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San Francisco Giants: Top Ten First Baseman in Team History

Aug 31, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) extends to catch the ball to retire Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller (26) during the third inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 31, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) extends to catch the ball to retire Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller (26) during the third inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /
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October 31, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants former first baseman Willie McCovey waves to the crowd while riding in a car during the World Series victory parade at Market Street. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep to win the 2012 World Series. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
October 31, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants former first baseman Willie McCovey waves to the crowd while riding in a car during the World Series victory parade at Market Street. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep to win the 2012 World Series. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

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1. Willie McCovey (1959-1980)

Wins Above Replacement: 59.3

McCovey played 19 seasons with the Giants. The Hall of Famer won Rookie of the Year honors in 1959 and MVP honors in 1969. He earned a WAR of 8.1 that season and finished with a slashline of 320/.453/.656 for an OPS of 1.108. He also added 45 home runs and 126 runs batted in. He went to six All-Star games and earned MVP votes in ten separate seasons.

Overall, “Stretch” played 2256 career games at first base in San Francisco and had a career slashline with the Giants of .274/.377/.524 for an OPS of .900.

When the team builds a statue of your likeness, names the water that runs alongside the stadium and names an award given to the most inspirational player on the team after you, you know you are one of the greatest in team history.

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