This Week in Giants Baseball History

The (mostly) winter acquisitions edition.

December 12
All Brawn, Little Bat, No Brock: On this day in 1999, the San Francisco Giants traded away pitcher Chris Brock to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for muscle-bound catcher Bobby Estalella. The big catcher hit some mammoth home runs in parts of two seasons for the Giants, but most of them were in batting practice.

December 13
Trade That Guy That Came Along in the Schmidt Trade: On this day in 2001, the Giants traded away John Vander Wal to the New York Yankees in exchange for Jay Witasick, whose stuff was not as sick as advertised. That’s unfair – Witasick did have a 2.37 ERA out of the bullpen in his only season as a Giant in 2002.

December 14
The Other Half of Kuip: The Giants probably had no idea what they were getting into when they traded away future Hall of Famer Joe Morgan and pitcher Al Holland to the Phillies for future Cy Young winner Mark Davis and some tall goofy looking kid named Mike Krukow on this date in 1982. Not only did Kruk become a 20-game winning All-Star with the Giants in 1986, but the man went on to create a very successful broadcasting partnership with former teammate Duane Kuiper.

December 15
Take It Back!: In a lopsided trade favoring the Baltimore Orioles, the Giants sent future Cy Young winner Mike McCormick and superb reliever Stu Miller east in exchange for “Fat” Jack Fisher, Billy Hoeft, and Jim Coker on this date in 1962. The Giants rectified one mistake by reacquiring McCormick before the 1967 season – just in time for his Cy Young year.

December 16
Moss and the Mystery Player: In what initially turned out to be a terrible trade for the Giants, Russ Ortiz was sent to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Damian Moss and a minor leaguer. The soft-tossing Moss turned out to be a control nightmare, and Ortiz won 21 games for the Braves in 2003. The silver lining for the Giants? The minor leaguer was Manuel Mateo, who later changed his name to Merkin Valdez.

December 17
Just Say No, John!: Get this – legendary New York Giants manager John McGraw actually endorsed the use of a designated hitter on this date in 1928, but was vetoed by the American League. Who says there’s no irony in baseball?

December 18
Whiff!: The Giants traded away a young Rob Deer to the Milwaukee Brewers for two minor leaguers on this date in 1985. Deer would go on to hit quite a few more home runs than the 11 round trippers he hit as a Giant; however, his prodigious strikeouts became a thing of legend.



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 dongsoo411@yahoo.com to commiserate, cheer, and complain.

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