2008 San Francisco Giants season
The 2008 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 126th year in Major League Baseball, and their ninth at AT&T Park. The team finished in fourth place in the National League West with a 72-90 record, 12 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. 2008 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.
|2008 San Francisco Giants|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Peter Magowan (managing general partner)|
|General manager(s)||Brian Sabean|
|Local television||KNTV (NBC 11)|
CSN Bay Area
|Local radio||KNBR (680AM)|
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On September 21, 2007, Giants' ownership announced that Bonds would not return after the 2007 season. 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.
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. 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.
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. The Giants claimed Jose Castillo off waivers from the Florida Marlins late March 2008. He was the opening day third baseman. Kevin Correia won the competition to be the team's 5th starter.
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.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||84||78||0.519||—||48–33||36–45|
|San Francisco Giants||72||90||0.444||12||37–44||35–46|
|San Diego Padres||63||99||0.389||21||35–46||28–53|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
2008 National League Records
|2008 Game Log|
|2008 San Francisco Giants|
Awards and honorsEdit
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Augusta, AZL Giants
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- Benjie Molina, 2008 recipient
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