While the 2007 season officially ended Sunday, I want you to know that the Giants have used the last month and a half to prepare our team for the 2008 campaign. For the first time since I became the general manager at the end of the 1996 season, we were not playing meaningful games in September. While this is obviously unacceptable, it gave Bruce Bochy, the baseball operations staff and me the opportunity to start mapping out the future of the San Francisco Giants. We realize that your patience has been tested over the last three seasons, but I can tell you that I was personally enthused by the performances of some of our young players in September.
Moving forward, the Giants will try to build the club around pitching, speed and defense – three attributes that suit both AT&T Park and the National League West. We took some initial steps in this direction during the second half of the season and played .500 baseball (21-21) over the last six weeks of the season.
In looking back at this past season, I know that I am as frustrated with this team as all of you are. Finishing in last place is never acceptable, however when looking inside the numbers it's clear that this club was consistently competitive in many games throughout the season. In fact, the Giants played the most games decided by two runs or less in the majors this season (94, 39-55). The margin for error in many of these games is very slim, and unfortunately we made mistakes at critical times throughout the season to end up where we did. If we can shore up a few key areas over the winter, we could take great strides in turning our record around in close ballgames and this makes me optimistic that we are closer than many believe.
I know many of you have questions entering the off-season, so in an effort to give you as many answers as I can at this point, you'll find a transcript from my on-line chat session Monday.
Click here to read the on-line chat transcript
Along with Bruce and his players, I would like to thank you for your continued support of Giants baseball. Our young players, especially our pitching, are reasons for optimism and I look forward to success that will come this team's way in the future.
Brian R. Sabean
Senior Vice President and General Manager
San Francisco Giants
So, what do you think—can the Giants turn things around for next year? And if so, which young pitcher are they going to have to trade to do it?