Mar. 7, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; A general view of the Scottsdale Stadium prior to the spring training game between the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE
There once was a period of transition at third base that was a lot more difficult than we have seen lately. After Matt Williams was traded, one of the best pure hitters in the league took over and made the trade look even better than it was.
But after Bill Mueller left four years later, the team tried to hand the position to Russ Davis and then Pedro Feliz. Davis didn’t impress, and Feliz wasn’t quite ready yet. And when the Giants saw an opportunity to get David Bell for Desi Relaford, they jumped at it.
The 2002 season started with a lineup of absolute mashers. Barry Bonds(46), Jeff Kent(37), Reggie Sanders(23), and Bell(20) all had 20 or more home runs. And Benito Santiago(16), Rich Aurilia(15), and even Damon Minor(10) had double digits.
So the team didn’t really need his bat, but they got it. And they also got a veteran who was a decent fielder, and his light shined brightest in the spotlight.
He hit .412 in the NLCS against the St Louis Cardinals and scored the winning run on Kenny Lofton‘s single to right in the 9th inning in game five.
He then hit .304 in the World Series against the Anaheim Angels, driving in 4 runs and driving in the go ahead run in the eighth inning of game four.