The Short History of Baseball: The 2010s



Hello and welcome to story 12 of 12 of my look at the most significant events in MLB history as well as some of my favourite MLB stories, decade by decade.

In this edition I shall be looking at the 2010's and here is what I shall be talking about: 2010-2014 – Giants World Series Dominance 2011 – David Freese and Game 6 of the World Series 2015 – Inning 7 of Game 5 of the ALDS 2016 – Jose Fernandez’s Tragic Death

2010-2014 – Giants World Series Dominance

Ever since the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 they had had not won the World Series, losing in 1962, 1989 and 2002.

In 2010 they had put together a team capable of going all the way. Their manager was Bruce Bochy. Behind the pitching of two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain as well as rookies Madison Bumgarner (slingy left handed pitcher) and catcher Buster Posey they were a formidable outfit. The latter won the NL Rookie of the Year that year.

The Giants won the NL West by 2 games from the San Diego Padres. They defeated the Braves in 4 games in the NLDS with all 4 games having just 1 run between the teams. They would beat the Phillies in 6 games in the NLCS due to 3 saves by Brian Wilson but the series MVP was Cody Ross who went 7-20 with 2 walks in the series with 3 home runs.

The Giants would face the Texas Rangers in the World Series and would win it in 5 games thanks mainly due to the efforts of Edgar Renteria who went 7-17 in the series with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs. 2 years later they were in the postseason again, winning the NL West 8 games ahead of their rivals, the Dodgers.

The team was largely the same but they had acquired Angel Pagan from the Mets in the offseason and acquired Marco Scutaro and Hunter Pence at the end of July which gave them a real boost heading to the postseason. 2 years on from winning the Rookie of the Year and the World Series, Buster Posey would add NL MVP to his list of honours in 2012.

Coming from behind was the theme of the first 2 series in the postseason for the Giants. They lost the first 2 games at home in the NLDS to the Reds but managed to win the next 3 to progress to the NLCS where they would face the St. Louis Cardinals.

They lost 3 out of the first 4 games of the NLCS but like the NLDS they reeled off 3 straight wins thanks mostly to the efforts of Marco Scutaro who went 14-28 in the series and their pitching staff. They won the last 3 games the Giants outscored the Cardinals 20-1.