Fastball Dominance – MLB Pitching Analysis


The most common pitch thrown by a big league pitcher is a four-seam fastball. Although there are a few variations (two-seam, cutter, and so on), the fastball pitch is designed to blaze the ball by the batter before he can properly react to it, or sneak in some late movement to fool him.

We’re looking to analyze and conclude which pitchers are the most dominant when it comes to throwing specific types of pitches – in this case, the fastball.

Specifically, we’re looking at the statistic called “standardized runs by pitch” – in this case, the standardized runs by four-seam fastballs or wFA/C. This represents the amount of runs that the pitcher saved with their fastball over the course of 100 fastballs thrown.

We’re also using “dominance” as an abstract term to describe how well a pitcher has performed this season. This doesn’t mean they have the best or fastest fastball, but rather that their pitch has been the most difficult to hit.

Heaters and Dominance

Let’s take a look at PITCHf/x data for MLB pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched through Aug. 27, 2017, and see who dominates the fastball pitch.


This scatterplot compares dominance against the percentage of time a pitcher throws a fastball. The ideal location here is the upper left quadrant – it represents pitchers who have had the best pitches and used them most often. As of August 27th, one of the notable pitchers here is Clayton Kershaw, the now 16-win pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers who is leading the majors with a 1.95 ERA. Justin Verlander, now of the Houston Astros and Ariel Miranda of the Seattle Mariners are also in this ideal quadrant.

In the lower right quadrant, you’ll find pitchers who haven’t fared well with fastballs, and they’re also not throwing them frequently. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however – they may rely on other pitches. Jason Vargas from the Kansas City Royals, for example, is not known for his fastball, instead relying on other pitches to paint those corners, such as change-ups and sinkers. Masahiro Tanaka from the New York Yankees is in a similar boat – he prefers to throw sliders and splitters.

The upper right quadrant, interestingly, shows pitchers who use the fastball frequently but aren’t necessarily performing well with this pitch. Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles is one example of a high percentage of fastballs paired with results he’d rather not have. Matt Moore from the San Francisco Giants is another pitcher who uses fastballs frequently despite his lack of dominance with this particular pitch.


This chart incorporates the same data but may be a bit clearer to see which pitchers are more dominant with the fastball when compared to their peers. While the top two dominant pitchers have a fastball that reaches blazing speed (Michael Fulmer of the Tigers averages 95.7 mph, and Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox is just slightly behind him at 94.6 mph), not every dominant pitcher throws lightning fastballs, and not every nondominant pitcher has a slow fastball.

This is evident when we check out the third dominant pitcher on the list. R.A. Dickey of the Atlanta Braves is No. 3 here. His fastball average of 83 mph is the opposite of heat – however, Dickey’s favorite pitch is not a fastball. Instead, he relies on knuckleballs, which is understandable due to its deceptive nature and his mastery of the pitch itself.

Toeing the Slab

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Managerial Journeys: Bruce Bochy


Before he won three World Series Championships as the manager of the San Francisco Giants, Bruce Bochy navigated the minor and major leagues as a player. He took lessons learned from behind home plate – as a catcher – and turned them into a successful post-playing career.

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Now with over 20 years of management experience, on top of his almost 15 years as a player, Bochy continues to surprise the baseball world with his continual evolution. But how did he progress from catching in the minors to coaching and winning three World Series with his team? Continue reading to learn about the managerial journey of Bruce Bochy.

Catching Success


Bochy – born in Landes Bussac, France – attended school at Eastern Florida State College where he garnered interest from both the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros. The Houston Astros drafted him in the first round of the 1975 MLB June Draft secondary phase with the 23rd overall pick. He would matriculate through the Astros farm system, playing with Covington, Columbus, Dubuque, and Cocoa before receiving a majors call-up.

He would spend three years in the majors with the Houston Astros, before heading to the New York Mets organization. It would be a one-year stint in their farm system before he’d get a chance at a major league start for the Metropolitans. In fact, Bochy only played 17 games for the Mets, which prompted a move to San Diego to play for the Padres. Over five seasons, he would play more than 200 games for the Padres. After a final year in the minors (1988), Bochy hung up his helmet and looked toward a career in coaching.

Managerial Maestro

Bochy would stay with the Padres organization, going out to coach several of their minor league teams, before ultimately receiving the chance to manage in the big leagues. He took over the Padres in 1995, and just a year later, earned National League Manager of the Year honors. Bochy would only lead the Padres to four postseason appearances during his 12 seasons in charge. He did manage the Padres in a World Series in 1998, losing to the New York Yankees, after having bested the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros in the National League Championship and Division series.

In 2007, Bochy made the move up north to the San Francisco Giants. In four seasons, he would take his side to the World Series – and win. The Giants’ run in 2010 started an on-and-off series of World Series appearances that resulted in the G-Men making it to and winning the World Series every other year from 2010 to 2014. Bochy can happily claim three World Series victories – 2010 over the Texas Rangers, 2012 over the Detroit Tigers, and 2014 over the Kansas City Royals – on his resume now.

Ready for Another One

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Managerial Journeys: Dusty Baker


With over 40 years in baseball – almost 20 as a player and over 20 as a managerDusty Baker, who is currently at the helm of the Washington Nationals, has seen plenty. His journey has taken him from small to large market teams and across the entire U.S. This is one legend who isn’t content with just being a part of America’s pastime – he’s still a part of baseball’s present and future.

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Join us as we take a look at the road Dusty Baker has walked to make it from playing in the minors to coaching World Series contenders.

Player Power, Powerful Player


Born Johnnie B. Baker, the California native entered professional baseball as a player through the 1967 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was selected in the 26th round by the Atlanta Braves. While he did his work in the minors – receiving call-ups every year from 1968 forward – Baker didn’t join the Braves majors squad until 1972.

He would eventually leave the Atlanta Braves and Georgia to return home to the Golden State as a player for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His best stretch as a member of the Blue Crew came between the 1980 and 1982 seasons. Baker would finish in the top 10 of MVP voting twice, attend two All-Star games, earn two Silver Slugger awards, and receive one Gold Glove. Oh, and he also would be a part of the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Champions side.

Baker would round out his playing days playing with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics before starting the next phase of his professional association with baseball.

Move to Management

Dusty Baker assumed the role as manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1993, and he had a better first year than anyone could have expected. The ’93 Giants finished the season with a record of 103-59, which earned Baker NL Manager of the Year honors. He would win the award two more times with the Giants, in 1997 and 2000. Baker almost navigated his team to a World Championship but lost 4-3 in a seven game series against the Anaheim Angels in 2002. That was also the end of his tenure in San Francisco.

He would move eastward to Chicago, where he’d take the Cubs to the postseason in one out of four seasons, before heading to the Cincinnati Reds. Baker’s performance as the manager of the Reds saw his team make it to the postseason in three of his six seasons, but he never advanced further than the first round. All of this experience would take Dusty to the nation’s capital in 2016, where he signed on to manage the Washington Nationals. While he hasn’t replicated the 2002 season in charge of the San Francisco Giants to date, the Nationals represent an excellent opportunity to make a huge playoff push.

A National Treasure

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Vintage Teams: New York Giants


Vintage Teams: New York Giants

You may now know them as the San Francisco Giants, but “The City by the Bay” didn’t always have a professional baseball team. That’s right – this winning club used to reside on the Eastern seaboard in New York. The Giants were one of the many teams that used to call the Big Apple home but ultimately left for new opportunities.

How did the team do before their move? Was there any Hall of Famers on its lineup? Here’s what you need to know about the New York Giants, why they moved west, and who some of their most famous players were.


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Where Did They Come From? Where Did They Go?

Originally, the Giants weren’t even that – they were the New York Gothams who played in the National League. Founded by John B. Day and Jim Mutrie in 1883, it wasn’t until 1885 that the team became the Giants. This franchise once finished with 106 wins in 1904, opting out of the World Series because its ownership believed the American League was the equivalent to the minors. The Giants would agree to postseason rules the following year, win 105 games, and beat the Philadelphia Athletics 4-1.


Their logo alternated throughout the years in color, but the general look didn’t change much. It featured the letters “N” and “Y” overlapping vertically, which helped to distinguish it from the New York Yankees. Their last logo, which ran from 1947 to 1957, is more reminiscent of the San Francisco Giants logo and even used black and orange colors.


It was a poor on-field product and financial woes that made it an economic necessity for the New York Giants to look elsewhere for a home. Their search brought them to the opposite coast, allowing the franchise to shine on its own as the Golden City’s only professional baseball team. Fans of the now-San Francisco Giants have enjoyed the team’s winning ways in recent years, having won three of the last seven World Series.

Who Were Their Stars?

Twelve-time All-Star Mel Ott, whose jersey was retired by the club, played his entire professional career as a member of the New York Giants. He spent his time between right field and third base when he wasn’t knocking the ball out of the park. Ott sent over 500 balls the distance in his 22-year career, with his best year coming in 1942 when he finished third in MVP balloting. While he never won the award, he was in the top 20 in balloting in 13 of his 22 seasons.

Another lifetime player was Carl Hubbell, who played as a pitcher for the New York Giants. He pitched almost 3,600 innings and struck out nearly 1,700 batters. He boasted a win rate of over 62 percent, winning 253 of his 433 career starts. Hubbell was selected as an All-Star nine times and was among the top 10 in MVP balloting for five years – two of which he won!

Giants of the West

It must have been hard to watch the Giants pack up and head west, specifically if you knew the winning ways the club experienced in the past. However, now the citizens of San Francisco are more than happy with the club’s decision to relocate. With a little sunshine and some smart player acquisitions, the once New York Giants turned into perennial pennant contenders once again as the San Francisco Giants.

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Home Run Hot Spots: San Francisco Giants AT&T Park

ATT-Park-HeaderWith spring training in full effect, NorCal residents yearn to watch the San Francisco Giants take the field once again. True fanatics strategically pick their seats at AT&T Park to increase their chances of catching that memorable home run.

Wake Me Up In San Francisco

The Giants got their start in 1883 and are one of the most successful MLB clubs to play in two different home cities. The Cali-based squad originated in New York and operated under the alias “New York Gothams” until 1885 when the team’s nickname – the Giants – stuck. Between the Big Apple and the Golden City, the Giants have achieved a total of eight World Series championships, along with 23 league pennants.  

As the season opener draws near, AT&T Park awaits the return of fan favorites like Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, and Brandon Crawford.

Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge and the elegant Victorian-styled houses, one will find AT&T Park nestled on the edge of downtown, overlooking the sparkling San Francisco Bay. Featuring breathtaking views, a classic urban design, and the latest amenities, AT&T Park comes ready with all the essentials needed to let loose at the ballgame.

While the Pittsburgh Pirates are located across the country, some Giants fans can still be found walking the plank as they attempt to catch the dingers launched into McCovey Cove (named after famed Giants first baseman Willie McCovey). Home runs are coined “splash hits” every time a Giant sinks one dozens of feet beyond the ballpark, right into the surface of the Bay. Baseball legend Barry Bonds holds the title for the most home runs landing in the Cove, making up 35 of the 107 splashdowns that have occurred since the Giants moved to the stadium in 2000. Just be careful not to go overboard!

To give you a head start on the upcoming season, the home run hotheads at Fanatics decided to map all historical home run landing locations. Read on to ensure you get the best seat in the house!

Hitting Bombs by the Bay


Let’s be real here – it’s every fan’s dream to catch a dinger at the convenience of their selected seat. Although the odds of catching a home run is never truly in your favor, our heat maps indicate that sitting alongside the fence line will increase your chances of snagging that scoreboard-adding hit.

You’ll have the most luck catching a homer by situating yourself in sections 102,105,128, or 140. If you’re feeling adventurous, or like a pirate, you can wait patiently onboard a boat in McCovey Cove in hopes of catching a ball.

AT&T Park witnessed a whopping 119 home runs over the past season, with Cincinnati Reds fielder Adam Duvall slamming the longest long ball a distance of 447 feet. It goes without saying that these stats are impressive, but the numbers pale in comparison to Bonds’ record-setting homer, which propelled approximately 499 feet.

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The Evolution of the San Francisco Giants Logo


The National League’s San Francisco Giants are one of the most successful teams to have played in two different home cities. The Giants began their conquest of greatness in 1883 as the New York Gothams. Two seasons later, the Gothams switched the team name to the Giants – a fresh start for National League domination. Under their new title, the team would go on to earn five World Series Championships and seventeen league pennants. In the late 1950’s the Giants management was approached by the mayor of San Francisco to begin relocation negotiations – the rest was history. The newly transitioned team made their debut in San Francisco in 1958, eventually earning three World Series Championships and six league pennants.

The short-lived “New York Gothams” alias quickly changed after adopting the nickname from then-team manager Jim Mutrie referring to his players as “My giants!” The team maintained the name even after their transition over to the west coast. The Giants have also made use of different shades of black, orange and cream. 

AT&T Park – the home of the Giants since April 11th, 2000 – is settled on the edge of downtown, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. After being the first privately owned ballpark in the MLB since the opening of Dodger Stadium in 1962, AT&T Park comes equipped with everything a true fanatic needs to enjoy the ballgame! Peter Magowan, former managing partner, spearheaded the construction of the ballpark and went with a classic urban design that encompasses all of the latest amenities of modern day stadiums. If you’re heading to a game, be sure to snap a photo next to the nine-foot statue of legendary Giants center fielder, Willie Mays.

Crafting a team logo takes many factors into consideration, and modifications are constantly made to keep up the times. We took a look at the #SFGiants logo to see how the team’s emblem has changed since their debut in 1958.

Notable Logo Changes

Since their inception into the National league in 1883, the Giants have utilized many emblems, a lot of which were a product of the organization’s time in the big apple, New York. After the transition from one coast to the other, the San Francisco Giants have continued to make changes while maintaining consistency, using the team’s name in every update.



The initial logo unveiled in San Francisco features the text “Giants” placed diagonally in script on top of a white baseball with orange trim.


Similar to their inaugural logo but the color of the baseball is changed to a lighter shade of orange.


Maintaining loyalty to the logo they started with, the Northern Californian team opts for another minimal change by darkening the shade of the background baseball to a darker orange tone.


Sticking to a similar color pattern; the team redesigns the logo with the text “Giants” written in a bold block-style font with an orange trim. The team name is centered over a baseball with black trim.


The logo remains largely the same after the redesign. Modifications are made to have the text “Giant” appear in a more block-like fashion.


A subtle increase in spacing between the letters of the team name is implemented. The baseball in the background changes colors to look as if it was rubbed in dirt; light-brown shading trails around the perimeter.

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San Francisco Giants Walk-Up Songs


Settled on the edge of downtown San Francisco – complemented with a breathtaking view of the BayAT&T Park is home to the MLB’s San Francisco Giants. Chosen as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year as part of the Sports Business Award program, AT&T Park provides one of the best experiences fans can have watching the Giants dominate their opponents on the home field. This classic urban ballpark comes equipped with all the modern amenities of present-day stadiums. Needless to say, AT&T Park is the ideal location for the Giants allowing fans to connect with their favorite players on a whole new level, especially when it comes to music.

Walk-up songs are the preferred tunes that hype up the player at-bat, as well as the fans rooting in the stands. From hip-hop to rock, country to electronic dance music, the Giants approach the plate to a wide variety of genres.

Golden Gate Jingles


When it comes to signature lyrics, the Giants are batting to the beats of their favorite hip-hop and rap songs – the genre currently dominating the team’s playlist. Out of 36 songs collected, hip-hop/rap make up approximately 36 percent of the compilation, while rock trails behind in second place (22 percent). Shortstop Brandon Crawford and center fielder Denard Span walk up to the plate jammin’ to the likes of Future and the hits produced on his third studio album, “DS2.” On the other side of the spectrum, infielders Joe Panik and Brandon Belt prefer to hear the Brooklyn beats of Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and “Moment of Clarity.”

Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, San Francisco’s pitcher-catcher combo, stray away from their teammates by walking out to the strings of some good old country tunes. Bumgarner prepares for his at-bats by zoning everything out except for the rifts of “Fire on the Mountain” by The Marshall Tucker Band. Buster Posey shares the same music palette as his partner-in-crime and walks out to Brantley Gilbert’s “Hell on Wheels.” The classic sounds of Merle Haggard and Gary Allen round out the rest of the country artists making up the playlist.

Pitcher Hunter Strickland rocks out the hardest as he approaches the plate headbanging to “Back in the Saddle” by Aerosmith and “Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC. Pitcher Jake Peavy enjoys the rock genre as well and walks out to the Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” and “Truckin’.” All horn hands up when these players take the plate!

Bay Beats

Attending a ballgame at AT&T Park is exciting in itself, and getting hyped from the music blaring throughout the stadium is all the more fun. The Giants have just about all the bases covered – with songs ranging from hip-hop/rap to rock, country, and EDM. Fans can relate to the many tunes ushering players to the plate!

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The Beginners Guide to #MLB: Become a Fanatic Overnight: Major League Baseball


Guide to Becoming an MLB Fanatic

Home run! Strike out! Have you heard these phrases screamed in celebratory fashion, but don’t actually know what they mean? You’ve seen baseball games on TV and heard friends and family talk about “RBIs,” but the idea of learning about the sport seems a little daunting. Fear not, we’re here to help you make sense of the differences between “foul” and “fair” – and everything else baseball related – with our Guide to Becoming an MLB Fanatic.

Top of the Order

Older than the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, or the National Hockey League, the MLB reigns as the oldest professional team sport in America. Each year, 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams compete in a 162-game season for the chance to go to the playoffs, and hopefully, win the World Series. These 30 teams are broken evenly into two leagues – American and National – and each league has three divisions.

In both the American and National leagues, the division winners (the teams with the most wins at the end of the season) and one wild card team (determined by a single-elimination playoff game between the two teams with the best records who are not division winners) start the post-season in a best-of-five game series. The winners then progress to a best-of-seven League Championship Series. This all leads up to the World Series, where the winning team gets bragging rights and immortality if they emerge victorious!

At the Plate

Baseball games are broken up into nine innings. There’s a top of the inning, where the visiting team has the opportunity to try and score runs (at-bat), and a bottom of the inning, where the home team gets their turn. Each half-inning concludes when the team on the field (not at-bat) records three outs. Outs can be recorded in several ways, but the most common are when a hitter either strikes out or hits the ball directly to a player in the field and they catch it.

Sometimes, if the game is tied at the end of nine innings, extra innings are required. If that happens, the game will continue until a winner is determined. The winner, either in nine innings or extra innings, is the team with the most runs. Runs are earned when a player progresses to the first, second, and third base before returning to home plate.

It’s the job of the team on the field to help make sure this doesn’t happen. They do this by either striking out the batter, or by tagging him out. Tagging a player out occurs when a runner is touched by a player’s glove that contains the ball before they’ve reached the next base or home plate. Baserunners can also get an out if a fielding player, with the ball, beats them to a plate that they are forced to run toward.


On Deck

There are nine positions on the baseball field, and each position is associated with a number (for scoring purposes). Here are the positions, and some examples of key players in each role (these are the guys whose jerseys you’ll want to pick up from!).

  • Pitchers (1): Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers; David Price, Boston Red Sox
  • Catchers (2): Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants; Brian McCann, New York Yankees
  • First Base (3): Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers; Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Second Base (4): Robinson Canó, Seattle Mariners; Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
  • Third Base (5): Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles; Adrián Beltré, Texas Rangers
  • Short Stop (6): Carlos Correa, Houston Astros; Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Left Field (7): Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals; Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers
  • Center Field (8): Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Right Field (9): Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins; Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs

In the American League, there’s also a position called the DH – Designated Hitter. This person bats in place of the pitcher throughout the rotation. The most well-known DH today would be David Ortiz, who plays for the Boston Red Sox (make sure to see him play soon, though, as he’s retiring at the end of the 2016 season).

Chasing the Pennant

Below, our recommendation for a few teams you should be watching:

  • Chicago Cubs: Owning the mantle for most tortured franchise, the Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. However, with great pitching, hitting, and coaching, the Cubs have the city of Chicago believing that this will be the year they break the curse.
  • San Francisco Giants: Having won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014, the Giants are on a roll. If they can stay healthy (which hasn’t always been their strong suit), perhaps they can add another World Series win in 2016.
  • Baltimore Orioles: With possibly the best young player on any current baseball roster, (Manny Machado, age 24), the “Birds” are currently flying high. There is a lot for fans to be excited about, and the Orioles are hoping their team makes it to the World Series this year.

Walk-Off Winner

Now that you know about innings, the types of players on the field, the star athletes in every position, and even some teams worth checking out, you are ready to emerge as a baseball fan. So grab that foam finger, get ready for peanuts and Cracker Jack, and get yourself out to the ball game. But before you do, get the best official MLB merchandise and apparel from; it’s a home run!                                                      


The Evolution of the San Francisco Giants Jersey


More than any team in the history of sports, no franchise has had as much success in two different locations as the National League’s Giants.

As a franchise, the Giants have eight World Series titles and 23 NL pennants – a record.

Success in NY: 5 World Series Championships and 14 league pennants

Success in San Francisco: 3 World Series Championships and 6 league pennants

In the late 1950s, Giants management sought options to replace the legendary Polo Grounds. The team was approached by the San Francisco mayor, eventually negotiating a deal.

The Giants played in San Francisco for the first time in 1958. To honor the New York Giants, the newly created Mets adopted their orange color, as they did the blue of the departed Brooklyn Dodgers, when they began their club a year later.

Despite playing their games an entire coast apart, the Giants uniforms remained largely the same. Like many of the old-time original ball clubs, history can hold more weight than fashion.

But unlike an unwavering adherence to tradition like their one-time crosstown rival Yankees, the Giants have updated their look through the years, while keeping the logos true to form. They have generally elicited popular reviews for their on-field attire.

Plus, the team has plenty of excitement for fans to cheer about outside of the uniforms.

Fans get to marvel at the daily feats of engineering and imagination floating in McCovey Cove, waiting for a home run ball. They got to witness Barry Bonds break all the home run and walk records. They got to see a man so good he was walked intentionally with the bases loaded. And as a kicker, they are the franchise with the most Hall of Famers as former players.

And recently, with uncanny late-season pitching dominance, great defense, and a bunch of spare parts and pitchers that can hit, the Giants have won three World Series since 2010.

A tip from the Giants – if the uniforms ain’t broke, don’t fix ’em.


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Logo History

1958–1967: The first logo in San Francisco features “Giants” spelled diagonally in script over a white baseball with orange trim.

1968–1972: The baseball becomes a light shade of orange.

1973–1982: The orange shading becomes darker.

1983–1993: They opt for a similar color pattern; the team redesigns the logo with “Giants” written in a bold, featuring noncursive black font with orange trim. The name is placed over a white baseball with a black outline.

1994–1999: The logo remains largely the same, but the font is modified with a more block-like display.

2000–Present: The spacing between letters changes slightly, and the baseball looks like it is rubbed in dirt a bit, with some shading on the perimeter.


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Notable Uniform Changes


1958: The team’s original uniform features a solid button-down jersey with orange trim. The city name and team name is displayed on the road and home uniform respectively. The design was largely retained from the team’s previous New York location.

1977: The Giants make a style switch from a button-down jersey to a pullover style. The team also implements new fonts, and player numbers are added to the left midsection of the jersey. The road uniform is modified from traditional gray to a colorful orange with the city name and matching orange stockings.    

1980: The city name on the orange road uniform is replaced by the team name.

1983: The team returns to a classic button-down style jersey with a new block font used for “Giants”. The numbers are removed from the front of the uniform as well.

1986: The team opts for new road uniforms in the 1980s, placing the emblem from the cap on the left chest.

1994: Jerseys that mirror the modern uniform appear. The jersey features the team name across the chest in black font with orange trim and no piping.

1999: The Giants unveil bold, futuristic uniforms for the MLB’s “Turn Ahead the Clock” promotion.

2000: The Giants incorporate modern accents to the font, and remove player names from the back of the uniforms. The jersey color goes from white to cream, a nod to various historic jerseys, and the collar receives a black and orange piping. Additionally, the road uniforms feature the city name, instead of the monogram logo.

2002: A black alternate uniform is unveiled with orange piping and the city letters logo on the left breast. The players also rock a traditional black cap with the signature “SF” letters in orange.


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2010: The Giants unveil orange uniforms with classic block lettering and no number on the front.

2012: Players wear 1912 throwback uniforms with pinstripes and a monogram “NY” on the left sleeve.

2014: A new orange alternate uniform is released with classic ’70s-style lettering instead of the bold and block font that the previous jersey used. The left midsection number returns.

2016: The Giants wear the traditional home and away uniform combinations with the team name at home and city name on the road.

Looking Back to Look Forward

The San Francisco Giants have nine numbers retired in their history, in addition to two “NY”s retired, for New York Giants players Christy Mathewson and John McGraw, who played without numbers:

No.3 – Bill Terry

No.4 – Mel Ott

No.11 – Carl Hubbell

No.20 – Monte Irvin

No.24 – Willie Mays

No.27 – Juan Marichal

No.30 – Orlando Cepeda

No.36 – Gaylord Perry

No.44 – Willie McCovey


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Given the championships during the past few years with players that few would consider Hall of Famers, an opportunity exists presently to honor the core involved in the recent string of success. Names like Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, and Pablo Sandoval.

As for the uniforms themselves deviating too much from their classic look? Maybe by the time someone breaks the Bonds home run record.

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Highlighting AT&T Park

Ballpark Spotlight of AT&T Park

The eight-time World Series Champions San Francisco Giants have called their current ballpark home since 2000. With its seating capacity of 41,503, there is plenty of room and tons of amenities for their fans. The Giants have shared their home field with a few other sports over the last decade and a half, and the stadium is used for other events on occasion (a bit of trivia: AT&T Park is where Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian). As with most sports teams, the Giants enjoy a substantial hometown advantage when they take the field on game day.

Collecting Those Wins at Home

Hometown advantage of the Giants at AT&T park

When the Giants amble onto the field at AT&T Park, they know that the odds are in their favor more than when they play away games. Their win percentage at their home park is over 55 percent, which is better than their overall win percentage of around 53 percent over 133 years of play.

Fans hoping to catch their team winning a game have plenty of choices for seating around the park, including a ton of luxury seating options. In addition to traditional suites, patrons can sit in what’s known as Triples Alley, after staff escorts them along the warning track 30 minutes prior to game time. All fans can enjoy statues of famous players scattered throughout the park.

Runs for the Home Team

Average runs scored at AT&T park

The Giants also tend to score more points at home than their opponents do when looking at averages over the course of the last 16 seasons they’ve called AT&T Park home. Their average runs scored sits at a little over 4.26, while the average runs allowed holds at 3.96 per game. While it may not seem like a huge run differential, those averages do add up to more success at home.

This is good news for Giants fans, who have a few ways of getting to the park, including by car, taxi, or public transit. Those getting a workout of their own as they commute to a game on bike can take advantage of the park’s secure biking facility. There is also an abundance of food vendors on site, and PETA has designated AT&T Park as the most vegetarian-friendly MLB park in 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2014.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

San Francisco Giants game attendance since 1890

The San Francisco Giants baseball team did not start out in San Francisco, nor did they start out as the Giants – the first inception of the team could be found in New York, where they played under the name the New York Gothams for the first two years. They were called the New York Giants from 1885 to 1957. The team relocated to San Francisco for the 1958 season, and while their home field has changed locations and names over the years, they’ve remained a San Fran staple since.

Their current home field opened for the 2000 season as the first privately financed ballpark in the majors since 1962, and attendance grew sharply after the team settled into (what was then known as) Pacific Bell Park. The stadium has undergone two name changes since, and the team boasts an average attendance of 39,499 and a season win percentage average of 51.07 at their newest digs.

In addition to the obvious allure of seeing their favorite team take the field, fans at AT&T Park have plenty to do on game day. The locale has several unique features, such as gigantic slides linked to a huge Coca-Cola bottle, a 26-foot-high baseball glove, Little Giants Park for young fans, and of course, the foghorn that blares after each home run and win. An interesting feature is the distance from home plate to fans in the first row of seats – at 48 feet, these fans are closer to the plate than the pitcher is.

AT&T Park Is Tops

While AT&T Park provides an amazing home field advantage for its anchor tenant, the park also gives Giants fans a host of ways to enhance and enjoy their game-day experience: from different seating options and amenities to safety and security.

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Using, we looked at the winning percentage, runs scored, and home attendance of the San Francisco Giants and focused on their time playing at AT&T Park.