San Francisco Giants
|San Francisco Giants|
|Team name:||San Francisco Giants (1958-Pres.)
New York Giants (1885-1957)
New York Gothams (1883-85)
|Location:||San Francisco, CA (1958-Pres.)
New York, NY (1883-1957)
|Ballpark:||AT&T Park (2000-Pres.)
Candlestick Park (1960-99)
Seals Stadium (1958-59)
Polo Grounds (1883-1957)
|First Game Against|
|June 18, 2002|
Relationship with Tampa Bay
While games between the Tampa Bay Rays and San Franciso Giants have been rare, the Giants have prior history with the Tampa Bay area. The then-New York Giants spent one spring, 1951, at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg for spring training (the future spring home of the Devil Rays).
Failed Relocation to Tampa Bay
The biggest connection, however, to the Tampa Bay area was the sale of the San Francisco Giants by then-owner Bob Lurie for $110 million in August, 1992 to the Tampa Bay Ownership Group with the Giants to begin the 1993 season at the Florida Suncoast Dome (now home to the Rays as Tropicana Field, which was completed in 1990 with the purpose of attracting a Major League Baseball team to Tampa Bay). The Tampa Bay Ownership Group had nearly consummated deals in the prior several years with both the Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners to relocate to St. Petersburg. Additionally, they had been a finalist for the National League expansion that resulted in the creation of the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies franchises.
Prior to the announcement of the sale (which was not yet, technically, complete), the Giants had been unsuccessful in obtaining public financing to build a replacement for Candlestick Park, and appeared to be successful in following through on a threat to leave for a market that could provide a new facility. The move still required approval of 10 of the 14 National League clubs (including Colorado and Florida, who were also to begin Major League competition in 1993) and a majority of the 14 American League clubs, as well as a financial review and the finalization of the new group's financing. In addition, Lurie was required to "accept or consider" other offers (presumably to allow for offers from sources willing to keep the Giants in San Francisco) within a two-week review process.
Only one Major League trade between Tampa Bay and San Francisco has been completed: on April 28, 2006, the Devil Rays traded pitcher Carlos Hines to the Giants in exchange for pitcher Tyler Walker. Walker had been designated for assignment by San Francisco after a poor spring and start to the season, but helped shore up an otherwise injury-prone bullpen for the Devil Rays, eventually stepping into the closer's role. He was sidelined by an injury of his own that landed him on the disabled list on June 14, which eventually required season-ending elbow surgery. Walker was released at the end of the season and re-signed with San Francisco.
Major League Players
The following players have made at least one regular-season, Major League appearance with both clubs as of the end of the 2012 season:
Head to Head
|68||June 18||at San Francisco||W||8||3||J. Kennedy (5-5)||L. Hernandez (6-7)||—||36,869||24-44|||
|69||June 19||at San Francisco||L||0||8||J. Schmidt (3-2)||R. Rupe (5-9)||—||35,909||24-45|||
|70||June 20||at San Francisco||L||2||10||R. Ortiz (6-4)||T. Sturtze (0-8)||—||39,101||24-46|||
|55||June 8||San Francisco||L||3||7||J. Williams (5-4)||D. Waechter (3-6)||—||13,275||21-34|||
|56||June 9||San Francisco||W||4||3||D. Baez (2-1)||T. Walker (4-1)||—||25,395||22-34|||
|57||June 10||San Francisco||W||5||2||V. Zambrano (6-4)||K. Rueter (2-6)||J. Colome (1)||10,630||23-34|||
Minor League Opponents
At the minor league level, few San Fransico-affiliated teams play (or have played) in the same leagues as Tampa Bay-affiliated teams.
- Topkin, Marc (August 8, 1992). "The A Giant leap - Deal set to bring Giants to Dome". St. Petersburg Times: p. 1A.
- Topkin, Marc (April 28, 2006). "Now healthy, Norton finally gets chance with Rays". St. Petersburg Times: p. 5C.
- O'Connell, Bart (July 6, 2006). "Rays Reliever Walker Out For Season". Tampa Tribune: p. S5.