Publish Date: 02/01/2022
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
Counting down the top 10 San Francisco Giants of all time. Active players are not eligible.
He was second in MVP voting in 1989 and made five all-star appearances for San Fran. He hit as many as 35 home runs in a single season and had three seasons of 100+ RBI.
Perry was a Giant for a decade and he had solid numbers for that decade with a solid 2.96 ERA to go with 134 wins, 21 shutouts, and a 6.3 SO/9 ratio in more than 2,200 IP.
Lincecum won 2 Cy Youngs in his first two full seasons, and he is still the only pitcher to ever do that. He appeared in four straight all-star games from 2008-11. Lincecum also pitched no-hitters in 2013 and 2014. Lincecum won World Series rings with the Giants in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Cepeda won rookie of the year in 1958 and spent 9 seasons with the Giants. Cepeda won the rookie of the year award as a Giant in 1959. As a Giant the career stats are impressive a 308 average and nearly 1,300 hits, 200+ home runs, and 750+ RBIs.
Juan’s impressive career record of 3.3 strikeouts per walk leads the Giants; he also holds San Francisco’s record for wins and is at, or around, the top of nearly every pitching category in Giants history.
Ott led the National League in home runs a then-record six times. He was an All-Star for 11 consecutive seasons. In his 22-season career, Ott batted .304 with 511 home runs, 1,860 RBIs, 1,859 runs, 2,876 hits, 488 doubles, 72 triples, 89 stolen bases, 1,708 BB, .414 on-base percentage and a .533 slugging average. Defensively, he recorded a .974 fielding percentage. He hit better than .300 10 times in his major league career. At the time of his retirement, he had hit 200 more home runs than the next-highest National Leaguer.
A member of the 500 home run club, he won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1959. A decade later, he won the NL MVP award, leading the league with 45 HR and 126 RBI.
Controversy follows Bonds even today because of suspected steroid use, but Bonds was one of the greatest players in Baseball history and could do it all. Bonds hit 73 home runs in 2001.
During his 17-year career, Mathewson won 373 games and lost 188 for a .665 winning percentage. His career ERA of 2.13 and 79 career shutouts are among the best all-time for pitchers, and his 373 wins are still number one in the National League, tied with Grover Cleveland Alexander.
A case can be made that Mays is the greatest player in baseball history. Mays was selected to the all-star game 24 times! He hit 660 home runs, had over 3200 hits, and won the Golde Glove award 12 times.