Everything You Need to Know About the Giants in 2019
They're one of the most storied franchises in baseball. They play in one of the best ballparks in the nation. And they have one of the most loyal and vocal fan bases in the league. They're your San Francisco Giants, and they're back for another season of big hits, stunning plays, and hopefully some additional hardware.
As they get ready to play ball in San Francisco, we've got your preview of the Giants' 2019 season right here.
A Turning Point
While there's never a bad time to be had at the ballpark, it's no secret that the Giants have struggled. Plagued by injuries and rising competition, the Giants have finished at the bottom of their division the past two seasons. They have the power and the potential to be contenders. Will this be the year they get their mojo back?
The Giants' infield could be one of the most formidable in the league. First baseman Brandon Belt had a strong offensive spring, totaling eight hits in a three-game span. Second baseman Joe Panik had an even more astonishing start, racking up a .472 batting average in spring training. Three-time Gold Glove Award-winning shortstop Brandon Crawford and veteran third baseman Evan Longoria round out a well-oiled infield that puts Giants' pitchers at ease—and makes opposing batters nervous.
The outfield currently features veteran Mac Williamson, who has spent his entire career with the Giants, and relative newcomers Steven Duggar and Michael Reed. The bullpen has a number of familiar, reliable faces, including Mark Melancon, Jeff Samardzija, and 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner. Keep an eye on the young Dereck Rodriguez as well as Drew Pomeranz, fresh from the World Series champion Boston Red Sox. They could both add some much needed heat to the rotation.
And who could forget catcher Buster Posey? Having won three World Series titles, caught three no-hitters, and become recognized everywhere as the face of the Giants, Buster now starts his tenth season in San Francisco.
The End of One Era...
As Buster marks a milestone in his career, longtime manager Bruce Bochy is marking the end of his own. Having been with the team for more than a decade, and in managerial positions across the league since the mid-90s, Bruce Bochy announced that the 2019 season would be his last in baseball. Can the Giants rally to bring their skipper one more championship?
The Start of Another
You might notice something different about the ballpark this year: its name. Now known as Oracle Park, the home of the Giants still has the same great amenities to offer guests. There is unbelievable, locally sourced food. There are behind-the-scenes tours that take you to places only the players go. You can even rent a yacht with the Giants for a special event!
One of the new additions to the ballpark this year is a massive 4K video board in center field. It's the first of its kind in major league baseball and guarantees there are no bad seats.
So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now. Don't miss your chance to be part of the one of the greatest fan experiences anywhere!