After winning two of the last three World Series, the San Francisco Giants found themselves outside of the playoff picture in 2013. The defending champs finished 76-86, below-.500 for the first time since 2008 (72-90).
Despite their struggles, outfielder Hunter Pence shined in his first full season in San Francisco. Pence finished with a .283/.339/.483 line, a career-high 27 home runs, and 99 RBI over 687 plate appearances. He was also named the NL Player of the Month in September.
Acquired from the Phillies in 2012, Pence opted against free agency this fall, signing a five-year, $90 million contract extension with the Giants at the end of September. He joined Casey Stern and Jim Bowden on Inside Pitch to talk about what it means to stay in San Francisco.
My belief in their abilities and seeing how they run this organization and understanding how intelligent those guys are at the top is another huge reason that I wanted to stay here so bad. I believe in them. I know that they have some brilliant minds that are hungry to win and I think that I’m on the same page with that 100 percent.
MLB Network Radio will have comprehensive coverage of the 2013 postseason through the last out of the World Series on Sirius channel 209 and XM channel 89.