The San Francisco Giants enjoyed a great run in 2012 that ended with another World Championship to place on their mantle. With Spring Training opening around the league, the Giants are hoping to enjoy a repeat performance and they’re bringing back some familiar faces to get it done.
Before the confetti had even been swept off the streets of San Francisco, general manager Brian Sabean quickly re-signed three key members of their championship run in Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Jeremy Affeldt. On top of that, the Giants also brought familiar additions to the club this year, signing Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez, who were with the club when the Giants won it all back in 2010.
In all, 21 of the players who celebrated in Detroit last fall will be back this season to take another run at it. All five starting pitchers, the entire lineup and six key relievers all stick around from last season. The only departures from the World Series roster are Guillermo Mota, Aubrey Huff, Ryan Theriot and Xavier Nady along with Brian Wilson, who remains a free agent after his second Tommy John surgery.
The team hopes their familiarity will give them a fast start to the season as they try to become the first National League club to repeat as champs since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds. They’ll have to do so against a vastly improved division, but will have the belief of a united locker room about their own abilities to fall back on.
So while the Los Angeles Dodgers hand out blank checks, the St. Louis Cardinals bring up their star-studded crop of prospects, the Atlanta Braves reunite the Upton brothers and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals all added key pieces, the Giants stay pat. After all, why mess with success?