Left field: Barry Bonds (1993-present) The polarizing power hitter has dominated the game and the headlines since arriving from Pittsburgh. Bonds has won the NL MVP seven times (five with San Francisco), is a 13-time All-Star (11) and eight-time Gold Glove winner (five). He is second all-time in home runs (749) and fourth in RBIs (1,965). He hit 73 home runs in 2001 to set the single-season record and is just six away from breaking Hank Aaron’s all-time mark of 755.
Right field: Bobby Bonds (1968-1974)
Overshadowed initially by outfield running-mate Mays and now by son Barry, many forget how dynamic a player Bobby Bonds was. He was dynamite defensively, winning three Gold Gloves while with the Giants. Offensively, the three-time All-Star blended power (more than 25 homers in five of his six full seasons with the team) speed (more than 40 steals five times) and timely hitting (an average of more than 86 RBI per year) to become a force.
First base: Willie McCovey (1959-1973, 1977-1980)
“Stretch” went 4-for-4 in his first major-league game and never looked back, finishing his career with 521 home runs and 1,555 RBIs (469 and 1,388 with the Giants). The six-time All-Star was the Rookie of the Year in 1959, the MVP in 1969 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1986. The inlet behind right field at AT&T Park is known as McCovey Cove in honor of the left-handed power hitter.
Second base: Jeff Kent (1997-2002)
Kent came to San Francisco in 1997 and immediately became one of the elite run producers in the game. He averaged more than 29 home runs and 114 RBIs in his six seasons with the Giants, making three All-Star games and winningthe MVP in 2000. But while he was great protection for Barry Bonds in the lineup, the stars feuded off the field, contributing to Kent’s departure as a free agent in 2003.
Shortstop: Rich Aurilia (1995-2003, 2007-present)
A fan favorite and lineup fixture, Aurilia provided offensive pop and a steady glove in a stint that featured three postseason appearances for the Giants. His best year came in 2001, when he exploded for a .324 batting average, 37 home runs, 97 RBIs and an NL-leading 206 hits (all career highs), made the All-Star Game and won the Silver Slugger award. Aurilia averaged more than 23 homers and 79 RBIs from 1999-2003.
Third base: Matt Williams (1987-1996)
Williams was responsible for the first big home run chase in San Francisco. In 1994, the slugger had 43 homers and was on pace to break Roger Maris’ then-single-season mark of 61 when the final 47 games of the year were canceled due to the players’ strike. He still won the NL MVP that season, and averaged more than 30 homers and 91 RBIs between 1990-96. He also won three Gold Gloves with the club and made four All-Star Games.
Starting pitcher: Juan Marichal (1960-1973)
“The Dominican Dandy” mystified opponents with a breathtaking delivery, dominating stuff and incredible durability. Marichal went 238-140 as a Giant, won more than 20 games six times and completed 244 of his 446 starts. He threw a one-hit shutout against Philadelphia in his debut and pitched 16 innings to beat Warren Spahn 1-0 in 1963. He is also a central figure in the Giants-Dodgers rivalry after brawling with L.A. catcher Johnny Roseboro in 1965.
Relief pitcher: Robb Nen (1998-2002)
He had a slider nicknamed “The Terminator” and a fastball that routinely topped 100 mph. As soon as Giants fans heard “Smoke onthe Water” blasting from the speakers and saw Nen trot to the mound in the ninth, they knew the game was as good as over. The right-hander saved a team-record 206 games in his five years with the club, striking out 453 batters in 378¹/³ innings pitched.
Catcher: Tom Haller (1961-1967)
At a position that has seen frequent turnover since the franchise came to San Francisco, Haller was a steadying influence and a solid bat for seven seasons. He caught some of the Giants’ greats (Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Mike McCormick) and hit a home run against Whitey Ford in Game 4 of the 1962 World Series. In his best year, Haller had 27 home runs and 67 RBIs in 1966.
Utility: Orlando Cepeda (1958-1966)
In his first season in 1958, the 20-year-old Cepeda hit .312 with 25 home runs, 96 RBIs and a league-leading 38 doubles and was named Rookie of the Year. He averaged 32 home runs and 107 RBIs in his seven full seasons with San Francisco, hitting higher than .300 six times. “The Baby Bull” was a six-time All-Star with the Giants and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
Manager: Dusty Baker (1993-2002)
Baker was a three-time National League Manager of the Year with San Francisco and led the Giants to 840 wins in his 10-year tenure. He used a calming, player-friendly style to guide the team to a pair of first-place finishes, a 103-win season, four other 90-win seasons, three playoff berths and Game 7 of the 2002 World Series. In eight nonstrike years, Baker’s teams averaged a fraction less than 90 wins per season.
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