1993 San Francisco Giants season

1993 San Francisco Giants
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Peter Magowan
General manager(s) Bob Quinn
Manager(s) Dusty Baker
Local television KTVU
SportsChannel Pacific
(Ted Robinson, Mike Krukow, Joe Morgan)
Local radio KNBR
(Ted Robinson, Hank Greenwald, Barry Tompkins, Mike Krukow)
SP Radio
(Edgard Martinez,Julio Gonzalez,Rene De La Rosa)
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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 season at Candlestick Park. In the offseason, Barry Bonds left the Pittsburgh 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, Bobby Bonds, 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 already retired in honor of Mays.)[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 on 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 tied with the Braves with one game remaining, which they lost 12-1 to the 80-81 Los Angeles Dodgers to become the only National League team to win 100 or more games and not make the playoffs in the divisional play era.


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

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 10458 0.642 51–30 53–28
San Francisco Giants 10359 0.636 1 50–31 53–28
Houston Astros 8577 0.525 19 44–37 41–40
Los Angeles Dodgers 8181 0.500 23 41–40 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 7389 0.451 31 41–40 32–49
Colorado Rockies 6795 0.414 37 39–42 28–53
San Diego Padres 61101 0.377 43 34–47 27–54

Record vs. opponents

1993 National League Records

Atlanta 7–510–313–07–58–58–57–59–36–67–59–47–66–6
Chicago 5–77–58–46–74–87–55–8–18–57–65–88–46–68–5
Cincinnati 3–105–79–47–56–75–84–86–64–88–49–42–115–7
Colorado 0–134–84–97–511–27–63–96–63–98–46–73–105–7
Florida 5–77–65–75–73–95–75–84–94–96–77–54–84–9
Houston 5–88–47–62–119–39–45–711–15–77–58–53–106–6
Los Angeles 5–85–78–56–77–54–96–68–42–108–49–47–66–6
Montreal 5–78–5–18–49–38–57–56–69–46–78–510–23–97–6
New York 3–95–86–66–69–41–114–84–93–104–95–74–85–8
Philadelphia 6-66–78–49–39–47–510–27–610–37–66–64–88–5
Pittsburgh 5–78–54–84–87–65–74–85–89–46–79–35–74–9
San Diego 4–94–84–97–65–75–84–92–107–56–63–93–107–5
San Francisco 6–76–611–210–38–410–36–79–38–48–47–510–34–8
St. Louis 6–65–87–57–59–46–66–66–78–55–89–45–78–4

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]


1993 San Francisco Giants
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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 Manwaring130432119549.275
Will Clark1324911391473.283
Robby Thompson1284941541965.312
Matt Williams14557917038110.294
Royce Clayton153549155670.282
Barry Bonds15953918146123.336
Darren Lewis136522132248.253
Willie McGee130475143446.301


Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Relief pitchers

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Phoenix Firebirds Pacific Coast League Carlos Alfonso
AA Shreveport Captains Texas League Ron Wotus
A San Jose Giants California League Dick Dietz
A Clinton Giants Midwest League Jack Mull
Short-Season A Everett Giants Northwest League Norm Sherry
Rookie AZL Giants Arizona League Alan Bannister



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  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. https://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. https://www.baseball-reference.com/s/soderst01.shtml
  14. https://www.baseball-reference.com/m/muellbi02.shtml
  15. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/statistics/1993/25.shtml
  16. 1 2 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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