San Francisco Giants all-time rotation: Which five starting pitchers make the cut?

By Carlos Murillo
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May 17, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) warms up behind a baseball resting on the pitcher

Madison Bumgarner recently won his third World Series. He also named rival (and San Francisco arch-nemesis) Clayton Kershaw to his all-time MLB rotation.

Whether or not you agree with it, it starts a conversation. We’ve started the conversation here at ATF—if you haven’t checked it out yet, do so here!

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This got me thinking: “Who would be on the Giants ‘(San Francisco and New York) all-time rotation?” This is similar to the storm that NBA superstar LeBron James started with his “Mount Rushmore” of basketball players.

Of course, when compiling a list of greatest, there are those who would argue that comparing different generations of players is like comparing apples to oranges. For the sake of this theoretical staff, let’s accept that all generations are relatively equal and that it wasn’t necessarily easier to pitch in one compared to the other.

With that in mind, let’s do this. Five pitchers. One franchise. Disclaimer: this is just my list. After hours of blood, sweat, and tears, I’ve developed a complex and esoteric algorithm for finding the perfect hypothetical rotation. That’s basically fancy talk for “I looked some stuff up and went with my gut based on what I’ve seen.”