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The San Francisco Giants are among the oldest baseball teams in the Major Leagues. Their winning ways have garnered them the National League pennant 21 times; and their 18 appearances in the World Series are tied for first place in the NL with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. They began as the New York Giants in the Polo Grounds of Manhattan, New York, where they won five World Series championships. The team moved to San Francisco in 1958. Since then, the Giants have won just one World Series title, in 2010. Among the Giants most notable players are Christy Mathewson, Willie McCovey, Bobby Thomson, and Willie Mays.
AT&T Park, Home to the San Francisco Giants
San Francisco's AT&T Park has been the Giants' home since 2000. Formerly known as Pacific Bell Park and SBC Park, AT&T Park features a tall outfield wall in right field known as Levi's Landing, which separates the park from San Francisco Bay. The area of the bay directly beyond the park is known as McCovey Cove, named after Giants slugger Willie McCovey, who often hit blasts into that part of the bay. A ""Splash Hits"" counter sits just to the left of the right field foul pole, counting how many home runs have landed in McCovey Cove.
San Francisco Giants and the National League West
The San Francisco Giants are in the National League West division, along with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. The Giants have captured seven NL West division titles, 21 NL pennants, and a total of six World Series championships. The Giants most famous rivalry is with the Los Angeles Dodgers-a bitter feud that has lasted since before 1900, when the two teams were cross-town rivals in New York City. When the Giants and Dodgers play, there's no telling what will happen, as evidenced by the infamous Juan Marichal/John Roseboro incident in 1965.
San Francisco Giants 2012 Team Outlook
The San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series title, but they followed that up with a rather uninspiring 2011 season, finishing a full eight games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West. As always, the Giants will have one of the best starting pitching corps in baseball with pitchers like Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain at the top of the rotation, but pitching has never been their problem; instead, it was the offense that let them down last year. The problem is only made worse by the departure of Carlos Beltran, the man brought in at the trading deadline last year to anchor their weak-hitting lineup. The Giants will have to hope for big things from Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera, the newest free agents added to the roster, but that might be asking for a bit too much. On the bright side, Buster Posey should be back this year, but even he may not be enough to fix the anemic offense of the Giants.