The 1993 Giants season was their 111th in Major League Baseball and their 36th in San Francisco. In the offseason, Barry Bonds left the Pirates to sign a lucrative free agent contract worth a then-record $43.75 million over 6 years with the Giants, with whom his father spent the first 7 years of his career, and with whom his godfather Willie Mays played 22 of his 24 Major League seasons. The deal was at that time the largest in baseball history, in terms of both total value and average annual salary. To honor his father, Bonds switched his jersey number to 25 once he signed with the Giants, as it had been Bobby's number in San Francisco. (His number during most of his stay with the Pirates, 24, was retired in honor of Mays anyway). Bonds hit .336 in 1993, leading the league with 46 home runs and 123 RBI en route to his second consecutive MVP award, and third overall (of an eventual seven). As good as the Giants were (winning 103 games), the Atlanta Braves won 104 in what some call the last great pennant race (due to the Wild Card being instituted shortly after).
On November 10, 1992, National League owners voted 9-4 against allowing Giants owner Bob Lurie to sell the team for $115 million to a Tampa Bay group, which would have moved the Giants to the Florida Suncoast Dome in time for the 1993 season.
- November 17, 1992: Steve Decker was drafted by the Florida Marlins from the San Francisco Giants as the 35th pick in the 1992 expansion draft.
- December 8, 1992: Barry Bonds signed as a Free Agent with the San Francisco Giants.
- December 10, 1992: Jim Pena was traded by the San Francisco Giants to the San Diego Padres for Paul Faries.
Regular season 
During the season, John Burkett and Bill Swift would be the last pitchers to win at least 20 games in one season for the Giants in the 20th Century.
Opening Day Starters 
Season standings 
Notable Transactions 
- August 3, 1993: Scott Sanderson was selected off waivers by the San Francisco Giants from the California Angels.
- August 28, 1993: Jim DeShaies was traded by the Minnesota Twins to the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later, Aaron Fultz, and Andres Duncan (minors). The San Francisco Giants sent Greg Brummett (September 1, 1993) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.
Draft Picks 
- June 3, 1993: Steve Soderstrom was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 1993 amateur draft. Player signed July 28, 1993.
- June 3, 1993: Bill Mueller was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 15th round of the 1993 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1993.
Major League debuts 
- Rikkert Faneyte (Aug 29)
- Erik Johnson (Jul 8)
- J.R. Phillips (Sep 3)
- Greg Brummett (May 29)
- Salomon Torres (Aug 29) 
Player stats 
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Other batters 
Starting pitchers 
Other pitchers 
Relief pitchers 
Awards and honors 
Farm system 
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- ^ Barry Bonds Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/penaji01.shtml
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- ^ 1993 San Francisco Giants Roster by Baseball Almanac
- ^ Scott Sanderson Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- ^ Jim Deshaies Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
- ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/soderst01.shtml
- ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/muellbi02.shtml
- ^ http://www.thebaseballcube.com/statistics/1993/25.shtml
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- ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p.59, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
- ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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