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Why the Giants will welcome back an old friend – and then say goodbye

Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong addresses the AT&T Park crowd after a game against the Colorado Rockies on Oct. 4, 2015, in San Francisco. He will retire as a member of the Giants.
Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong addresses the AT&T Park crowd after a game against the Colorado Rockies on Oct. 4, 2015, in San Francisco. He will retire as a member of the Giants. Associated Press file

The Giants are ready to welcome back one of their former pitchers to formally wish him farewell.

Ryan Vogelsong will be honored Sunday at AT&T Park before the Giants face the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to the team’s website. The right-hander spent 12 nonconsecutive seasons in the major leagues, seven of those with the team that used a fifth-round pick to draft him out of Kutztown in 1998.

He will officially retire as a member of the Giants.

After appearing in 17 games with the Giants in 2000 and 2001, he was dealt just before the ’01 deadline to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a package for right-hander Jason Schmidt, who went on to make three All-Star appearances with the Giants between 2003-06.

Vogelsong, 40, made just two starts for the Pirates following the trade before Tommy John surgery shut him down for nearly two seasons. He pitched for Pittsburgh through 2006 before heading to Japan for three years, then back to the U.S. with minor-league teams.

He began his second tour with the Giants in 2011 and was named an All-Star that year. He went 48-46 over the next five seasons with San Francisco and was part of the 2012 and ’14 World Series-winning rosters.

His most notable game during the Giants’ title runs came in the 2012 National League Championship Series. In Game 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals with the Giants trailing the series 3-2, Vogelsong threw seven solid innings, allowing one run on four hits and had nine strikeouts in a 6-1 home victory that forced a seventh game. He also won Game 2 of the NLCS and Game 3 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

Vogelsong ends his major league career 61-75 with a 4.48 ERA and 900 strikeouts over 1,190 innings in 289 games, including 179 starts.

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