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Jimmy Ray Hart played 11 seasons for the Giants from 1963-1973. He burst onto the scene, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 1964. The power hitting third baseman and outfielder had a slashline of .282/.348/.474 for an OPS of .823 as a Giant. The 1966 All-Star was often overshadowed by Hall of Famers Mays and McCovey. Injuries hurt his career numbers as well. However, his 175 home runs as a Giant have not been forgotten by the organization or the fan base. Hart passed away in May but his memory will live on with Giants fans for generations.Jim Ray Hart
is remembered by Giants broadcasters after his death this season.
Giants fans who didn’t grow up watching Jim Barr pitch became aware of him in 2014 when Yusmeiro Petit broke his National League record of 42 straight batters without allowing a hit. Barr set his record in 1972 over just two games.
Against Pittsburgh, he walked pitcher Bob Moose to open the third inning, then retired the game’s last 21 batters. Against St. Louis, he retired the first 20. The streak was broken on Bernie Carbo’s double in the seventh.
Barr was asked about Petit breaking his record.
"“I was happy for him. All records are made to be broken, they say. If he was going to break my record, I was hoping he’d go all the way and get the big one, and he did.”"
Ten of Barr’s 12 seasons in the big leagues was in San Francisco. Over 1800.1 innings for the Giants from 1971 through 1978 and again in 1982-1983, Barr won 90 games with a 3.41 ERA.
Barr helps to honor Petit for breaking the Major League record with 46 consecutive outs.
Darrell Evans was traded to the Giants in 1976 and played eight seasons in San Francisco. The first and third baseman was a staple in the middle of the order for the Giants in the late 70’s and early 80’s. His best season with the Giants may have been his last. In 1983, Evans slashed .277/.378/.516 for an OPS of .894, over 100 points higher than in 1982.
Some of Evans career highlights include winning a World Series with the Tigers in 1984 and having 30 homer seasons for three different teams.
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Jason Schmidt joined the Giants in 2001 and the success was instant. For six seasons, Schmidt dominated. The three time All-Star had his best seasons in San Francisco. Schmidt went 78-37 with a 3.36 ERA and 1065 strikeouts over 1069.2 innings. Schmidt pitched 14 years in the major leagues and never had an ERA under 4 except for five of the six seasons at AT&T Park. 2003 was his best season, going 17-5 with a 2.34 ERA and 0.953 WHIP. He also had an incredible ERA+ of 180, which is the highest in San Francisco history. Tim Lincecum‘s 171 ERA+ was the second highest during his second Cy Young season in 2009.
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