After winning the World Series in 2010 and 2012, San Francisco Giants fans had high hopes for their team at the start of the 2013 season. They thought perhaps they’d see their team win another World Championship, or at worst, a simply a berth in the playoffs. After all, San Francisco started the 2013 season with essentially the same team as in 2012. And the team was, for the most part, healthy.
The hopes of repeating the 2010 or 2012 seasons faded away as the 2013 season progressed. It started with looking like there was going to be tough competition in the division to thinking the Giants are only a few games back—and that number of games continued to increase until the Giants found themselves in last place in the NL West.
Many Giants fans, myself included, asked themselves why the San Francisco ball club is struggling so much this year. In theory they have a great team. The real question is what can be done to turn the team around, and with no hope of making the playoffs this year, it’s time to look to next year and what can be done to prevent another season like this one. Here are the changes I believe need to be made so the Giants can be divisional contenders once again: