San Francisco Giants Information
The Giants were established in New York in 1883. They moved to San Francisco in 1958 the same year the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. They have five World Series titles in their history and 20 NL Pennants. Despite a losing season in 2007, Barry Bonds made history as he broke the all time home run record set by the legendary Hank Aaron. Bonds now holds the record with 762 career home runs.
2008 marked the first season since 1993 that the Giants played without Bonds on the roster. San Francisco signed outfielder Aaron Rowand to a 5-year contract for $60 million. In addition to Rowand they discovered pitcher Tim Lincecum, who represented the Giants in the 2008 MLB All Star Game at Yankee Stadium. Lincecum went on to win the NL Cy Young Award that year.
The Giants have failed to reach the playoffs in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, they had a comeback year, placing first in the division at 92-70 and winning the World Series against the Rangers. They lost all-star catcher Buster Posey for the 2011 season when he fractured his lower leg and ankle in a home plate collision in May, and were unable to capture the 2010 success. The Giants placed second in the division behind the Diamondbacks at 86-76, not good enough for the Wild Card.
Behind young superstars Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey, and Matt Cain, the 2012 Giants are hoping to do some damage and reclaim first place in the NL West.