by Kara New
Will the San Francisco Giants be a contender again in the 2015 Major League World Series? With the big loss of Pablo Sandoval to the Boston Red Sox this year, the rest of the team will still return intact. Baseball writer, Mike Axisa stated on CBS Sports, “Sandoval is gone and the days of having three young aces in Bumgarner, Cain and Lincecum are over.” But the Giants welcomed two new players, Nori Aoki and Kevin Correia, in hopes of winning for the fourth time in six seasons another World Series.
Last year, Nori Aoki was wearing a royal blue jersey for the Kansas City Royals, but this year he will be wearing orange and black for the San Francisco Giants. He will be a left fielder for the Giants and hopefully be of benefit to the team with his batting average never hitting below .285 in his three years in the majors. The Giants are looking at a good source for runs with Aoki.
On April 7, Correia signed a minor league deal to return to the Giants. This is not the first time he has played with the team. In 2002 and 2003, he was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round and became the first player taken in the 2002 MLB draft to reach the major leagues. He split the 2004 and 2005 seasons between the Giants and the minor leagues but rejoined the Giants back in 2007 and after 2008 he was a free agent, spending six seasons with the Giants. He then moved on to play with five other teams, most recently with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but has now returned to San Francisco.
With the season opener on April 6 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants won 5-4. They played at Chase Field in Phoenix but AT&T Park was open for free live viewing of the Giant’s opener that was broadcasted on the scoreboard.
Anthony Riccobono from the International Business Times stated, “San Francisco’s championship can hardly be classified as a surprise, since it was their third World Series title in five seasons. While a case can be made to call the Giants a dynasty, they aren't the favorites to win it all next year.” Baseball fans agree and have said the San Francisco Giants won’t have an easy time repeating as World Series champions in 2015.