Where are they now? 1987 Giants

Team dropped seven-game thriller in NLCS to future postseason-rival Cardinals

Where are they now? 1987 Giants

Another October, another World Series berth awaiting the Cardinals or the Giants.

Following National League Division Series victories, the Giants and Cardinals are renewing their rivalry in the NL Championship Series for the fourth time. The Giants lost the best-of-seven series in 1987 but won in 2002 and '12.

Remembering those '87 Giants with some catching up to do, 27 years later.

Mike Aldrete, OF: He produced one hit, an RBI single, in 10 NLCS at-bats. Now the Cardinals' bench coach, Aldrete served as their assistant hitting coach beginning in '08.

Bob Brenly, C: His primary offensive contribution in the series came in Game 4, when he went 2-for-4 with a solo home run. After retiring as a player, he worked as a broadcaster with the Cubs, then as a coach with the Giants and as a broadcaster for FOX. He was hired to manage the D-backs for the 2001 season and won the franchise's only championship his first year. He's back with the D-backs as a broadcaster.

  Date Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 11 SF 3, STL 0 video
Gm 2 Oct. 12 STL 5, SF 4 video
Gm 3 Oct. 14 SF 5, STL 4 video
Gm 4 Oct. 15 SF 6, STL 4 video
Gm 5 Oct. 16 SF 6, STL 3 video

Will Clark, 1B: Will the Thrill hit .360 with one homer and three RBIs in the series. He currently works in the Giants' front office as a special assistant after spending five seasons as an advisor for the D-backs.

Kelly Downs, P: A versatile 12-game winner in 1987 who was in the rotation for most of the season, Downs made one relief appearance in the series, getting four outs without giving up a run.

Chili Davis, OF: The formidable switch-hitter was kept under wraps in that NLCS, hitting .150 in six games. Davis is now the A's hitting coach.

Dave Dravecky, SP: The lefty threw a two-hit shutout in Game 2. He was charged with the loss in Game 6 despite allowing just one earned run in six innings. Dravecky's humerus bone snapped in 1989, ending his season and ultimately his career. Dravecky and his wife, Jan, have dedicated their lives to helping others stricken with disease through their ministry, Endurance.

Scott Garrelts, RP: A durable middle reliever who picked up 11 wins and worked 106 1/3 innings in '87, Garrelts made two appearances in the NLCS, yielding two runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Atlee Hammaker, SP: In Game 7, Hammaker gave up a three-run homer to José Oquendo, a utility infielder who had hit only one previous homer that season. The Cardinals went on to win, 6-0, to arrange a World Series showdown with the Twins. Hammaker and his wife live in Knoxville, Tenn. He is the father of five daughters.

Mike Krukow, SP: He earned the win in Game 4 with a complete-game effort, allowing two earned runs. Krukow is a popular television color commentator for the Giants. In July, Krukow revealed he was suffering from inclusion-body myositis (IBM). The disease, which mainly affects the quadriceps and hand muscles, is not life threatening but requires the use of a cane. He has no plans to stop broadcasting.

Mike LaCoss, P: The right-hander appeared in two games of the series, throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. LaCoss lives in Visalia, Calif., and is founder/CEO of YESS Foundation and a website, ibaseballchannel.

Craig Lefferts, RP: In three relief appearances in the series, he threw two scoreless innings. Lefferts is currently the pitching coach for the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Jeffrey Leonard, OF: A force in the NLCS, Leonard hit .417 with four home runs and five RBIs and was awarded series MVP. Leonard lives with his wife, Karen, in Rocklin, Calif. They have seven children and three grandchildren and are active in the fight against breast cancer. They started the One Flap Down Foundation to assist single parents going through treatment after Leonard's step-daughter, Christine, a single mother of three, was diagnosed with breast cancer in '09.

Candy Maldonado, OF: In five games in the series, he hit .211 with two RBIs. Maldonado has provided color commentary for ESPN Deportes' coverage of the World Baseball Classic and regular season games. He was recently named general manager of the Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican Baseball League.

Bob Melvin, C: Now the respected manager of the Athletics, he was 3-for-7 at the plate in three games in the series. Melvin managed the Mariners (2003-04) and D-backs (2005-09) before taking over the A's in 2011. He was named NL Manager of the Year in '07 and AL Manager of the Year in '12.

Eddie Milner, OF: He was 1-for-7 in the series. Milner is a self-employed business consultant in Cincinnati.

Kevin Mitchell, 3B: The slugger hit .267 with a home run and two RBIs in the series. Mitchell is home in San Diego playing for the San Diego Black Sox of the San Diego Adult Baseball League.

Joe Price, RP: In two appearances, he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in the series, getting the win in Game 5. Price is a realtor at Coldwell Banker in Cincinnati.

Rick Reuschel, SP: Nearing the end of a distinguished career, Reuschel was acquired from the Pirates in late August and made two starts in the series. He was 0-1, giving up eight runs (seven earned) in 10 innings.

Don Robinson, RP: In three appearances, he was tagged for three earned runs and took the loss in Game 3. Robinson serves on the city council in Kenova, W. Va., where his parents live.

Chris Speier, IF: The 1987 Willie Mac Award winner, Speier, a superb shortstop in his prime, was hitless in five at-bats in the series. He serves as special assistant to the general nanager with the Reds.

Harry Spilman, IF: An all-purpose role player who had one homer in 90 regular-season at-bats, Spilman had two plate appearances in the series -- and homered in one of them, in Game 3.

Robby Thompson, 2B: He scuffled in the series, batting .100 with one home run and two RBIs. Thompson served as bench coach of the Mariners from '11 through '13.

Jose Uribe, SS: A .269 hitter with one double and two RBIs in the series, Uribe died in an automobile accident in his native Dominican Republic at age 47 in '06.

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.