This Week in Giants Baseball History, Dec. 13-19

Every winter Sunday I'm reminded that football just isn't baseball. No matter how hard he throws, Tim Rattay just isn't Armando Benitez.

December 13 Trade for a Cy Young? Sure, No Problem: On this day in 1966, the Giants acquired Mike McCormick from the Washington Senators in exchange for Bob Priddy and Cap Peterson. McCormick would go on to win the Cy Young award the following season. December 14 He Really WAS a Rolls Once: The ballyhooed heir apparent to Ozzie Smith, Royce Clayton was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals on this date in 1995 for pitchers Allan Watson, Rich DeLucia, and Doug Creek. Clayton has bounced around ever since, and Watson was later dealt to the Angels for J.T. Snow. December 15 Matt Williams, Bill Mueller, David Bell, and Then . . .: The Giants signed free agent Edgardo Alfonso to a 4-year deal on this date in 2002. December 16 A Great 10-Year Run Started Here: Former hitting coach Dusty Baker is named the successor to Roger Craig as Giants manager on this date in 1992. He was not without controversy, but he wasn't without three NL Manager of the Year awards, either. December 17 Jabbo: One of the original '58 San Francisco Giants, third baseman Ray "Jabbo" Jablonski was born on this date in 1926, in Chicago. December 18 Houston, We Have a Second Base Problem: Former Giant and newly signed Dodger Jeff Kent signed with the Houston Astros on this date in 2002. Kent's signing forced incumbent Gold Glove second baseman Craig Biggio to move to the outfield. If any of you saw Kent's Dodger press conference, my prediction is that he'll do A LOT more crying during the upcoming season. December 19 All-Star Evans to Detroit: All-Star outfielder Darrell Evans was signed away by the Detroit Tigers on this date in 1983.

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