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The San Francisco Giants are an American baseball team. Their 2008 season marks their 50th Anniversary in the Bay Area since moving from New York in 1958. It is also their first since 1992 without all-time home run champion Barry Bonds, who was not re-signed following the 2007 season. At the end of the season, Tim Lincecum was voted the 2008 National League Cy Young Award winner.

Pre-season

On September 21, 2007, Giants' ownership announced that Bonds would not return after the 2007 season.[1] The Giants did not resign Ryan Klesko and Pedro Feliz. On December 12, 2007 the Giants signed Aaron Rowand to a five year and $60 million contract.[2]

The Giants finished spring training with a record of 9–23–2, the worst spring training in their recorded history. The Giants had the highest ERA and the lowest batting average among teams whose spring training was in Arizona. The team lead the majors with 40 errors.[3] The Giants lost a spring training game 4–3 to their Triple-A affiliate Fresno Grizzlies. Giants opening day starter Barry Zito allowed 24 earned runs in 25 innings in Spring training.[4]

Giants spring training included injuries and competitions for several roster positions. Steve Holm won the back up catcher spot against Eliezer Alfonzo and Guillermo Rodríguez. Relievers Merkin Valdez, Erick Threets, and Keiichi Yabu earned spots on the opening day roster. Noah Lowry, Vinnie Chulk, Kevin Frandsen and Omar Vizquel started the season the on disabled list. Brian Bocock was the opening day shortstop in place of Vizquel. Steve Kline was designated for assignment.[5] The Giants claimed Jose Castillo off waivers from the Florida Marlins late March 2008.[6] He was the opening day third baseman. Kevin Correia won the competition to be the teams 5th starter.

The Giants were widely expected to miss the playoffs in 2008, according to numerous sports writers.[7][8]

Regular season

On May 16, 2008, Peter Magowan, the owner who brought Barry Bonds to San Francisco, built a new ballpark and kept major league baseball in the city, announced he would be stepping down as the managing partner of the Giants. Effective October 1, 2008 Bill Neukom would be the new managing partner of the Giants.[9]

Season standings

Template:2008 NL West standings

Record vs. opponents

Template:2008 NL Record vs. opponents

Game log

2008 Game Log

Roster

2008 San Francisco Giants
Roster
Pitchers
  • 18 Matt Cain
  • 39 Vinnie Chulk
  • 32 Kevin Correia
  • 43 Geno Espineli
  • 41 Brad Hennessey
  • 52 Alex Hinshaw
  • 55 Tim Lincecum
  • 56 Osiris Matos
  • 16 Patrick Misch
  • 32 Matt Palmer
  • 54 Sergio Romo
  • 34 Billy Sadler
  • 53 Jonathan Sánchez
  • 37 Jack Taschner
  • 48 Erick Threets
  • 47 Merkin Valdez
  • 45 Tyler Walker
  • 38 Brian Wilson
  • 22 Keiichi Yabu
  • 75 Barry Zito
Catchers
  • 50 Eliézer Alfonzo
  • 20 Steve Holm
  •  1 Bengie Molina

Infielders

  • 35 Rich Aurilia
  • 29 Brian Bocock
  • 70,21 John Bowker
  •  7 Emmanuel Burriss
  • 12 José Castillo
  • 28 Travis Denker
  •  5 Ray Durham
  • 50 Conor Gillaspie
  •  5 Travis Ishikawa
  • 29 Scott McClain
  • 23 Ivan Ochoa
  • 40 Daniel Ortmeier
  • 57 Ryan Rohlinger
  • 48 Pablo Sandoval
  •  6 J. T. Snow
  •  8 Eugenio Vélez
  • 13 Omar Vizquel
Outfielders
  • 28 Rajai Davis
  • 49 Brian Horwitz
  • 14 Fred Lewis
  • 10 Dave Roberts
  • 33 Aaron Rowand
  • 12 Nate Schierholtz
  • 49 Clay Timpner
  •  2 Randy Winn

Other batters

  • 19 Kevin Frandsen
Manager
  • 15 Bruce Bochy

Coaches

  •  6 Tim Flannery (third base)
  • 26 Mark Gardner (bullpen)
  • 39 Roberto Kelly (first base)
  •  9 Carney Lansford (hitting)
  • 46 Dave Righetti (pitching)
  • 17 Ron Wotus (bench)

Awards and honors

  • Bengie Molina C,[10] Willie Mac Award

All-Star Game

References

  1. Curry, Jack (September 22, 2007). "Bonds Goes From Out of the Park to Out of a Job". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/22/sports/baseball/22bonds.html. Retrieved 2007-09-22
  2. Henry Schulman (2007-12-13). "HARD-NOSED Giants sign 'no-nonsense' Rowand to 5-year deal". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/12/13/SPU5TSUOT.DTL. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  3. John Shea (2008-03-81). "First lineup heavy on experience". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/31/SP3MVT3KP.DTL. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  4. Henry Schulman (2008-03-27). "Zito, Giants beaten by Triple-A Fresno". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/27/SPCBVQS63.DTL. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  5. John Shea (2008-03-31). "Meet, greet, know Giants Unfamiliar faces in 2008". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/31/SPLUVT4DQ.DTL. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  6. John Shea (2008-03-23). "Giants add Castillo to help hurting infield". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/23/SPSCVOOFP.DTL. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  7. John Shea (2008-04-04). "GIANTS Losing teams still believe Winn: Expectations don't really matter". The San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/04/SPDQVVDHC.DTL. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  8. "ESPN predicts the 2008 season". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/preview08/news/story?page=08expertpicks. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
  9. Hayes, A.J.(2008-07-31). "Giants Rookie is First Full-Blooded Filipino in Big Leagues".AsianWeek. Retrieved on 2008-08-01.
  10. Benjie Molina, 2008 recipient

External links

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