26 Facts About San Jose Giants

1. San Jose Giants are partnering with all of the teams in the California League to raise funds for fire relief efforts across the state.

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2. San Jose Giants acquired outfielder Michael Morse and starting pitcher Tim Hudson in the offseason.

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3. Early in the 2013 season, the San Jose Giants were in first place in the National League West.

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4. The San Jose Giants won the next two games to reach the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

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5. The San Jose Giants clinched a spot in the National League Championship Series and became the first to take a best-of-five by winning the last three on the road.

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6. The San Jose Giants honored Burns in a pre-game ceremony in which Barry Bonds was in attendance.

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7. The San Jose Giants signed former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Aaron Rowand to a 5-year, $60 million contract.

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8. On September 22, 2007, the San Jose Giants officially announced that the team would not re-sign Barry Bonds for the 2008 season.

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9. On January 9, 2007, the San Jose Giants re-signed pitcher Russ Ortiz to compete for the fifth starting position in spring training.

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10. San Jose Giants were expected to contend in 2006 with a strong starting staff.

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11. San Jose Giants made the playoffs as the NL wild card in the last weekend of the season.

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12. In 2001, the San Jose Giants were eliminated from playoff contention on the next-to-last day of the season.

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13. San Jose Giants lost the 2000 division series to the New York Mets three games to one after a solid win in Game 1 on the postseason clutch pitching of Livan Hernandez.

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14. The San Jose Giants never led in any of the games, and never even managed to send the tying run to the plate against A's closer Dennis Eckersley in their last at-bat of Game 4.

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15. San Jose Giants beat the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, four games to one.

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16. The San Jose Giants won 83 games in 1986 and won the National League Western Division title in 1987, losing the 1987 National League Championship Series to the injury-ridden, overachieving St Louis Cardinals in seven games.

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17. In 1981, the San Jose Giants became the first National League team to hire a black manager, Frank Robinson, although he lasted less than four years and was generally unsuccessful.

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18. In 1960, the San Jose Giants moved to Candlestick Park, a stadium built on Candlestick Point in San Francisco's southeast corner overlooking San Francisco Bay.

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19. San Jose Giants have extensive partnerships with local schools, youth sports teams and non-profit organizations.

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20. The San Jose Giants have played in historic Municipal Stadium since 1942 with over 7 million fans entering through the gates.

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21. The San Jose Giants have been providing fun, affordable, family entertainment to the South Bay community since 1942.

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22. San Jose Giants are a professional baseball team in the Class A Advanced California League.

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23. The San Jose Giants had the best record of any minor league class A team in the 1990s.

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24. Since the team's inception, the San Jose Giants have been one of the more successful teams in the California League.

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25. The San Jose Giants added a mascot, Gigante, for the 2006 season.

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26. San Jose Giants are a minor league baseball team in San Jose, California.

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