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2008 San Francisco Giants season

 

2008 San Francisco Giants season

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

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 84 78 .519 48–33 36–45
Arizona Diamondbacks 82 80 .506 2 48–33 34–47
Colorado Rockies 74 88 .457 10 43–38 31–50
San Francisco Giants 72 90 .444 12 37–44 35–46
San Diego Padres 63 99 .389 21 35–46 28–53

Record vs. opponents

Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WAS AL
Diamondbacks 3-5 2-4 2-4 15-3 2-7 4-2 8-10 2-5 3-3 3-4 4-3 10-8 11-7 3-4 4-2 6-9
Braves 5-3 0-6 3-3 4-3 10-8 3-3 4-2 3-6 11-7 4-14 2-5 5-1 2-5 2-5 6-12 8-7
Cubs 4-2 6-0 8-7 5-1 4-3 8-9 5-2 9-7 4-2 3-4 14-4 5-2 4-3 9-6 3-3 6-9
Reds 4-2 3-3 7-8 1-5 6-2 3-12 1-7 10-8 3-4 3-5 6-9 4-3 5-1 5-10 4-3 9-6
Rockies 3-15 3-4 1-5 5-1 5-3 3-3 8-10 4-3 3-6 0-5 5-2 9-9 11-7 3-4 4-3 7-8
Marlins 7-2 8-10 3-4 2-6 3-5 4-2 3-4 5-1 8-10 10-8 3-2 4-2 3-3 2-5 14-3 5-10
Astros 2-4 3-3 9-8 12-3 3-3 2-4 4-3 7-8 5-2 3-4 8-8 3-3 7-1 7-8 4-2 7-11
Dodgers 10-8 2-4 2-5 7-1 10-8 4-3 3-4 4-2 3-4 4-4 5-2 11-7 9-9 2-4 3-3 5-10
Brewers 5-2 6-3 7-9 8-10 3-4 1-5 8-7 2-4 2-4 1-5 14-1 4-3 6-0 10-5 6-2 7-8
Mets 3-3 7-11 2-4 4-3 6-3 10-8 2-5 4-3 4-2 11-7 4-3 2-5 5-1 4-3 12-6 9-6
Phillies 4-3 14-4 4-3 5-3 5-0 8-10 4-3 4-4 5-1 7-11 4-2 4-2 3-3 5-4 12-6 4-11
Pirates 3-4 5-2 4-14 9-6 2-5 2-3 8-8 2-5 1-14 3-4 2-4 3-4 4-2 10-7 3-4 6-9
Padres 8-10 1-5 2-5 3-4 9-9 2-4 3-3 7-11 3-4 5-2 2-4 4-3 5-13 1-6 5-1 3-15
Giants 7-11 5-2 3-4 1-5 7-11 3-3 1-7 9-9 0-6 1-5 3-3 2-4 13-5 4-3 7-0 6-12
Cardinals 4-3 5-2 6-9 10-5 4-3 5-2 8-7 4-2 5-10 3-4 4-5 7-10 6-1 3-4 5-1 7-8
Nationals 2-4 12-6 3-3 3-4 3-4 3-14 2-4 3-3 2-6 6-12 6-12 4-3 1-5 0-7 1-5 8-10
AL 9-6 7-8 9-6 6-9 8-7 10-5 11-7 10-5 8-7 6-9 11-4 9-6 15-3 12-6 8-7 10-8

As of September 28, 2008.


Game log

2008 Game Log

Roster

2008 San Francisco Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Awards and honors

All-Star Game


Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Fresno Grizzlies Pacific Coast League Dan Rohn
AA Connecticut Defenders Eastern League Bien Figueroa
A San Jose Giants California League Steve Decker
A Augusta GreenJackets South Atlantic League Andy Skeels
Short-Season A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Northwest League Tom Trebelhorn
Rookie AZL Giants Arizona League Bert Hunter
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Augusta, AZL Giants

References

External links

  • 2008 San Francisco Giants season at Baseball Reference
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