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San Francisco Giants:All-Time Roster After Moving West-Pitchers

By Gary Oversen
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The Bullpen: 

Jason Schmidt, Russ Ortiz, Gary Lavelle, Greg Minton, Rod Beck, Brian Wilson, Robb Nen

Of course Schmidt and Ortiz were primarily starters for the Giants, but will serve as long-men on the All-Time team.

Schmidt was a dominant pitcher for the Giants from 2001-2006. His .678 winning percentage puts him third in franchise history in that category. He made the All-Star team three times, and had a memorable sixteen-strikeout game on June 6th 2006, breaking the franchise single game strikeout record once held by Gaylord Perry (he had 15).

Ortiz was an early look at what can happen when you draft a quality arm and bring it up through your system. Without as much help in the rotation as the current crop has, Ortiz was asked to shoulder the load for much of the late nineties into the 2002 World Series year. Had the Giants won that sixth game, perhaps Ortiz would not have moved on to Atlanta and won 21 games the following year. Ortiz just beats out Mike Krukow for the other long-man spot.

Lavelle finished the most games in franchise history with 369, and also had the most appearances with 647. He was a two-time All-Star who was a late-inning guy before it was really considered a specialty as it is today. He won over ten games three times in his career without starting any of those games. His work with the Giants over the course of his career is nothing to take lightly, he just played on some really bad teams.

Minton, also known as “the Moon Man” was second to Lavelle in appearances with 552 and fifth in saves with 125. He made the All-Star team once, and also played at the time when the Giants didn’t know exactly what direction they were going. With a 3.23 career ERA with the team , Minton was a very reliable arm coming out of the pen.

Beck was a closer who every fan could relate to. Seemingly overachieving every time he was on the mound, his success in the late innings was the early introduction to torture. “Shooter” was a 3-time All-Star in San Francisco and ended his career here with 199 saves. His 48 saves in 1993 ties him for the franchise record, and his memorable performance against the Dodgers in the “Brian Johnson game” will always be there for Giants fans to look back on.

Wilson became known around the world for his beard, but to the Giants fans he was an electrifying talent. Tying Beck for the record 48 saves in the championship year of 2010, Wilson was unhittable for much of the year. His presence on the mound allowed Bruce Bochy to shorten games by knowing that the lead was safe if it got to the ninth. His best years came in a Giants uniform, and although he left the team to pitch for the rival Dodgers, 171 of his 172 saves came in the orange and black, ranking him third in franchise history.

Nen holds the franchise record for career saves with 206, and basically gave his arm to the team in 2002 to try to win a title. The ninth inning became “the Nenth”, as his devastating slider fell off the table as it approached the plate. Making the All-Star team three times in his five years with the team, Nen’s consistency makes him the one to close out games for the All-Time San Francisco Giants team.