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.


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

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