Which A's, Giants player could have number retired next


The annual Bay Bridge Series concludes this weekend with the Giants facing off against the Athletics on Saturday and Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum. 

Ahead of the matchup, NBC Sports Bay Area and California's Giants and A's analysts George Kontos and Dave Stewart discussed possible players who could see their numbers immortalized by each franchise. 

Last weekend, the Giants retired Will Clark's No. 22, and the A's are set to retire Stewart's No.34 on Sept. 11.

For Stewart, the next A's player that the 62-year-old wants to see get their number retired is Carney Lansford. The infielder played ten seasons with the A's after coming over in a trade from the Boston Red Sox in Dec. 1982. 

"The guy that comes to mind is Carney Lansford, number four," Stewart told Kontos. "Carney exemplified everything that you could possibly want when it came to leadership on the field."

"He was the guy that, in the clubhouse, kind of laid down the rules and said, this is how we play the game, this is how we're not going to play the game."

Lansford hit .288 with 94 home runs and 548 RBI from 1982 to 1992 during his time with the A's. Furthermore, the infielder was a key member of the team that won the 1989 World Series over the Giants. 

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Meanwhile, Kontos believes that Tim Lincecum should be the next Giant to have his number retired. The 38-year-old spent nine seasons with San Francisco, from 2007 to 2015, winning two NL Cy Young Awards and three World Series titles in 2010, 2012, and 2014 all while posting a record of 108-83 with an ERA of 3.61. 


"Between Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, I'm going to choose Tim Lincecum's No. 55," Kontos told Stewart. "And what pushed me over the edge on it was the fact that since Timmy left the Bay and went on with his career and retirement and all that, No. 55 has not been given out to a single player."

"From the moment he stepped foot in a major league clubhouse, all he did was dominate. He changed the game. For somebody who had the stature that he did ... The first little guy to throw real hard and really just dominate. Then off the field, just the nicest, most fun-loving guy."

It will be interesting to see if either franchise takes the advice from Kontos and Stewart; nonetheless, the players that the two analysts suggested certainly left their mark in the Bay Area during their tenure with each team. 

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