Why the Giants’ 2016 Season Looks a Lot like 2002

The Giants have won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 recently. A lot of the core is still intact for 2016 - and they have added Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija to their Starting Rotation. The Dodgers have had one of the worst winter's in the Majors so far - and must counter with a premiere player left on the open market

Following the 2001 baseball season the San Francisco Giants faced a challenging problem: how to retool a 25 man roster that had a solid core of talented players but still lacked a number of critical pieces.

That Giants team also had a recent history of success, making the post season twice in the previous five years. In 1997 the Giants lost the League Division Series 3-0 to the Florida Marlins, and in 2000 they again lost the LDS, this time 3-1 to the New York Mets.

That’s when General Manager Brian Sabean did something the San Francisco Giants rarely ever do: he acknowledged the team’s needs and signed several free agents (along with making several trades), going all in with the goal of playing in the 2002 World Series.

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Posted on January 29, 2016, in MLB Reports, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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