The Giants announced today that seven-year Giants veteran, 14-year Major Leaguer, three-time World Series champion and a member of the Giants "core four" pitching staff Jeremy Affeldt will rejoin the Giants as a Community Ambassador for the 2016 season.
In his new role, Affeldt will represent the Giants during the season at a number of community and team related programs and events in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. He will also attend Giants Spring Training Camp in Scottsdale where he will serve as a guest instructor.
Affeldt retired at the end of the 2015 season and will forever be a fan-favorite in San Francisco, not only for his performance on the field but also for the contributions he made off the field.
"We are thrilled that Jeremy will remain involved in our organization, While we won't see him in his familiar number 41 jersey on the mound, we will see him in the ballpark and out in the community working with our fans and partners on important issues and causes," said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer.
Affeldt's instrumental performance in Game 6 of the 2010 National League Championship Series allowed the team to advance and eventually win their first-ever World Championship in San Francisco. With the score tied in Game 4 of the 2012 World Series, Affeldt struck out the Detroit Tigers power hitters Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young consecutively in the 8th inning. In Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, he posted 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and was named winning pitcher. He pitched a scoreless outing in 22 consecutive postseason games, the second-longest streak in MLB history, second only to the legendary Mariano Rivera.
Off the field, he made a significant impact on the community. He is a strong and vocal advocate against human trafficking, introducing the Giants to Not For Sale, and has given generously of his time to mentor and motivate the homeless and at-risk youth through his support of Larkin Street Youth Services. Affeldt has also served as an inspiration to service-oriented high school students providing support to the Jefferson Awards Students In Action program, and he runs his own non-profit, Generation Alive, a movement geared to help youth learn to live compassionately through acts of service.
"My new role with the Giants has everything to do with the fact that I fell in love with San Francisco and our fans back in 2009, and I want to continue to do whatever I can to ensure that our community and team are one," said Affeldt.