached the playoffs once from 1962 to 1986. The team won the NL West title in 1971 and lost to Pittsburgh in the NLCS. Perry and Marichal respectively had 158 and 159 strikeouts.

    The Giants made it to the 1989 World Series with a 92-70 record. Outfielder Kevin Mitchell had 47 home runs, and first baseman Will Clark had a .333 average. The Giants were swept by the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. 

    The Series was marred by the Loma Prieta earthquake, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that forced a ten-day delay midway through the Series. There were 63 people killed in the earthquake, although that death toll would likely have been higher had people in the Bay Area not been in their homes to watch the World Series between both of the area’s clubs.

    The Giants won the NL West title in 1997, 2000, and 2003. The club was led by outfielder Barry Bonds, the son of former Giants star Bobby Bonds. He joined the team in 1993 and remained until 2007. He set a record with 73 home runs in 2001. 

    He was named the NL MVP seven times, including in four straight years from 2001 to 2004. He also holds all-time records with 762 home runs, 2,558 walks, and 688 intentional walks. But there have been disputes as to whether Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs while playing. 

    This issue has kept Bonds from being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as of 2021. It has also prompted many to consider Hank Aaron and Roger Maris as the “real” career and single-season home run kings.

    The Giants relocated from Candlestick Park to Oracle Park in 2000. Candlestick Park had been the team’s home for nearly forty years, although there had been concerns about the weather conditions rarely being favorable at that ballpark. Oracle Park was also designed to surround the San Francisco Bay, with the water overlooking the right field fence.

    The Giants would win their first World Series title in their San Francisco era in 2010. Manager Bruce Bochy led the club to a 92-70 record. First baseman Aubrey Huff had 26 home runs, and closer Brian Wilson had 48 saves.

    The Giants would win the World Series once again in 2012 and 2014. The 2012 club swept Detroit that season. Catcher Buster Posey was the NL MVP with a .336 average. Pitcher Matt Cain also threw a perfect game that season. 

    The 2014 club entered the playoffs as a wild card team, but they defeated Washington and St. Louis and then defeated Kansas City in seven games. Bochy left the club in 2019. He had a 1052-1054 record in thirteen seasons with the Giants. He was replaced by former Philadelphia Phillies manager and former player Gabe Kapler.

    The 2021 season was a great one for the Giants, they finished at the top of the league, with a record of 107-55. Finishing with the best record in the league also meant they finished on top of the NL West as well. They played the Dodgers in the NLDS, and ended up losing the series, 3-2.

    The San Francisco Giants finished the 2022 Major League Baseball season with a record of 81-81, which put them in third place in the National League West Division. They did not qualify for the playoffs in 2022. Only a year after finishing as the best team in the regular season in all of Major League Baseball, the Giants regressed majorly and ended up narrowly avoiding a losing season.

    Expert 2023 Picks & Preview on San Francisco Giants

    Our experts will provide an analysis on the Giants’ chances closer to the start of the 2023 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2022 season started:

    If you are a fan of the San Francisco Giants, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022 season. Do the San Francisco Giants have the star power to make it all the way to the World Series in 2022?

    Surprisingly the Giants were the best team in baseball in 2021. They will look to repeat that feat but avoid the early playoff exit this time around. As 2022 is setting up to be a parade filled year in the Bay Area, with the success of the Warriors as well. 

    Preview on the San Francisco Giants’ Manager: Gabe Kapler

    Coming into his fifth season as a Major League Baseball manager, Gabe Kapler currently has a 297-249 regular season win-loss record in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.

    At the conclusion of his playing career which spanned from 1998-2010, Gabe Kapler retired as a member of the Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series championship team.

    Following his retirement, Kapler got his initiation into the world of managing, as he led the Israeli national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifier.

    Kapler then worked in broadcasting until 2014 and was the director of player development with the Dodgers until 2017, where he was then named the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

    After two full seasons in Philadelphia, Kapler was fired by the organization. He was then announced as the 37th manager in the history of the San Francisco Giants. In his one season in charge, Kapler led San Francisco to a 29-31 record, placing them third in the NL West.

    Preview on the San Francisco Giants’ Key Player: Mike Yastrzemski

    Although he is coming into jut his fourth season as a professional in the majors, we believe that Mike Yastrzemski will be the key to the Giants offense in 2021.

    Yastrzemski came onto the scene in San Francisco in 2019, hitting at .272 with 21 home runs, 55 RBIs, and 64 runs scored in 371 at bats. He led the team in home runs (21) and became the first rookie since Dave Kingman in 1972 to hit more than 20 home runs in Giants history.

    After another big yesr in 2021 Yaz will look to keep it up in 2022. He is by far the best player in this Giants clubhouse and despite already being past 30 years of age with only three major league seasons behind him, he has an entire decade ahead of him to make his mark. 

    Preview on the San Francisco Giants’ Next Best: Joc Pederson 

    After helping the Atlanta Braves bring home a World Series championship, Joc returns back to the National League West. This time around with the San Francisco Giants and not the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

    He joined a short list of players to win back to back World Series championships with different teams after his Dodgers won in 2020 and his previously mentioned Braves won in 2021. Now he will look to help the San Francisco Giants avoid another huge collapse in the playoffs. 

    Pederson is still a serviceable player despite starting to rack up mileage on his body. He should have a decent year in 2022 playing inside a ballpark he is somewhat familiar with and facing familiar opposing pitching.

    San Francisco Giants Betting & Odds Preview 2023

    The 2022 season is over and we take a look back at the San Francisco Giants betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2023 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Giants before the start of the previous season:

    The San Francisco Giants were given +480 odds to win the 2022 National League West division this season. Their odds to win the National League Pennant were +1000 prior to the season starting. 

    While their odds to take home the Commissioner’s Trophy and win the World Series were set at +2000. Their total over/under for victories this season is set at 85.5, With odds of (-110) for both the over and the under. Last season they managed to finish the season with a record of 107-55.

    Their odds to win their division are the 3rd highest odds in the division. While their odds to win the National League pennant are the 6th highest. They rank 12th in total odds among the entire league to win the World Series this season.

    San Francisco Giants FAQ

    Still got some burning questions about the San Francisco Giants? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully, you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    Where do the San Francisco Giants play?

    The Giants play on the shore of the San Francisco Bay at Oracle Park. The park opened as Pacific Bell Park in 2000 and took its current name in 2019. The ballpark is at 24 Willie Mays Plaza in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood and is at the 2nd and King Station on the Judah, Third Street, and Embarcadero Lines of the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

    Who owns the San Francisco Giants?

    The San Francisco Baseball Associates organization operates the Giants.

    Have the San Francisco Giants won an MLB World Series?

    The Giants have eight World Series titles. Five of them came when the team was in New York, and the other three were in San Francisco in the 2010s. The Giants’ World Series victories in 1888 and 1889 do not count, as they were in the pre-modern era of the sport.

    Who is the San Francisco Giants general manager?

    Scott Harris is the general manager of the Giants.

    Do the San Francisco Giants play tonight?

    SportsTips will provide reports on all the Giants games throughout the season. Check with us to see what’s happening with the Giants and what the betting lines show for each match.

    What is the San Francisco Giants record?

    The Giants had a season record of 81-81 in 2022.

    Did the San Francisco Giants win last night?

    Fans of the San Francisco Giants are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much are the San Francisco Giants worth?

    The Giants have a value of about $3.5 billion, according to Forbes.

    Who do the San Francisco Giants play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the MLB, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Giants play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the San Francisco Giants?

    The Giants air their games on NBC Sports Bay Area, a cable network available in the Bay Area, Northern California, portions of southern Oregon, and Hawaii. Some games also air on KNTV, the Bay Area’s NBC affiliate. You can also watch the Giants on MLB.tv if you are outside the coverage area.

    Will the San Francisco Giants make the playoffs this year?

    The Giants did not make the playoffs in 2022.

    When do the San Francisco Giants play?

    Giants fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the time of the first pitch, location of the game and the all important MLB odds.

    Where did the San Francisco Giants finish the season?

    The Giants finished in third place in the NL West in 2022.

    How many games did the San Francisco Giants win?

    The Giants won 81 games in 2022.