Finding Your Way To San Francisco at the End of Your Career
Last night, San Dawg started up a great discussion, maybe the best of the year, with his list of ex-Giants who came to SF at the tail end of their career. He fired off Warren Spahn, Duke Snider, Steve Carlton, Goose Gossage, Tommy Herr, Joe Morgan, Reggie Smith, Dusty Baker, Gary Carter, Al Oliver, Manny Trillo.
When I quickly read that list I assumed he was talking about players who were still productive (except for Manny Trillo who I recalled sucking with us). Spahn and Snider I have no recollection of as I wasn’t born yet. So I’m not gonna look them up. Here’s what the other guys did with us.
Carlton: That dude is 68 years old right now. Wow. Anyway, he pitched 6 games for us back in ’86. We picked him off the scrap heap after the Phillies released him. he was awful with us , going 1-3 in 30 innings pitched. He walked 16 and struck out 18. Amazingly, he pitched 2 more seasons (with the Twins and the Indians) after the Giants released him.
Gossage: He pitched one season for us (1989). He had good stats, going 2-1 with a 2.68ERA. He even had 4 saves. We waived him in August and he pitched the rest of the ’89 season with the Yanks. Anyone remember why we let him go?
Tommy Herr: no recollection at all of this dude. But we did pick him up off waivers in ’91 after the Mets released him. He hit .250 in 73 at bats, probably pinch hitting a little. He never played in the major leagues again.
Joe Morgan: This is the name that originally had me thinking it was a list of productive players at the end of their career. He played with us in ’81 and ’82. It was the ’82 year that I recall so well and he did put up nice stats that season: .289, 14bombs, 24 sb’s. Besides the big fly at the end of the season to beat the Dodgers, I think he was a major team leader in the same way Angel Pagan led us last year (and this year until he went down)……..
Reggie Smith: This is another dude I remember as a stud with us. Just looked him up and he was. In his final season (1982) he hit .289 with 18 bombs in 106 games…..
Dusty Baker: He played for us in 1984 hitting .292 in 100 games. He would go on to play 2 more seasons with the A’s.
Gary Carter: split catching duties in 1990 with, apparently, a bunch of guys. The Giants have 6 catchers listed on that team, lol. Mark Bailey, Bill Bathe, Steve Decker, terry Kennedy, Kirt Manwaring and Carter. He played in 92 games hitting .254 which was right around his career batting average of .262. Probably played the role of leader quite well….
Al Oliver: played with us in 1984. Did what he did, hitting .298. We traded him in August to the Phillies for Kelly Downs. Later we sent Renie Martin to them to complete the trade. He hit .312 for the Phillies the rest of the way. I have no evidence of this but it wouldn’t surprise me if he was pretty coked out that year and the Giants unloaded him because of it. Just a guess though.
Manny Trillo: played with us in ’84 and ’85. Sucked. And I remember he had a bad attitude, too. He went on to finish his career with the Cubs.
There were other great names thrown out last night: Darryl Strawberry, The Big Cat, Dunston, Benny Santiago, Blownitez, Eric Davis, Joe Carter, etc…..
It was a great list. Here’s one I didn’t see listed: Deon Sanders!
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