This Week in Giants Baseball History

Player signings and birthdays… such is the plight of the weekly history columnist during the offseason. But with the perennial winter meetings occurring around this date, lots of notable movers and shakers below.

December 4
Rags Gets Some Riches: South Bay native Dave Righetti joined the San Francisco Giants as a free agent on this date in 1990, signing a 4-year deal worth about $10 million.  After Rags' playing days were over in 1995, he joined the Giants coaching staff, where he remains today as pitching coach.

December 5
Second to Last Stop for the Thrill: Playing musical chairs with former college teammate Rafael Palmeiro again, former Giants fan favorite Will Clark signed with the Baltimore Orioles on this date in 1998.  The Thrill's power numbers were mostly diminished by this point in his career, but he managed to bat over .300 yet again as an Oriole, and finished his career with a lifetime .303 mark.

December 6
Hey, It's a Giants Position Player Draftee Still in the Majors: Adam Hyzdu was born on this date in 1971, in San Jose, CA.  The former 1990 first round pick by the Giants has never played for San Francisco, and has a career batting average of .229 in seven Major League seasons.

December 7
Not a Dandy Sendoff: The Giants sold certain Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, who had been with the franchise since he was 19 years old, to the Boston Red Sox on this date in 1973.  And yet this wasn't quite as bad as the following season, when Marichal signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Luckily, that stay lasted all of two games before the Dominican Dandy called it a career.

December 8
And Bonds Cometh: Way before Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, Barry Bonds became baseball's highest paid player when he signed with the Giants on this date in 1992 for $43.75 million over six years.  This turned out to be money well spent; however, didn't we just pay Ray Durham about the same amount per year?

December 9
A Sure Sign of the Apocalypse: The world was temporarily turned upside down when the Giants signed former Dodgers ace Orel Hershiser at age 39 on this date in 1997.  Hershiser had a decent 1998 season in orange and black, going 11-10 with a 4.41 ERA in 202 innings; however, the world reverted back to normal with his defection to the New York Mets the following season.

December 10
Not Quite Ricky Bobby, but Close: Former reliever Doug Henry was born on this date in 1963, in Sacramento, CA.  Henry had two stints with the Giants, in 1997 and again in 2000 at age 36.

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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