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The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time

Updated March 5, 2020 22.9k votes 1.7k voters 28.3k views164 items

List RulesPlease only rank the players based on their time with the Giants

This is a list of the greatest San Francisco Giants players ever, whether top Giants pitchers or top hitters. With 23 Hall of Famers and the most wins in Major League Baseball history, the San Francisco Giants can stake claim to being the most successful franchise in baseball this side of the New York Yankees. Known for many years as the New York Giants, the club has 7 World Series championships to its name. The first 5 came while the team was in New York, while the last two have come in the past few years (2010, 2012). Many of the biggest names and brightest stars have played for the Giants franchise through the years. 

Willie Mays is one of the most popular players to ever play the game. The "Say Hey Kid" made one of the most famous plays in baseball history. In the 1954 World Series versus Cleveland, Mays made an improbable basket catch that saved the game and helped the Giants on the way to the championship.Mays won two MVP awards and holds the All-Star record of most All-Star Games played, a whopping 24, which ties him with Hank Aaron & Stan Musial. He considered the best player of the New York Giants era and one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

On the other end of the popularity spectrum is one of baseball's surliest and most controversial sluggers, Barry Bonds. Leaving Pittsburgh for San Francisco in 1993, Bonds won 7 MVP Awards, 5 with the Giants, and made the All Star game 14 times. Bonds is currently the all time leader in home runs with 762 and has the most in a single season with 73. While his career will be forever debated because of his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs, no one can doubt that Barry Bands is one of the greatest Giants ever.

This is a list of the Greatest San Francisco Giants of All Time. If you see someone who should be on this list, feel free to add him. Vote and rerank this list as you deem fit.

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    Willie Mays

    Center fielder

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    #11 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#18 of 126 Fastest MLB Players of All Time

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    Willie McCovey

    First baseman

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    Barry Bonds

    Left fielder

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    #27 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#19 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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    More Juan Marichal 

    #86 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame#186 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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    More Christy Mathewson 

    #19 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #60 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans

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    Mel Ott

    Right fielder, Outfielder

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    #1260 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#10 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

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    Will Clark

    First baseman

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    Orlando Cepeda

    Designated hitter, First baseman

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    #30 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time#9 of 76 The Greatest Puerto Rican MLB Players Of All Time

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    More Gaylord Perry 

    #345 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#42 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

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    Buster Posey

    Catcher, First baseman
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    Tim Lincecum

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #16 of 20 The Best High Times Covers#37 of 73 The Greatest Curveball Pitchers of All Time

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    Matt Williams

    Third baseman

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    #239 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#411 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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    Matt Cain

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #8 of 23 The Best Perfect Games In Major League History#7 of 50 The Best Pitchers In San Francisco Giants History

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    Bobby Bonds

    Right fielder, Outfielder

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    Jeff Kent

    Second baseman

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    J. T. Snow

    First baseman
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    28
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    Pablo Sandoval

    First baseman, Third baseman
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    143

    Jack Clark

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

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    27

    Jim Davenport

    Third baseman
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    95
    42

    Darrell Evans

    First baseman, Third baseman
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    Vida Blue

    Pitcher