2000 San Francisco Giants season
The 2000 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 118th season in Major League Baseball and their 43rd season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season. The Giants finished in first place in the National League West with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses. They lost the National League Division Series in four games to the New York Mets. The team played their first season in newly opened Pacific Bell Park.
|2000 San Francisco Giants|
|First Season in Pacific Bell Park |
NL West Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Brian Sabean|
(Mike Krukow, Ted Robinson, Jon Miller)
FSN Bay Area
(Mike Krukow, Duane Kuiper, Lon Simmons)
(Mike Krukow, Lon Simmons, Ted Robinson, Jon Miller )
(Erwin Higueros, Amaury Pi-Gonzalez)
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- December 12, 1999: Bobby Estalella was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the San Francisco Giants for Chris Brock.
Opening Day startersEdit
|San Francisco Giants||97||65||0.599||—||55–26||42–39|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||86||76||0.531||11||44–37||42–39|
|San Diego Padres||76||86||0.469||21||41–40||35–46|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
2000 National League Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
- June 5, 2000: Boof Bonser was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 2000 amateur draft. Player signed July 3, 2000.
- July 3, 2000: Jalal Leach was signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.
|2000 San Francisco Giants|
Pacific Bell ParkEdit
- The opening series took place from April 11–13, 2000 against the Los Angeles Dodgers (the same team the Giants faced in their final series at Candlestick Park), and the Giants were swept in three games. In the first game of that series, the Giants lost 6-5, highlighted by three home runs from the Dodgers' Kevin Elster.
- The most prominent feature of the ballpark is the right field wall, which is 24 feet (7.3 m) high in honor of former Giant Willie Mays, who wore number 24. Because of the proximity to the San Francisco Bay, the right field foul pole is only 309 feet (94.2 m) from home plate. The wall is made of brick, with fenced off archways opening to the Cove beyond, above which are several rows of arcade seating. The fence angles quickly away from home plate; right-center field extends out to 421 feet (128 m) from home plate. Atop the fence are four pillars with fountains atop. These four pillars will burst jets of water when a Giant hits a home run.
- Lining the foul portion of the wall are rubber chickens, which are put up by fans whenever a Giants player (especially Barry Bonds) is intentionally walked. The fans do this to show that the opposing team is "chicken" for not pitching right to the Giants players. To some old-timers, the right field area vaguely suggests the layout at the Polo Grounds. This deep corner of the ballpark has been dubbed "death valley" and "triples alley." Like its Polo Grounds counterpart, it is very difficult to hit a home run to this area, and a batted ball that finds its way into this corner often results in a triple.
- Beyond right field is a section of the bay, dubbed McCovey Cove after famed Giants first baseman Willie McCovey, into which a number of home runs have been hit on the fly. As of September 17, 2007, 45 "Splash Hits" had been knocked into the Cove by Giants players since the park opened; 35 of those were by Barry Bonds. Opponents had hit the water on the fly 15 times; Todd Hundley of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the first visitor to do so on June 30, 2000. Luis Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cliff Floyd of the Chicago Cubs are the only visiting players to do so twice, while Carlos Delgado of the New York Mets has performed the feat three times. Across the cove from the ballpark is McCovey Point and China Basin Park, featuring monuments to past Giants legends.
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
National League Divisional PlayoffsEdit
San Francisco Giants vs. New York MetsEdit
New York wins series, 3-1.
|1||San Francisco 5, New York 1||October 4|
|2||New York 5, San Francisco 4 (10 innings)||October 5|
|3||New York 3, San Francisco 2 (13 innings)||October 7|
|4||New York 4, San Francisco 0||October 8|
- Jeff Kent, Second Base, Starter
- Barry Bonds elected to start but unable to play de to injury
National League Most Valuable Player Jeff Kent, Second Base
- Bobby Estalella Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- Boof Bonser Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- "Splash Hits". SFGiants.com. Retrieved September 18, 2007.
- Ellis Burks, 2000 recipient
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007