How Bad the 2013 #SFGiants Record Ranks Among AT&T, Franchise History

At 57-72, the Giants could certainly have it worse. They could not have gotten theirs in two of the last three years. They could have a history of losing at AT&T Park. They could have the worst record in the league. The Giants have none of those things, and Giants fans don’t have a wealth of matters to whine and complain about like fans in other organizations might. Really, with the 57-72 record and .442 win-% the Gigantes are sporting, I knew it wasn’t too awful, but I did wonder how bad it was within their franchise history and at their new yard as well. Behold! The ranking of the organizations by win percentage by the Giants through all time:

Rk Year Tm Lg G W L Ties W-L% ▾ Finish Top Player Managers
115 2008 San Francisco Giants NL West 162 72 90 0 .444 4th of 5 Tim Lincecum” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/linceti01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>T.Lincecum (8.1) Bruce Bochy (72-90)
116 1992 San Francisco Giants NL West 162 72 90 0 .444 5th of 6 Bill Swift” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/swiftbi02.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>B.Swift (4.6) Roger Craig (72-90)
117 1974 San Francisco Giants NL West 162 72 90 0 .444 5th of 6 Jim Barr” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/barrji01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>J.Barr (6.9) Charlie Fox (34-42) and Wes Westrum (38-48)
118 2013 San Francisco Giants NL West 129 57 72 0 .442 5th of 5 Buster Posey” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/poseybu01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>B.Posey (4.4) Bruce Bochy (57-72)
119 2007 San Francisco Giants NL West 162 71 91 0 .438 5th of 5 Matt Cain” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cainma01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>M.Cain (4.3) Bruce Bochy (71-91)
120 1979 San Francisco Giants NL West 162 71 91 0 .438 4th of 6 Jack Clark” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clarkja01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>J.Clark (3.5) Joe Altobelli (61-79) and Dave Bristol (10-12)
121 1956 New York Giants NL 154 67 87 0 .435 6th of 8 Willie Mays” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mayswi01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>W.Mays (7.6) Bill Rigney (67-87)
122 1944 New York Giants NL 155 67 87 1 .435 5th of 8 Mel Ott” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ottme01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>M.Ott (5.2) Mel Ott (67-87)
123 1900 New York Giants NL 141 60 78 3 .435 8th of 8 Kip Selbach” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/selbaki01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>K.Selbach (5.2) Buck Ewing (21-41) and George Davis (39-37)
124 1996 San Francisco Giants NL West 162 68 94 0 .420 4th of 4 Barry Bonds” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bondsba01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>B.Bonds (9.7) Dusty Baker (68-94)
125 1984 San Francisco Giants NL West 162 66 96 0 .407 6th of 6 Chili Davis” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/davisch01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>C.Davis (5.1) Frank Robinson (42-64) and Danny Ozark (24-32)
126 1899 New York Giants NL 153 60 90 3 .400 10th of 12 Cy Seymour” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/seymocy01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>C.Seymour (5.6) John Day (29-35) and Fred Hoey (31-55)
127 1946 New York Giants NL 154 61 93 0 .396 8th of 8 Johnny Mize” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mizejo01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>J.Mize (6.3) Mel Ott (61-93)
128 1985 San Francisco Giants NL West 162 62 100 0 .383 6th of 6 Mike Krukow” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/krukomi01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>M.Krukow (3.5) Jim Davenport (56-88) and Roger Craig (6-12)
129 1901 New York Giants NL 141 52 85 4 .380 7th of 8 Christy Mathewson” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mathech01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>C.Mathewson (9.0) George Davis (52-85)
130 1943 New York Giants NL 156 55 98 3 .359 8th of 8 Mickey Witek” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/witekmi01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>M.Witek (2.8) Mel Ott (55-98)
131 1902 New York Giants NL 141 48 88 5 .353 8th of 8 C.Mathewson (4.4) Horace Fogel (18-23), Heinie Smith (5-27) and John McGraw (25-38)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/25/2013.

So, bottom 10% in franchise history… and if the Giants were to catch the 1996 Giants, you would not find me shocked, playing with more young players in September while finishing with an 11-22 record. My faith in this year’s installation of the San Francisco Giants is not high, and I hope you can understand where I’m coming from. However, they will not have a player accumulating 9.7 rWAR like the amazing Barry Bonds did in 1996 when he only walked 151 times, thirty of those being of the intentional variety.

Looking at the Giants year-by-year while at 3rd and King, the number of winning seasons (9) outnumber the amount of losing seasons the Giants have had (4), last seeing such a season in 2008 when they capped off their four straight sub-.500 seasons, when Tim Lincecum was at the peak of his powers.

Rk Year Tm G W L W-L% Finish Top Player Managers
1 2013 San Francisco Giants 129 57 72 .442 5th of 5 B.Posey (4.4) Bruce Bochy (57-72)
2 2012 San Francisco Giants 162 94 68 .580 1st of 5 B.Posey (7.4) Bruce Bochy (94-68)
3 2011 San Francisco Giants 162 86 76 .531 2nd of 5 Pablo Sandoval” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sandopa01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>P.Sandoval (6.0) Bruce Bochy (86-76)
4 2010 San Francisco Giants 162 92 70 .568 1st of 5 Aubrey Huff” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/huffau01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>A.Huff (5.4) Bruce Bochy (92-70)
5 2009 San Francisco Giants 162 88 74 .543 3rd of 5 T.Lincecum (7.6) Bruce Bochy (88-74)
6 2008 San Francisco Giants 162 72 90 .444 4th of 5 T.Lincecum (8.1) Bruce Bochy (72-90)
7 2007 San Francisco Giants 162 71 91 .438 5th of 5 M.Cain (4.3) Bruce Bochy (71-91)
8 2006 San Francisco Giants 161 76 85 .472 3rd of 5 Jason Schmidt” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/schmija01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>J.Schmidt (4.0) Felipe Alou (76-85)
9 2005 San Francisco Giants 162 75 87 .463 3rd of 5 Noah Lowry” href=”http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lowryno01.shtml?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=Share&utm_campaign=ShareTool”>N.Lowry (4.8) Felipe Alou (75-87)
10 2004 San Francisco Giants 162 91 71 .562 2nd of 5 B.Bonds (10.6) Felipe Alou (91-71)
11 2003 San Francisco Giants 161 100 61 .621 1st of 5 B.Bonds (9.2) Felipe Alou (100-61)
12 2002 San Francisco Giants 162 95 66 .590 2nd of 5 B.Bonds (11.8) Dusty Baker (95-66)
13 2001 San Francisco Giants 162 90 72 .556 2nd of 5 B.Bonds (11.9) Dusty Baker (90-72)
14 2000 San Francisco Giants 162 97 65 .599 1st of 5 B.Bonds (7.7) Dusty Baker (97-65)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/25/2013.

This also serves as a reminder that Aubrey Huff was the team leader in rWAR in 2010, what a season that was for him. Also, it reminds me that I miss Noah Lowry. The 2013 Giants do not yet have the worst win percentage since 2000, being beat out by the 2007 Giants, but they are only .004 away from tying them. They don’t have far to go to get people talking about “worsts,” but the front office appears to believe the Giants are not many pieces away from seriously competing again, meaning they’ll have you believing 2013 will be more of an outlier than the beginning of a losing pattern. We’ll see what everybody thinks in the off-season.

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