This Week in Giants Baseball History, Dec. 6-12

Thank goodness for winter meetings time! Here's some past transactions of note.

December 6
Halfway to San Fran: Yes, folks, J.T. Snow was at one point a budding Yankee. He was traded from New York to the Angels with two other players in exchange for Jim Abbot on this day in 1992.

December 7
Ray from Across the Bay: Yes, folks, Ray Durham was at one point a healthy Athletic for half a season. He was signed by the Giants as a free agent on this date in 2002.

December 8
A Franchise Changer: Yes, folks! On one of the busiest signing days in recent memory, the new Giants ownership made the biggest splash by signing free agent Barry Bonds to a then-record 6-year deal worth $43.75 million on this date in 1992.

December 9
Orel Surgery: He tried, and we tried, too, but Orel Hershiser in a Giants uniform was just too apocalyptic, and the experiment lasted but one season. He signed as a free agent on this date in 1997.

December 10
Talk About Buying Low and Selling High: To the initial dismay of many a fan, the Giants traded away former NL MVP Kevin Mitchell to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for pitchers Bill Swift, Mike Jackson, and Dave Burba on this date in 1991. Mitch lasted one season in Seattle, hitting a whopping nine home runs (he would rebound nicely for two subsequent seasons at Cincinnati, however). Swift would win the ERA title in 1992 and 21 games in 1993, Jackson became a premier setup-man for Rod Beck, and Burba won 10 games in long relief in 1993.

December 11
The Giants Get Candy: The Giants sent light-hitting catcher Alex Trevino to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Candido “Candy” Maldonado on this date in 1985. The Candy Man was the team MVP in 1986 by hitting .425 and 18 home runs despite being used mostly as a pinch hitter.

December 12
Where Exactly is Tralee Anyway?: Hall of Famer Roger “The Duke of Tralee” Bresnahan was traded from the Giants for three Cardinals on this date in 1911. A proud Irishman, he was one of the first to utilize equipment such as a batting helmet and catcher’s shin guards.

Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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