This Week in Giants Baseball History

Some minor (even Tiny) transactions, in this post-Super Bowl week. Enjoy the small break between football and baseball's spring training, ladies!

February 5
The Aybar Cometh: Not exactly the sexiest of signings, but the San Francisco Giants signed reliever Manny Aybar on this date in 2002.  Aybar made his first appearance for the Giants in late July, and pitched decently down the stretch – and more importantly, provided a break for the rest of the bullpen for the stretch drive.

February 6
A Minor Return: After trading him away in May 2003, the Giants reacquired first baseman Damon Minor, signing him as a free agent on this date in 2004.  His stay this time was nothing short of disappointing – after hitting 10 home runs in just 173 at bats in 2003, the 6'7" "Tiny" hit exactly zero home runs in 24 games in 2004, and was released after the end of the season.

February 7
A Stiff Drink as a Starter or from the Bullpen: Happy birthday to swingman Brad Hennessey, born on this date in 1980, in Toledo, OH.  With the return of Russ Ortiz, Hennessey is likely bound for the bullpen, but wherever he pitches he remains a valuable asset.

February 8
The Last Straw for the Giants: After spending the last 3+ months of the 1994 season with the Giants, Darryl Strawberry fell prey to his demons again, and was suspended for violating baseball's drug policy on this date in 1995, which prompted his release from the ballclub.  After serving his 60-day suspension, Strawberry soon succumbed to another dark side – the New York Yankees.

February 9
Why Sign Ray Durham?  ‘Cause This Guy Still Had It at 37: A season removed from being part of the Big Red Machine, aging Joe Morgan signed with the Giants on this date in 1981.  His first season as a Giant was mediocre (.240/8/31) by his standards, but his 1982 season (.289/14/61) legitimized his contract.

February 10
A Giant Doc for One Day: Former New York Giant Doc Sechrist was born on this date in 1876, in Williamstown, KY.  The Doc got into exactly one game with the Giants in 1899, walking two and not retiring a batter.  He was subsequently never seen on any diamond again.

February 11
No More Murcy: The Giants bid farewell to All-Star outfielder Bobby Murcer on this date in 1977, as they packaged him along with infielder Steve Ontiveros and a minor leaguer to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for infielders Bill Madlock and Rob Sperring.  Madlock played well in his 2+ seasons as a Giant, while Sperring never put on a Giants uniform because he was traded a month and a half later to the Houston Astros.

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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