Giants Cards of the Mid 1970s

Thursday, September 17, 2009

1988 Topps Giants - Part 1

The "team leaders" cards in the late 80s didn't do much for me. I liked the information on the backs, but the fronts just weren't all that great.

Team Record: 83-79, 4th NL West, 11.5 games behind the Dodgers
Attendance: 1,785,297 (9th of 12)
Team Batting: .248 (5th in NL)
Team Home Runs: 113 (3rd in NL)
Team ERA: 3.40 (6th in NL)
Team Fielding: .980 (2nd in NL)
Gold Glove Winners: none
NL All Stars: Will Clark (starting 1B), Robby Thompson (2B, did not play)

The 1988 season was Roger Craig's third full season as the Giants' manager. The Giants won the NL West in 1987 and in 1989, but stumbled in 1988. Craig ended up spending 7 full seasons (1986-1992) and part of another one (1985) as the SF manager.

Bob Brenly batted .189 with five homers in 206 at bats in 1988. It was a significant drop-off from his performance in 1987 and he was released after the season. Bob signed with the Toronto Blue Jays and played part of the 1989 season for the Jays. He was released in July and signed with the Giants to help with their '89 pennant drive. Brenly retired after the 1989 season.

Kirt Manwaring batted .250 in 40 games. He spent a large portion of the season in AAA Phoenix.

Bob Melvin was the Giants' starting catcher. He batted .234 with eight homers in 273 at bats. After the season Bob was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Terry Kennedy.

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