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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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Jun 12, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A major league baseball rest in the grass prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A major league baseball rest in the grass prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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