The San Francisco Giants were founded in 1883. They have won more games than any team in Major League baseball history. This is our second All-Time list of the off-season, looking at the greatest first baseman in team history.
The San Francisco Giants have had some amazing first baseman in their history. Thanks to Baseball Reference, we have the ability to compare players from different eras and from different centuries. We will be able to compare Giants from both New York and San Francisco, dating back to the beginning of our national pastime.
Right off the bat, I will tell die hard Giants fans that fan favorite J.T. Snow did not make the top ten list. He is ranked 12th according to career WAR as a Giant. Over nine seasons and 1182 games as a Giant, Snow earned a 12.4 WAR with a slashline of .273/.369/.438 for an OPS of .807. While every fan remembers Snow fondly and remembers where they were when he homered against the Mets or saved Darren Baker in the World Series, he just did not have the impact on the field as much as the other Giants on this list.
For what it’s worth, I was shocked Snow was so low on this list and think it is borderline blasphemous for him to be left off. With top ten lists, I have tried to keep emotion out of the decision making. However, if my two paragraphs about Snow proves, emotion is inevitable.
So where does current San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt land on our list? You’ll have to read to find out.