Ten best players to suit up for Giants, A's during MLB careers
Mike Aldrete’s career has come full circle as he found his way to the A’s as the first and third base coach. Before that, he had time on both Bay Area teams.
The utility player was drafted by the Giants in the 7th round of the 1983 MLB Draft out of Stanford and spent three seasons there hitting .285 with 274 hits in 1,111 plate appearances.
Before he was outside of the foul lines for the A’s, he was playing multiple positions with the team from 1993-95.
Pitcher Vida Blue spent the majority of his career with the A’s. Across those nine seasons, he boasted a 2.95 ERA in 273 games which was good for a 1.165 WHIP.
Blue’s time with the Giants (multiple stints) was just as successful with a 3.52 ERA across six seasons.
Across both teams, he was a six-time All-Star selection with a Cy Young and MVP Award thrown in there too.
Hall of Fame infielder Joe Morgan played in just one season with the A’s -- the final season of his 22-year career, but it was his time with the Giants that was interesting.
Before his 1981-82 stint with San Francisco, Morgan had been selected to 10 All-Star Games, and won two World Series rings and five Gold Glove awards. The only Silver Slugger award he received was in 1982 at the age of 38. He was also in NL MVP talks when he hit .289/.400/.438 with 14 home runs.
Speaking of Hall of Famers.
Willie McCovey also has a huge spot in the hearts of anyone associated with the Giants. There’s an entire cove named after him.
His Giants' numbers stand out, of course. In 19 seasons, he batted .274/.377/.524 with 469 homers. He was also a six-time All-Star.
Oh, and he played for Oakland in just 11 games during the 1976 season.
Outfielder Willie McGee was born in San Francisco but spent the majority of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He would come back to the Bay after the Cards traded him to the A’s in August of 1990. He played in just 29 regular-season games with Oakland, but was able to play in the postseason.
He would eventually sign with the Giants that offseason as a free agent and hit with a .301 average in his four seasons with the Orange and Black.
Very few players can say they were loved equally by both the Giants and A’s fans. Barry Zito is one of those.
Zito split his career down the middle between both teams. He would end his 15-year career with three All-Star selects and a lot of time in the Bay Area.
In 2002, with the A’s, he boasted a 2.75 ERA with 182 strikeouts in 229 1/3 innings. He won the Cy Young Award that season.
Across eight seasons with the Giants, in 197 starts, he totaled a 4.62 ERA. He would then return to the A’s in 2015 and announce his retirement that fall.
Yusmeiro Petit was a 2014 postseason hero for the Giants.
Now, he remains one of the secret weapons for the A’s. Across his last two seasons, he totals a 2.86 ERA and 0.915 WHIP.
Four-time All-Star pitcher Tim Hudson went 20-6 in 2000 and was part of the Big Three with the A’s that included Zito and Mark Mulder.
He spent a majority of his career with the Atlanta Braves, but finished his career with the Giants and won a World Series in 2014.
Pitcher Santiago Casilla split his career into two as well divided by a bridge. He just was smart and made sure his Giants seasons were during those imperative “even years.”
He was also part of a rather impressive bullpen (3.01 ERA in 2014) that possessed Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt and Petit.
Outfielder Dave Henderson was known for his time with the A’s from 1988-93 when he earned an All-Star selection in 1991. He had also been in MVP talks twice throughout his A’s stint.
The late Henderson was also part of that impressive 1989 World Series team.
He spent just one season with the Giants for 15 games via a trade with the Boston Red Sox.