San Francisco Giants: Top Ten First Baseman in Team History
By Michael Saltzman
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10. Fred Merkle (1907-1916)
Wins Above Replacement: 14.0
Merkle played ten seasons with the Giants. He finished in the top 20 in the Most Valuable Player voting twice, finishing 7th in 1911. That season was his best, according to WAR, with a 3.8, along with a slashline of .283/.342/.431 for an OPS of .773. Some of his numbers were even better in 1912, including career highs in batting average and runs batted in, for very strong two year totals.
Overall, he played 1105 career games at first base in New York and had a career slashline with the Giants of .272/.332/.390 for an OPS of .722.