SF Giants All-Time 25-Man Roster

Here is my take on what the San Francisco Giants (1958-present) all-time 25-man roster would look like (stats are from player’s best season with the SF Giants):

PITCHING

STARTING ROTATION:

SP#1: Juan Marichal

1966: 307.1 IP, 25-6, 222 K, 2.23 ERA, 0.86 WHIP

SP#2: Tim Lincecum

2009: 225.1 IP, 15-7, 261 K, 2.48 ERA, 1.05 WHIP

SP#3: Jason Schmidt

2003: 207.2 IP, 17-5, 208 K, 2.34 ERA, 0.95 WHIP

SP#4: Gaylord Perry

1968: 291.0 IP, 16-15, 173 K, 2.44 ERA, 1.03 WHIP

SP#5: Matt Cain

2011: 221.2 IP, 12-11, 179 K, 2.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP

BULLPEN:

LR#1: Scott Garrelts

1989: 193.1 IP, 14-5, 119 K, 2.28 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

LHS: Javier Lopez

2011: 53 IP, 5-2, 1 SV, 40 K, 2.72 ERA, 1.28 WHIP

RHS: Sergio Romo

2011: 48 IP, 3-1, 1 SV, 70 K, 1.50 ERA, 0.71 WHIP

SU#1: Brian Wilson

2010: 74.2 IP, 3-3, 48 SV, 93 K, 1.81 ERA, 1.18 WHIP

SU#2: Rod Beck

1993: 79.1 IP, 3-1, 48 SV, 86 K, 2.16 ERA, 0.88 WHIP

CL: Robb Nen

2000: 66.0 IP, 4-3, 41 SV, 92 K, 1.50 ERA, 0.85 WHIP

BATTING

STARTING LINEUP:

1) Willie Mays (CF)

1965: .317/.398/.645, 118 R, 52 HR, 112 RBI, 9 SB

2) Orlando Cepeda (RF)

1961: .311/.362/.609, 105 R, 46 HR, 142 RBI, 12 SB

3) Barry Bonds (LF)

2004: .362/.609/.812, 129 R, 45 HR, 101 RBI, 6 SB

4) Willie McCovey (1B)

1969: .320/.453/.656, 101 R, 45 HR, 129 RBI, 0 SB

5) Jeff Kent (2B)

2000: .334/.424/.596, 114 R, 33 HR, 125 RBI, 12 SB

6) Matt Williams (3B)

1993: .294/.325/.561, 105 R, 38 HR, 110 RBI, 1 SB

7) Buster Posey (C)

2010: .305/.357/.505, 58 R, 18 HR, 67 RBI, 0 SB

8) Rich Aurillia (SS)

2001: .324/.369/.572, 114 R, 37 HR, 97 RBI, 1 SB

BENCH:

Will Clark (1B)

1989: .333/.407/.546, 104 R, 23 HR, 111 RBI, 8 SB

Bobby Bonds (OF)

1973: .283/.370/.530, 131 R, 39 HR, 96 RBI, 43 SB

Kevin Mitchell (LF)

1989: .291/.388/.635, 100 R, 47 HR, 125 RBI, 3 SB

Robby Thompson (UTIL)

1993: .312/.375/.496, 85 R, 19 HR, 65 RBI, 10 SB

Bob Brenly (C)

1984: .291/.352/.464, 74 R, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 6 SB

Pablo Sandoval (3B/1B/C)

2009: .330/.387/.556, 79 R, 25 HR, 90 RBI, 5 SB

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.  What changes would you make?

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18 thoughts on “SF Giants All-Time 25-Man Roster

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  2. Few will agree with me, but I think Thompson at second base. Kent was a much better hitter, but Robby should have won some Gold Gloves. I realize I’m in the minority here.

  3. Great job. Sweet memories!

    I would delete 1989 Scott Garrelts from the bullpen. He started 29 of 30 games that season. In his place I would add 1965 Frank Linzy 9 3 1.43 21 saves or one of Randy moffitt’s years.

    • Yeah, but he never came close to those numbers again and was just a solid offensive, below average defensive SS the rest of his career. Still wasn’t that hard of a choice since SF has not had a great SS crop over the years. Vizquel, Uribe and Chris Spier all got some consideration.

      • What fun Vizquel was those few years. Exciting to watch (even for an “old man”) and just a wonderful human being.

    • It shows what a difference it makes when you have great hitters hitting in front or/and in back of you as Rich did with Bonds and Kent in the lineup. Their bats complimented each other greatly that year. He must have seen some great pitches (for him) that year.

  4. You put a lot of thought in this. Good job. And talking about one season wonders, he always seems to be be forgotten, but, check out Ron Bryant in 1973. He wasn’t overpowering but he got the job done that year. And for a pretty mediocre team.

    • Yeah, there were a lot of one season wonders but I typically went with players who had longer careers in SF. Catcher and SS were a little easier to choose players who weren’t dominant for long periods of time since those have been positions of weakness over the years for the Giants.

  5. I would substitute Bill Swift for Matt Cain as a starting pitcher based on Swift’s 1993 season where he was 21 and 8 with a 2.82 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP, 157 Ks against 55 walks. His sinker was almost unhittable. Cain matches Swift in every category except wins and wins still count.

    • Swift and Burkett both had great years in 1993, but I gave Cain the edge because he has more longevity with the team and pitcher wins is a pretty meaningless stat given their other numbers are so similar. Cain would have won 20+ with the 1993 lineup and defense behind him.

  6. Good picks.

    I noticed that you diplomatically avoided use of Barry Bonds’s 2001 record-breaking season and instead alluded to his 2004 season — which was probably clean.

    It is unfortunate that there is no real good choice for RF and a surplus of left fielders.

    Cepeda HATED left field. I doubt that he would have prospered in right, but I understand there was no other place to put him.

    If one-season wonders are included, then Mike MCormick deserves a mention.

    • Bonds’ 2001 season was amazing, but I feel his 2004 season was even better. He had a much higher average and set MLB records for BBs and OBP. He got on base at a 61% clip! While he did ONLY hit 45 HRs in 2004, he did so in 100 fewer ABs due to all the BBs.

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