San Francisco Giants
Among the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball history, the San Francisco Giants roots date back to the early 1880s and New York City. Then known as the New York Gothams, the club used the name of the New York Giants between 1886 and 1957 before relocating in the City by the Bay, where they've played ever since.
The Giants currently call AT&T Park home, and the park is often regarded as offering one of the best fan experiences in baseball. Situated on the edge of San Francisco Bay, the park frequently makes news headlines for its "splash shot" home runs in McCovey Cove. AT&T Park holds 41,915 and is known for features such as its giant Coke bottle, giant baseball glove and statues recognizing past Giants greats. Before moving to AT&T Park, the Giants spent 1960 to 1999 at Candlestick Park, sharing the facility with the NFL's 49ers.
World Series Championships
With seven World Series titles, the Giants rank fifth among all MLB clubs, behind only New York, St. Louis, Oakland and Boston. San Francisco most recently was crowned the MLB's best in 2010 and 2012. In addition to its World Series glory, the team has won the National League Pennant on 22 occasions and its division crown eight times.
San Francisco Giants Roster
The all-time Giants roster is one of baseball's best; the team has more former players and managers enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame than any other team in baseball. Notable hall of famers wearing the Giants cap include Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry. Other hall of famers who spent time with the Giants/Gothams organization include Carl Hubbell, Monte Irvin, George Kelly, Christy Mathewson, John McGraw and Hoyt Wilhelm. More recent stars in San Francisco include Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Will Clark and Matt Williams.
The Giants Spring Training home games are scheduled at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, AZ. The stadium, which has a capacity of 12,000, opened in 1992 and replaced an earlier Spring Training park with the same name, built in 1956. The park also plays host to Arizona Fall League games and was the site of some games in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. The Giants Minor League Baseball affiliates are the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, Advanced-A San Jose Giants, Class-A Augusta GreenJackets, Short-Season A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and rookie league Arizona League Giants and Dominican Summer League Giants.
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