This Week in Giants Baseball History

Birthdays, signings, and awards. Such is the lot of the offseason article writer.

>November 28
That’s Two B’s, and a Whole Lot of Heart: Former San Francisco Giants flamethrower Robb Nen was born on this date back in 1969, in San Pedro CA. The 32nd round draft pick of the Texas Rangers turned himself into a perennial All-Star with high heat and that infamous slider.

November 29
This Price Was a Bargain: Former Major League swingman Joe Price was born on this date back in 1956, in Inglewood CA. Price spent parts of three seasons with the Giants during 1987-89, and retired with a career ERA of 3.65.

November 30
Rags to ROY: Current Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti won the AL Rookie of the Year award as a member of the New York Yankees on this date in 1981. Rags started 15 games that season, completed two of them, and finished the season with an 8-4 record and a sparkling 2.05 ERA.

December 1
Have Bat, Will Travel: Well-traveled outfielder Reggie Sanders was born on this date back in 1967, in Florence SC. While no chicken, Sanders played only one season in orange and black; however his 2002 campaign (.250/23/85 and solid outfield defense) helped the Giants reach the World Series.

December 2
End of the First Shawon Dunston Era: On this date in 1996, the Chicago Cubs re-signed their longtime shortstop Shawon Dunston, who had just spent the ’96 season with the Giants. No worries – Dunston would return for two more stints in San Francisco, and would retire as a Giant after the 2002 season.

December 3
Giants Sign a Batting Champion: Willie McGee inked a 3-year deal with the Giants on this date in 1990. McGee had won the NL batting title the previous season with a .335 clip for the St. Louis Cardinals in an abbreviated season – he was traded to the Oakland Athletics before the August trading deadline, but still had enough at-bats with the Cardinals to qualify.

December 4
Sayonara, Murakami: The first Japanese player in the Major Leagues, Masanori Murakami, chose not to resign with the Giants, and returned to his native Japan by signing a contract with the Nankai Hawks on this date in 1965.

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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