Oct 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielderTravis Ishikawa
hits a single against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning during game five of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Today, the San Francisco Giants signed Left Fielder Travis Ishikawa to a 1 year $1.1 million dollar deal, avoiding arbitration. We all remember Ishikawa as the underdog who hit the 3-run walk-off home run in Game 5 of the 2014 NLCS, allowing the Giants to advance to their 3rd World Series in 5 years.
Ishikawa, who was with the Giants when they won the 2010 World Series, had started his 2014 season in Pittsburgh before the Pirates acquired Ike Davis. Once Davis was acquired, Ishikawa went to the Minor Leagues before joining the Giants. Ironically, the Giants eliminated the Pirates in the 2014 NL Wild Card game 8-0.
In 2011, when Ishikawa received his 2010 World Series ring, he was no longer playing with the Giants. Some of us remember he was wearing his jersey and jeans, not in the usual baseball garb the rest of the players were wearing. He was no longer playing baseball at that time, and was considering giving it up altogether.
Needless to say, he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012 after deciding to give baseball another chance.
It comes as no surprise the Giants have faith in Ishikawa, even if they plan to either keep him as a bench player or platoon him in Left Field. During the regular season last season, he had a .252 batting average and 18 RBI, after having played 62 games. Above it all, he will have a shiny new World Series ring to add to his collection when the Giants receive their rings in April, 2015.