2007 San Francisco Giants season
The 2007 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 125th year in Major League Baseball, their 50th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their eighth at AT&T Park. The team finished in fifth place in the National League West with a 71-91 record, 19 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. Their season began with the team attempting to return to the post-season for the first time since 2003. New manager Bruce Bochy was hired to help the club improve on a 76 win season in 2006. Giants left fielder Barry Bonds entered 2007 with 21 home runs shy of tying Hank Aaron for most career home runs. On August 7, 2007, Bonds broke the all-time home run record with his 756th career home run and 22nd of the season. The rotation was bolstered by the arrival of Barry Zito, who was signed to the largest contract ever for a pitcher during the off-season. On September 21 it was revealed that Bonds would not return to the team following the 2007 season.
|2007 San Francisco Giants|
|Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's home run record|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Brian Sabean|
|Local television||KTVU (FOX 2)|
FSN Bay Area
Jon Miller, Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow
|Local radio||KNBR (680AM)|
Jon Miller, Duane Kuiper, Greg Papa, Dave Flemming, Mike Krukow
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National League WestEdit
|San Diego Padres||89||74||0.546||1½||47–34||42–40|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||82||80||0.506||8||43–38||39–42|
|San Francisco Giants||71||91||0.438||19||39–42||32–49|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
2007 National League Records
|2007 game log|
2007 was a year that had various milestones, whether personal, or historical in terms of team history, or MLB history.
On May 7, 2007, Bengie Molina became the first Giant since Willie McCovey in 1977 to hit two home runs in one inning. Ray Durham led off the fifth inning with a walk, and Molina followed the walk with a two-run home run to left field. Rich Aurilia later hit a three-run homer, to make it a six run inning. Barry Bonds, and Durham then walked, and Molina came up and hit a three-run home run to left-center field, to finish a nine run inning.
Later in May, on Mother's day, the 13th, rookie Fred Lewis hit for the cycle, in his 16th Major League game, becoming only the 22nd Giant to do so. Lewis hit a double in the first inning, leading off the game, and hit his first major league home run, a three-run shot, in the third inning. His triple came in the fifth inning, and he got the last leg of the cycle in the seventh inning. Lewis was the first Giant to hit for the cycle since Randy Winn did it in Cincinnati on Aug 15, 2005. He is only the fourth player in Major League history to hit his first home run as part of a cycle, joining, Cliff Heathcote, Gary Ward, and Luke Scott. Heathcote accomplished this feat on June 13, 1918, Ward on September 18, 1980, and Scott on July 28, 2006. He also became the first left-handed San Francisco Giants batter to hit for the cycle.
Rookie Fred Lewis hit his first career grand slam against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 1, 2007.
On July 4, 2007 Fred Lewis hit his second grand slam of the season, becoming the first rookie in San Francisco Giants history to hit two slams in one season. Two of Lewis' first three career home runs were grand slams, and the other was part of a cycle.
On August 4, 2007, Barry Bonds tied Hank Aaron for the most home runs in Major League history, when he hit his 755th career home run off of the San Diego Padres' Clay Hensley
Barry Bonds became the all-time home run leader at 8:51 pm PDT, on August 7, 2007 when he hit his 756th career home run off Mike Bascik and the Washington Nationals. His milestone home run was hit just to the right of center field at AT&T Park. A plaque commemorating his home run has since been placed on the wall near where his home run landed.
On August 8, Bonds added to his home run total, when he hit his 757th career homer into McCovey cove. He hit it off of the Washington Nationals' Tim Redding.
Barry Bonds hit his final home run of 2007 on September 5, bringing his career total to 762. This would be the final home run of his career.
The Giants made no notable roster moves during April.
May was a month full of injuries and roster-switches for the Giants. On May 3, starting pitcher Russ Ortiz suffered elbow neuritis and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Second baseman Kevin Frandsen was recalled from the Giants' triple-A affiliate Fresno Grizzlies. The very next day, May 4, reliever Scott Munter was recalled from Fresno and first baseman Lance Niekro was designated for assignment. He cleared waivers and was sent down to Fresno on May 9.
On May 6, starter Tim Lincecum was recalled from Fresno and Scott Munter was sent down. On May 10, Dave Roberts was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to elbow surgery and Todd Linden was designated for assignment. Outfielders Dan Ortmeier and Fred Lewis were recalled from Fresno.
On May 21, Russ Ortiz came off the disabled list, forcing pitcher Jonathan Sánchez to be sent down to Fresno. To end the month, the team's closer Armando Benítez was traded to the Marlins for pitcher Randy Messenger.
Russ Ortiz was once again placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 7 because of a strained right forearm. Jonathan Sánchez was recalled, once again. On June 9, catcher Eliézer Alfonzo was placed on the 15-day disabled list and Guillermo Rodríguez was recalled from Fresno. Later that same day, outfielder Fred Lewis was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a right oblique strain. Outfielder Dave Roberts was recalled in his place.
|2007 San Francisco Giants|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Awards and honorsEdit
All Star GameEdit
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: San Jose, Salem-Keizer
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- Curry, Jack (September 22, 2007), "Bonds Goes From Out of the Park to Out of a Job", The New York Times, retrieved September 22, 2007
- "Molina's monster fifth powers Giants" Catcher begins and ends nine-run rally with long balls
- "Giants rookie Lewis hits for the cycle" gets two singles, double, triple, homer vs. Rockies
- "Homers, Morris lead romp over Phillies" Starter gets three hits; Lewis launches first grand slam
- "Cain picked up by Lewis' slam in win" Righty gets plenty of support; Durham, Aurilia go back-to-back
- "Bonds pulls up to Aaron with No. 755" Slugger matches all-time homer record with shot off Hensley
- "BB king: Bonds hits home run No. 756" Slugger sits alone atop MLB's long-ball list with shot off Bacsik
- "Tributes to Bonds added at AT&T Park" Outfield plaque commemorates 756th homer; 500 club honored
- "Bonds wastes no time clubbing No. 757" Slugger belts Splash Hit less than 24 hours after record-breaker
- "Big blasts decide night for Giants" Three dingers sink Rockies in season series finale
- Bengie Molina, 2007 recipient