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Major League Baseball season was the San Francisco Giants' 139th year in MLB, their 64th year in San Francisco since their move from New York followingThe 2021 Major League Baseball season was the San Francisco Giants' 139th year in MLB, their 64th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 22nd at Oracle Park. It was the Giants' second season under manager Gabe Kapler, who managed his first 162-game season with the club (after the 2020 season was shortened to 60 games because of the COVID-19 pandemic), and he led them to the best record in the league. On September 13, the Giants clinched a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2016, and became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2021 postseason. On September 29, the Giants won their 104th game of the season, which set a San Francisco era record for most wins in a season. On October 3, the Giants won the National League West division title. It was their 9th division title in franchise history, and their 1st since 2012. It was also their 107th win of the season, which set a new franchise record for most wins in a season. It broke the previous record of 106 wins set by the 1904 New York Giants. In the 2021 regular season, the Giants' batters led the National League in home runs (241), slugging percentage (.440), OPS (.769), intentional walks (45), pitches per plate appearance (3.99), stolen base percentage (83%), and pull percentage (30.2%). They hit 18 pinch-hit home runs, a major league record. Of all NL teams, they had the highest batting average (.280), on-base percentage (.368), slugging percentage (.461), and OPS (.829) from the catcher position, the highest slugging percentage (.588) and OPS (.969) from the first base position, and the most RBIs from the shortstop position (108). They were second in the NL in runs (804), RBIs (768), walks (602), batting average (.249), and fly ball percentage (28.7%).The team's pitchers led the NL in fewest home runs (151), fewest walks (416), and strikeouts/walk (3.43). They tied for the league lead with 56 saves and fewest hit batters (63).Manager Gabe Kapler began the 2021 season with a coaching staff of 13 that included nine who had never been on a major league staff before he hired them, and most of them were young enough to be playing themselves. In the 2021 regular season, his Giants winning percentage rose from .483 to .660, the 12 overturns caused by his challenges were tied for the most in the majors, and he was one of only two managers who were not ejected during the season. He used more pinch hitters per game than any other major league manager for the second season in a row (2.60), and the second-most pitchers per game (4.7).The Giants lost in five games (3-2) to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2021 National League Division Series.
The 1998 San Diego Padres season was the 30th season in franchise history. The Padres won the National League championship and advanced to the World SeriesThe 1998 San Diego Padres season was the 30th season in franchise history. The Padres won the National League championship and advanced to the World Series for the second time in franchise history. San Diego featured five All-Stars: pitchers Andy Ashby, Kevin Brown, and Trevor Hoffman, and outfielders Tony Gwynn and Greg Vaughn. Brown and Hoffman were two of the premier pitchers in baseball for 1998. Brown led the staff in wins, earned run average, and strikeouts, and he also finished in the league's top five in each category. Hoffman saved 53 games and was voted the NL Rolaids Relief Man Award for best closer in the league. Ashby was the team's number two starter with 17 wins. The Padres offense was led by Vaughn, who had the greatest season of his career in 1998. He ended up winning both the Comeback Player of the Year Award and the Silver Slugger Award. And in a season headlined by sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, Vaughn was matching them in home runs before finishing with 50 (compared to 70 for McGwire and 66 for Sosa). Former MVP Ken Caminiti was second on the team in home runs and runs batted in. Gwynn had a .321 batting average. In the regular season, San Diego won the NL Western Division. Their 98–64 record was third-best in the league, behind only the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros, who San Diego then went a combined 7–3 against in winning the NL pennant. But the Padres faced the 1998 New York Yankees in the World Series, and were swept, four games to none.