This Week in Giants Baseball History

Past signings, trades, and birthdays this week. Maybe some future ones coming up soon?

>November 14
A Giant for 1 2/3 Innings: Former big league hurler Kent Bottenfield was born on this date back in 1968, in Portland, OR. The big righthander pitched unspectacularly for the San Francisco Giants at the end of the 1994 season, then surprised everyone by winning a career-high 18 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999.

November 15
Local Kid Plays Local: Fred Breining was born on this date back in 1955, in the City by the Bay. After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1974, Breining played his first four big league seasons in orange and black, winning a career-high 11 games in both 1982 and 1983.

November 16
Bass Fishing: The Giants signed outfielder Kevin Bass on this date back in 1989. Bass played three mostly unspectacular seasons in San Francisco, and was traded to the New York Mets in 1992. The Giants proceeded to replace him with some guy named Barry Bonds next season.

November 17
Benji Gets Paid (Well, Relatively): Former Giants super sub Mike Benjamin signed a four-year deal with the Pirates on this date back in 1998. Benjamin played five positions for the Bucs until his contract expired at the end of 2002, by which point he was getting paid nearly $1 million a season.

November 18
Traded for Some Snow: Former Giants pitcher Allen Watson was born on this date back in 1970, in Jamaica, NY. Watson will be forever known in Giants lore for playing one mediocre season in orange and black in 1996, then being traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for one of the cornerstones of recent Giants history, J.T. Snow.

November 19
If the Third Time’s a Charm, What’s the Fourth?: A record, that’s what. Barry Bonds won his fourth NL MVP award on this date in 2001. He’s since added three more MVPs; good luck to anyone chasing that distinction in the future.

November 20
His Dad Was Pretty Good, Too: Bobby Bonds won a Gold Glove Award on this date in 1971 for his work in the outfield. He had a pretty good offensive year, too – .288/33/102, with 26 steals. Pretty good genes in that family, no?


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