Question: What do Chris Speier, Rich Aurilia and Brandon Crawford have in common?
They’re all All-Star shortstops for the San Francisco Giants?
No, not quite. Crawford fell a few votes short of that.
But they are all Giants shortstops who wore the No. 35.
This month, to celebrate MoreSplashHits reaching No. 35 among MLB.com Fan Blogs for the month of June, we celebrate No. 35s in Giants history.
The two big bumps in page views were sparked by Matt Cain’s perfect game and late-month posts on the All-Star voting (we all know Giants fans like to get on the computer). So we thank everyone for the traffic.
No. 35 is the highest MoreSplashHits has reached in the fan blogs Top 50. It is the third consecutive month this season we’ve hit the Top 50 (No. 46 in April and May).
Keeping the string going in July will be tough (vacation). Guess we’ll have to pack the computer and find WIFI hotspots.
Now back to Giants’ No. 35s.
Speier played 10 seasons for the Giants in two stints (1971-1977 and 1987-89). He was an All-Star in 1972-74.
Aurilia also played in two stints with the Giants, playing 12 seasons with the club from 1995-2003 and 2007-09, earning an All-Star start in 2001.
Other notable San Francisco Giants wearing No. 35 include:
- 3B Chris Brown (1984-87): The Tinman, because he was more well-known for collecting odd injuries than hits, was instrumental in the 1987 NL Western Division title. That’s because he was part of the trade that helped the Giants acquire Dave Dravecky, Craig Lefferts and Kevin Mitchell from the Padres.
- C Steve Decker (1991-92): Decker’s claim to fame include being part of the Black-and-Decker battery (with pitcher Bud Black), serving as manager of the Fresno Grizzlies, currently serving as the Giants coordinator for minor-league hitting instruction, and being a resident of Salem, Ore., at the same time as MoreSplashHits.
- P Salomon Torres (1993-95): Torres was once a promising young pitcher for the Giants. But unfortunately his claim to fame is getting lit up by the Dodgers in the regular-season finale when the Giants missed the postseason by one game despite winning 103 games in 1993.
- P Brett Tomko (2005): Who can forget Tomko as a Giant? A lot of folks I would suspect. The only game MoreSplashHits saw the Giants lose at AT&T Park was one when Tomko gave up five runs in the first inning to the Rockies.