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.Chass, Murray. "", The New York Times
, published December 6, 1992, accessed January 31, 2008. 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......