San Francisco Giants:One Hit Blunders (Part Two)
Oct 4, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays hat and glove lay in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Shea Hillenbrand was traded to the Giants in July of 2006. He came over along with Vinnie Chulk for Jeremy Accardo to provide some thump in the lineup for the stretch fun.
Unfortunately, the Giants got someone at the tail end of his career, and nobody knew it since he was only 30 at the time.
He wasn’t awful, .248 average, 9 home runs and 29 RBI’s in 60 games. But he also wasn’t special like he was the year prior when he made the All-Star team. Or even the two years before that when he was a feared hitter in Arizona (.267, 17 home runs and .310, 15 home runs respectively).
The team finished in third that year, and Hillenbrand went on to play one more year, splitting time in Los Angeles with the Dodgers and the Angels.