Nine eye-popping statistics from Giants, A's legends
Rickey Henderson slides in
You simply cannot talk about the A’s without mentioning Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.
In 25 seasons, the “Man of Steal,” stole 1,406 bases, an all-time record.
He’s also baseball’s only 10/100 man. During the 1982 season, he had 10 homers and stole 130 bases.
The Freak piled up the Ks
Beloved Bay Area pitcher Tim Lincecum had a major league record 136 consecutive multi-strikeout outings to start his career.
Khris Davis is known for doing two things: Hitting with a .247 average, and hitting home runs.
From 2015-18, Davis hit with that exact .247 each season.
Say Hey Kid does it all
Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays’ lists of accomplishments would make anyone blush.
Twenty All-Star selections, two MVP Awards, 12 Gold Glove Awards, a batting title and a two-time All-Star MVP.
More than that, he became the NL’s first 30-30 player (30 home runs/30 stolen bases) in 1956 when he hit 36 home runs and stole 40 bags. He then followed that by becoming the first repeat 30-30 player in 1957.
His 660 homers across his illustrious 22-year career are the fifth most on the all-time list.
Two-time Gold Glove Award winner Matt Olson burst onto the scene in 2016. He would only play in 11 games that season, but after that, there was no turning back. The A’s had created a monster.
The A’s first baseman didn’t hit a single home run in his first 19 career games, but went on to hit 25 home runs over his next 52 games. According to Ryan Spaeder, Olson's 71 games to reach 25 home runs was the third-fastest in history.
Barry Bonds owns the record book
Let’s hope we can fit a fraction of Barry Bonds’ accomplishments on one slide.
For starters, he still holds the record for most career home runs with 762 -- 586 of them were with the Giants.
He slashed a career .303/.387/.655 after falling behind 0-2 in the count from 2002-04.
Bonds also holds the record for most career walks (2,558) and intentional walks (688).
The seven-time MVP made his debut in 1986. From that point on, through 1996, he had 334 home runs and 380 stolen bases. According to Ryan Spaeder, no other player in the history of the game has been able to eclipse those numbers in their entire career.
The Bash Brothers made a splash
These two deserve their own slide.
Imagine if Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire were playing in today’s era of baseball. We would not be worthy.
From 1986 to 1992, The Bash Brothers combined to hit 450 total home runs. Four of those were from when Canseco was with the Texas Rangers.
Big Mac’s rookie season in 1987 was one for the books when he hit 49 homers, and slugged for a .618 average. But that’s about all he could do. He stole only 12 bases across his entire 16-year career.
For Canseco, from 1985-2001, he hit 462 home runs. Nobody else in the American League during that time surpassed that number.
MadBum was one of a kind
The “even-year magic,” the 2010, ‘12, and ‘14 World Series title the Giants captured, had Madison Bumgarner at the top of the world -- and parade floats.
In those three World Series, MadBum allowed one run over 36 innings pitched. His 0.25 ERA (yes, seriously) is the lowest in Fall Classic history.
Both MadBum and his longtime catcher Buster Posey, both hit a grand slam on the same day (July 13, 2014) to become the first pitcher-catcher combo in history to combine for two slams.