1993 San Francisco Giants season
|1993 San Francisco Giants|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Bob Quinn|
(Ted Robinson, Mike Krukow, Joe Morgan)
(Ted Robinson, Hank Greenwald, Barry Tompkins, Mike Krukow)
(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. 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.) Bonds hit .336 in 1993, leading the league with 46 home runs and 123 RBI en route to his second consecutive MVP award 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). 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.
- 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.
- December 8, 1992: Barry Bonds signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.
- December 10, 1992: Jim Pena was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the San Diego Padres for Paul Faries.
Opening Day Starters
|San Francisco Giants||103||59||0.636||1||50–31||53–28|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||81||81||0.500||23||41–40||40–41|
|San Diego Padres||61||101||0.377||43||34–47||27–54|
Record vs. opponents
1993 National League Records
- August 3, 1993: Scott Sanderson was selected off waivers by the San Francisco Giants from the California Angels.
- 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.
Major League debuts
|1993 San Francisco Giants|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|= Indicates team leader|
Awards and honors
- Barry Bonds, National League Most Valuable Player
- Barry Bonds, National League leader, Home Runs and Runs Batted In
- Kirt Manwaring C, Willie Mac Award
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- Barry Bonds Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- 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
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- Jim Deshaies Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
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